Things started off quite well for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but their January slide has pushed them out of playoff position. Gold UA Stephen Curry 2 . So whats exactly wrong with the Blue and White these days? The team opened 2014 on a high, defeating the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout in front of more than 105,000 fans at Michigan Stadium for the NHLs Winter Classic. Since the outdoor win, the Leafs have dropped three straight games and have been outscored 18-5 in those contests. On top of that, the club has just five regulation/overtime victories over their last 31 games and a 4-13 record in the 17 games that ended in regulation. By comparison, the Leafs had 13 regulation/overtime wins in their final 31 games under Ron Wilson. Going into Friday nights game against Washington, theyve gone 2-7-4 in their last 13 road games, are 4-for-43 on the power play and their last road regulation win was Oct. 30 in Calgary. Is it the coaching? Many fans have called for the firing of head coach Randy Carlyle. In his lone full season with the Leafs, he led the team to their first playoff appearance since 2004. But is it possible that his good will with the players has taken a turn south? Many observers have blamed Carlyle for the Leafs defensive system, which has allowed a league-high 36.4 shots on goal per game and league-worst minus-9.2 shot differential. Others argue that the shot totals have been high all year and are nothing new for the Leafs. Their goaltending struggles, however, certainly are. Is the problem in goal? The Leafs relied on the strong play of James Reimer and more specifically Jonathan Bernier to get wins this season, but both have struggled of late. Bernier played 29 games with the Leafs this season before getting pulled for the first time on Saturday in a 7-1 loss against the New York Rangers. He allowed five goals on 32 shots in just under two periods of play. And Bernier struggled again the next time out against the New York Islanders, allowing four goals on 24 shots, three of them that Carlyle said Bernier wanted back. The Leafs lost again, 5-3. The team turned back to Reimer on Thursday night against the Carolina Hurricanes, but he allowed six goals on 36 shots and the team lost its third straight game, 6-1. As TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger noted on TSN Radio 1050 on Friday morning, the Leafs, "played 60 minutes like they were killing a 5-on-3." At the same time, Torontos offence hasnt been anywhere near good enough to make up for the defensive shortfall. The Leafs top two scorers, Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk, have just one point between them over the last three games. The losing skid could be attributed to many things, but is it as simple as a Winter Classic hangover? The Leafs played most of December under the watchful eyes of television cameras documenting their lives, on and off the ice, for HBOs 24/7 Winter Classic series. When they won the game and shook their opponents hands at centre ice, the camera crews packed up and life was supposed to return to normal. But since then victories have been hard to come by. And now the Leafs find themselves on the outside looking in for a playoff spot with just under half the season remaining and Olympic break four weeks away. The time has come to ask, whats wrong with the Toronto Maple Leafs? As always, its Your! Call. Black UA Stephen Curry 3 . - The Baltimore Ravens and tight end Dennis Pitta reached agreement on a five-year contract Friday. Yellow UA Stephen Curry 5 . - The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is set to ask a judge to throw out allegations that she lied to a grand jury. http://www.cheapuastephencurry.com/ . The 25-year-old native of Milford, Conn., has 18 points in 41 games this season. The five-foot-eight 166-pound centre also has 28 points (10-18) in 15 games with AHL Oklahoma City.ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A few moments after Kyle Palmieris shootout attempt hit both Montreal posts and skittered along the goal line without going in, Andrei Markovs shot left no doubt about an impressive win for the Canadiens. Markov scored in the sixth round of the shootout, Dustin Tokarski stopped 39 shots to win his Montreal debut, and the Canadiens beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 Wednesday night for their sixth victory in eight games. Brendan Gallagher had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens, tying it late in the second period. Max Pacioretty got his 30th goal and captain Brian Gionta also scored in a big victory over the overall NHL leaders before the arrival of new acquisition Thomas Vanek. "We knew we were going to play against the best team in the league, and they especially play great at home," Markov said. "So we just tried to stick to the game plan and our system and do our job. That goal we got (from Gallagher) late in the second period helped us to stay in the game. Everybody played hard, and our goalie played unbelievable. He made great saves and was really in the game." But Tokarski and the Canadiens earned that second standings point by the slimmest of margins. After a scoreless third period and overtime, Palmieri thought he had scored for Anaheim in the fifth round. The officials called it a goal on the ice, but reversed the ruling on video review. Tokarski also thought Palmieri had scored, but was grateful to see the replay. "You get some breaks once in a while, I guess," he said. Montreal got a surprising effort from fill-in starter Tokarski, who made several sharp saves while earning his second career victory in his eighth NHL appearance. Tokarski was recalled after the Olympic break to back up Peter Budaj while injured gold medallist Carey Price is out. "I dont know them very much, but theyre a heck of a team that has some All-Star players," Tokarski said of the Ducks. "I just knew I had to take it as any other game and use what I got to get here." The AHL veteran also shook off a regrettable goal when Beauchemins dump-in pass took a weird bounce and went into his open net while he waited behind it for the puck. "I made an error," Tokarski said. "I should have stayed in my net. The scouting report was that there was bad glass here, so it was a lapse of judgment there. But the guys battled and got the tying goal before the period was over." Tim&nbbsp;Jackman, Francois Beauchemin and Daniel Winnik scored early goals for Anaheim, which had won three straight. Mens UA Stephen Curry 4. Jonas Hiller made 27 saves in the first loss since the Olympic break for the Ducks, who lamented a slow start. "The first 10 minutes, everybody was still thinking about every trade that went on today," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. "They werent preparing the proper way ... and we had to battle to get even." Both playoff-bound teams late-season acquisitions hadnt yet joined them at Honda Center. The Ducks made no major moves on the trade deadline, but acquired injured defenceman Stephane Robidas one day earlier. Montreal made one of the deadlines biggest acquisitions by snagging Vanek, the Austrian goal-scorer. Vanek will become the Canadiens top scorer when he suits up, likely for Thursdays game in Phoenix. Montreal went up 2-0 in the first period when Pacioretty then converted a cross-ice pass from David Desharnais, but the Ducks rallied in the second period with two goals 1:59 apart. Jackman scored on a smart tip of Sbisas long shot, and Beauchemin tied it with that fluke power-play goal into Tokarskis vacated net. "It was about time it happened to somebody else," Hiller said with a laugh. "I always get those bounces. ... We should definitely improve the power play if thats the only way we can score goals." Anaheim went ahead on Winniks midair swat of Matt Beleskeys shot for just his third goal of a hardworking season, but Gallagher evened it when the Ducks couldnt clear a loose puck in front of Hiller. Late in the first period, the Honda Center paid tribute to Montreal forward George Parros with a video tribute and a standing ovation for the longtime Anaheim enforcer. The mustachioed brawler with an economics degree from Princeton and a clothing company in nearby Costa Mesa played six seasons for the Ducks before leaving as a free agent in 2012. Parros, still the Anaheim franchise leader with 812 penalty minutes, acknowledged the cheers by waving and pounding his chest above his heart. NOTES: Anaheim hadnt been in a shootout since Dec. 6 or played an overtime game since Jan. 5. ... Teemu Selanne was a last-minute scratch with the flu for Anaheim. With Dustin Penner (trade) and Mathieu Perreault (upper-body injury) also out, defenceman Luca Sbisa played nine shifts at left wing. ... 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