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TSN analyst Craig Button goes off on the Leafs: 'Don't get excited about this team'

Tim Tucker   ·   23 février 2020
The Toronto Maple Leafs are the talk of the NHL but for all the wrong reasons. The team that many analysts pegged to be a contender at the beginning of this season has had some really poor performances as of late, none worse than Saturday night's loss to Carolina where 42-year-old emergency backup goalie David Ayres picked up the victory. Following the game, TSN's Craig Button went on a rant, saying the Leafs "fold like a cheap tent in a small wind."

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"You think about Tuesday night's game right, you think about how bad they were," said Button, referring to Toronto's 5-2 loss to Pittsburgh. "They were worse [tonight]! Is that possible? To come out and be worse after your game on Thursday where everybody's excited?" said Button, now referring to the Leafs' 4-0 win over Pittsburgh. "Don't get excited about this team. They haven't given you any reason to get excited because they're not real and they're not contenders any time soon with that type of an approach. Jake Muzzin has it right. They want it easy, and when it gets hard they don't just disappear, they fold like a cheap tent in a small wind."

After both Hurricanes goalies were injured in the game, Ayres, who works as a Zamboni driver for the Toronto Marlies, entered the game as the emergency backup. He stopped eight of 10 Toronto shots as the Hurricanes went on to win the game 6-3. If you watched the third period, the Leafs couldn't get anything going and the Canes dominated the play at both ends of the ice. Ayres was named First Star for his efforts and had a wonderful celebration waiting for him when he got back to Carolina's dressing room.



As it stands right now, Toronto is in third in the Atlantic Division, meaning the team is in a playoff spot. That's despite the fact that Wild Card teams the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes have more points in fewer games. It's clear this type of play cannot continue, though if Toronto wants to make the post-season or go anywhere once they do.

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In what year did the Hartford Whalers become the Carolina Hurricanes?
1972
1977
1982
1987
1997
2003
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