The only way to possibly heal the emotional wounds this team has caused me is to rant. If I don't, I fear a heart attack is in order for the very near future.
I'll start with an issue that needs to be resolved, an issue that is causing me a loss of hair, an issue forcing me to listen to Simple Plan and lock myself in my room for days. That issue is the goaltending of Vesa Toskala.
Toskala's performance this season has been abysmal; there's no use defending the Finnish goaltender. His struggles are considerably worse than his slow start last season. He's fighting the puck, letting in a number of soft goals, staying deep in his net, and his glove hand has miraculously disappeared, among other problems. His .878 SV% is ranked 41st in the league (3rd last among starting goaltenders) and his 3.24 GAA 37th (6th last among starting goaltenders). Obviously, some major improvement is needed between the pipes.
On the subject, Ron Wilson needs to start playing Joseph. Send Toskala a message by playing CuJo for the full 60 minutes. If he doesn't step up, he doesn't play. It's as simple as that.
The Leafs blew way too many scoring chances against Boston tonight – not to mention the fact they ringed the post five times.
What's up with the D? I like the Leafs' aggressive approach, but the defense is incapable of covering up any of Toskala's shortcomings. On paper, the Leafs possess more defensive defenseman compared to years past, but at this point, it's a meaningless fact because they're playing just as bad.
Why were the Leafs refusing to give the puck to the Bruins during the last minute of play? It would have given them at least another 5 to 10 seconds on the 5-on-3 powerplay.
On a more positive note, perhaps the Leafs are now prepped to accomplish their destiny – plummeting down the standings for a higher draft pick.
Oh and I almost forgot, silly me, Leafs fans are all delusional sheep who are helplessly at the mercy of MLSE.
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