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Toronto Maple Leafs lose a playoff spot along with their dignity

3/27/14 in NHL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier came back on the ice to salvage the remainder of their tattered pride as the Leafs spiralled out of control into chaos as they lost match after match and descended into a losing streak. He failed to bring any form of lasting stability to the team and by the time their match against the Saint Louis Blues ended, they had both lost the remainder of their dignity along with the much contended playoff spot due to utter carelessness.
 
Bernier had just come back on the ice after being out for 5 games and he did put up a good effort to keep the Leafs in control and stable but he alone proved insufficient and the Blues claimed the match in a 5-3 victory. The Leafs have been totally out of control and this defeat marked their sixth consecutive one. With 6 back to back losses, the Leafs have but failed miserably and let everyone down.
 
Blues goaltender Ryan Miller said that the Conference was a fiercely contested one and to keep head above water it was necessary never to let the guard down and be prepared at all times. Those that did ended up like the Leafs.
 
"It's a hard league," Miller said. "You've got to keep it all together."
 
It is not that the Leafs don’t have what it takes to be champions, it is just that they went lazy and lost their edge. Just some time ago they had the 2nd position in the Atlantic Division and now there season is in jeopardy. Winger Joffrey Lupul said that it was their fault that they lost their game and let waste all their efforts. He said that they had spent the entire year preparing for this moment and even though they were in a bad position, they still had hope and were looking at making a comeback.
 
"Certainly we're afraid of letting it slip away," Lupul said. "The whole year we've thought we were a playoff team, and we still believe that now. ... There's reason for concern, but it's not completely time to panic. We're still right there."
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