March 16 2014 04:30PM
Me, watching Sunday afternoon hockey (except I use a french press)
A shorthanded Toronto Maple Leafs lineup lost a Sunday afternoon game in Washington, in more ways than one. The Leafs were shorthanded because they're missing some of their top players due to injuries, illnesses, as well as mysterious disappearances. The Leafs shorthanded group also gave up two powerplay goals to a dangerous Capitals powerplay in Period One, and while the Maple Leafs pressed later in the game, the Capitals were able to hold on for a 4-2 win against Toronto, plus an empty net goal.
Toronto made a game of it. They definitely made more of a game of it than you'd have expected after Washington took an early 3-0 lead in the first. The Leafs are score effects on steroids—when behind, the team opens up and skill shines through, and, what do you know? They're fun to watch and always seem to come back. When the Leafs take a lead, they clamp back into their shell, allow a billion shots, and teams always seem to find ways to come back on them. This Sunday afternoon game was one-half of the Leafs season in a nutshell, the half where the team is playing from behind.
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Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 16 2014 04:11PM
It's been a long time since the Toronto Marlies went into a game without Drew MacIntyre in the lineup. Nobody was quite sure what to make of him when he was brought in as the replacement to Ben Scrivens in January of last year, but he's arguably been the MVP of this team since. Today, he was off the lineup sheet, headed to Toronto to back up James Reimer. For now, the fate of the team between the pipes rests on the shoulders of two rookies, both of them years away from even being able to rent a car.
Facing this temporary duo (well, just Christopher Gibson, but still) for the first time were everybody's favourite team, the Hamilton Bulldogs, who threw all the could in the direction of Gibson, but couldn't find success against a Marlies team who found major success in the third period, winning 4-1.
March 16 2014 01:46PM
On this episode, the hungover bunch talk about the Sens' collapse to the Habs, a Leafs-Habs playoff series, pogs, and Pokemon.
March 16 2014 10:58AM
For the first time in a long time, the Leafs didn't play Saturday night, instead shifting their schedule to a Sunday matinee with the Washington Capitals. It's the Leafs first game back from their California road trip, and the Capitals last game before they visit California (sorry, Washington).
The season series is 1-1 between the teams, but the Leafs won in a shootout, meaning the Capitals lead this season series.
March 15 2014 06:53PM
Jonathan Bernier left Thursday's game against the Kings after the first period with a "lower body injury", opening the door for James Reimer to produce a gym, leading the Leafs to victory.
Since the Leafs label every injury as either an upper or lower body injury, we don't know what Bernier's injury is yet. And we may never know. But fear not, because his injury isn't considered to be serious, at least according to coach Randy Carlyle.