TORONTO - Luke Schenn called it "embarrassing. Aaron Hernandez Jersey
." He and the Leafs lost for the ninth time in the last 10 games (1-8-1) on Tuesday night, a stunted start haunting the club in a 5-3 defeat to the Panthers at the Air Canada Centre. Florida hit the scoreboard after only 13 seconds - the eighth time in the last nine the Leafs have surrendered the first goal - adding a follow-up just over two minutes later. Chasing all night, the Leafs came up with another inconsistent effort - their fifth consecutive loss - just a day after remaining intact through the trade deadline. "Were embarrassed to go out there and play like that in front of our home fans and get booed in your own building," said Schenn following the game. "Its happened before when weve been [a] last-place team, stuff like that the past couple years. But right now were in a playoff hunt and going down the stretch of the final games, its embarrassing and theres no excuses really." Now four points back of the Capitals (69 points) for the eighth and final playoff spot, the Leafs (65) are suddenly just a point up on the Lightning (64), three up on the Sabres (62), and only four ahead of the Hurricanes and Islanders (61 each). 19 games still remain, beginning with a trip to the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday night. "Its not like guys dont want to win," concluded Schenn. "Its not like we enjoy getting booed on our home ice or nothing like that. Like I said, every guy is embarrassed. "Its definitely not fun right now." Five Points 1. Fumbling with the puck along the wall in the defensive zone, Schenns miscue opened the door to the Panthers first goal, Marcel Goc burying a feed from Wojtek Wolski. "I messed up there pretty bad the first shift," said Schenn. "A 100 percent, Ill take the blame for that...Ive got no excuse for it. Its just a bad play." Mike Santorelli followed up two minutes and eight seconds later, Mike Komisareks failed hit attempt on Jack Skille in the neutral zone springing the Panthers for an odd-man rush. "We talked about itd be nice to get a lead right off the bat," said a composed Ron Wilson afterward. "We gave them the first two goals." 2. Tentative starts have been the norm during the Leafs recent skid. "The bottom line is we just havent started well," said Dion Phaneuf. "Theres not much more breaking down that you can do. We just havent started good enough for the time of year and how big the points are, how big the games are. Were putting ourselves behind and its hurting us." Tuesday was the fifth time in the last seven games that the opposition jumped ahead by two in the opening period. "Were digging holes that are too tough at this time of year to come back, against teams that need the points just as much as we do," concluded Phaneuf. 3. A subject of much consternation with the team skidding, "Fire Wilson" chants reigned down from the crowd in Toronto throughout the night. "Its frustrating, but understandable," said Wilson. "You do get exasperated. You get frustrated. But tomorrows a new day, the sun will probably come up and weve got to pull up our boot-straps and get going." Its easy to point the finger at the coach with the team skidding, but mental breakdowns and shaky goaltending are hardly the makings of the man behind the bench. "When things dont go well the finger gets pointed at a lot of different areas throughout a team," said Phaneuf. "Were definitely on the same page as our coaching staff, but weve got to do a better job of starting games and play the way that we do when were down by two when the game starts." Added Schenn, "Its not Rons fault that were making bad plays and playing the way we are. Its every guy in this room right now." 4. James Reimer didnt get much help, but still yielded five goals on 23 shots, the seventh time in eight games that the 23-year-old has allowed three or more. "Thats all Reims can do is work through it," said Wilson. "But early in the game we didnt do anything to help him. The first shots a one-timer off the post and the next ones a two-on-one backdoor play that he doesnt have a chance on." Jonas Gustavsson is expected to start against the Blackhawks on Wednesday. 5. The trade deadline proved to be a real source of anxiety in the Leaf dressing room, snowballing alongside the teams recent struggles. "Theres a lot of noise that you try to block out, but human nature takes over," said Wilson before the game. "Youre going to hear some of the stuff and its going to bother you at night when you try to go to sleep...Its not Oh youre pros, youre athletes and youre supposed to expect that, you make a lot of money but the human nature is the same. All the guys think the same way you guys think. Nobody wants to go through a disruptive situation like that." Bonus Points Phaneuf had three assists in the loss, also logging a team-high 24:14...Mikhail Grabovskis goal drought hit 13 games, his longest this season...Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul both posted a goal and an assist. Kessel now sits fifth in league scoring with 67 points, Lupul tied for eighth with 64...The Leaf powerplay scored twice in five opportunities...Clarke MacArthur has one goal in the last 10 games...Matthew Lombardi posted a minus-2 rating in the loss, now a team-worst minus-13 this season...The Leafs went 63% on the draw...Komisarek logged just over 15 minutes after sitting the previous four games...Cody Franson and Colby Armstrong were scratched, but Wilson said lineup changes are to be expected in Chicago on Wednesday. Joe Flacco Jersey
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. -- If Dwight Howards days are numbered in Orlando, he doesnt resemble a man who isnt fond of being in a Magic jersey.LVIV, Ukraine -- Moments before he was supposed to be taken off, Mario Gomez headed in the winning goal for Germany. The Bayern Munich striker made a surprise start Saturday against Portugal at the European Championship and knocked in a deflected cross from Sami Khedira in the 72nd minute to give the Germans a 1-0 victory in Group B. Gomez, who had created little before the goal, was due to be replaced by Miroslav Klose, who was already waiting on the touchline on his 34th birthday. And Gomez nearly scored another goal before Klose finally came on in 80th. "I have two successful seasons behind me but it was a hard road for me," Gomez said about usually being second choice to Klose. "I am very happy that the coach had confidence in me and with the goal I could pay something back. "The ball was deflected and landed exactly on the front of my head. It wasnt that difficult." Despite indicating before the match that he would start the veteran Klose as striker, Germany coach Joachim Loew went with Gomez. "Clearly, Miroslav was going to come in at that moment, but Mario scored the goal then," Loew said. "We waited a few more minutes." Gomez was the Bundesligas top scorer over the past two seasons and had 12 goals in the Champions League this season to help Bayern Munich reach the final, where it lost to Chelsea on penalties. Germany was the better team Saturday but found it hard to break down a defensive Portugal. The Germans, seeking their first title since 1996, are considered one of the favourites of the tournament despite being in the toughest group along with the Netherlands and Denmark. "They scored when we were improving a lot," Portugal coach Paulo Bento said. "We fought back and created some good chances. Success in football requires you to take your chances and we didnt do that. Peyton Manning White Jersey
. " Although Cristiano Ronaldo did little until late in the match, Portugal had a chance to equalize in the 84th when Nani hit the crossbar with a misdirected cross -- the second time the team struck the frame in the match. And Silvestre Varela had another opportunity in the 89th but he shot straight at Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer from close range. "Everyone knows the class of Ronaldo. You cant shut him down completely but we did well as a team. I think he had no more than two or three shots at goal," said Germany defender Jerome Boateng, who had been denounced by Loew after newspaper stories about his private life surfaced. "The criticism from the coach helped me and the whole team stood behind me." Although Germany monopolized possession and chances, Pepe had the best opportunity of the first half, hitting the underside of the German crossbar late in the period after a Portugal corner. The ball hit the line and bounced out. "We played very well tactically. We stayed in the match and we won 1-0, thats the most important thing," Loew said. "You dont want to fall behind in the first game. The first game is very important, it tells you where the team is, in which direction you are going." ------ Lineups: Germany: Manuel Neuer; Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Holger Badstuber, Philipp Lahm, Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Mueller (Lars Bender, 90), Mesut Oezil (Toni Kroos, 87), Lukas Podolski, Mario Gomez (Miroslav Klose, 80). Portugal: Rui Patricio; Joao Pereira, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao; Joao Moutinho, Miguel Veloso, Raul Meireles (Silvestre Varela, 80); Cristiano Ronaldo, Helder Postiga (Nelson Oliveira, 70), Nani. ' ' '