Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wilson countdown continues

Well there were no chants of "Fire Wilson" but then Ron Wilson didn't have to face a home crowd tonight.

To their credit the Leafs played desperate hockey for the first time in several weeks. They started off strong and scored the first goal in under a minute as opposed to being scored on. They even had a 3-1 lead until late in the first period. But they just couldn't finish off the Blackhawks.

After Corey Crawford was pulled after 20 minutes of hockey, Ray Emery shut the door on the Leafs until 4 seconds remained in the game. The final was 5-4 for Chicago and the Leafs record over the pasts 11 games is just 1-9-1.

Fortunately a bulk of the games in the next few weeks are on the road. No doubt the chants will continue at home. Years of frustration are beginning to boil over. Even when the team was winning there was little optimism in Leafs Nation. Fans had been burned too many times in the past. But don't expect Brian Burke to fire Wilson. He has made it clear in the past that he doesn't like making coaching changes in mid-season. But after their season ends on April 8, all bets are off.

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