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TORONTO - The Leafs are hanging onto what positivity they can muster amid a season-long losing streak that struck five games on Tuesday night. "We try to accentuate the positives," said Randy Carlyle after a 4-2 loss to the Sharks, "but the big negative is we lost." It was the fifth straight defeat and six in the past seven games for the Leafs. Despite an engaged effort, they were beaten on this night by one of the leagues premier teams, San Jose now a winner in nine of the past 10 games. Discipline issues continued in the loss, but maybe more concerning for the Leafs were ongoing struggles to generate offence at even-strength, both goals coming via the leagues top-ranked home power-play. Toronto has scored just 18 even-strength goals in the past 14 games, held to two goals or fewer in 11 of those games. The Sharks outshot the Leafs by a wide 35-19 margin at even-strength, scoring three of their four goals in such situations, including the eventual winner from Joe Pavelski, a sequence that saw Torontos fourth line pinned in its own zone for nearly two minutes. Certainly dinged by a rising tide of games missed due to injuries, suspensions and other maladies - they were without Nazem Kadri due to a death in the family, Cody Franson to an injury and Tyler Bozak for most of the night with an upper-body injury - the Leafs have nonetheless struggled to find depth offensively all season. In fact, 84 per cent of their total offence has come from just seven players, one of those being Dave Bolland, who hasnt played in over a month. Lacking much punch from their defence, theyve also gotten very little in the way of contributions from their bottom-6 forwards. Tuesdays fourth line of Colton Orr, Jerred Smithson and Frazer McLaren, for instance, has combined for zero points all season. Perhaps the key to unlocking more consistent success offensively is the Leaf forecheck, productive with pressure during an energetic opening 10 minutes of the second frame - theyd be rewarded for those efforts with a pair of power-plays, scoring on both. "The forecheck creates offensive zone time, it creates and draws penalties, creates scoring chances, wears opposition down," Carlyle said. "We have stressed that weve got to do a better job of getting in there and establishing a forechecking game and establishing offensive zone time. Weve been talking about it. And there are periods of games that we do it very well." But as has been the case throughout the opening two months of the season and more specifically during a dreadful November, which saw them win just twice in regulation, the Leafs have been unable to establish such pressure for a complete night. "We have spurts where were good, I think we play well," said Mason Raymond, who scored the first Leaf goal and his 10th this season. "But again its only spurts. We need to figure out how to put those spurts together into 60 minutes." Five Points 1. Discipline A focal point of concern for Carlyle entering the game, discipline became an issue once more on this night, the Leafs yielding four power-plays while drawing just three themselves. Unhappy with Andrew Desjardins body-check on Smithson midway through the opening period, McLaren drew a roughing penalty and while the Sharks wouldnt score with that man advantage they would grab control of the period thereafter. Theyd score once at even-strength on a goal from former Leaf Mike Brown before adding a power-play marker from Joe Thornton during a five-on-three advantage; Raymond and Jay McClement called for hooking and tripping respectively. "That took momentum totally for the period in their favour," Carlyle said of the penalties. "Disciplines a huge part," said Raymond. "Youre killing penalties, youre not playing offence and youre playing in your own zone so were kind of shooting ourselves in the foot there." The Leafs have taken 125 minor penalties this season, second most in the league. 2. Busy Outings James Reimer has faced an average of 36 shots per game in his 12 full starts this season (he left one start after 32 seconds because of injury). But in spite of the heavy nightly workload, Reimer, who faced 40 shots against the Sharks, refuses to be consumed with frustration. "The only reason you get frustrated is if youre focusing on what other people are doing or not doing," Reimer said. "And thats not in my job description. My job description is to stop the puck and do the best I can to give the boys a chance, so whether were giving up 50 [shots] a night or 10 [shots] a night thats what youve got to do. "If were giving up shots because some players arent playing well or maybe were not playing well as a team thats irrelevant. Theres games where Im not going to play well and I dont want guys jumping down my throat because I didnt play well or play well for a couple games. Its not how it goes. We each work our butts off, we support each and we believe in each other and thats the only thing you worry about. I dont worry about what other guys are doing or how many shots [Im facing]." Reimer is now 6-3-0 when making 30 saves or more this season. 3. Raymond Tied for the team lead in November scoring with seven points, Mason Raymond has already matched the 10 goals he scored all of last season with the Canucks. A bargain free agent find at $1 million for one season, Raymond has 19 points in 28 games, third on the Leafs in scoring this season. The most striking difference for the 27-year-old between this season and last is opportunity. Raymond is averaging a career-high of over 18 minutes per game this year, his speed and pluck offensively a valued asset amid a string of early injuries and suspensions. Raymonds numbers this year in contrast with 2013 Year Games Goals Points Shooting % Minutes 2013-2014 28 10 19 14.3 18:10 2013 46 10 22 12.7 15:49 4. More on the Forecheck Following the opening frame, one that saw the Leafs down 2-0, Raymond harped on the need to "create a forecheck". After the game he expanded upon those thoughts. "I think theres a lot of factors that are going to add up to make a team more successful, but thats definitely one of them," he said of the forecheck. "I dont think anybody wants to be playing in their defensive zone if you can be playing in your offensive zone." "When you stick to the game-plan of just keeping things simple, getting pucks deep, getting a good forecheck, thats just kind of the template that I think most teams have when theyre successful in the league," added James van Riemsdyk. 5. Bad Month Over Phil Kessel finished the month of November with just six points in 13 games. It was among the worst months hes had in a Leafs uniform, just one assist to his name along with five goals. Only Nov. 2010 compares with the mild output he managed last month; Kessel had three goals and five points in 13 games en route to 64 points in 82 games. The 26-year-old scored his team-leading 15th goal against the Sharks on Tuesday, now riding a four-game point streak. Kessel sits 20th in league scoring, boasting 25 points this season. Stat-Pack 18 - Even-strength goals for the Leafs in the past 14 games.6-3-0 - Record for James Reimer when making 30 saves or more this season. 23 - Games this season the Leafs have allowed 30 shots or more. 41 - Shots for the Sharks on Tuesday. San Jose leads the league in shots per game while Toronto yields the most against per game. 12:33 - Ice-time for Tyler Bozak against the Sharks. Bozak left the game for good after the second period with an upper-body injury. 8 - Power-play goals scored against the Leafs in the past five games. 14-41 - Leafs power-play on home-ice this season. Special Teams Capsule PP: 2-3Season: 24.7 per cent PK: 3-4Season: 78.5 per cent Quote of the Night "Sometimes you dont play well and you lose and its pretty disappointing, but thats one of the best teams in the league over there and in my mind it was anyones game. Sometimes they dont go your way." -James Reimer, following the loss to San Jose. 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Alessandro Matri got Juventus back into the game just after the break but Pandev was on hand to score again in the 68th.ANAHEIM, Calif. - Teemu Selanne managed to make a stir on the first day of the Anaheim Ducks training camp even after his retirement. Coach Bruce Boudreau and Selannes former teammates reacted with disappointment and chuckles Thursday after hearing about Selannes fierce criticism of Boudreau in a new biography published in Finland. Selanne retired at 43 years old last summer following a 21-season NHL career spent mostly in Anaheim. His disagreements with Boudreau about his playing time and role last season were hardly secrets, but Selannes decision to air them in public surprised the Ducks. "Nobody likes hearing anything negative about themselves, so in that sense Im a little disappointed," Boudreau said. "But I understand the frustration." Several media outlets obtained copies of the Finnish book and translated the passages criticizing Boudreaus decisions regarding Selanne, who felt betrayed by his dwindling role in his final season. Selanne, who flirted with retirement for seven consecutive summers, even said he might have played another year if Boudreau wasnt the Ducks coach. Ducks general manager Bob Murray and captain Ryan Getzlaf backed Boudreaus handling of Selannes final season Thursday, saying they were aware of the Finnish Flashs disappointments. "He is such a competitor, and he was frustrated his last year didnt go quite the way he wanted to go, and he was frustrated at the end of the year," Murray said. "Its Teemu being Teemu." Selanne issued a reconciliatory comment through the Ducks on Thursday after his book became a topic of discussion. He apparently worked on the book immediately after the Ducks were eliminated from the second round of the post-season by Los Angeles. "In the book, I tried to explain honestly what happened last year," Selanne said. "In frustration, I made several comments following our Game 7 loss to the Kings that I shouldnt have said. As Ive said many times, Bruce is a nice guy, but we simply had a different view on my role with the Ducks. Im sorry if I hurt Bruce or anyone else. That was not my intent." Boudreau acknowledged he was caught between the wildly popular Selannes opinion of his skills and his own desire to maximize the Ducks scoring in a successful season. Anaheim finished atop the Western Conference before its second-round playoff exit to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Kings. Selanne scored a career-low nine goals in 64 games during his final season, but said he was promised more playing time on the second line and on the power play. His skills still appeared sharpp at the Sochi Olympics, where he was named the tournament MVP while winning a bronze medal as Finlands captain in his sixth games.dddddddddddd Selanne is the 11th-leading goal-scorer in NHL history with 684 goals, and his 1,457 points are 15th. "I was always very cognizant of who he was, what he meant to hockey in California, what hes meant to the Ducks, and he was a great player," Boudreau said. Selanne wrote that he was furious after Boudreau scratched him for Game 4 of the Ducks first-round playoff series against Dallas, leading to a post-practice confrontation on the ice. Boudreau downplayed the incident. "He raised his voice a bit, and all I did was tell him, OK, not so loud," Boudreau said. "Lets talk like men. And then he stopped and he caught himself, because hes an emotional guy." Selannes healthy scratch was extremely unpopular with Ducks fans, but Boudreau said he consulted with Anaheims scouts and other front-office personnel before making the move. Boudreau told Selanne about the scratch a day before the game, leading to the argument. "It was a really tough thing," Boudreau said. "I dont think any coach wants to sit out a superstar." Selanne had two goals and four assists in 12 playoff games. Getzlaf said he was disappointed to hear Selanne had hoped the captain would stick up for him in meetings with Boudreau and the Ducks brass. Getzlaf and Corey Perry frequently teamed with Selanne on the Ducks top power play unit, but not frequently enough for Selannes taste. "Im going to have to talk to him about it as friends," Getzlaf said. "But Teemu had numerous discussions with me last season, and the season before. As a captain, its my job to weed through things that I can go to the coach with, and things that I cant. Teemu doesnt know all the discussions that Ive had about him in the last two years, and theres been many times when Ive went to bat for him, and there are some times when I have to step away and just let the coach and GM make their decision." Selanne and his family still live in Orange County, and the Ducks will retire Selannes No. 8 jersey before a game against the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 11. Boudreau, Murray and Getzlaf are confident Selannes gripes wont turn him away from the franchise that made him into a hockey icon. "Im sure Im going to see him again," Boudreau said. "And listen, he was one of my favourite guys. Ive always liked him and admired him. I dont think anyone here has ever heard me say a bad word about him, ever. And that will continue." ' ' '

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