Maple Leafs Fail to Gain Ground in the Eastern Conference

Even though there is a lot of hockey still to be played the Toronto Maple Leafs are in grave danger of seeing their season spiral out of control. Approximately 24 hours after a lacklustre 5-2 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Leafs were booed off the ice after dropping a 4-1 game against the Philadelphia Flyers. An alarming trend for Toronto, who are currently nine points out of a playoff spot is that forward Phil Kessel was shutout for a seventh straight game. “I’m disappointed in myself, obviously,” Kessel who had 30 goals last season said. “I’m getting chances to score, I’m just not burying them. I’ve got to bear down and find a way to get it done. …They brought me in here to score goals and right now I’m (in) a big struggle. I’ve got to figure it out.” Staring for the Flyers was veteran forward Danny Briere who continued his hot streak by scoring his 15th and 16th goals of the season. “It started last year in the playoffs, said Briere about his elevated play. “For some reason it just keeps going.” Besides for Briere who now has 37 points in 34 games against the Leafs, Philadelphia got goals from Chris Pronger and Ville Leino. Coming off a heartbreaking loss against the San Jose Sharks, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette liked for the most part what he saw. “I thought we played a good game for the most part,” he said. “There was a few minutes in the second period at the end where we were a little bit loose, but I think overall we were pretty good defensively, pretty good on the attack, and we came out skating right away.” The only real positive news for Leafs fans is that forward Mikhail Grabovski scored for Toronto and now has three goals in just as many games.


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