The Leafs and Wild: Shift by Shift

Danny Gray
January 20 2012 08:09AM


This hug is tighter than the one The Monster gave to the post on his lone goal against. 

Despite his assertion that his line-up changes were minor, the Leafs lines looked much different last night than they have at any point this season. Despite this quibble, you can’t argue with the results. The Leafs skated away with a 4-1 victory over the suddenly terrible Minnesota Wild. The Leafs dominated the play all night and Minnesota managed their lone goal on Gustavsson’s failure to hug the post tight enough.

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Midseason Awards Part III: The Calder, Jack Adams, and Lady Byng

Jonathan Willis
January 19 2012 10:10AM

As the NHL moves past the midway mark of the season, it’s time to look back at which players deserve hardware, based on their performance over the first half. To answer that question, we polled writers from across the Nation Network, talking to writers at every site.

Today, we consider the third and final set of our midseason awards: our picks for the winners of the Calder, Jack Adams, and Lady Byng trophies.

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Questionable Qorrelations: Ron Wilson should keep his mouth shut

Danny Gray
January 19 2012 08:48AM


"This is why we can't have nice things "

“This isn’t about maintaining seventh spot,” said Wilson. “This is about getting home-ice advantage. And we’re only a couple of wins from establishing that.” That is Ron Wilson as quoted by the National Post. That was on January 9th when the Leafs were in 7th place in the Eastern Conference, four points back of fourth place Flyers.

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Bubble Team

Danny Gray
January 18 2012 05:26PM


I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

Last week the Leafs had just won their fourth straight game and looked poised to vault up the Eastern Conference standings, and maybe even challenge for home ice. This week they have just lost their third straight game and sit ninth in the East, one point behind the Capitals. For those of you who are frustrated by this recent turn of events here is some unsolicited advice: get used to it.

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Dion Phaneuf can't fight in that situation

Cam Charron
January 18 2012 02:20PM

Dion Phaneuf, the Captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, needs to be less selfish and must pick his spots more intelligently (if at all) when it comes to fighting. Even if his honour is at stake, it's the worst thing Phaneuf can do in any situation, as not just the team's Captain, but as its best defenseman.

His team's rivalry with the Ottawa Senators picked up for maybe the first time since Phaneuf became a Leaf.

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