LFR7 - Game 9 - Chicago Fire - Tor 1, Chicago 3

Steve Dangle
October 20 2013 04:47PM

The Blackhawks are good-ish.

Sure Bernier let in a bit of a stinker to start the game, but he was the Leafs' best player by a mile.

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Steve Dangle has a YouTube channel with over 3 million views and is the co-host of the Steve Dangle Podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud. Steve has also worked for CBC, the NHL Network, Leafs TV, Nike, the KHL, and most of all, the Toronto Zoo. stevedangle.com
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#1 Millerrr
October 20 2013, 04:56PM
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What do the Leafs need to do to become as good as the Blackhawks? Well thats easy, find a Toews to play with your Kane (Kessel)

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#3 MaxPower417
October 20 2013, 06:41PM
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If the Leafs want to be a good team they need to bring their possession out of the basement. A good way to start is to stop turtling as soon as they get a lead.

Leafs 5v5 tied CF% - 48.3% for middle of the pack in the league. (middle of the pack is 50%)

But when up 1 goal? - 35.1% for second last in the league. (middle of the pack is 46.5%)

When up 2 goals? 30.3% for dead last in the league. (middle of the pack for this is 46%)

Obviously that wasn't the problem last night, but it has been for much of the season.

I don't have the stats to back this up, but this seemed to develop in the second half of last season and continue right through the playoffs including of course...*bursts into tears*

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#4 William
October 20 2013, 09:02PM
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The Leafs have a lot of physicality which is great for them but, as a fan of another team, what I see from them is a lack of aggression: specifically against opposing defencemen in the Leaf's own zone. They aren't pressuring the defencemen to force the puck out of their zone with the grit that they have and thus their possession times will suck.

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#5 Brandon
October 20 2013, 07:19PM
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Is it just me or does Toronto not seem as physical as they were last season. Makes sense since they have rookies in place of Kulemin, Fraser, McLaren and not to mention Clarkson.

I mean, they should at least play their game if they are going to suck elsewhere.

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#6 Brandon
October 20 2013, 07:24PM
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Brandon wrote:

Is it just me or does Toronto not seem as physical as they were last season. Makes sense since they have rookies in place of Kulemin, Fraser, McLaren and not to mention Clarkson.

I mean, they should at least play their game if they are going to suck elsewhere.

Well, I watched the video and to my surprise Steve mentioned this. Maybe next time I should watch the video first... /derp

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#7 MaxPower417
October 20 2013, 09:09PM
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@William

Oh yeah, opposing defenceman are given all the time in the world in the Leaf zone. It's great for the opposition, if the D and leaf forwards down low ever start to gain the upper hand, the forecheckers just have to chip it back to the point and they get a full reset.

It's the most frustrating thing ever to watch as a fan.

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#8 whichonespink
October 21 2013, 07:37AM
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Steve, you seem to be saying that our goaltending was good because we had a lot of shots? But the first 2 goals should not have gone in, those were stoppable. Especially Koska's goal(can't believe you didn't mention him, since he was our but just a few months ago and the Leafs were all he needed to get his first NHL goal, finally).For us to have a chance on Sat we needed everyone to pick up their game, that includes Bernier(i'm not slagging on him because I'm a REimer guy) Bernier was solid, except on those 2 weak goals he let in. Doesn't matter if he made 37 saves, he let 2 bad goals in. I don't even put this loss on the D, it was the forwards that mucked this game up. When you play in your own end all night, you're going to be out of position and cover the wrong guy and turn over the puck at really bad times. If we win 6 out of every 10 games, we'll be at 96 points at the 80 game mark. Getting Wendel Jr. and Kuli back will help out a lot.

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#9 Paul M
October 21 2013, 02:03PM
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I'm like most fans who would love to see an elite first line center-man back on the team. A trade that could bring one in would be costly but the leafs have pieces that could be moved to get this done. i also feel the team would benefit immediately from having a vet two way d man like a andrew ferrence type of player that could relieve pressure off the top pairing. I could see a gardnier, remimer plus picks and prospects being moved to get these players. Maybe phili's gunna take anouther stupid pill and trade us giroux?

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#10 Paul M
October 21 2013, 02:03PM
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I'm like most fans who would love to see an elite first line center-man back on the team. A trade that could bring one in would be costly but the leafs have pieces that could be moved to get this done. i also feel the team would benefit immediately from having a vet two way d man like a andrew ferrence type of player that could relieve pressure off the top pairing. I could see a gardnier, remimer plus picks and prospects being moved to get these players. Maybe phili's gunna take anouther stupid pill and trade us giroux?

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#11 MaxPower417
October 21 2013, 02:48PM
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@Paul M

Please no to Ferrence.

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