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TORONTO -- It was nothing new to see these Toronto Maple Leafs beaten. [url=http://ww
08.11.2017, 06:19
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TORONTO -- It was nothing new to see these Toronto Maple Leafs beaten. [url=http://ww
TORONTO -- It was nothing new to see these Toronto Maple Leafs beaten. Nickell Robey-Coleman Jersey . A 4-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings was their eighth straight in regulation. But Saturday night in the home locker room at Air Canada Centre, the Leafs looked defeated for the first time during this losing streak or this once-hopeful season that has quickly gone off the rails. "I cant describe it right now," winger Joffrey Lupul said. "This was as close to a do-or-die as you can get. But obviously were not going to throw out hope until its mathematically set in stone. But we pretty much had to have this game." Seven losses piled up and yet the Leafs still sounded like a team that had hope. Giving up huge leads in the standings to the Red Wings, Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals to fall into a four-way tie at 80 points was one thing. Squandering the most important game of this stretch so far to a fellow Eastern Conference wild-card competitor felt like the breaking point. "This loss is the most disappointing out of the eight. Theres no hiding that," captain Dion Phaneuf said. "We come tonight against a team that was battling for that same spot and they win this hockey game. This is the toughest loss for sure." Detroit (34-26-14) got a hat trick from Darren Helm and another from the NHLs hottest goal-scorer, Gustav Nyquist, to reach 82 points. "It was the first hat trick I ever had, which is pretty special," Helm said. "Big game to win, too. I was happy to win the game, first off, but the hat trick is a nice thing to take home." The Red Wings werent the only ones in the race to win Saturday night, as the Blue Jackets beat the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime to take over the top wild-card spot in the East at 82 points. Columbus leads Detroit because they have more regulation and overtime wins (33 to 29). With just six games remaining -- two less than each of the three teams theyre competing with for two spots -- the Leafs are fourth among those teams and know the difficult task in front of them. "Weve got to win the rest of our games and get help now, I think," said Lupul, who scored the Leafs second goal of the night late in the second period to give some life that evaporated in the third. "All we can control right now is winning the rest of our games, and were going to have to have every one, probably." Phaneuf didnt want to consider that daunting task. The defenceman whose miscues cost the Leafs in previous defeats didnt want to think too far ahead but also called this a "very trying" time for a group that was in second place in the Atlantic Division as recently as Mar. 16. This was the first time in franchise history that Toronto (36-32-8) went eight straight games without a point since 1996 and the first time it lost eight consecutive in regulation since 1985. "Its not like were playing bad hockey, its just one of those things where every mistake that we do make ends up (in our net)," said defenceman Cody Franson, who opened the scoring 10:57 into the first period. "Its the end of the season, everybodys clamping down and your little mistakes end up costing you. Plain and simple." Mistakes like a turnover by Phil Kessel on the power play early in the second that led to Helms first, a short-handed goal. Or like the puck taking a bad hop off Franson and right to Helm for his third. "It just isnt meant to be for us right now, and this is the tough ones," coach Randy Carlyle said. Asked what he figured the difference was in the loss, his third straight since returning from a groin injury, goaltender Jonathan Bernier (24 saves on 28 shots) said: "Odd-man rushes." Lupul agreed. "We gave up odd-man situations repeatedly for whatever reason," he said. "Its tough to say from the bench, thats something you notice when you watch the game again. But the try is there, just we didnt get the job done and we have to pay for that now." The Leafs have been paying since they last won a game, Mar. 13 at the Los Angeles Kings. Most importantly they havent been picking up valuable points with the games whittling down to the end of the regular season. On the other hand, Detroit has picked up 11 points and gone on an impressive run without star forward Pavel Datsyuk and captain Henrik Zetterberg. The injuries have piled up, but the Red Wings have gotten 21 goals in 26 games from Nyquist and continued solid performances from goalie Jimmy Howard (25 saves) to remain in the playoff race. "Weve been devastated this year, no question about it, but we found all these kids and were better for it going ahead, so thats a positive thing," coach Mike Babcock said. "Weve had a lot of fun doing it. Weve been in the grinder since day one, theres no question about it, but weve had a lot of fun doing it and weve got a big game against Tampa tomorrow." Every game down the stretch is big for the Leafs now. They return to Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night to face the Calgary Flames before hosting the Atlantic Division-champion Boston Bruins on Thursday and the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. They finish the season with three on the road: at the Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators. But unless they manage to string together a home winning streak, those games will be too late. The task in front of them is to prevent doing even once more what theyve done eight consecutive times. As the Leafs seemed to realize Saturday night, they can no longer afford to lose. "Weve won six in a row in the season," Bernier said. "Obviously its hard to snap the long losing streak like that, but weve got to find a way. If not, then well be home very soon." NOTE -- Winger Phil Kessel took a pass from James van Riemsdyk off his right foot in the first period and laboured to the bench in pain. Kessel was seen limping after the game, but Carlyle did not have any information on his condition. ... Bernier started on back-to-back days for the first time this season and just the second time in his NHL career. The only previous time was March 5, 2013 with the Los Angeles Kings, when Bernier was pulled after giving up three goals on eight shots. ... Defenceman Paul Ranger and enforcer Colton Orr were scratched for the Leafs, who recalled forward Jerry DAmigo earlier in the day from the AHLs Toronto Marlies. ... The Red Wings were playing their 14th straight game without Datsyuk (knee) and 16th straight without Zetterberg (back). Theyve played 35 total without Datsyuk and 29 without Zetterberg. ... The game was broadcast live on CCTV in China. Lamarcus Joyner Jersey . It was a loss. But it was also a learning experience. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson had 24 points each to lift Brooklyn to a 94-87 win over the Raptors, making their first playoff appearance since 08. "I thought we played a little bit as expected as it is our first playoff game," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. Los Angeles Rams Jerseys . -- The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with cornerback Kelvin Hayden. . -- James Harden scored 31 points, including 25 in the second half, and the Houston Rockets dug out of a double-digit, first-half hole to beat the Orlando Magic 101-89 on Wednesday night.Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby has once again been ranked the NHLs No. 1 player, as revealed Wednesday night on the NHL on TSN Top 50 Players special. For the first time, TSNs Top 50 ranking was determined by a group of 14 NHL coaches and general managers, representing seven Eastern Conference teams and seven Western Conference teams. This years NHL on TSN Top 50 Players features nine new players, four goalies, 10 defencemen and 26 players from Canada. The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks have five players on the list, the most of any NHL team. Just missing the Top 50 was Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, who was ranked No. 51. See below for the full NHL on TSN Top 50 Players ranking and an additional breakdown of notable omissions, biggest risers and fallers and players by country and position. You can voice their opinion on the Top 50 ranking by using the hashtag #TSNTop50 on Twitter and on with Your! Call. NHL ON TSN TOP 50 PLAYERS 1. Sidney Crosby 2. Evgeni Malkin 3. Jonathan Toews 4. Steven Stamkos 5. Pavel Datsyuk 6. Zdeno Chara 7. Alex Ovechkin 8. Shea Weber 9. Patrick Kane 10. Claude Giroux 11. Erik Karlsson 12. Henrik Zetterberg 13. John Tavares 14. Henrik Lundqvist 15. Ryan Getzlaf 16. Patrice Bergeron 17. Ryan Suter 18. Anze Kopitar 19. Drew Doughty 20. Duncan Keith 21. Henrik Sedin 22. Jonathan Quick 23. Zach Parise 24. Corey Perry 25. Daniel Sedin 26. Martin St. Louis 27. P.K. Subban28. Eric Staal29. Rick Nash30. Alex Pietrangelo31. Logan Couture32. Marian Hossa33. Kris Letang34. James Neal35. Joe Thornton36. Matt Duchene37. Jamie Benn38. Jason Spezza39. Taylor Hall40. Nicklas Backstrom41. Pekka Rinne42. Milan Lucic43. Phil Kessel44. Oliver Ekman-Larsson45. Sergei Bobrovsky46. David Krejci47. Patrick Sharp48. Dustin Brown49. Thomas Vanek50. Mikko Koivu Whos Missing? Goaltender Carey Price: Ranked No. 51Goaltender Corey Crawford: Stanley Cup-winning goalieGoaltender Craig Anderson: 2012-13 NHL-leading save percentage: .941No Canadian goalie among the four named to the Top 50 listLeft winger Chris Kunitz: First Team All-Star in 2012-13Defenceman Francois Beauchemin: Second Team All-Star in 2012-13 Teams With the Most Players on Top 50 Chicago: 5 (Toews, Kane, Keith, Hossa, Sharp)Pittsburgh: 4 (Crosby, Malkin, Letang, Neal)Boston: 4 (Chara, Bergeron, Lucic, Krejci)Los Angeles: 4 (Kopitar, Doughty, Quick, Brown) Nine New Members of Top 50 27. P.K. Subban 36. Matt Duchene 42. Milan Lucic 44. Oliver Ekman-Larsson 45. Sergei Bobrovsky46. David Krejci47. Patrick Sharp49. Thomas Vanek50. Mikko Koivu Rising from 2012-13 to 2013-14 Patrick Kane 38 to 9 Duncan Keith 49 to 20 Ryan Getzlaf 34 to 15 p; Patrice Bergeron 35 to 16 Falling from 2012-13 to 2013-14 Daniel Sedin 8 to 25Henrik Sedin 9 to 21Pekka Rinne 27 to 41 Dropped Out From 2012-13 Top 50 18. Torry Holt Jersey. . I. Kovalchuk, NJ 25. J. Eberle, Edm 31. T. Seguin, Dal 37. J. Iginla, Bos 42. B. Richards, NYR44. M. Richards, LA45. M. Gaborik, CBJ46. J. Staal, Car48. R. Nugent-Hopkins, Edm Players By Country Canada (26) 1. Crosby 3. Toews 4. Stamkos 8. Weber 10. Giroux 13. Tavares 15. Getzlaf 16. Bergeron19. Doughty20. Keith23. Perry26. St. Louis27. Subban28. E. Staal29. Nash30. Pietrangelo31. Couture33. Letang34. Neal35. Thornton36. Duchene37. Benn38. Spezza39. Hall42. Lucic47. Sharp USA (6) 9. Kane17. Suter22. Quick23. Parise43. Kessel48. Brown Russia (4) 2. Malkin5. Datsyuk7. Ovechkin45. Bobrovsky Sweden (7) 11. Karlsson12. Zetterberg14. Lundqvist21. H. Sedin25. D. Sedin40. Backstrom44. Ekman-Larsson Finland (2) 41. Rinne 50. Koivu Slovakia (2) 6. Chara32. Hossa Slovenia (1) 18. Kopitar Czech Rep. (1) 46. Krejci Austria (1) 49. Vanek Players By Position Goaltender (4) 14. Lundqvist 22. Quick 41. Rinne 45. Bobrovsky Defence (10) 6. Chara8. Weber 11. Karlsson17. Suter 19. Doughty 20. Keith 27. Subban 30. Pietrangelo 33. Letang 44. Ekman-Larsson Left Wing (9) 23. Parise25. D. Sedin29. Nash37. Benn39. Hall42. Lucic47. Sharp 48. Brown49. Vanek Centre (20) 1. Crosby2. Malkin3. Toews4. Stamkos 5. Datsyuk10. Giroux12. Zetterberg13. Tavares15. Getzlaf16. Bergeron18. Kopitar21. H. Sedin28. E. Staal31. Couture 35. Thornton36. Duchene38. Spezza Right Wing (7) 7. Ovechkin9. Kane24. Perry26. St. Louis32. Hossa34. Neal43. Kessel Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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