Jan 7, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf (3) battles for the puck with New York Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek (26) at Air Canada Centre. The Islanders won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs Dropped By Islanders

A few days after their drubbing at the hands of the New York Rangers, you might have expected the Toronto Maple Leafs to come out and play with some sort of fire.

This did not happen. Instead, the Leafs suffered their second straight loss, 5-3 at the hands of the New York Islanders.

While outshooting the Islanders by one, the Toronto Maple Leafs never got the quality chances that the Islanders did. On the power play, the Leafs went one for five. On the lone penalty kill for the Leafs the Islanders scored.

Far be it for me to say, but the Leafs aren’t supposed to lose like this. If they have playoff aspirations, and they do, I think a little consistency and fire would be nice.

Yet these two losses are showing us something that hasn’t been shown before, or at the very least, hasn’t been enough to sway the most fervent of Leafs fans, and by that I mean all of us.

This team is just not good enough, point blank. It will be a dream come true for fans to get another drama-laced first round series, but this year, it looks to me like it won’t happen. Although, there is something to be said about how wonderful it would be to experience another game seven meltdown, but I digress.

How is this team not good enough you ask? Well, in all facets really. The top echelon teams are stacked in ways that Leafs fans religiously ignore. Crosby/Malkin should be enough to prove that point.

Yet, I think that not having a top 5 talent isn’t even Toronto’s biggest issue. That would be the goal tending situation. Oh to have been John Ferguson Jr holding the keys to a Tuuka Rask and trading it in for an Andrew Raycroft. Brilliant.

Jonathan Bernier is not the saviour and James Reimer is arguably the Toronto Maple Leafs best goalie. Even so, Bernier mysteriously got the start last night, even after being pulled during the debacle against the Rangers.

Leave that to Randy Carlyle to explain, because I will just keep looking at this roster and shaking my head. A lot.


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