LGD - Game 56: Panthers @ Leafs - I miss Scrivens

Cam Charron
January 30 2014 12:23PM

Little late today. In all our talk about how great Jonathan Bernier has been this year for the Toronto Maple Leafs, can we really overlook what Ben Scrivens has done this season? Scrivens has a .937 save percentage on the year, leading the league among goalies with 1000 minutes of action. A night ago, he recorded a record 59-save shutout against the San Jose Sharks, giving him a .955 save percentage in his four Edmonton Oilers appearances so far.

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LFR7 - Game 55 - Mittens and Gloves - TB 2, Tor 3

Steve Dangle
January 29 2014 05:21PM

Nazem's nifty mittens and Jonathan Bernier's golden glove lift the Leafs over the Lightning!

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Charron: What's happened to Joffrey Lupul's production?

Cam Charron
January 29 2014 12:59PM

Between 2012 and 2013, only nine players could boast the following statement: "I played at least 80 games over those two seasons, and registered at least one point per game." 

Those players? Nick Backstrom, Glaude Giroux, Ilya Kovalchuk, Evgeni Malkin, Jason Spezza, Martin St. Louis, and, of course, Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul.

Looking at that alone it may be tough to gauge why Lupul has just 30 points in his 46 games this year—15 goals and 15 assists—and he's been notably struggling of late. Since returning from injury, he's been held without a point in each except 8 of his 23 games played. He's been held scoreless 26 out of 46 games on the season.

But it isn't all bad.

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Leafs postgame - Leafs outshot; win. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Cam Charron
January 28 2014 08:37PM

Any other team, and we might suggest that the winner of the Tampa Bay and Toronto game taking place on Tuesday night was lucky—that the winning team benefit from four goal posts and a memorable goaltending performance from their starting goalie. But this is the Toronto Maple Leafs were talking about, and they've managed to pull games out like this since the dawn of 2013.

And it was a good thing, too, that the Leafs were able to capitalize on a late third period chance and eke out the 3-2 victory. The out-of-town scoreboard was not friendly to the Leafs on the night, with several teams behind them in the standings pulling out victories, but unable to gain any ground on the Leafs, who somehow find themselves closer to second place in the division than they do ninth place in the Conference.

I don't understand it, but it's sports. If you want fairness, or expected outcomes, go watch chess or pro wrestling. Recap below.

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Troy Bodie, Please Stay

Steven Tzemis
January 28 2014 01:26PM

            

Who is Troy Bodie? Sadly, a lot of people don't know because he hasn't been a regular in Toronto's lineup. Over the years, Carlyle has chosen to employ facepunchers as opposed to hockey players who can punch faces, which is the difference between a guy like Bodie and the likes of Orr and McLaren. Yes, he's Tim Leiweke's son-in-law. But no, he hasn't been handed anything he's been given. He's earned his current role on the Leafs and fans should be hoping he sticks in the lineup even when David Clarkson, the guy he replaced, returns.

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