Found March 13, 2013 on
When I heard that the Toronto Maple Leafs lost a thriller to Pittsburgh in a shoot out, I was quite pleased that they got at least one point. After all, their next opponent would be the Winnipeg Jets. A team that has been struggling lately.
I thought for sure that Leafs would get an easy two points off the Jets. Wrong.
At a time where I didn’t want Winnipeg’s goalie, Ondrej Pavelec to shine, he did. He made 24 saves during the game and robbed the Leafs of a goal a few times with his quick glove hand.
Down 1-0, Phil Kessel tied it up early in the second period. At this point I thought “Here we go, the Leafs are going to score in bunches”. Unfortunately, the Jets scored a few seconds later and took the lead for good as the Leafs fell apart after that.
The big turning point in the game is when the Leafs were unable to capitalized on a two man advantage midway in the second (period). I practically gave up on them after that. I knew that killing both those penalties was going to give the Jets a boost of confidence and it did. Winnipeg went on to score three more goals and win it 5-2. Even the Leaf’s head coach, Randy Carlyle acknowledged in the post game press conference that not scoring on the five on three really hurt his team.
While watching the press conference, I can tell that Carlyle was not a happy camper and why should he. His team has now lost three in a row. They now have slipped from fifth place to sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
What really ticks me off about this loss is they lost to a team that was near the bottom of the standings. From what I heard, it seemed they played better against Pittsburgh and they are in the top three of the Eastern Conference standings. The Leafs will have a rematch against the Penguins tomorrow night. They must get at least point. Better, yet, they must get a win. The Leaf’s can not afford to lose four straight in order to stay in the playoff race. There is only 25 games left for them.
THE TWO CAPTAINS CLASH: Dion Phaneuf fights Andrew Ladd in a 5-2 Leaf’s loss to Winnipeg.
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Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean of Sportsnet discuss the Leafs trading Kessel. Anaheim, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Vancouver are listed as possible cities Kessel could land.
Yesterday I posted an article on comparable players to Tyler Bozak so today I thought I’d tackle the Maple Leafs other key free agent forward, Clarke MacArthur. As with Bozak, I first looked at the offensive stats Goals/60, FirstAssists/60, Primary Points/60 and Primary Points % (percentage of goals scored while on the ice that the player [...]The post Clarke MacArthur Comparables…...
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
This is NOT an attempt to stir up a new round of Roberto Luongo-to-Toronto rumours. Honest. Just spitballing, noodling on a scrap of paper, so everyone relax.
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THE CONSTANT GARDINER
Leave it to a three-game losing streak and an article doubting that they can maintain their strong start for controversy to find the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Jake Gardiner's agent, Ben Hankinson, took...
The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired defenseman Kevin Marshall from the Washington Capitals for forward Nicolas Deschamps.
Marshall played in 52 games with the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears this season. He had a goal and four assists with 77 penalty minutes.
The 24-year-old Marshall was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round in 2007. Marshall played...
Reports from various media sources at Air Canada Center this morning indicate that Randy Carlyle will tinker with his lineup tonight, as defenseman John-Michael Liles will be inserted into the Maple Leafs lineup against the Pittsburgh Penguins, replacing Mike Kostka.
The 32 year old Liles has been a healthy scratch since the Leafs 3-0 shutout win over the Ottawa Senators on February...
Pittsburgh Penguins (19-8-0) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (15-11-1)
ROOT, SNET-O, RDS - 7:00 pm/et
Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON
The last Pens/Leafs game from a few days ago was an entertaining contest, except for the Malkin injury of course. The Pens needed a shootout to triumph over the Leafs last time. What will happen tonight with the Pens looking to win seven...
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Tonight marks the second game in for the Winnipeg Jets in the second half of this shortened season. Coincidentally it is played against the Leafs, a team the Jets are chasing and one the Jets allowed to sneak away with two points from their first meeting in the MTS Centre.
That game marked the first goal of the season for Leafs premiere sniper...