Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Captain Dion Phaneuf: Maple Leafs' 9-2 Loss to Predators 'Unacceptable'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Captain Dion Phaneuf: Maple Leafs' 9-2 Loss to Predators 'Unacceptable'

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Phaneuf: Leafs' 9-2 loss 'unacceptable'


TORONTO - Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf summed up his team's latest loss in one word: "unacceptable."

The Maple Leafs were handed their second ugly loss in as many games, suffering a 9-2 beating at the hands of the Nashville Predators at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.

"When you get beat like that in professional sports, it's embarrassing," said Phaneuf. "To get beat like that in front of your home fans compounds the issue."

Coming off a 6-2 defeat to the lowly Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, Toronto (9-7-2) was flat from the get-go against the Predators and couldn't play itself back into the game.

Toronto allowed three goals in the opening period, prompting head coach Randy Carlyle to yank starter Jonathan Bernier after only 20 minutes. He gave up three goals on 12 shots. Bernier was replaced by James Reimer, who allowed six goals on 25 shots over 40 minutes of work as the Maple Leafs dropped their third straight game.

Taylor Beck led the Predators (11-4-2) with a pair of goals, both of which came in the first period. Filip Forsberg, Calle Jarnkrok, Roman Josi, Eric Nystrom, Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy and Colin Wilson also scored for Nashville.

Pekka Rinne stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced to record his NHL-best 12th win of the season.

"We were good offensively, everyone was making plays," said Beck. "Those games are fun. You know they're not all gonna be like that, but they're fun to play, certainly for the winning team."

Mike Santorelli and Nazem Kadri scored in the third period for Toronto, reducing Nashville's lead to 8-2. Late in the third a fan threw their Maple Leafs jersey on the ice, briefly halting play.

Toronto sniper Phil Kessel echoed Phaneuf after the game.

"I mean it's unacceptable, right? This is embarrassing," said Kessel. "You never want to have this happen. We got beat pretty good two nights in a row. …

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