Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Leafs Lose Big Time to Sens, but Need to Look on the Bright Side

The Ottawa Senators are a very good team, there's no doubt about that at all, but the Leafs and their fans should not hang their heads low. The reality is that these are the types of teams that they have to beat in order to go anywhere at playoff time. Now don't get me wrong, this isn't your average Leaf-hate blog, I have absolutely no issue with them. As a third party, this is just my opinion of them.

They have talent and promise, but they certainly aren't reaping the benefits of it. A 5-1 loss to a great team is nothing to be proud of, or to be overly upset about. They got beat quite easily, which was expected (admit it Leafers, it really was), this just sets the bar, giving them something to strive for.

The Leafs should not look on the bad points of this game, they are clearly a less talented team than the Senators, but they should instead look at what they did good, because in order for them to beat them they need to single out what they did good, and exploit it. Whether it's out hustling, or just finding a set play which plays to their advantage, that's for the Leafs coaching staff to figure out.

It is not impossible for the Maple Leafs to beat the Senators, although after tonights' game it sure looks that way. They need to realize that, and they shouldn't hang their heads low. They did what they were expected to do, and that was lose to them. the really good teams bounce back from this, and not only learn from their mistakes, but they take the good points out of the game, and use it next time! That's the beauty of early season games, there's plenty of time to improve.

I believe that a quote from the great philosopher Confucius sums this loss up extremely well, "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." The Leafs shouldn't hang their heads because they failed, they just need to get a new game plan and keep on trying, because nobody will ever remember losing to the Senators in an early regular season game, they will remember winning the big game, and that is ultimately the Stanley Cup. I truly hope they take my advice, so I can stop hearing their whining...


Ron Guillet said...

Well said, Egg. Gives me some extra juice to get up in the morning rather than cry. Is there a glimmer of light at the end of this loonnggg twisted tunnel? I certainly hope so.