Toronto Maple Leafs Jump the Shark

William Wilson March 12, 2014 20
The San Jose Sharks celebrate a goal against the Toronto Maple LeafsThearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Yes, it’s another fun title, but there’s nothing to celebrate this time.

Playing in the second of back-to-back games, the Toronto Maple Leafs were absolutely spanked by the San Jose Sharks last night. They showed little life, surrendering six goals on 48 shots.

James Reimer got the rare start, but it definitely won’t help him reclaim the top goaltending job in Toronto. While Reimer cannot be blamed entirely for the loss, he didn’t exactly keep the Sharks at bay either. Compare Reimer’s performance to that of Jonathan Bernier on Tuesday night: Bernier stopped 43 shots sent his way by the Anaheim Ducks en pace to a 3-1 win.

The Leafs weren’t a complete bust against the Sharks, however. Jake Gardiner scored two goals, including one on the penalty kill, while Mason Raymond showed plenty of patience in assisting on both goals.

Dion Phaneuf also delivered one of his famous game-altering hits – he sent his unsuspecting victim straight to the dark room. Unfortunately, the hit came against teammate James van Riemsdyk.

The good news is that JVR didn’t suffer any lasting effects from the hit, but you can imagine how awkward things must have been in the locker room afterwards.

“Thanks for crushing me, man. A pass or even a warning would’ve been nicer.”

(Can you get a penalty for crushing a teammate? What about destroying him?)

I’m willing to dismiss the team’s poor play on the fact that they were tired, beating the league-leading Ducks just one day earlier. If that’s the case, we should see a much better effort from the Leafs tomorrow night when they visit the Los Angeles Kings.

Bernier will likely get the start against his former team. The Leafs could certainly use another big outing from him.

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