Conference Team RankingsGF AverageGA AveragePower Play
Maple Leafs3.052.8124.79%
Eastern4th13th3rd

Maple Leafs report: Inside shots

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Luke Schenn is just a third-year defenseman, but is a force on the ice.

On Saturday he tried to be a force in the Maple Leafs' dressing room with some pointed comments about the team's offensive woes.

"It's frustrating," Schenn said after a 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators ended 48 hours of losing. "I've never seen anything like it where you get shut out so many times. It's pretty tough to take."

The Leafs are now averaging barely two goals a game, scored just once on the weekend and have eight goals in an 0-7-1 road losing streak.

"You can say all you want about getting shots," Schenn said of the 29 the Leafs lobbed at Brian Elliott of Ottawa, "but guys are playing soft in their (opponents') end and in front, guys aren't competing, getting to the hard areas. It's pretty easy for their defensemen to box our forwards out. We're just not battling hard enough.

"Have a little will, take pride in getting to the net and take pride in scoring goals. Goals don't come free in this league. From the perimeter, guys have to be a little more hungrier."

Perhaps most damaging to the club's playoff hopes, the Leafs have been blanked five times in 22 games, compared to four all of last season.

Coach Ron Wilson began breaking up forward combinations late in the second period and while he often does such tinkering, he seemed to indicate he might come back with those new combinations on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Among the Leafs in the worst slumps are center Tyler Bozak with three goals all season, Phil Kessel with 10, and Kris Versteeg with six, but hardly any at even strength.

SENATORS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 0: The Leafs fired 21 of 29 shots at Brian Elliott in the final two periods of Saturday night's road game, but were still kept off the scoresheet for the fifth time this season.

It wasn't for lack of chances as they enjoyed three Ottawa minor penalties, but over-anxious shooters such as C Tyler Bozak kept them off the board. Bozak also hit the post and the Russian-speaking duo of Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski was also foiled often by Elliott. The three Ottawa goals came late in a minor penalty to Leafs LW Fredrik Sjostrom, and two by Sens' C Mike Fisher on a 2-on-1 of a shot block and on a pinch by D Brett Lebda with the score 2-0.

G Jonas Gustavsson once again should have been better rewarded, making 25 saves.

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