Maple Leafs Captain Frustrated With Production

The Toronto Maple Leafs were manhandled in Game 4 of their first-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Their effort wasn't there, their drive was suspect and after getting down early and often, the Leafs stood no chance against the back-to-back Stanley Cup champions. While the media blasted the Maple Leafs for their efforts, captain John Tavares didn't need any external critics as he was very honest with himself after the game.

Toronto's captain spoke to David Alter of The Leafs Nation after the 7-3 loss in Game 4 and had this to say on his production:

I mean, I haven't been able to produce offensively as I'd like and I would still like to create more offensively; I expect more and want to be better

Tavares played a season-low 13:50 in Game 3 and due in large part to the fact he doesn't kill penalties and the Maple Leafs were a parade to the box the entire game. With only two assists and zero goals through the first four games of the series, Leafs Nation is hopeful their captain can turn things around in a hurry.

Game 5 goes Tuesday night at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto as the Maple Leafs and Lightning have gone back and forth on victories throughout the entire series. If Toronto doesn't win Game 5, it certainly feels like they are in big, big trouble.

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