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Spezza on Leafs' loss: 'That game falls on me now'

5 décembre 2019
Toronto forward Jason Spezza is placing the blame for Wednesday night's 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche squarely on himself. The game was tied 1-1 with about six-and-a-half minutes gone in the third when a miscue between Spezza and Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly led to a breakaway for the Avs' Valeri Nichushkin. Nichushkin would captialize and the goal would end up being the game winner, with Colorado adding an empty-netter near the end of the third. Take a look:




"I'm going to the bench and then I hear someone yell, 'The puck's coming,'" Spezza said in a post game interview. "So I make a split-second decision to play it and then Mo (Rielly) yells that he's there and I kind of just froze to try to not get in his way and in turn got in his way more. That game falls on me now ."

It's a tough break for Spezza, for sure, but he's not wrong in his assessment. Until that moment, it had been a hard-fought game between the two teams that could have gone either way. Instead, Toronto dropped their second game in a row and their third in the last four games. After winning three straight to start his tenure as new head coach of the Leafs, Sheldon Keefe is now 4-3-0 in his first seven games behind the bench. Toronto also has just four goals in its last three games, which is a surprise given the amount of offensive talent the team has. Keefe likes the improvement on defense that he's seen, but is getting a bit worried about the lack of offense recently.

"While our attention has gone there, we've gotten away from some of the things offensively we focused on in the early going and that has caused us to revert back to some things we don't necessarily like. We'll have to try to fix that," Keefe told reporters after the game.

Toronto will have a chance to get things back on track Saturday night as they face the Stanley Cup Champ St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Centre.



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