Lalime faces many critics

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 2:43 PM ET


 Patrick Lalime might get the tar-and-feather treatment from bitter Senators fans should he be seen walking the streets of Ottawa any time soon.

 But at least he came out and faced his critics after turning in a first-period stinker in the Maple Leafs' 4-1 victory over Lalime's Sens last night at the Air Canada Centre.

 Lalime was beaten three times in the first period by a Toronto team that had not scored more than two goals in its previous 10 post-season games.

 Two of the goals last night -- both by Joe Nieuwendyk -- were of the smelly variety, including a shot that beat him through the five-hole with 21 seconds remaining before the first intermission.

 "You guys saw (the sub-par performance) for yourselves," Lalime said. "The first one dipped, the second one I tried to stand up. I don't know how it got through, they were both bad.

 DISAPPOINTED

 "I still thought we had a pretty good series ... it's pretty disappointing."

 Lalime was also asked if he thought changes would be made in the off-season.

 One of those potential moves could involve him.

 "Don't ask me that question, ask the other people," he snapped.

 Lalime was yanked in favour of backup Martin Prusek at the beginning of the second period.

 POWERLESS PLAY

 The Sens were also done in by a sputtering power play that managed just three goals in 35 opportunities (8.6%).

 "We didn't take advantage of our opportunities," captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "The power play worked well for us during the season, but we couldn't get it going.

 "(The Leafs) got the first goal in every game, and that didn't help us either."

 The loss was especially disappointing for the estimated 7,000 fans back in Ottawa who watched the game at the Corel Centre.


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