Game #78 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs @ Bruins, Mar. 31/11 (4-3 SOW)

Slava Duris
April 02 2011 09:09AM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 21150

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Leafs' growth together key to Burke plan

Steve Lansky
April 02 2011 08:21AM

I’m not sure I agree with the decision Brian Burke made this past week to announce that Ron Wilson would be back behind the Maple Leafs’ bench for another season (based on his career work in the NHL) – but it’s clear why he did it. Burke wants to remind his young squad that he’s in favour of stability. Not security. Stability. Two vastly different things. He wants the boys to know that, when they come to camp next September, they’ll continue to grow together. And there is really no better way to build a team - although it can be the tough way in today's cap era.

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Game #77 Scoring Chances: Sabres @ Maple Leafs, Mar. 29/11 (4-3 Win)

Slava Duris
March 30 2011 05:20PM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 21135

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With Five left, Leafs still kicking

Steve Lansky
March 30 2011 11:41AM

The beauty of sports. That's the image - in the literal sense, anyway. But that's not what I'm talking about. To me, the true beauty of the game of hockey is its unpredictability. We think we know what will happen. Will can pore through stats until we are blue in the face - or until we think they actually have some meaning other than being ink on paper or text on a screen - whichever comes first. But the true beauty of hockey, or any game, is that no one really knows what will happen. And the Leafs are proving that almost every game.

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Leafs' fans have nothing to grouse about

Steve Lansky
March 28 2011 08:54PM

If you are one of those Leafs' fans that does nothing but complain about how 1967 is so far in the rear-view mirror that no one can even see it anymore, don't bother reading any further. You're not going to like it. Why are so many Leafs' fans so bitter? Why, when Toronto falls behind in a game by a couple of goals, does Twitter get flooded with "Oh ya, same old Leafs" tweets? Why, when Brett Lebda coughs up the puck, is he villified more than O.J.? Why can't Mike Komisarek have one bad shift without every chimp with a keyboard hammering out their hate? These guys are not horrible hockey players. They are elite professionals, but Leafs' fans seem completely unwilling to look at the big picture when it's easier to simply spew complaint.

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