January 16 2014 04:35PM
Ryan Miller's face, David Clarkson's flying ass, and a tale of three centres.
January 16 2014 01:51PM
My name is Steven Tzemis and I am a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. And yes, that was supposed to sound like an introduction to an AA meeting.
I’ve been given this opportunity to be a part of The Leafs Nation and seeing as how I’m still in university, I couldn’t be more thrilled. I look forward to bringing a fresh voice to the site and hopefully one that the readers will enjoy.
January 16 2014 01:34PM
My name is Margo and I am a new writer for the this site. I'm really excited to have this opportunity and look forward to making you all laugh, cringe and occasionally get riled up with my comments.
I was born and raised in Toronto, but have only been a Leaf fan since 1998. I was a Wayne Gretzky fan as a kid, so the Kings were my favourite team. I used to play NHL 93 for Sega Genesis, and would rarely (if ever) choose the Leafs. I had much more fun fighting with Marty McSorley! Once Gretzky left LA, my loyalty wavered and I slowly gravitated towards the Leafs. Once they signed Curtis Joseph and brought Pat Quinn on as head coach, I was hooked.
That being said, I've been a die-hard fan since then. I've celebrated, yelled, thrown things and cried along with many of you over the past 16 years. Ok, not sure how many of you have cried watching the Leafs, but I have. I'll admit it. I'll get to that in a bit...
January 15 2014 09:17PM
One of my favourite things about TSN broadcasting Leafs games, other than not having to listen to Greg Millen, is that TSN's producers and statisticians are all legitimate hockey fans who would crank out absurd trivia like the factoid above. This was the Leafs first win on the home half of a back-to-back after winning the road game, apparently, since 2009.
I'm not sure what the genesis of such a statistic would be. It's not like there's a big database of trivia available. You have to go searching. Some producer, probably in his 20s, was kicking dirt around in the pre-production meeting saying "you know, as a Leaf fan, it seems the Leafs never win these games…" and then spent 5 minutes on Hockey Reference.
Was it a "real" win? I mean, it (again) took the shootout to beat the Buffalo Sabres, but in the words of Socrates, "two points is two points" and Toronto took back a three-point lead in the Wild Card race with their third consecutive win.
January 15 2014 12:55PM
Pictured: Zemgus Girgensons
Not a lot to get to today. I have a few statistics to relay to you and a couple of clips of Peter Holland doing hockey things. This is also the last time this season I think I'll have to watch the Buffalo Sabres, and for that I am grateful. At the start of the season right after the Sabres jumped out to their 0-6 start or whatever it was, I made a bet with the editor of Canucks Army, Dimitri Filipovic, that the Sabres would reach 15 wins this season. I'm sitting pretty in that regard, thanks mostly to their 6-2 shootout record.
(Unfortunately, I also bet Dimitri that David Clarkson would score at least 14 goals, and not only has he not, but he's looked brutal in not doing so. My opinions on Clarkson may be subjective from here on out, but hey! He is on pace to score 45 goals over the duration of his seven-year contract.)
The 2013-2014 Buffalo Sabres everyone! Projected by at least one amateur oddsmaker to have fewer wins than David Clarkson had goals!