Another loss to Sens cripples Leafs' hopes

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

Misery spread to every part of the Air Canada Centre last night, from the ice, to the medical room to the out-of-town scoreboard.

If the Maple Leafs' playoff hopes were dimming before they met the Ottawa Senators, they look worse this morning.

Despite their best effort of three post-break games and playing against their division-leading nemesis, the Leafs died in the third period in a 4-2 loss. The casualty list included Eric Lindros, gone for the season when he tore his right wrist ligament again, Andy Wozniewski with an undetermined leg injury and Nik Antropov, scratched before the game with a bad arm, not to mention another blow to Pat Quinn's future.

The Montreal Canadiens put the finishing touches on a forgettable evening by beating Tampa Bay, putting them seven points ahead for the eighth and final playoff spot, with Boston and Atlanta moving up and the New York Islanders looming behind.

"We have to turn this around in our room before we can start looking at other people," said winger Alex Steen, who gave the Leafs a 1-0 first period lead.

REPORT CARD

C Forwards: Deserved a better fate for some of their hard work in the Sens' zone, especially Kyle Wellwood, but couldn't click on the power play.

C- Defence: The Sens have made them look silly all year, but they kept mistakes to a minimum until the third.

C- Goaltending: This was the lightest work the Sens have given Ed Belfour in the season's series, but the key goals still found their way in.


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