Toronto Maple Leafs hit rock bottom after humiliating loss to Hurricanes

Mitchell Marner #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Arizona Coyotes during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Mitchell Marner #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Arizona Coyotes during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /

With the Carolina Hurricanes having to turn to an emergency goalie, the Toronto Maple Leafs let themselves get humiliated and should get no sympathy.

Whatever Kyle Dubas had planned for the Toronto Maple Leafs at the trade deadline, throw it in the garbage can.

This team doesn’t deserve it.

On a night where the Carolina Hurricanes were playing on a back-to-back and lost James Reimer to an injury early in the first period, the game took an interesting turn when Petr Mrazek collided with Kyle Clifford. In comes David Ayres, who works as a Zamboni driver and has spent time taking shots from the players in practice, to help contribute to another low moment for the franchise.

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At first, the Leafs looked like they were ready to pounce on the opportunity scoring two goals on the first two shots on net. The problem here is that the Hurricanes don’t quit when things get tough, and that’s the real problem in all of this.

The Leafs were outshot 17-11 in the first period, 21-8 in the second and 9-7 in the third period. Just with that alone should say all that needs to be said which is that one team came ready to play and the other looked like they just wanted to pick up a paycheck.

Of course, for the group calling out general manager Kyle Dubas following this loss clearly didn’t see his reaction when the Leafs were getting scored on. This is someone who was not only embarrassed but looked genuinely pissed by what he was watching.

This is all on the players, simple as that.

Everything that has gone against this team over the past month is all about what the effort this team is playing with. Take this past week against the Pittsburgh Penguins as evidence to support that.

Toronto got embarrassed 5-2 only to bounce back and play a complete 60-minute effort in a 4-0 victory. it’s clear this team can play with the urgency and desire they need to win against a team like the Penguins.

Unfortunately, when a team like Carolina comes in and forces the Leafs to work for their win that’s where it all does south. In this case, Leafs Nation was not only fuming with rage but understandably, they were humiliated considering their team couldn’t find a way to beat a 42-year-old that didn’t know he was going to play in the NHL.

So people can blame Dubas for assembling this team all they want, this team isn’t losing games because they just don’t have enough talent. This is more about the team’s mental approach which has been in question for most of the season and got exposed in the worst way possible.

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