‘SHOOT THE F—ING PUCK’: Leafs nation reacts to embarrassing loss at hands of emergency back-up goalie

‘SHOOT THE F—ING PUCK’: Leafs nation reacts to embarrassing loss at hands of emergency back-up goalie

A frustrated Leafs Nation vented on social media after the buds were walloped by the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3 despite the Canes having an emergency back-up tender in net for nearly half the game.

#Embarrassing was even trending after 42-year-old David Ayres won his first NHL game with the Canes.

“Imagine having Matthews, Tavares, and Marner, and still not being able to win against a 42-year-old Zamboni driver in the other teams net,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Somewhere, getting paid and smiling is Mike Babcock,” another Twitter user quipped.

One fan had some pointed advice for the Leafs.

“Hey @MapleLeafs you might want to shoot the f—ing puck a bit more considering there is a Zamboni driver in for the Canes,” one fan wrote.

Another fan was so distraught over the win, he threw his Leafs hat in the trash.

Meanwhile, from Ayres and the Carolina Hurricanes’ perspective, the night couldn’t have been better.

After the final buzzer went off, the entire Hurricanes bench mobbed Ayres on the ice.

The performance by the 42-year-old MLSE Zamboni driver was so impressive, he earned first star of the game honours and received a standing ovation from the crowd at Scotiabank Arena.

When everyone on Carolina made it to the dressing room, Ayres was showered by his teammates for the night and Canes coach Rod Brind’Amour spoke about how a great memory had been made for everyone involved on the winning side.

The praise for Ayres on social media kept on coming. A Twitter user took it upon themselves to mark the moment by Photoshopping a David Ayres jersey retirement ceremony.

Another user dug up this old ad that is all the more ironic after Saturday’s loss.


Toronto Maple Leafs – Canoe

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