Leafs Get Outplayed, Outscored by Florida, Lose 4-1

This is basically what happened. - Joel Auerbach

It was all Florida from the moment the puck dropped.

Nazem Kadri had a nice takeaway followed by a good dish to David Clarkson, who scored his fourth goal of the season. Otherwise? It was ugly. Tom Gilbert and Jesse Winchester had scored two before Clarkson, while Shawne Matthias and Marcel Goc would seal the game afterwards. Here's your game in six:

The Leafs weren't credited with their first shot on goal until 7:19 had elapsed in the first. Florida had 48 shots on goal over the course of the game. It's hard to win a game when you're spending the whole time in your own zone - hey, if you see Greg Cronin in a hallway today, make sure to ask him if the Leafs got outpossessed last night. It was all Florida from the puck drop.

Jonathon Bernier made 44 saves on those 47 shots (there was an empty netter). Against Florida. Jonathan Huberdeau, Scottie Upshall, and Matthias all had great 1-on-0 opportunities. Matthias' short side goal did not look good on Bernier, but he had plenty of strong saves through the game. At least someone had flashes of brilliance - the most notable action by the Leafs' forwards involved the steal-pass-shoot between Kadri and Clarkson, and the Mason Raymond power move that may have been the only time Tim Thomas really needed to wake up.

Jake Gardiner and Jonathan Huberdeau dropped the gloves while Colton Orr was watching, because he's not a deterrent, he doesn't fight players who would actually fight skill players, and he's not good at his supposed job. He continues to get gifted a roster slot, despite being incapable of playing double-digit ice time at the NHL level. And speaking of performance, the Leafs just had 20% of shots while he was on ice, as did Troy Bodie. It feels like I'm treading over well known territory here, but here we are. I bring this up not because it had a huge impact on the game, but because it's an explicit case where the "enforcer" that the Leafs carry had the opportunity to enforce, and didn't - the bigger takeaway from this game is that save Bernier, no one did their job well last night.
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