Leafs Postgame - Leafs keep shots-against below 50, drop game to Bruins

Ryan Fancey
December 08 2013 08:05PM

The Leafs began the toughest stretch of what many are calling "Deathcember" with a rare Sunday tilt in Toronto against the Bruins tonight. With their next games against the Kings, Blues, Hawks and Penguins, two points against Boston would be big, especially since the Bruins are a team the Leafs played fairly well against in their first meeting this season.

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LGD - Game 31: Bruins @ Leafs - "Goons." "Who?" "Hired Goons."

Cam Charron
December 08 2013 12:09PM

To quote Steve Dangle, the Leafs "have now won back-to-back games, and given up 50 shots in each of them, and had a different goalie win each of them. This goofy friggin' team."

Even when the Leafs win, they can't do so without escaping criticism. They've blown leads in their last two wins, but have wound up with two points against two teams that they won't have to chase come playoff time. In fact, the win before the one against Dallas, they also gave up 50 shots, this time to Washington. Every game, they gave up a late lead, 50 shots, and won in overtime. They haven't won in regulation in nine games now, and haven't beaten a playoff team in regulation in 19!

So yes, despite a two game win streak, everything isn't rosy in Leaf-land, although "winners of their last two" looks a hell of a lot better than "losers of their last five" which is what everybody was writing on Thursday. The good news is that there's enough games played that trends reverse rather quickly, which was a point I made in the Dallas pre-game.

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LFR7 - Game 30 - Milkshake - Tor 4, Ott 3 (SO)

Steve Dangle
December 08 2013 11:25AM

 

It brings all the shots to the yard.

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Leafs Postgame - Leafs 2013-14 script written in win over Senators

Cam Charron
December 07 2013 08:44PM

If the Toronto Maple Leafs make the playoffs this season and everybody asks why, just show them the tape of this 3-2 win over Ottawa. No game will probably match this one in showing off the Maple Leafs' outstanding strengths and horrible flaws. They got two goals and five points from James van Riemsdyk. They blew a 3-1 third period lead. They had the better goalie. They allowed 50 shots. They scored on the powerplay. They took too many penalties.

It all added up to a shootout win by the Leafs over the reeling Ottawa Senators, whose playoff hopes are in all likelihood, ended after tonight. 8 points back with 50 to play is a tough task for any team, and a tougher one for a team that hasn't been able to buy a save, or defence, or win against teams within the division.

Not pretty because the Leafs dropped a point, but harmless, lest that 'ROW' category comes back to haunt them on the final day of the season.

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LEAFS ROUNDTABLE: Life of Rie

Justin Fisher
December 07 2013 11:36AM

 

The TLN Roundtable is back! Every week, we'll pose a Leafs-related question to our writers, gather the various opinions, post the answers, and create internal tension and hatred amongst us. Then you, the reader, get to tell us how wrong we are in the comments!
 
This week's question...

Should Morgan Rielly be loaned to Canada's World Junior team?

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