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article imageToronto Maple Leafs go out on a whimper, lose to Senators 1-0

By Marcus Hondro     Apr 13, 2014 in Sports
The Toronto Maple Leafs ended a disastrous run — they lost 12 of their final 14 — and a disastrous season, going out with hardly a whimper in Ottawa against the Senators Saturday night. The Leafs were again outshot, this time 37-29.
"It's terribly disappointing and emotional," Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said when it was done. "It's like you almost get in a state of depression because it's such a negative in your life. We're embarrassed about the way things unraveled for our hockey club."
Jason Spezza scored the game's only goal at the 7:35 mark of the second on a breakaway, the only blemish on what was a strong night for James Reimer. For Ottawa, who like Toronto missed the playoffs, it was their fourth straight win, their longest winning streak of 2013-14. Goalie Craig Anderson recorded his fourth shutout of the year.
The watch will be on now to see who will be back next season for the Leafs. New team president Brendan Shanahan has just signed on and isn't saying anything about anyone yet, but speculation is heads will roll after yet another tough season for the team.
GM Dave Nonis and coach Randy Carlyle are each potential victims of the season. Even Reimer, a restricted free agent come July 1, could be gone and after the game he told media that given he might not be back it was an emotional night for him.
Among the team's unrestricted free agents are Mason Raymond, who scored 3 goals in the final 22 games, defenceman Paul Ranger, whose return to the NHL was a success, Nikolai Kulemin, Dave Bolland, whose price-tag may be too high for Toronto, and Jay McClement.
Toronto played a lackluster game to end the season and were criticized on Hockey Night in Canada for not showing more character. The Leafs finish at 38-36-8 for 23rd place overall in the NHL. Offensively their 231 goals scored will see them tie for 13th with the Columbus Blue Jackets; their 256 goals allowed leaves them 25th in that category.
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