March 18 2014 11:35AM
Remember the Winter Classic? Fun under the -20 celsius sun? Tyler Bozak, hair flowing in the wind, scoring the shootout winner in front of over 100,000 fans as snow gently kissed his rosy cheeks?
Well this isn't quite the same.
It's indoors, not outdoors. It's Detroit, not Ann Arbour. It's Joe Louis Arena, not the Big House. What remains the same is it's two points up for grabs.
March 17 2014 06:37PM
Carter Verhaeghe (Photo: www.niagaraicedogs.net)
Carter Verhaeghe (Niagara, OHL)
All in all, it's been a great season for Carter Verhaeghe. Although he couldn't keep up with the near two-points-per-game pace he set for himself early in the year, Verhaeghe still finished the OHL regular season with 28 goals and 82 points in 65 games - good for 21st in league scoring. Those are some pretty solid numbers for a 3rd round pick in his Draft +1 year.
With the regular season completed, Verhaeghe will move on to a much greater challenge. His Niagara IceDogs currently hold down the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals, and will begin their series with North Bay on Friday. First off, wow, that's a long bus ride. Second, the Battalion's stingy defense allowed only 189 goals against all season, 3rd lowest in the league. Verhaeghe might need that early season scoring touch if Niagara hopes to make a series of it.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 17 2014 12:17PM
For whatever reason, I didn't get a lot of variety in my mailbag questions today, so I'm going to hold off from doing my usual weekly bit until I get a couple more. However, there is one question that I've been asked a lot and seen pondered even more so that is worth addressing today. Why don't the Leafs wear their Toronto St. Pats jerseys anymore?
March 16 2014 10:30PM
The Leafs are a very confusing team.
March 16 2014 04:30PM
Me, watching Sunday afternoon hockey (except I use a french press)
A shorthanded Toronto Maple Leafs lineup lost a Sunday afternoon game in Washington, in more ways than one. The Leafs were shorthanded because they're missing some of their top players due to injuries, illnesses, as well as mysterious disappearances. The Leafs shorthanded group also gave up two powerplay goals to a dangerous Capitals powerplay in Period One, and while the Maple Leafs pressed later in the game, the Capitals were able to hold on for a 4-2 win against Toronto, plus an empty net goal.
Toronto made a game of it. They definitely made more of a game of it than you'd have expected after Washington took an early 3-0 lead in the first. The Leafs are score effects on steroids—when behind, the team opens up and skill shines through, and, what do you know? They're fun to watch and always seem to come back. When the Leafs take a lead, they clamp back into their shell, allow a billion shots, and teams always seem to find ways to come back on them. This Sunday afternoon game was one-half of the Leafs season in a nutshell, the half where the team is playing from behind.
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