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article imageToronto Maple Leafs hit bottom, mauled by Bruins 8-0

By Marcus Hondro     Mar 19, 2012 in Sports
Heading into their final game of their season series against the Boston Bruins for 2011-12, the Toronto Maple Leafs were 0-5 and had been outscored 28-10 by the Stanley Cup champs. The Buds decided to stay the course.
In a display of hockey ineptness, the Leafs got out-hustled, out-skilled, out-hearted to the tune of an 8-0 shellacking at the hands of the Bruins. Out-shot 24-13, they were never in the game and were down 4-0 a scant 12 minutes and 42 seconds in and 7-0 after two periods. Fighting for their playoff lives it looked as if, from the goalies out, they lacked desire.
“Goaltending falls right in line with the rest of our team,” Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said. “They didn’t play to the level that was required. Your goaltender has to give you a chance, but your team has to help your goaltender and give him a chance.”
Bruins feast on Maple Leafs in 2011-12
Fifteen Boston players recorded a point in the game, lead by recently re-acquired Brian Rolston, whose goal and 3 assists tied his single-game career-high; it was the second time he recorded 4 points as a Bruin, doing so his first stint in Boston in 2003. The Leafs gave Tim Thomas his second shut-out of the season, both against them, and Boston winds up scoring 36 goals against Toronto this season, an average of 6 per game.
The loss, along with Washington's 5-3 win in Detroit, leaves the Leafs 8 points behind the Caps and the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Each team has 9 games left and any combination of Toronto loss of potential points and Washington gain of points totaling 11 will mean no Stanley Cup playoffs in Toronto for the eighth straight year.
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