Game One scoring chance count does not flatter Toronto Maple Leafs

Cam Charron
May 02 2013 04:51AM


(Photo via Jared Wickerham/Getty Images and NHLInteractive)

I had a friend in university who got really sick at exam time in her first year. She didn't get a virus, and showed no symptoms beyond nauseousness.

There's nothing different between a university exam and a class. The material doesn't change. If you know the subject you know the subject and you'll get a good grade regardless of the atmosphere. But my friend let the pressure get to her. She started staying up late studying. She didn't get enough sleep and kept herself running on caffeine and fumes. In the end, the exam period itself became a self-fulfilling prophecy—my friend couldn't handle the stress of it all.

She got over it though. Was always a crummy student. It's not that she cracked during exam period, it's just that she didn't know the material in the first place.

The Toronto Maple Leafs lost Game One of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series to the Boston Bruins much in the same way as my friend got sick in university. It wasn't pretty. A 4-1 defeat to kick off the series as their first playoff game in just under nine years. Analysis below.

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Leafs Play First Playoff Game in 8 Years, Lose Badly in Boston

Thomas Drance
May 01 2013 08:28PM


Basically a metaphor for the game itself.
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

It's clear to anyone who understands "luck" in hockey, and how a team can in fact get lucky over a sample size of nearly fifty games, that this years Toronto Maple Leafs aren't particularly good. They're not as bad, however, as they looked on Wednesday night in Boston.

In game one of the Leafs first round series against the Bruins, Toronto's cinderella club were outshot two-to-one by the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions. Toronto's best players hardly showed up, and frankly there aren't a lot of positives outside of the play of James Van Rimesdyk to really cling to. Though I guess if you count "at least it can't possibly get any worse" as a positive you might have something.

Read on past the jump.

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Playoffs!!!1 gameday: Game 1 Leafs @ Bruins

Cam Charron
May 01 2013 12:05PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs kick off their playoff season Wednesday night against the Boston Bruins, at 7:00 Eastern, on the CBC. If you can't find the game on TV, don't come running to us complaining that we didn't tell you what channel to watch or what time it was on. 

I've only been running this website for a year and was unsure of what kind of template to use. I ventured over to Oilers Nation, the longest-running blog on this network, to try and find a good way to get people fired up, opposing fans angry and 

Unfortunately, I can't seem to find a single playoff game thread on the entire website. Edmonton playoff games must have coincided with their vacation schedules.

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LEAFSNATION 2013 Year End Awards

Cam Charron
May 01 2013 10:16AM

New to this season, every Nations site will get its readers and writers to vote on "Year End Awards" in a few different categories. It was a painstaking process to whittle down the nominations in each category to five apiece, and not only that, the pony transporting the ballots to Leafs Nation HQ got eaten by a bear.

But we finally got a hold of them, and some state-of-the-art polling software to get the reader involved as well. Hit past the jump for our nominees:

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Bruins and Leafs panel picks (how many ways to say Bruins in six?)

Cam Charron
April 30 2013 03:09PM

Our long-winded preview went up Tuesday morning, and you should all check it out. We break down the matchups line by line and how everything should shake out in Toronto's first playoff appearance since the release of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.

If there are typos in any of the predictions, blame the email programs we copied and pasted from with the exception of our submission from Oilers Nation HQ. Their picks were sent to us this morning by carrier pigeon and the bloody thing was written in crayon. 

Here are the panel picks, starting with Steve Dangle of the Leafs Nation dot com: 

Fans have to be happy that the Leafs are back in the playoffs. It’s been a long, crappy wait. That being said, they’re playing the Bruins in Round 1, which is probably the Leafs’ worst case scenario going in. The Capitals are the 3rd seed, and while they have been on fire, they’re still beatable. The Canadiens’ are the 2nd seed, and while they won the Northeast Division and beat the Leafs soundly in their final game of the season, the Leafs completely pumped them twice in this short campaign. Besides, even if the Leafs hadn’t won those games, who doesn’t want to see a Toronto-Montreal tilt? Even the 1st seed Harlem Globetrotters Pittsburgh Penguins have had some trouble against the Leafs this year. But the Bruins. The freakin’ Bruins. That’s who they get.

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