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The Toronto Maple Leafs have been lacking depth and quality at the defense position for a couple of seasons Rasmus Andersson Jersey Womens , but now it's really starting to cost them important games.This past Thursday night, the Leafs were defeated by the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning. The final score was 4 to 1 in favor of the Lightning, thanks to their three goals in the second period.Two of those three goals coming in the last 40 seconds of that period and the Leafs' defense is what lost them this game. Their offense did all it could by outshooting the Lightning by 49 to 21. But, the Lightning's goaltender,聽Andrei Vasilevskiy, made a number of fantastic saves to keep the Leafs off of the score-sheet for the majority of the game.advertisingThe goaltending advantage part did not age well pic.twitter.com/8eqLtzaZ0k— Jake (@goaltending3131) December 14, 2018Those two goals in the last 40 seconds of the second period show how dysfunctional the Leafs' defense is. Even though they have one of the best offense's in the league, their defense is the thing that is holding them back from complete success.Their top-two defensemen are without a doubt Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner, but that duo isn't performing well enough, especially to get them past the first round in the playoffs this season. They will need to acquire more defensive defensemen to improve their defensive game.advertisingOther than Travis Dermott, the Leafs don't have much quality behind their two top defensemen. What would really solve their problems William Nylander Jersey , would be to acquire the much sought after number one defenseman.The Leafs general manager, Kyle Dubas, had trade discussions about trading for a defenseman like that, before William Nylander ended his holdout. But now with him signed, the likelihood of that happening is very low. NarcityStill, the Leafs need to make an upgrade on the defensive end, so they won't be giving up comfortable leads or allowing multiple goals late in periods anymore. This game against the Lightning isn't the only time the Leafs have struggled defensively either.advertisingThe last example was last Saturday night against the Boston Bruins. It was the lack of skill they have on their defense that cost them the game again. The Bruins scored in every period of the game and ultimately won by a score of 6 to 3.Just because you have one of the best offenses in the league, doesn't mean you don't also need quality players on defense. Which, following this loss, the Leafs are starting to believe. They will need to find a way to fix this problem, or they may find themselves losing too many games to keep them in the playoff race.What This Means This loss should come as a wake-up call to everyone in the Leafs organization. For the past couple of seasons Zach Hyman Jersey , they have focused on outscoring their opponents, rather than out defending them.advertisingBut, this Leafs team is good enough to be capable to do both of those, if they just add a top-defensemen. If the Leafs were able to do this, then they would be able to pair Rielly with a partner to match his style of play. All of this would likely lead to the Leafs actually becoming a championship contending team. NEW YORK (AP) — Petr Mrazek and the Carolina Hurricanes had a reason to enjoy themselves, too, on Friday night.Mrazek made 27 saves and the Hurricanes spoiled a celebration at Madison Square Garden that honored the last Rangers team to win the Stanley Cup, blanking New York 3-0.Warren Foegele scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period as the Hurricanes ended a 16-game losing streak at the Garden. He took a pass from Saku Maenalanen in the slot and wristed a shot past Henrik Lundqvist at 6:43.“It was nice to get rewarded there,” Foegele said. “It was a great play by (Kegger) Greg McKegg to enter the zone with speed and then a beautiful pass by Saku.”Rookie Andrei Svechnikov and Brock McGinn added empty-net goals as Carolina won its third in a row. It was Carolina’s first win at MSG since a 4-3 victory on Oct. 29, 2010.In a 45-minute pregame ceremony, Mark Messier Alex Burmistrov Jersey , Brian Leetch and the players and coaches from the Rangers’ 1994 Stanley Cup team were introduced. They were seated at center ice as a sellout crowd cheered the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of that championship.To honor that club, Lundqvist wore a goaltender’s mask similar to Mike Richter’s with the Statue of Liberty prominently displayed on the front. Lundqvist’s mask also has “1994” painted on the right side with a picture of Richter, his name and number.“Unbelievable. It’s a humbling thing. What a great statement by him,” Richter said before the game.“(He) didn’t have to do it. It’s very classy. I was shocked. … Coming from him, look at the career the man has put together. He’s been nothing but consistent from the day he arrived. He’s had just a remarkable career, so it means a lot coming from him.”Rangers coach David Quinn was disappointed in his team’s effort in the game.“There was definitely a lack of urgency which was surprising,” he said. “It certainly was set up to be a special night. We just didn’t capitalize on it.”Carolina, which is 13-4-1 in its past 18 games, climbed within a point of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference.“I think we know where we are in the standings and how important each game is,” Foegele said. “We need wins and it’s important we got two points there.”These Rangers are near the bottom of the Eastern Conference.After a tightly played opening period, both teams had better scoring chances in the second.Kevin Hayes took a pass from Jimmy Vesey and faked Mrazek and attempted to stuff the puck into the net http://www.officialcanucks.com/authenti … vat-jersey , but Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin swept it out from the crease.“That was a big save by him,” Mrazek said. “Hayes did a nice job holding the puck for a little bit, I get out and a great save by Slavin.”Mrazek closed the second period by making a stellar stick-side save on Mika Zibanejad with the Rangers on the power play.Lundqvist kept the game scoreless late in the opening period as he stopped Nino Niederreiter on a breakaway. He finished with 30 saves.“We definitely had our looks, especially in the second period,” Lundqvist said. “It came down to one play. Unfortunately we were on the wrong end. We had our opportunities. But they defended really well the whole game.”NOTES: For the national anthem, the Garden replayed John Amirante’s version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” that he performed during the ’94 Cup Final. … The Rangers are 1-2-1 on their homestand. … Defenseman Haydn Fleury was scratched for Carolina. Center Brett Howden and defenseman Neal Pionk were scratched by the Rangers.UP NEXT:Hurricanes: At the Devils on Sunday in the fourth game of a five-game road trip.Rangers: Host Toronto on Sunday to close out a five-game homestand.

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