Friday, February 12, 2010

Song sung blue

Toronto got pasted tonight by the St. Louis Blues, 4-0.

The Blues scored a pair of shorthanded goals in the second to take a 3-0 lead, one of them coming from former Leaf Alexander Steen.

I hate to say I told you so, but Toronto's lack of offense is going to make a bad season even more miserable. Their defense, though clearly improved with Dion Phaneuf and J.S. Giguere, can't compensate for their now-anemic offense with all the forwards who left to bring them in.

So, the Olympic break is here for the Leafs. They won't play again until March 2nd, and they'll have to stew over their 19-31-11 record. With only 21 games left, they're going to have their hands full climbing over many of the teams ahead of them in the standings. They're in the 29th spot for now, with Edmonton quietly creeping up on them, just five points behind with a game in-hand.

Leafs fans have to be sickened by what they've seen from their team this season, and knowing that they'll hand over their first- and second-round picks to Boston is a kick in the groin. The one thing you have to look forward to during a basement-dwelling season is the draft, so with even that small comfort robbed from them, Leafs Nation can only console themselves with the big names who recently joined their team, nevermind the fact that Phaneuf and Giguere alone can't cure what ails that club.

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