October 02 2013 03:14PM
Let's move on from the fighting debate. Seems to be all anybody can talk about today and was the unfortunate focus of many game recaps.
So now the Leafs move on from Montreal and a team that dressed two enforcers in their lineup to Philadelphia, a team that doesn—oh…
Easy to focus on hockey after last night through. Toronto looked pretty good when the score was even, giving way on the shot clock mostly when they took a 4-2 lead in the third period. Their special teams were right friggin' dominant and it's even hard for a math nerd like me to suggest the team was unlucky in winning their opening night contest. They were the better team, full-stop, and the fact that James Reimer had a much better night than Carey Price wasn't the difference.
October 02 2013 02:30PM
Over the next few days, we'll take a brief look at the teams in Toronto's newest division. The division is called the "Atlantic" but only three of the teams in the division are even close to the Atlantic Ocean. Given there are six teams in the Northeast and two in the state of Florida, the hockey community as a whole has decided to rebrand this division "The Flortheast". We will get team bloggers from each group to profile their teams as we get ready to start the season…
Today's preview comes from JJ From Kansas of Winging It In Motown, a blog that we could have sworn used to be about a team in the Western Conference...
October 02 2013 12:23PM
I'm back! Miss me? I missed the Leafs winning. Lots of first impressions on a new-look team. Here's how I saw it.
October 01 2013 08:35PM
An exciting game of river hockey was disrupted early in the third period when one of the Montreal Canadiens new additions, George Parros, was injured when he was pulled face-first into the ice during a fight. That's unfortunately going to be the lasting image of a game that was entertaining in all other aspects.
The Maple Leafs' special teams unit came alive, scoring a powerplay and a shorthanded goal, but it was Mason Raymond's first as a Leaf on an odd-man rush that stood as the game-winner after a furious rally by the Canadiens in the opener. Just like last season, the Maple Leafs take the first game of the season at le Centre Bell with a 4-3 win.
October 01 2013 05:02PM
Well hey, look at that.
It's Phil Kessel signing day (more on that later) and it's also the season opener in Montreal. While they say that the games get more important as you draw into March and April, this is a pretty important game already. Not only is it a rivalry game pitting our Upper Canadian squad against the God-fearing (literally) chain-smoking, civil war-losin' Lower Canadian hockey team, I suspect that if the Leafs are in contention for a playoff spot come April, Montreal will be one of the teams also right there in the mix at a similar spot in the standings.
So… what the heck to expect in this contest?