Found February 09, 2013 on
The Toronto Maple Leafs have set a trend for themselves lately. Winning games by a score of 3 -2. Is it karma or pure coincidence? Who knows.After losing to Carolina 4-1 earlier in the week, the Leafs bounced back, defeating Washington and Winnipeg respectively by that very same score.”I thought we were more involved in the game,” said Leaf’s head coach, Randy Carlyle in a press conference after the game against Washington.
Korbinan Holtzer had a night to remember as he scored his first ever NHL goal during the game. ”I thought (Korbinan) Holtzer and Frazer (McLaren) did an excellent job as far as moving the puck back and fourth,” said Carlyle.
Ben Scrivens, who was between the pipes, looked impressive, stopping 24 shots during the game. He now has a goals against average of 2.70 and a .892 save percentage.
James Van Reimsdyk score two goals against Washington
In the game against Winnipeg, Toronto was behind for most of it. ”We were better in the third (period), said Carlyle after the game.
Down 2-1, the Leafs scored two unanswered goals with less than five minutes to go in regulation. Phil Kessel finally scored his first goal of the season with 46 shots on net. In fact, it was the winning goal.
Phil Kessel celebrates with his teammates after scoring his first goal of the season.
Tyler Bozak racked up two assists and net minder James Reimer stopped 23 shots during the game.
One of the biggest problems I’ve seen with the Leafs is the special teams play. After the game against Washington, they were 27th in the league in power play percentage (12.00%) and 26th on the penalty kill (71.88%).
The Leafs improved a little bit in these areas after defeating Winnipeg. They are now 25th in the league on the power play (12.96%) and 24th on the penalty kill (75.00%).
This is not good if the Leafs want to be successful in this shortened season. They must capitalize on their power play chances.
Nazem Kadri still leads the team in points with nine, but barely as Matt Frattin is one point behind.
The Leafs face their longtime rivals tonight, the Montreal Canadiens.
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It's no secret that the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens do not get along. It's also no secret that teams get chippy during one-sided blowouts, as the game between the two teams on Saturday night demonstrated in clear fashion. In a melee along the boards at about 11:30 into the third period, Max Pacioretty decided to put Mikhail Grabovski into a headlock....
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski will face a disciplinary hearing with the NHL on Monday amid biting allegations.
Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty said Grabovski bit him during a fight at 11:30 of the third period in Toronto's 6-0 victory over Montreal on Saturday.
Grabovski faces a hearing with the league's department of player safety, which was initially...
James Reimer made 37 saves and Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6-0 on Saturday.
Leo Komarov added his first NHL goal 59 seconds into the game.
Tyler Bozak scored later in the first period, James van Riemsdyk and Kessel added second-period goals.
Korbinian Holzer and Dion Phaneuf scored in the third for Toronto...
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After 46 shots and 11 games, Phil Kessel has scored his first goal on the season, and what a crucial goal it was. Kessel`s goal came with less then five minutes remaining in the third and ended up being the decisive goal as the Leafs won the game. This is how my night on Twitter went...Down 2-1 in the third with less than 10 minutes remaining...----------------------------------...
Things got a little heated in one of the NHL’s best rivalries Saturday night, and an alleged biting incident has drawn the attention of the NHL.
Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski is scheduled to have a Sunday hearing with the league after he appeared to bite Montreal’s Max Pacioretty during a heated scrum late in Toronto’s 6-0 win over the Canadiens on Saturday night.
Monday night in Toronto the Flyers will start one of the most crucial set of games in this shortened season. Six road games in 10 days that will take the Flyers from Toronto to Winnipeg to Newark to Montreal to […]
Your Canadiens, who have played extremely well through the first ten games of the season, are a regulation loss away from being behind the Toronto Maple Leafs in the standings. And guess who's in town Saturday...
That's what back-to-back losses can do to you in this league, and while it was crucial that the Habs were able to at least grab a point in the standings, losing...
Did Mikhail Grabovski bite Max Pacioretty?
Grabovski received 2 for roughing and a 10, Pacioretty just a 10.
Therrien on Grabovski/Pacioretty: "I saw the bite, it’s clear on the video, I’m sure the league is going to pay attention to that" #Habs
— Dave Stubbs (@Dave_Stubbs) February 10, 2013
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- I see where Chuck Fletcher has given Minnesota coach Mike Yeo an early season vote of confidence, which is nice. Except you have to wonder what Wild owner Craig Leopold is thinking of his hockey team after spending all that money and getting less than ordinary results.
- George McPhee is shoveling it pretty well these days, attributing...