Marlies Open Weekend With Win In Rochester

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 28 2014 10:15PM

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While the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to fall further into the abyss, their AHL affiliates seem to be taking the opposite approach, catching fire down the gate. The goaltending, for the most part, has been stellar. The offence has been plentiful. The defence has shut down a lot of good minor league players and many well known prospects, and in their last seven games, they've won six.

The most important thing for them to end this season? Take the Rochester Americans as priority number one. Today was game two of a 5 matchups in 14 game stretch, and the Amerks are the only team that could realistically catch up to the Marlies in the North Division. But, with a 4-2 win tonight, the rear view mirror is looking suspiciously empty.

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Leafs Postgame: The Freefall Continues

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 28 2014 08:27PM

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Modern Leafs captains have shared some common traits. Most notably, the last few have played centre and had their modus operandi questioned a couple of times as things unfolded. This week, Dion Phaneuf had the latter occur (undeservedly) for skipping media scrums after a game, and for a moment, he accomplished the former. However, I don't think it's an experience he'd like to try again in the future. It lead to the first goal of the game, which ended up in favour of the Flyers, who won by a score of 4-2 and extend Toronto's losing streak to seven games.

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LGD - Game 75: Still hanging on

Ryan Fancey
March 28 2014 10:34AM

The Leafs absolutely need a pair of wins this weekend. Though they've seen their chances of the playoffs take an enormous hit over the last couple weeks, if they can scrape out four points in the next 48 hours things could be interesting right down to the last day of the season. But they need both games.

Of course a lot of attention will be on the divisional make-or-break game with the Wings tomorrow, but tonight they're trying to knock off the Flyers in a game equally as important. Many of us have already written the Leafs off at this point, but drop one of these games and we can really put the fork in them. Two regulation wins would do enough to at least delay the heartbreak. 

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Open Response To Donald S Cherry

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 28 2014 09:09AM

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Hey Don, its your bud Alex speaking. I don't actually go by Alex any more; when I found out it was actually my middle name at the age of five, I decided that was stupid and asked to switch to Jeff full time. It was probably for the best, really. Alexler doesn't roll off the tongue as well. In any event, I'm still a good Canadian boy from Tronna who watches Hockey Night In Canada every Saturday, so thumbs up to that, am I right?

But I have a bone to pick with you. 

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The Fantasy Minute

Nation World HQ
March 28 2014 07:21AM


Your fantasy hockey news and players to look for on the waiver wire this week.

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