October 17 2015 09:55AM
It's time to finally (barbe)cue up this game - the Leafs' first date with the Penguins since sending them their top scorer over the summer in an attempt to clean things up for the Babcock "culture change" we're starting to see. For Toronto, it'll be the second half of a back-to-back, so usually the chances of getting grilled by Sid the Kid and company might be high, but the Penguins haven't exactly been off to a sizzling start themselves. It'll be no picnic for either team.
October 16 2015 09:00PM
Hockey is a game of inches. Inches away from being offside. Inches away from getting your stick on an airborne puck. Inches away from covering the man. Inches away from your off-the-post shot going the other direction. Inches of hair away from your scalp as you rip it off your head in anxious frustration.
The Leafs provide a lot of anxious frustration. At times, the end results brought that tonight. But they played another game of fine hockey and were rewarded with their first win of the season, outscoring the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3.
October 16 2015 06:56PM
It's only been a week and a half since the NHL season kicked off and the Toronto Maple Leafs have since rung off three straight losses. This wasn't exactly unexpected - most of us had already resigned ourselves to a season of mediocrity and unbalanced win-loss columns - but there have been a few pleasant (and unpleasant) surprises so far this season to make things at least a little interesting.
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October 16 2015 10:43AM
Here's the deal. A regular season game against Columbus is probably not what's on the minds of most Toronto sports fans tonight. Apparently the fourth game of what will be a disappointing 82 game marathon isn't as sexxxy as Toronto team extinguishing a 22 year playoff drought.
Thankfully there are enough BJ's to go around. You can take the popular set up of a laptop with the Leafs or Jays game on it while you watch the other on your TV. You can rely on the slow moving pace of baseball to periodically check in on what's happening while watching the hockey game, or since this is a Leafs blog and you're reading this instead of a Jays blog you can realize you probably don't like baseball and just get swept up in the magic of Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey.
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October 16 2015 06:45AM
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