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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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TOP 20 G A PTS
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2 1 3
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1 2 3
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1 1 2
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NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
49 76
LEON DRAISAITL
49 75
NATHAN MACKINNON
48 70
DAVID PASTRNAK
50 70
ARTEMI PANARIN
47 68
BRAD MARCHAND
50 65
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47 64
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48 62
PATRICK KANE
50 62
JOHN CARLSON
49 60
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GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK
50 37
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
49 34
AUSTON MATTHEWS
49 34
JACK EICHEL
48 28
NATHAN MACKINNON
48 28
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ASSISTS GP A
CONNOR MCDAVID
49 49
LEON DRAISAITL
49 48
JOHN CARLSON
49 47
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
47 46
BRAD MARCHAND
50 44
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DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
49 60
ROMAN JOSI
47 48
VICTOR HEDMAN
46 41
DOUGIE HAMILTON
47 40
ALEX PIETRANGELO
49 40
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ROOKIES GP PTS
CALE MAKAR
40 35
VICTOR OLOFSSON
42 35
QUINN HUGHES
48 34
DOMINIK KUBALIK
48 32
NICK SUZUKI
50 27
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WINS GP W
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35 24
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35 22
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39 22
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41 21
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