Maple Leafs fall to Flyers 4

The Maple Leafs have rolled a seven the kind that means a playoff crap out.

A seventh straight loss by Randy Carlyle team, one shy of the eight defeats Ron Wilson club stumbled with to start 2009 10, continues to steer the current edition toward a similar early spring exit.

At the very least, Friday 4 2 loss to the Flyers makes a van cleef & arpels necklace copy regulation win imperative Saturday at home against the Red Wings. But the odds of grinding 10 to 12 points from the final seven games, burdened by a lack of depth and cohesion, bad luck and poor decisions in the heat of battle, are very slim. All remain serious deficiencies that would doom them in a series if they somehow did slip in and faced Boston or Pittsburgh.

seems every time we do something the wrong way or end up in the penalty box on a ticky tack call, it in our net, sighed winger James van Riemsdyk.

have to stick with this. We know what ahead of us, know how big this game is (Saturday), we tied with (Detroit) and fighting with them. Maybe we can kick start ourselves.

Van Riemsdyk was kicking himself after his routine cross ice pass hit Scott Hartnell skate and went right to Claude Giroux behind the play for the winner. As Carlyle ruefully noted, Giroux was only back there uncovered because Carl Gunnarsson did his job and flattened him at the end boards with the requisite hard hit.

Van Riemsdyk had done his part with a replica van cleef necklaces club record speed goal just four seconds into the middle period to make it 1 1. Dave Bolland had made it 3 2 early in the third, as Toronto held a 34 29 shot advantage over all. But the Leafs lost it on special teams, two power play goals by the Flyers, while their own unit was 0 for 4 on a rebound friendly Steve Mason.

And poor Dion Phaneuf couldn avoid the spotlight, though there was little he could do when an alley oop Flyers dump in skittered away from his fielding attempt and led to a Wayne Simmonds goal.

bounces are definitely not going for us, Carlyle said. play some decent hockey, but we on the wrong end of the score.

Indeed, there were a couple of ridiculous situations that only a cursed team such as the Leafs could have backed into. The Flyers first goal was a 5 on 3, with defenceman Phaneuf forced to take his first ever draw against Philly ace Girioux. How? Cody Franson was assessed a borderline holding call, Nikolai Kulemin followed him to the box 24 seconds later and Jay McClement, the only forward on the ice, was booted from the circle for slapping at the puck while it was still in the linesman hand.

you get the benefit of the doubt, McClement said, the linesman explained it a black and white call he had to make.

Phaneuf and Gunnarsson briefly debated who would take the draw. Let just say Phaneuf DVD of Faceoffs 101 won be a hot seller at Christmas. With defenceman Timonen alerting mates to the mismatch, Giroux beat Phaneuf and Timonen fed Vinny Lecavalier. The subject of local pre game buzz when he was dropped to the fourth line for lack of production, Lecavalier scored his first in seven games.

Carlyle later heard the McClement call might have been an error. But other setbacks included a Gunnarsson goal rejected for Joffrey Lupul interfering with Mason and Hartnell nasty power play tip that looked more accidental than athletic.

But as long as the Leafs have life on the schedule, and teams such as Pittsburgh help by beating Columbus in regulation, Carlyle clings to hope they can at least play adequate defence to support Jonathan Bernier and offset other weaknesses with first line scoring.

proven to us before, they can play the game at a high level, the coach said of his team, we can regroup and tidy up turnovers. We have to win more one on one battles.

That a refrain that fallen on mostly deaf ears since the Leafs got a little too smug on their west coast trip and Bernier was hurt.

have to clean it up to the point where we aren making any mistakes, van Riemsdyk said, half joking.

Unfortunately, he might be right.

JVR SETS SPEED RECORD

Mats Sundin was fast asleep in Stockholm when James van Riemsdyk broke his Leafs record for fastest goal to start a period, tying the NHL mark, too.

Many at the Wells Fargo Center weren yet settled in for the middle period when Tyler Bozak dangled the centre ice draw around Flyers centre Sean Couturier and sent van Riemsdyk flying down the left side. A quick flick on Steve Mason and he beaten Sundin 19 year old record from an overtime win in St. Louis by a full two seconds.

made the play, praised van Riemsdyk. kind of looked at each other before the faceoff (Zac Rinaldo was serving a too many men minor) and he decided he was going to push it ahead.

Van Riemsdyk tied the record set by Claude Provost of the Montreal Canadiens, who scored four ticks into the second period against Boston on Nov. 9, 1957. Denis Savard of the Chicago Blackhawks matched that against the Hartford Whalers on Jan. 12, 1986.

Randy Carlyle's Maple Leafs copy van cleef clover earrings are mired in a late season seven game losing streak, last endured when Ron Wilson's team opened the '09 10 season by dropping eight.

While the current Leafs have seven games to go, they remain burdened by a lack of depth and cohesion and, on Friday, made poor decisions in the heat of battle. All knocks that would doom them in a series if they somehow did slip in and face Boston or Pittsburgh.

The Leafs had the required response to Tuesday's flame out against the Blues, but another loss to an Eastern rival, 4 2 to the big, brash and quickly gelling Flyers, opened back to back weekend games on the wrong foot. Another regulation loss at home Saturday against Detroit will take away even more of the Leafs' control over their fate.

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