Leafs winning streak ends with blowout loss to Stars

Stars defenceman Jordie Benn checks Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul during first period action in Dallas...

Stars defenceman Jordie Benn checks Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul during first period action in Dallas on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:26 AM ET

DALLAS - The famished fans went home with free tacos, while the Maple Leafs were force-fed some humble pie.

Not only did the Leafs’ six-game winning streak blow up, but Toronto’s feel- good road trip was broken up by an effort that ranked down there with their early January no-shows.

The Stars were allowed to roam at will, with the back-tracking Leafs and their one- handed stick checks providing room for a 7-1 win. When the Leafs start messing up like that, and they don’t get the goaltending, it leads to this kind of debacle.

Neither Jonathan Bernier or second-period sub James Reimer were on their game, but they had plenty of company as the score mounted and the American Airlines Center crowd was awarded gratis fast food when Valeri Nichushkin capped the scoring in the third.

To his credit, Toronto coach Randy Carlyle had mixed in criticism with the kudos he’d given his team during the win streak, the club’s longest since 2005. He’d seen many flaws, such as Jake Gardiner’s ghastly giveaway Tuesday in Denver and the young blueliner had his troubles again in Dallas, as did partner Morgan Rielly.


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