January 25 2012 09:35AM
Either Ron Wilson matches lines or Dion Phaneuf just REALLY likes playing against John Tavares
The Leafs home and home sweep of the New York Islanders was important for two reasons. First, the Leafs picked up four crucial points in a tight playoff race to keep pace with three other teams at 55 points. Second, it gives us an opportunity to test Ron Wilson’s claim that he does not match lines.
Pension Plan Puppets
January 25 2012 09:34AM
Let me tell you a story my friend. It's a story of a Leafs team that was losing a game 2-0 to the lowly New York Islanders in what was, as things are wont to become for bubble teams in late January, a must win. The Maple Leafs had pressured the Islander a lot but they had been unable to crack Al Montoya's facade while at the other end they had seen the Isles convert two of their limited chances into goals. It seemed like - on a night when other contenders for the final playoff spots were headed towards adding points to their totals - that the Leafs had let a perfectly good opportunity slip them by. And then...a miracle.
Nino Niederreiter, himself a victim of a cowardly headshot by Mark Fistric earlier in the season and no stranger to targeting a player's head, decided that he was going to try to ring Grabbo's bell. Unfortunately, he was unaware that Grabbo's skeleton is made of adamantium or that his hockey skills are equally powered by secret Russian experiments and rage.
Pension Plan Puppets
January 24 2012 06:57AM
The Leafs Nation has built a solid coterie of contributors in it's relatively short life. We've got Danny Gray, JP Nikota, and myself are bolstered by Nations vagabonds Cam Charron and Jonathan Willis. This week we've added another contributor but we're still looking for more. Who is this mystery man? And how can you be next? Well, join me after the jump.
January 22 2012 12:10PM
With Edmonton's post-season hopes once again turning cold, Lowetide's attention is sensibly turning to the long-term again, with his gaze shifting towards the upcoming draft in June 2012. Futures and the ever depressing Battle of Alberta are the topics du jour.
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January 20 2012 08:09AM
This hug is tighter than the one The Monster gave to the post on his lone goal against.
Despite his assertion that his line-up changes were minor, the Leafs lines looked much different last night than they have at any point this season. Despite this quibble, you can’t argue with the results. The Leafs skated away with a 4-1 victory over the suddenly terrible Minnesota Wild. The Leafs dominated the play all night and Minnesota managed their lone goal on Gustavsson’s failure to hug the post tight enough.