Murphy: Where are the critics of the critics of the critics of Dave Nonis now?

Blake Murphy
January 21 2014 10:18AM


In this post: A hot sports taco.

For all their talk of sample size, it was the Corsi Mob who lacked the patience to see this thing through.

Against all doubt and snark to the contrary, the Toronto Maple Leafs have now won five straight games for the first time in seven years and look every bit the team they were in October, when they set the league ablaze. Low and behold, the Leafs are now firmly back in a playoff spot, where anyone watching the games knew they’d end up. 

It turns out that a slump can be just that, and a few unlucky bounces aren’t indicative of a team tuning the coach out. Everything’s just fine, even if Fenwick says otherwise.

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TLN Top 20 Leafs Prospects Midterm Rankings: #20 - #16

Justin Fisher
January 21 2014 06:06AM

(Photo: UMD's Tony Cameranesi)

#20 - Dominic Toninato - C (Minnesota-Duluth, NCAA)

For those who say there aren't any top six potential forwards in the Leafs system, they have been ignoring the University of Minnesota Duluth. Toninato is the younger of the two Leafs prospects on the team, and is a lightning fast, smallish player that has proven he can put up points on the third line at decent clip for a freshman (4 goals, 5 assists in 17 games). 
 
While he is still a longshot and off the radar for many, those who value skill above grit have someone to look forward to despite the organizations goal of developing the deepest bottom six forward group in the league. Toninato’s drop in our rankings is largely due to increased excitement over the 2013 draft and not a decline in productivity. - Jon Steitzer
 

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LFR7 - Game 51 - Rising - Tor 4, Phx 2

Steve Dangle
January 21 2014 02:42AM

 

Five straight wins, Phil Kessel stays hot, and Nazem Kadri is coming alive.

Now what's the difference between good and great?

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Leafs postgame - Phoenix Coyotes are not worthy; Phoenix Coyotes are scum

Cam Charron
January 20 2014 09:50PM

 
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Die-hard Leafs fan and star of the cult comedy classic Wayne's World was not out partying with Alice Cooper in Glendale on Monday night. I don't think that the NHL has let him near a rink since The Love Guru came out, probably for good reason.

On the ice it was more of the same for the Maple Leafs like we saw a season ago—an excellent offence that converted every chance it got, some great goaltending and benefitting from some posts. The Leafs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, added a third to make the score 3-0 and cruised from there for a 4-2 final and a fifth straight victory.

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Marlies Win In Rockford

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 20 2014 05:24PM

 

(Photo courtesy of the Rockford IceHogs Twitter)

The Toronto Marlies have a history of sputtering during long road trips. Even this year, their Royal Winter Fair-fuelled departure saw them drop four of six games, cementing the cancelling out of a hot start. Maybe it's bad luck, maybe they make a slight mistake in travel arrangements that makes them 0.6% more tired, or maybe there's something in the air at Ricoh Coliseum that makes them better for a couple of days.

This time around, as their home ice plays the part of "giant swimming pool" for the Boat Show, things actually look kind of positive. Going into Rockford, the Marlies had a 3-0-1 record over nine days, with a --- loss to St. Johns being the only blemish. The mission today? Keep the good times rolling, and slightly ruin the day of the thousands of local school children in attendance. They did just that, winning 3-2. 

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