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Peter Horachek

Leafs running out of bad things to say about themselves


All the Toronto Maple Leafs can seem to do at this stage is to find new ways of describing their lackluster play.

On March 7, Leafs head coach Peter Horachek said the team put forth “no effort” in their 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues. When a reporter asked if that was about the worst thing he could say about the team, Horachek agreed that it was.

Following Monday’s 4-1 loss to Edmonton, Phil Kessel lamented that this was “an all-time low in hockey.”

So what was left to say after allowing 21 shots in a single period to the San Jose Sharks en route to a 4-1 loss tonight?

“It was like a pro team playing a non-pro team,” Horachek said of the contest, per TSN’s Jonas Siegel.

“We were probably a junior team playing against an NHL team tonight,” goaltender Jonathan Bernier suggested.

What could the Maple Leafs possibly add to that if the Ottawa Senators, who have far more left to play for, blow them out of the water on Saturday?

Goalie nods: Panthers return ‘our MVP’ Luongo for key tilt versus Wings

Roberto Luongo

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Luongo back for Florida

Roberto Luongo will play for the first time since Mar. 3 when the Panthers host the Red Wings in Sunrise this evening.

Luongo, who’s missed the past six games with a shoulder injury, draws back in looking to keep Florida’s playoff hopes alive. The Panthers went an impressive 3-2-1 during his absence with journeyman Dan Ellis in goal, but know their chances of making the postseason are increased greatly with Bobby Loo in net.

“[Luongo] has been our MVP all year long,” Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said, per NHL.com. “He’s been a great player for us and a great leader and a great character. He’s going to come in tonight and try to do his best.

“He’ll work hard and compete hard and I’m sure the guys will be excited to see him.”

Florida heads into tonight’s action seven points back of Boston (the Bruins take on the Sens in Ottawa tonight), but still has three head-to-head matchups remaining against the B’s.

For Detroit, Petr Mrazek gets the call in net tonight.


Sharks at Leafs: Antti Niemi vs. Jonathan Bernier

Canes at Habs: Anton Khudobin vs. Carey Price

Bruins at Senators: Tuukka Rask (probable) vs. Andrew Hammond

Blues at Jets: Brian Elliott vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Caps at Wild: Braden Holtby vs. Devan Dubnyk

Pens at Stars: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Kari Lehtonen (probable)

Flyers at Flames: Steve Mason vs. Karri Ramo

Jackets at Canucks: (No Columbus starter yet) vs. Eddie Lack

Avs at Coyotes: Semyon Varlamov vs. Louis Domingue

‘I’m not going to sit here and whine about it,’ says Kadri after receiving four-game suspension

Nazem Kadri

For the second time this month, Nazem Kadri has had to accept punishment for a transgression.

First, he ran afoul of the rules of his own team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, which resulted in a three-game ban and Brendan Shanahan stating publicly the young forward had to “grow up.”

On Wednesday, the 24-year-old Kadri received another suspension, this time from the National Hockey League. It’s a four-game suspension for a head shot on Edmonton’s Matt Fraser.

Kadri also forfeits $141,463.41 in salary because of the incident.

On Wednesday, Kadri reacted to the league’s suspension, saying he tried to avoid the hit.

“There’s not much I can do, I mean I felt I did everything I did what I could (to avoid the hit) you never want to see stuff like that happen,” said Kadri, as per the club’s website. “I hope he is alright and he gets back to (100 per cent). I think it was pretty obvious that I felt pretty bad about it after the situation.

“It’s obviously hard to deal with.

“I’m not going to sit here and whine about it. I’m going to come back to work and be professional, no matter if I’m on the sidelines, on the ice or in the dressing room.”

Related: ‘I never felt that Nazem ever listened to me,’ says former Leafs coach Wilson of Kadri