Leafs end season with whimper against Senators

Toronto Maple Leafs' Colton Orr tangles with Ottawa Senators' Colin Greening during the second...

Toronto Maple Leafs' Colton Orr tangles with Ottawa Senators' Colin Greening during the second period of NHL action at the Canadian Tire Centre on April 12, 2014. (Darren Brown/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:34 PM ET

This will go down as one of the meekest exits by a Maple Leafs team in years.

And someone will have to pay for the collapse, the eighth straight time in an 82-game season where Toronto missed the playoffs. A cleansing process is likely already underway, at least in the mind of incoming president Brendan Shanahan, who will be officially introduced on Monday.

The first casualty could be coach Randy Carlyle, unable to clean up defensive lapses most of the season, especially when games really counted and No. 1 goalie Jonathan Bernier was hurt.

With Saturday’s 1-0 loss to the Senators, the Leafs dropped 12 of their final 14 games and became the first Toronto entry in almost 30 years to lose its last four. That final quartet of defeats saw Toronto produce just four goals for an overall record of 38-36-8, which will at least mean they have a top-10 pick in the June draft.


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