December 04 2015 07:30PM
When Jonathan Bernier was sent down to the Toronto Marlies on a conditioning stint, it wasn't to recover from an injury. It was to recover from a fragile state of mind; the Leafs' highest-paid goalie was 0-8-0 in his first nine appearances with the team, and his 0.888 SV% was near the bottom of the league.
Tonight, he pulled on the Marlies uniform for the first time in Rochester, and made his first step in the right direction, stopping every shot against in a 4-0 Toronto victory. Admittedly, this was a very, very easy game for Bernier.
December 03 2015 10:42PM
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Maybe Bobby Cappucino was on to something when he changed hockey analytics forever last night. Sure, you can have an exciting, close game, but few things get you out of your seat better than pucks going into nets. Tonight? A snoozefest. The two teams combined for just two goals, only one of which counted. I bet you can guess which one that was.
December 02 2015 09:24PM
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After the well-structured, happy go lucky game that the Leafs had against the Edmonton Oilers, some of you may have thought that the good vibes would keep going for more than a few minutes.
Those of you who did are probably new here. This was a game to the fans to forget, and the staff to remember. An absolute trainwreck of an outing from the Leafs, and one that ends in a 6-1 loss.
December 02 2015 05:02PM
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There's a lot of talk about this year's All-Star Game. It's four-team, 3-on-3 format with cash incentives allows for some creativity in an otherwise boring, usually contactless and always half-assed single game. The coaches will pick the bulk of their rosters, but it's up to the fans to pick the Captain of each division. For us, there is no better option than Toronto's Stephane Robidas.
December 02 2015 02:02PM
Leafs fans take a lot of criticism for putting up with a grotesquely rich ownership group that profits a lot off of their support of the team's failure. Not just amongst those who have lost interest, but from other teams.
But hey, what about Jets fans? Since coming over from Atlanta, who won exactly zero playoff games in their eleven-year history, the Jets have been just as bad, making the post-season once and getting swept; the bright spot of their existence. Say what you will about the Leafs in 2013, but to collapse from 4-1 in Game 7, you have to win three games and be close to winning a fourth.
Yet, have the Jets been near the top of the merchandise rankings since before the team came back, they interrupt O' Canada to profess their love for their ownership group. Every game. Home or away. Even at other levels; I've seen "TRUE NORTH" chants at Marlies games when they'd take on St. John's (pre-team affiliation switcheroo).
If interrupting a moment of National Pride to scream the name of the people you give money to in support of a losing team isn't a "hail corporate" moment, I don't know what is. But hey, Jets fans are going to fill tonight their building, one that True North built a few thousand seats too small because they didn't think Jets fans would show up. The Leafs will do their best to play spoilers.