March 22 2012 01:22PM
The last time the Toronto Maple Leafs won a Stanley Cup, their starting goalie made 40 of 41 saves against a Montreal roster that included Jean Beliveau, Henri Richard and Yvan Cournoyer. That goaltender was also described as a player, by Andrew Podnieks as one who "lived a life so rife with unhappiness" and was "unfriendly to reporters, teammates, and even small children."
Now, in no way does the career of Phil Kessel mirror that of Terry Sawchuk but when people discuss Sawchuk upon reflection of the goaltender who died much too soon, they focus on the records he set and the Stanley Cups he won with the Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings.
March 14 2012 11:17AM
Back-track to February 8th. In analyzing the then-Toronto Maple Leafs' chance at a playoff spot, I wrote the following on this blog:
Should the shooting falter, I'm not convinced the team has the defense or goaltending to stay in a playoff spot.
A commenter who went by the subtle handle of "advancedstatsareafraud", more troll than anything, responded to the facts (the team had very modest possession rates and high percentages that were carrying the team at that point) with the following point:
March 13 2012 08:27PM
A brutal effort all around for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who didn't muster any first period offense and were absolutely brutal on special teams leading to a 4-2 loss to the Florida Panthers that is pretty well the final nail in the coffin for their playoff hopes. I'm sure at this point in the season, the process means little to Leafs fans, but you might be interested to see how they're doing as we head into the summer...
For full scoring chance numbers, including individual chances taken and created as well as the Statistical Three Stars, click past the jump.
March 06 2012 07:57PM
A wild first half the game with suspect goaltending on both sides saw quite the open game before Tim Thomas turned it on in the third period helping the Boston Bruins withstand a Toronto onslaught of scoring chances. Despite a goal from the newly-signed Mikhail Grabovski and a late powerplay, the Leafs dropped a heartbreaking one at home, again giving up a big chunk of goals to the Bruins.
Welcome to the advanced box score—we will provide scoring chance details, who took or set up chances for either team, as well as the Statistical Three Stars and its companion, the Statistical Three Goats, which is based on a player's actual performance during a game and not necessarily the results.
March 05 2012 04:55PM
Any time that I get to link to an AC/DC song that hasn't been royally corrupted by my 16-year old sister singing AC/DC's Rock Band track pack, you have to take it. I suppose the other reason for writing this post is that I've been very critical of the play of one Joffrey Lupul this season. I believe that much of his success is hollow and pushed by the play of Phillip Kessel Jr., a superior player in all three zones.
In an attempt to prove anything here, I ditched the fancy numbers and looked back through video of each of the even strength, non empty-net goals scored by both Lupul (13) and Kessel (22) this season.