Maple Leafs 4 - Jets 3 (SO): Kessel Just Scores

Pension Plan Puppets
October 20 2011 06:28AM


As @Archizuber once said "All Kessel does is score."

The biggest knock against Kessel - out of the unending litany of knocks (real and imagined) - is that Kessel is not an elite player. Or maybe it's that he's not clutch. Well, maybe he is clutch. What we do know for a fact is that Phil Kessel is currently playing on an elevated plane. Did he take another step in his development? Is he benefitting from the percentages? Who knows. All I care is that he once again dragged the Leafs kicking and screaming to another two points.

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Leafs and Avs Shift by Shift

Danny Gray
October 19 2011 01:02PM

                               

Sorry this re-cap was a little late in coming, it's not as fun writing about the games we lose. 

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Leafs vs. Jets: The Guess Who Sucked the Jets Were Lousy Anyway

Danny Gray
October 19 2011 12:34PM

                         

 

The last time our Toronto Maple Leafs faced an NHL calling Winnipeg home was March 13, 1996

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From "We" to "They"

Danny Gray
October 18 2011 12:40PM

                                

 

Every so often “people” (members of the media, sticks-in-the-mud) tell “us” (the fans) how to cheer for our favourite team. As there is no cheering in the press-box, referring to the team in the first person is obviously verboten. It’s hard to see this particular complaint as something other than another salvo in the ever enduring war between the MSM, the Blogosphere, and fans in general.  The latest shot came in the form of a Grantland article by Chris Jones. He believes it’s silly that fans refer to their team as “we” and wants you to know you’re wrong to do so. Here are some thoughts on why fans say “we”and my own experience with that troublesome pronoun.

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Why We Undervalue Defensive Contributions

Danny Gray
October 17 2011 10:36AM

                                 

 

James Reimer and Tyler Bozak were both praised for their defensive efforts against the Flames on Saturday night. After the Flames jumped out to a quick two goal lead each made a strong play to prevent the Flames from extending their lead. Unfortunately their efforts would have gone unnoticed if not for the offense of Phil Kessel. All too often strong defensive play is only rewarded retroactively after a goal is scored. On the other hand “big” saves only earn that status after the game is finished. Hindsight Bias causes us to both under and over value defensive contributions.

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