Sparks Stands Tall in 4-1 Marlies Win (But Loses Bet)

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 23 2014 08:21PM

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I made a bet with Marlies goaltender Garret Sparks ahead of the Olympic Semi-Finals. If The Phil and his assistants overpowered Team Canada, I would wear some Team USA gear in the Press Box this weekend. If Canada won, and they did, Sparks would have to wear a Team Canada jersey in a media scrum. So lets all take a minute to laugh at bet loser Garret Sparks for his losing performance.

On the other hand, his more important performance tonight was on the ice. The Marlies were hot on the heels of an unorthodox win against the San Antonio Rampage, where they took the lead ten seconds into the game and didn't give up a shot for twenty minutes. Today's team seemed to be chasing instead of ready to block shots and break up plays, and gave up thirty nine shots. Sparks was equal to the task, stopping all but one in a 4-1 win. So, lets give him a more flattering photo, shall we?

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SOCHI UPDATE: Hold On, We're Going Home

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 23 2014 02:21PM

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CANADAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! THEY DID IT! THE GOALTENDING CRISIS TURNED INTO GOALTENDING DOMINANCE! SIDNEY CROSBY CAME ALIVE WHEN HE NEEDED TO AGAIN! CHRIS KUNITZ DID SOMETHING! *coughs* sorry. I, like millions of others, are on a high after that amazing shutout win this morning.

I mean, I know that while all of Canada was getting the champagne ready, Torontonians saw a three goal lead for the team with the Maple Leaf on their chest. They also saw ten minutes on the clock, and yellow on the other team's jerseys, and stayed nervous until time expired. But in hindsight, I don't know what we were worrying about. Patrice Bergeron was on our side this time. Nothing was going to happen.

But beyond the glory of the Nation of the majority of the fanbase, Leafs Nation also had a lot at stake. Three players left Toronto for Sochi in hopes of making their team proud. Nikolai Kulemin was part of a Russian team looking to win on home ice. They flamed out spectacularly and didn't win a medal. Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk were summoned to take care of unfinished business for the United States, who after powering through the round robin and quarter finals, spent two games flaming out spectacularly and got destroyed in the Bronze Medal match by Finland. But the teams are irrelevant to us. How did the players do?

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Marlies Strike Quick, Win Over San Antonio

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 22 2014 07:27PM

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Hockey games are at least sixty minutes long, but one could argue that they can be won or lost in much less time than that. Today was a very good example of this. While the San Antonio Rampage came into Ricoh Coliseum having a 7-1-1-1 record in their past ten games, one could argue that the Toronto Marlies had the game in the bag from the second shift on, despite the close 2-1 final score.

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SOCHI UPDATE: Bronze Dreams

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 21 2014 01:15PM

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Looks like it's a best case scenario for the majority of Toronto Maple Leafs fans, who have local pride to blame for their commitment to the team. After days of encouraging Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, and Nikolai Kulemin to play their best but stay out of the the way of Team Canada, the worries have been lifted as both red/white/blue teams have been eliminated, and Canada marches ahead to take on the Swedes on Sunday.

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BROZIE: We Got This

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 21 2014 08:29AM

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Guest post by Tyler Brozak (@brozie42)

In about an hour and a half, Team Canada faces the United States in the Men's Hockey Semi Finals. A lot of people are scared about this game, because my linemates are tearing it up for the Americans. It's a good thing to see them succeed, because we're a few months away from them assisting on my 16 consecutive game winning goals to win the Stanley Cup, but today? Rest assured, they'll be of no problem. I've made five precautions to make sure this game is in the bag.

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