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I don't know if TSN's article about the Leafs' lack of defence makes me more laugh or be angry.
TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs are having an awfully tough time keeping the puck out of their net these days, but no one's pointing a finger at Vesa Toskala or Andrew Raycroft.

Every player in a blue and white jersey feels some responsibility for the team's defensive struggles.

"We've got to keep four, five, six goals out of our net," forward Alex Steen said after Saturday's 6-4 loss to Pittsburgh. "It's not helping us when they're scoring six goals on us. We've got to minimize the chances they get.

"It's not the defencemen (that are at fault), it's everybody. Us forwards need to come back, help out, and make sure we're available."

No team in the Eastern Conference has allowed more goals than the Leafs.
Lack of team defence in Toronto is not a divine revelation. It's been going on for years. Last year, sure, Raycroft had the odd bad night. But the team defence in front of him was.....ASS. In recent past, the Leafs' have always had this problem. They just had superb goalies like Curtis Joseph and Ed Belfour to bail them out. Well, Raycroft and maybe even Toskala are not Cujo's and Belfour's.
It's just hilarious almost that Toskala was brought in to Toronto to be the saviour and he isn't one.
I just don't get the Leafs or Paul Maurice. Wasn't Maurice supposed to be a defencive minded coach? He sure made the Hurricanes boring to watch in the early 2000's with that trapping play. But it was effective. Either he has changed his style completely, or the players are not listening to him. I can't tell which it is. Probably both.
I don't like what Steen said, "it's not the defencemen's fault, it's everybody." C'mon, don't take too much heat off the D in T.O. They are either a bunch of pylons (Hal Gill) or take too many chances offensively and get caught (Kaberle and McCabe).
Somehow, Maurice is going to have to teach these guys how to play defence and get them to buy into a different system.
Good luck.
Until then every time there is an odd-man rush against the Leafs, take a shot of whatever alcohol you are drinking. I guarantee you'll be passed out before the 3rd period is over.

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