Merrimack's Stephane Da Costa

March 27 2011 10:56AM

Merrimack's season ended last night the same way Ottawa's Cup Finals appearance ended: with a boneheaded defensive play putting the puck in the back of their own net. That means it's open season on Merrimack's players. It's likely that forward Stephane Da Costa will sign with an NHL squad and leave Hockey East behind.

Da Costa is a late 1989 birthday from Paris, France and attracted a lot of attention last summer but ultimately returned to school to continue working on his game.

Year Age Team GP G A Pts NHLe G NHLe A NHLe Pts
09-10 20 Merrimack 34 16 29 46 23 42 65
10-11 21 Merrimack 33 14 31 45 16 36 52

Pretty impressive numbers. Suggesting that an NCAA free agent could jump into a lineup next year and clear 50 points would likely put that player in the Calder race.

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Leafs win in Colorado was textbook

Steve Lansky
March 25 2011 07:44PM

There are lots of ways to win hockey games. The way the Maple Leafs won in Denver on Thursday night fits into the "textbook" category - and it earned the team two points and a shiny red apple. It showed exactly what this club can do when it sets its mind to it. And, of course, it continues to twist the knife into the question, "What if James Reimer had been with the big club all year?" Let's move forward, not thinking about that - because anxiety attacks don't serve any beneficial purpose.

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Game #75 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs @ Avalanche, Mar. 24/11 (4-3 Win)

Slava Duris
March 25 2011 09:25AM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 21108

James Reimer continues to face more than his fair share of high quality scoring chances, he saw 8 this game and 2 of them found the back of the net.  The Leafs played strong for the first half of the game, leading 7-2 (1 chance against came on a SH breakaway), then the Avalanche dominated the 2nd half of the 2nd period, outchancing Toronto 8-2 and creating 4 high quality scoring chances within that timeframe.  The Leafs held the edge in the 3rd period until the last several minutes of the game, when the Avs pressed hard in search of the tying goal that never came.

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Game #74 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs @ Wild, Mar. 22/11 (3-0 Win)

Slava Duris
March 23 2011 09:19AM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 21095

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Steve Lansky
March 22 2011 11:23AM

Whether or not you believe the Toronto Maple Leafs can make the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, it is a fact that they have no more wiggle room left. With nine games remaining, they would have to pass both Carolina (two points ahead, one game in hand) and Buffalo (five points ahead, one game in hand). The Leafs have 74 points. If they win out, they would finish with 92...probably barely enough to make. Tonight, in Minnesota, it truly is back-up-against-the-wall time.

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