Best of the Nation – 1.20.13

Jonathan Willis
January 20 2013 09:36AM

It’s been a crazy week here at the Nations. With the end to the lockout, every team around the league scrambled to get their clubs ready to go in just a week; we saw some trades, some buyouts and a whole mess of low-end free agent signings. Today, we recap the week that was.

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Scrivens stops 21, Leafs top Canadiens 2-1 in opener

Cam Charron
January 19 2013 08:46PM

Toronto won its season opener 2-1 on the road in Montreal, with goals coming from Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri. Montreal was without one of its best players on offence and defence, PK Subban, and looked flat to start the season. Randy Carlyle's defensive system wasn't a good matchup for the rusty Habs, who were forced to the perimeter for much of the game and didn't mount an attack until the third period, when it was too late to come back.

So the Leafs improve to 1-0, again, on a snowy Saturday night in Montreal. How perfect is that? Recap below.

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Leafs vs Habs: Game Day Preview

Steve Dangle
January 19 2013 12:29PM

 

 It's back!

Howdy, folks! Cam locked himself out of his house (I suspect Bettman did it) so I'll be giving you your Leafs pre-game blog. Here's a quick run-down of the essentials.

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2013 Maple Leafs "Stars and Goats"

Cam Charron
January 18 2013 04:54PM

It's been so long since we watched a hockey game together.

For too many months, we were caught up in the discussion involving collective bargaining agreements, standard player contracts, hockey-related revenue, defined benefit pension plan, federal mediation, entry-level contract, arbitration and so on and all of a sudden you needed a few credits in 100-level business courses to be qualified to call in to a radio show.

Tomorrow we get to start loving and hating hockey players again.

"Stars" and "Goats" have been a Nations Network tradition. You can edit your Nations profile (you should sign up for an account if you haven't) to modify the players you will love no matter what, and hate no matter what. Last season, The Leafs Nation had players like Mikhail Grabovski and Nik Kulemin listed as "stars", while defensively-liable Joffrey Lupul and Colton Orr were selected as goats.

Below are this year's picks by our contributor staff. Add your own in the comments, and to your profile page.

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Grabovski, Kulemin, Komarov: Since you been gone.

Steve Dangle
January 18 2013 04:12PM

Let's stop pretending like that's not a catchy song, Ok?

I've spent the last few months covering the KHL. I've been following all of the locked-out NHL players that were over there, and followed the Leafs over there with the most interest.

Many of you have asked "How did Mikhail Grabovski look with Datsyuk?" "How did Nikolai Kulemin look with Malkin?" and "Who the hell is Leo Komarov?" Allow me to try to answer.

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