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PHT Morning Skate: A collage of Leafs fan sadness

Toronto Maple Leafs lose 4-1 to the Detroit Red Wings

TORONTO, ON- OCTOBER 17 - Linesman Mark Shewchyk picks up a Dion Phaneuf jersey that was thrown onto the ice in third period action as the Toronto Maple Leafs lose 4-1 to the Detroit Red Wings at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. October 17, 2014. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Toronto Star via Getty Images

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

It’s tough not to feel bad for Toronto Maple Leafs fans, observers, bloggers and the media types who aren’t just licking their lips at their latest debacle. Through thick and (mostly) thin, many have provided some humorous takes on the Leafs’ many letdowns, and last night was no exception.

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One great reaction to the “are the Leafs trying to get Randy Carlyle fired?” questions:

Oof, just oof:

The Globe & Mail’s James Mirtle is one of the team’s most lucid observers, so when he’s dropping these comments (or just images), you know things are bad:

Marco “Hope Smoke” Perruzza provided quite the venting session this morning, so check out his feed for all of the well-placed anger. Here are a couple highlights:

Pension Plan Puppets’ message is simple enough: “Just Fire Carlyle Already.” (PPP)

No collection of angry/sad reactions is complete without a tabloid slant:

Finally, Steve Dangle is losing his patience, but we’ve gained his great “Gollum” impression.

A couple non-Leafs considerations for your Wednesday reading:

Pondering the return of the World Cup. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

On Arizona State and NCAA hockey. (The Hockey News)