Toronto has officially been eliminated from playoff contention after a 3-0 loss to Carolina on Tuesday.
Jonas Gustavsson was pulled early in the second by the Leafs after allowing three goals on 12 shots. Marlies call-up, Jussi Rynnas, was the sole highlight of the night for Toronto, stopping all 10 Hurricane shots on goal in relief.
Toronto’s tenth straight loss at home marked an epic collapse which saw the team on par for the post season early last month. However, since February 6th the Leafs sad 5-16-3 record has knocked them to 14th in the East. The disappointing performance confirmed Leaf Nation’s darkest fears – Toronto has now been shut-out of the playoffs for seven consecutive seasons, the worst streak in franchise history.