Why does the first line have a lousy scoring chance differential?

Cam Charron
March 11 2013 10:44AM

Phil Kessel sometimes does take shifts that go on a bit too long.

In the third period Saturday night, during a frantic bit of action, two Toronto Maple Leafs players were caught on the ice at the end of their shifts: Phil Kessel and Mark Fraser. Since the Leafs were skating broadcast right to left, Mark Fraser as a left side defenceman was slightly further away from the bench than his partner Mike Kostka, who got off for Dion Phaneuf. No excuse for Phil Kessel, who plays a bit of a rover position, but is generally expected to be a right winger for the Leafs.

Still, Kessel stayed on the ice even after Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk had gone off. Streaking through centre, he used his speed to get around Penguins forward Craig Adams and made a subtle outlet to Nazem Kadri who had come on the ice. Kadri moved the puck in over the line with possession, halted just enough to stall Penguins shutdown man Paul Martin and find Kessel, who had burst into the slot.

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Marlies Win 4-1 Over Peoria

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 10 2013 05:10PM

You know what they about the journey from the AHL to the NHL, you're trying to trade a bus ride to P- NO! That's it. This horse isn't just dead, with today's game, we've now hit the point of decomposition. I'm pretty sure that if anyone brings it up to Dallas Eakins again, he's going to telepathically throw the person into a wall. That may be pushing it, so on to the point - the Toronto Marlies took on the Peoria Rivermen today, desperate for a rebound from their loss to Abbotsford. Despite a lot of key scratches, the Marlies handily beat their opponents 4-1.

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LFR6 - Game 26 - Crosby Kaputs Comeback

Steve Dangle
March 10 2013 02:42PM


The Leafs come up short, but they fought back hard to earn the point. For the team that appears to have everything, what are the Pittsburgh Penguins missing?

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Leafs battle back to earn a point against Penguins - Recap

Cam Charron
March 09 2013 09:21PM

Photo via Abelimages/NHLInteractive via Getty

A few thoughts before I look at some aspects of Toronto's 5-4 loss against Pittsburgh. Don't call it a "loss", really. Toronto came back and got a late goal from Phil Kessel to tie it up. After a nail-biting overtime session that was pretty inconsequential, James Neal and Sidney Crosby scored in the shootout as Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri missed.

But, a few thoughts...

When the National Hockey League came out of the season-long lockout they started showing games on NBC on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Watching out-of-market games is always fun, and in addition to the weekly CBC games, we got the TSN ones and then NBC on weekends. They'd always bring in some good talent from TSN, guys like Chris Cuthbert and Gord Miller I remember calling games, which was pretty cool.

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Marlies Lose 4-2 to Abbotsford

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 09 2013 04:07PM

For the Toronto Marlies, games like today's are ones you're expected to feast on, but actually dread.  Yes, the struggling Abbotsford Heat had won just 1 of 11 games leading up to today. It sounds advantageous, but stats like that lead to taking games too easily, while the struggling opponents have an extra sense in urgency. Sure enough, that was the case here tonight, as the blue and white dropped this one 4-2.

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