Maybe next year...

Toronto failed to make the playoffs after a 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay

(Chris O'Meara /AP)

Ondrej Palat had two goals, Anders Lindback came off the bench to make 25 saves, and the Tampa Bay Lightning ended Toronto's playoff hopes by beating the Maple Leafs 3-0 on Tuesday night.
Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop left with 14:17 left in the first due to an undisclosed upper-body injury. He was hurt while lunging to his left and landing on his side while attempting to glove the puck. Lindback replaced Bishop, who is 37-14-7 this season for the playoff-bound Lightning.
Victor Hedman had an empty-net goal late in the third for the Lightning, who trail Montreal by two points for second place in the Atlantic Division. Bishop turned aside three shots before departing.
James Reimer stopped 31 shots for the Maple Leafs, who have lost 10 of 12.
Palat put the Lightning up 1-0 when he beat Reimer from the top of the left circle 9:19 into the second.
Tampa Bay went up 2-0 during a power play when Palat, positioned near the post, scored after Steven Stamkos sent the puck off the boards behind the net with 4:15 left in the second.
Lindback made a nifty glove save on Jake Gardiner's shot late in the second.

Toronto C Dave Bolland (ankle) was scratched. The Maple Leafs were already without G Jonathan Bernier (knee) and RW Joffrey Lupul, who had what the team called successful arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday.

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  1. Mark posted on 04/09/2014 06:28 AM
    Leafs fans remind me of liberal voters. They support them even though they are chronic losers who can't seem to ever get anything right. They both promise the moon and deliver a small chunk of rotten cheese.

    Well, at least the leafs do not steal billions of tax payers money for their own gain. That's my opinion.

    Don't worry leafs fans, things will get better next year. NOT.

    I predict the leafs will have a 100 year losing streak and that they will still have fans.
    1. dama posted on 04/09/2014 02:31 PM
      @Mark Sports team in Toronto has a lot of corporate sponsors hence the fans are not really fan of any team, more like , hey it is free ticket (tax wrote off) and fre food,, enjoy a night in the corporate box..

      and those that have season tickets, they are the elitist fan that can afford the pricing..

      I watched the Leafs occasionally on TV for I like Coaches Corner to see Don Cherry's outrages suit.. lol

      Anyway.. Leafs started fine in the season and faltered in the last 20 games.. whom do you blame? Randy or players?

      For me, I blame Randy in terms of goalie.. he should have played Reimer more instead of Bernier, towards the end Reimer lost his confidence..

      Reimer played very well in lats year's playoff against Boston, he rovided the goaltanding for the Leafs to come back after trailing Boston in that series except the 7th game....

      I think Reimer will not be back in a Leaf's uniform next year..
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