Go ahead and blame the coach's decision to go with the goalie who hadn't started a game since Feb. 16. It's the easy explanation for the Leafs killer 4-0 loss to the Florida Panthers, after all.

It would also be the wrong one. J-S Giguere was not a game-changer as the St. Paddy's Day hangover hit far too early for a Leafs team that had looked so good the previous night in Carolina.

Far from it, really. He was weak on the third goal as his leg drifted off the post and at times looked like a goalie who, well, hadn't got the call in a month.

So why start him? That debate will rage through the day Friday but this game was about far more than that, starting with a team that put forth such an indifferent effort at a point in the season when there's no longer room for it.