It was a tough night for the Blue and White. The Toronto Maple Leafs desperate to stay in the playoff hunt in the East battled hard but came up on the short end of another loss to the Ottawa Senators.
On the night they honored Tie Domi for his 1,000 game played, the plot line probably included a Maple Leaf win, with perhaps Domi scoring the winning goal to make the night perfect. Instead, the Leafs who held their own for two periods, lost control of the game in the third as the Ottawa offence got untracked and began to control the play adding to the lead and taking the eventual victory by a score of 4-2.
With Montreal picking up two more points with a victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Leafs continued their slide further and further from a the final playoff spot, perhaps giving GM John Ferguson cause to start thinking of selling rather than buying at the trade deadline this Thursday.
As if the story on the ice wasn’t bad enough for the Leafs, the injury front provided even more bad news for the Leafs. The much injured Eric Lindros suffered yet another season ending injury, taking a shot of his previously damaged wrist, once again rendering it useless to him for the rest of the season. The much snake bit Lindros had hoped that his return to action in a Toronto uniform would turn around a very disappointing career, but once again fate has conspired against the Big E.
The latest troubles for Lindros pretty well define this Maple Leaf season, one with high expectations but in the end disappointment beckons as the season’s end draws closer. While they aren’t out of the playoff race yet, the combination of Leaf losses and Hab victories is putting Montreal in the driver’s seat for a hold on the last playoff spot for the annual chase for Stanley!