January 16 2014 05:06PM
Let's talk about Tyler Bozak for one second:
The most points Tyler Bozak has ever earned in one nine-game stretch of his National Hockey League career is 12, and that was the nine-game stretch ending with that game against Boston Tuesday. While he was held off the scoresheet Wednesday, he still scored the shootout-winning goal. Since returning to the lineup, Bozak has been held off the scoresheet just twice, has two three-point nights, and has two shootout winners to his credit. More importantly, the Leafs are 5-4-0 since his return, obviously spurred by his attendance.
Question: has Tyler Bozak turned the corner? Answer: Probably not.
January 16 2014 04:35PM
Ryan Miller's face, David Clarkson's flying ass, and a tale of three centres.
January 16 2014 01:51PM
My name is Steven Tzemis and I am a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. And yes, that was supposed to sound like an introduction to an AA meeting.
I’ve been given this opportunity to be a part of The Leafs Nation and seeing as how I’m still in university, I couldn’t be more thrilled. I look forward to bringing a fresh voice to the site and hopefully one that the readers will enjoy.
January 16 2014 01:34PM
My name is Margo and I am a new writer for the this site. I'm really excited to have this opportunity and look forward to making you all laugh, cringe and occasionally get riled up with my comments.
I was born and raised in Toronto, but have only been a Leaf fan since 1998. I was a Wayne Gretzky fan as a kid, so the Kings were my favourite team. I used to play NHL 93 for Sega Genesis, and would rarely (if ever) choose the Leafs. I had much more fun fighting with Marty McSorley! Once Gretzky left LA, my loyalty wavered and I slowly gravitated towards the Leafs. Once they signed Curtis Joseph and brought Pat Quinn on as head coach, I was hooked.
That being said, I've been a die-hard fan since then. I've celebrated, yelled, thrown things and cried along with many of you over the past 16 years. Ok, not sure how many of you have cried watching the Leafs, but I have. I'll admit it. I'll get to that in a bit...
January 15 2014 09:17PM
One of my favourite things about TSN broadcasting Leafs games, other than not having to listen to Greg Millen, is that TSN's producers and statisticians are all legitimate hockey fans who would crank out absurd trivia like the factoid above. This was the Leafs first win on the home half of a back-to-back after winning the road game, apparently, since 2009.
I'm not sure what the genesis of such a statistic would be. It's not like there's a big database of trivia available. You have to go searching. Some producer, probably in his 20s, was kicking dirt around in the pre-production meeting saying "you know, as a Leaf fan, it seems the Leafs never win these games…" and then spent 5 minutes on Hockey Reference.
Was it a "real" win? I mean, it (again) took the shootout to beat the Buffalo Sabres, but in the words of Socrates, "two points is two points" and Toronto took back a three-point lead in the Wild Card race with their third consecutive win.