April 25 2013 08:52PM
Eliot J. Schechter/NHLInteractive via Getty
I can see narrative-spinners right now suggesting that since the Maple Leafs won a game despite getting out-shot and lost a game after out-shooting the opponent, there's no reason to suggest that out-shooting opponents is bad. That's not exactly the case. The Leafs controlled the game territorially until they took a 4-goal lead, and at that point they took their collective feet off of a very large gas pedal.
It wasn't much of a game tonight at the BB&T Center. For one, the Florida Panthers are a really bad team, that still have some of their top guys injured and mostly made up of players from the draft you didn't watch because you were without cable because you were broke from your fourth year of university and spending your first summer away from home*.
And it was a rout. The Leafs came out with some new lines that will be overanalyzed tomorrow, but overall the team played a great 25 minutes and that's all they really had to do. They took a 4-0 lead, got three or four big stops from James Reimer in the game's waning minutes and won by the same 4-0 score, eventually getting out-chanced and out-shot as the minutes ticked away.
*I guess I should point out that my experiences probably don't match the experiences of the collective. After a while we found a cheap TV and plugged it into the wall and it turns out the previous tenants forgot to cancel their basic cable service.
April 25 2013 02:04PM
Martin St. Louis: 2014 Olympian?
April 25 2013 10:08AM
Or rather, "What's Nazem Kadri been eating?"
Here's a worrying trend: In the last five games, Leafs 5-on-5 scoring chances with Nazem Kadri on the ice:
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In the last five games, Leafs 5-on-5 scoring chances without Nazem Kadri on the ice:
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April 25 2013 12:57AM
“What’s more fun than playing Bingo?”
“Nothing!” answers your 90 year old Grandmother.
Well it’s time for Leafs Nation to catch Playoff Bingo fever with this handy dandy Bingo card which should be easy to complete by the end of Game One.
April 24 2013 08:42PM
Photo via Scott Audette/NHL Interactive
With three games left in the season, the Leafs not sending out their everyday lineup and ending up with a loss in Tampa Bay might have been a cause for concern. Not on this night. The concern here is that the Toronto Maple Leafs had no answer for a 37-year-old on Tampa Bay's first line. The final scoreline read 5-2 for the BOLTS, who defeated the LEAFS on home ice.
Of course, the 37-year-old on Tampa Bay's first line is a bit of a late bloomer. Martin St. Louis had a hat-trick and somebody finally replaced Sidney Crosby as the top scorer in the NHL so far. Crosby has been out for nearly a month, so the only thing certain is that whoever wins the scoring title will have their accomplishment marked with a big asterisk. If St. Louis ends up on the top, I assume that every player below him on the scoring leaderboard will also be marked with a "†":
1: Martin St. Louis*
2: Sidney Crosby†
3: Steven Stamkos†
4: Phil Kessel†
5: John Tavares†
* - Got a bunch more games than Crosby
† - Yo, younger than 37