Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Curtis McElhinney didn’t pull any punches after last night’s 4-2 loss to his former team, the Columbus Blue Jackets. The veteran netminder clearly wasn’t happy with his own performance or the performance of his team last night.
"Yeah, I’ve got to work out something because obviously what I’m doing now isn’t having the best success," said the 34-year-old backup. "So I’ve got to figure that out."
To be fair, McElhinney wasn’t to blame for last night’s loss. He made several incredible saves on the evening and ended up turning aside 33 of 37 shots. You could see the frustration on his face and hear it in his words when he commented that he felt, "kind of left to your own devices.” Ouch. How’s that feel coming from your backup?
Hopefully McElhinney’s words strike a chord with his teammates and they can find a way to dig deeper in games for him. It’s clear that his losing record is wearing on him and eroding away his confidence.
"If you’re winning you feel good, but when you’re losing you sure don’t," said McElhinney. "That’s been the result the last couple here and it’s been tough. It would be nice to kind of string that second one together and help out."
How down and out does the goalie sound? Again, these words should give the Leafs a kick in the rear and force them to bring their A game for their B goalie. Let’s go, boys!