Return of Connor Brown ignites blowout Marlies Victory

Jeff Veillette
January 24 2016 05:46PM

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Connor Brown was just trying to do what was best for his team when he stood in the path of Brian Lashoff's slapshot on October 30th. He wasn't wrong, in the sense that he very well could have prevented a goal, but it was a decision that circumstantially took him off the ice for several months with a fractured bone in his ankle. With a little less than three months of rehab behind him, however, he made his return to the lineup today, and in doing so, made an immediate impact.

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Leafs Postgame: Zut Eller

Jeff Veillette
January 23 2016 09:46PM

As far as tonight's game goes, there were a lot of outcomes that you could argue were most opportune. Somebody pro-tank would argue that a Leafs loss was best, as it would help the team stay near the bottom of the standings. Others wanted a win, hoping that it would ease Pittsburgh's takeover of Montreal in the standings to restore the draft pick from the Phil Kessel trade to a 2016 1st rounder. 

But an overtime loss? Nobody wanted that. Nobody expected that. A shootout provided that, throwing a wrench in a surprise Toronto comeback to give a 3-2 final score.

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Marlies start slow on the stot clock, but control the scoresheet in yet another win

Jeff Veillette
January 23 2016 04:29PM

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Photo Credit: Christian Bonin / TSGPhoto.com

Putting pucks towards the net gives us a pretty good long-term outlook on the quality of a player or a team, but in the heat of the moment, those shots only matter if they go in. The Toronto Marlies were certainly feeling that for the first half of today's game against the Utica Comets. Their opponents put tremendous pressure on them, but with a few fortunate bounces and some solid goaltending, the team managed to persevere through to win for the 18th time in their past 22 games by a score of 4-2.

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Leafs Postgame: Lack of Action

Jeff Veillette
January 21 2016 09:04PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have quietly been one of the best teams in the National Hockey League this year. Yes, I'm aware that I said that about a 23rd place team, but they've struggled with some cold struggled with some cold sticks and absolutely dreadful goaltending. Cam Ward hasn't been good in half a decade, and Eddie Lack has been about as reliable a poorly assembled Ikea table that shares his name.

You wouldn't know it based on tonight, though, as he shut out the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 1-0 overtime snoozefest.

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Leo Komarov's value has never been higher, so don't trade him

Jeff Veillette
January 21 2016 06:50AM

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Original Photo by Steve Russell / Toronto Star. Photo has been manipulated.

Yesterday afternoon, my good friend Jon Steitzer wrote a very good piece about why trading Leafs forward Leo Komarov makes sense. He puts up some interesting, well thought out arguments, and I commend him for the effort he put into it.

Now, Jon and I don't agree with each other often. Take TLN's All-Time Team for example. It wasn't picked quietly, and it wasn't picked easily, and most of the reasoning for that was because Jon and I were screaming at each other on a minutely basis. If there weren't several provinces between us and a massive age gap (Jon is three years old), we probably would have literally fought each other. All because we couldn't decide on which wingers would win the "we can only pick four or five centres" participation ribbons.

Anyway, I don't disagree with Jon as much on Komarov, but I still think he's wrong. Leo Komarov should absolutely stay with the Leafs for the foreseeable future.

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