Hemming and hawing about line combinations

Cam Charron
May 03 2013 11:57AM

Leafs practice at Boston University (via @mirtle)

So Mike Kostka broke his finger at some point during Game 1. I have a hard time believing after his performance in that game that he'd draw back into the lineup for Game 2 regardless, but with the injury we can put him on the shelf, probably for the rest of the season. He'll probably end up as a free agent this summer, sign with a team like Pittsburgh and have success with a team that deploy hockey players like rational adults, or he'll sign with a team like Carolina and have success with a team that has a truckload of ex-Maple Leafs.

But the injury does open up a roster spot for Game 2 of the series that runs on Saturday. The smart money is that Ryan O'Byrne gets the call, because he's a right-shooter, and it's the playoffs so it's more physical and blah blah blah blah blah.

Either way, Jake Gardiner is probably not going to see time unless the team really needs to do something drastic.

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R1G1 Sober second thoughts: What they're saying, what we're saying

Cam Charron
May 02 2013 03:42PM

Hey, did you know that the Toronto Maple Leafs lost 4-1 last night? And did you know that was the Toronto Maple Leafs' first playoff game since the invention of the spirograph?

It was a pretty bleak night all around, so there's not much to do except scour the local broadsheets and Internet lines to see what other people are saying about this series. The major news out of today, it seems, is that Andrew Ference could be disciplined for his hit on Mikhail Grabovski in Game 1 and Mike Kostka done gone and banged up his finger while Phil Kessel took a maintenance day.

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YakovMironov's Leaflets: Playoff Edition

Jon Steitzer
May 02 2013 01:10PM


At the very least we can now say everyone on the roster has playoff experience. The Leafs are still getting reacquainted with the post season so it seems only fair that there are few things that needed to be relearned.

  1. One goon in your lineup in the playoffs is pointless, but two is a complete disaster. No matter how much you want to pretend that Orr and McLaren pushing around Chara and McQuaid in the first few minutes of the game had an impact, it’s much more likely that Orr’s pointless penalty three minutes into the third hindered any attempt obtaining a respectable outcome. At what point does Carlyle just rely on Mark Fraser as his enforcer? He certainly can’t rely on him for reliable defense.

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LFR6 - Round 1, Game 1 - Beginner's Suck

Steve Dangle
May 02 2013 11:30AM


SWEAR WORDS! This video is a bit long, but in my 1st ever Leafs playoff video, I think I've figured out what the Leafs need to beat Boston.

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Game One scoring chance count does not flatter Toronto Maple Leafs

Cam Charron
May 02 2013 04:51AM

(Photo via Jared Wickerham/Getty Images and NHLInteractive)

I had a friend in university who got really sick at exam time in her first year. She didn't get a virus, and showed no symptoms beyond nauseousness.

There's nothing different between a university exam and a class. The material doesn't change. If you know the subject you know the subject and you'll get a good grade regardless of the atmosphere. But my friend let the pressure get to her. She started staying up late studying. She didn't get enough sleep and kept herself running on caffeine and fumes. In the end, the exam period itself became a self-fulfilling prophecy—my friend couldn't handle the stress of it all.

She got over it though. Was always a crummy student. It's not that she cracked during exam period, it's just that she didn't know the material in the first place.

The Toronto Maple Leafs lost Game One of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series to the Boston Bruins much in the same way as my friend got sick in university. It wasn't pretty. A 4-1 defeat to kick off the series as their first playoff game in just under nine years. Analysis below.

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