Phil Kessel should be in the Hart Trophy discussion

Cam Charron
April 26 2013 11:10AM

Lots of talk about Hart Trophy nominees in recent days. My pick would probably be Alexander Ovechkin, though I have time to listen to cases from John Tavares and Martin St. Louis and Jonathan Toews. Probably Sergei Bobrovsky as well.

For a player who sits 6th in NHL scoring and helped lead his big-market team to the playoffs breaking a nine-year drought, there's surprisingly not too much buzz for Phil Kessel.

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Kadri; Kessel help Florida Panthers clinch last overall

Cam Charron
April 25 2013 08:52PM


Eliot J. Schechter/NHLInteractive via Getty

I can see narrative-spinners right now suggesting that since the Maple Leafs won a game despite getting out-shot and lost a game after out-shooting the opponent, there's no reason to suggest that out-shooting opponents is bad. That's not exactly the case. The Leafs controlled the game territorially until they took a 4-goal lead, and at that point they took their collective feet off of a very large gas pedal. 

It wasn't much of a game tonight at the BB&T Center. For one, the Florida Panthers are a really bad team, that still have some of their top guys injured and mostly made up of players from the draft you didn't watch because you were without cable because you were broke from your fourth year of university and spending your first summer away from home*.

And it was a rout. The Leafs came out with some new lines that will be overanalyzed tomorrow, but overall the team played a great 25 minutes and that's all they really had to do. They took a 4-0 lead, got three or four big stops from James Reimer in the game's waning minutes and won by the same 4-0 score, eventually getting out-chanced and out-shot as the minutes ticked away.

*I guess I should point out that my experiences probably don't match the experiences of the collective. After a while we found a cheap TV and plugged it into the wall and it turns out the previous tenants forgot to cancel their basic cable service.

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LFR6 Game 46 - Mad Martin

Steve Dangle
April 25 2013 02:04PM

 

Martin St. Louis: 2014 Olympian?

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What's eating Nazem Kadri?

Cam Charron
April 25 2013 10:08AM

Or rather, "What's Nazem Kadri been eating?"

Here's a worrying trend: In the last five games, Leafs 5-on-5 scoring chances with Nazem Kadri on the ice:

  Chances For Chances Against
vs. NJD 0 2
@ WSH 0 2
vs. NYI 2 4
@ OTT 5 5
@ TBL 1 1
     
Total 8 14

In the last five games, Leafs 5-on-5 scoring chances without Nazem Kadri on the ice:

  Chances For Chances Against
vs. NJD 6 7
@ WSH 9 5
vs. NYI 5 7
@ OTT 3 6
@ TBL 12 11
     
Total 35 36

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YakovMironov's Leaflets: Playoff Bingo!

Jon Steitzer
April 25 2013 12:57AM

Playoff Bingo


(bigger, more playable card)

“What’s more fun than playing Bingo?”

“Nothing!” answers your 90 year old Grandmother.

Well it’s time for Leafs Nation to catch Playoff Bingo fever with this handy dandy Bingo card which should be easy to complete by the end of Game One.

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