December 30 2015 02:42PM
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It's ten minutes into the second period at the Xcel Energy Centre in Minnesota. The Toronto Maple Leafs are trying to win just their third game in their last eight showings, and at this point, things could go either way as the game has yet to see its first goal.
Suddenly, Phil Kessel goes to support Roman Polak in a board battle, and while he thinks he's come out with the puck, he's actually done more harm than good. Nino Niederreiter strips it off of Kessel and chips it in, allowing Charlie Coyle to pick the puck up. Coyle throws it to the front of the net, Jared Spurgeon is there to redirect it in with his skate the puck goes past Jonathan Bernier to put Minnesota in the lead.
That was Bernier's first goal against in 2015. Unsurprisingly, it wasn't the last. More surprisingly, though, it was the beginning of a wild ride and fall from grace throughout the calendar year.
December 30 2015 02:09PM
Coming off of a loss that we'd all probably rather forget, the Toronto Maple Leafs will look to salvage their week with the second of a back-to-back game series against the New York Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
American Hero Mark Arcobello has been recalled, so the Leafs can do anything! Let's take a look at how things should shake out:
December 30 2015 10:42AM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have pulled a member of their opening right roster back into the fold, calling up 27-year-old Mark Arcobello from the AHL's Toronto Marlies this afternoon.
December 29 2015 11:51PM
I'm going to be upfront with you; this game between the Toronto Marlies and the Lake Erie Monsters wasn't exactly one to phone home about. It was pretty low-event, nobody did anything particularly special, and ultimately, the Marlies lost 2-1. But truthfully, I wanted an excuse to point out the absurdity of a free coffee (Iced, no less) for a home victory, which apparently is a thing in Cleveland, so we may as well talk about the game.
December 29 2015 11:45PM
In a special one-taker-from-Boston edition of LFR, Eric Engels watches me cry about the Leafs, but in return, at least he talks about the Habs losing. That's good, right?