Carlyle 'embarrassed' by Leafs loss to Panthers

Florida Panthers centre Nick Bjugstad celebrates his goal against Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Drew...

Florida Panthers centre Nick Bjugstad celebrates his goal against Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Drew MacIntyre with left winger Tomas Fleischmann and defenceman Colby Robak in the third period at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sports)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:57 PM ET

The embarrassing times continue for a Maple Leafs team in a season that must feel as though it just won’t end.

Following Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the lowly Florida Panthers, a game in which the Leafs offered little support in front of goaltender Drew MacIntyre in his first NHL start, coach Randy Carlyle sounded disgusted with the latest poor effort.

‘I thought we would have a little bit more compassion for the goaltender that was going in the net for his first NHL start,” Carlyle said. “And we give up three two-on-ones and eight quality scoring changes in the first period which was very disappointing.”

While motivation is challenging under the circumstances, the past three losses have been as ugly as they have lacked in character.

“We’re disappointed and we’re embarrassed,” Carlyle said. “We’re going to have a lot of soul-searching when this is over.”


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