March 04 2013 09:09PM
Photo via Abelimages/NHLInteractive via Getty
Most nights I have a lot of available information to work with to craft a game story. Perhaps a game was won or lost based around a particular matchup, or there was a repeated example in the game indicative of a season-long trend that played a factor in the result. None of that was really evident in the Maple Leafs' latest win, this one over the New Jersey Devils, sans Martin Brodeur, 4-2 Monday night.
The goals were scored by Nazem Kadri, Jay McClement, Clarke MacArthur and Phil Kessel. That is a collection of players that have received rave endorsements from the Corsiati that populate this Toronto Maple Leaf blog and others. While Brodeur for much of his career has been known to be a tad error-prone, he had looked better than Johan Hedberg was Monday. Hedberg got a good piece of the first three Toronto goals. At the other end, Hedberg's opposite James Reimer was terrific, stopping 28 of 30 shots including an unreal save off of Patrik Elias seconds after MacArthur's go-ahead goal.
This game was a mess. It is like seeing your friend get his tongue stuck on a flagpole. "Dude, why did you do that? You're unharmed, I guess, but you probably shouldn't do that again."
March 04 2013 04:40PM
Bit of a short preview today. Lots of talk around the trade that sent Mike Brown to Edmonton for a conditional pick. My own belief is that this is a good move in a vacuum, in that the Leafs get a lottery ticket—as well as an extra roster spot—in return for a player who didn't necessarily contribute positively through his tenure in Toronto.
My knock on the trade is that of the three face-punchers employed by the Leafs yesterday, I think they traded the one who is best at skating and doing things other than face-punching. The move solidifies Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren's spots in the lineup and they play on a fourth line that takes away offensive zone opportunities from the Leafs top line and gets frequently stuck in their own end.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 04 2013 03:07PM
You’re a fan of a hockey team, one that happens to wear blue and white. Things are looking up. Or, at least not down. Games are being won somewhat often, players that were missing during these wins are starting to return, and the key to this year seems to be consistency rather than streakiness. You find out one of your young wingers is on his way back into the lineup, after starting the season on a point per game pace. But to get him back in, a fourth line fighter has to go.
NOOOOOOOOOOO! NOT MIKE BROWN! Wait, what?
March 04 2013 09:46AM
Mike Brown has been traded to the Edmonton Oilers.
It looks like TSN's Aaron Ward had it first.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 03 2013 04:43PM
Today was a chance at redemption for the Toronto Marlies. Really, their last chance against the Binghamton senators, facing them for the fourth and final time of the season. Yesterday's game was a continuation of the usual patterns - a lack of scoring, an inconsistent powerplay, and without Drew MacIntyre starting, instability in net. Today, the now-contracted netminder was back between the pipes, and the boys in one-off camouflage jerseys were looking to get just one win out of a team that they haven't beaten since October 8th of 2011.