Leafs Postgame - Thunderstruck

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 19 2014 08:02PM


The Toronto Maple Leafs really needed a better game tonight, after a deflating loss against the Detroit Red Wings 24 hours prior. They needed more from their top line, and they ended up playing pretty well. They needed James Reimer to play at least OK, and outside of the first minute, I think he accomplished that. Lastly, they needed the defence to not make the lapses in judgement it made the night before, but that part just didn't happen. They let Steven Stamkos run rampant, and that was enough to deliver a 5-3 loss at the Air Canada Centre.

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Paul Ranger Taken Off On Stretcher After Hit

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 19 2014 06:07PM


A scary moment in tonight's game, as Tampa Bay's Alex Killorn ran Leafs defenceman Paul Ranger from behind with four seconds left in the first period. Ranger was loaded up and taken off on a stretcher, and was alert during the process. His condition is unknown, but we'll update you as we have more info

UPDATE: The Leafs say that Paul Ranger is stable, conscious and alert at a nearby hospital, per David Alter.

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Don't Forget Where You Came From

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 19 2014 04:04PM

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While getting ready for tonight's games (I'm on both Leafs and Marlies duty tonight, so don't judge me if I mix up some names in the recaps), I've been doing my usual combing through Twitter and various spots on the internet, looking for what the word is on just about anything Leafs related. I'm seeing quotes from players defending James Reimer's "bad year". Articles explaining his "poor performance".

There's no doubt that Jonathan Bernier has been the better of the two. The newest addition between the pipes is undoubtedly the Leafs' MVP, which is amazing to say with Phil Kessel near the top of NHL scoring. But Reimer hasn't been bad. Far from it.

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Wayback Wednesday: Goalie Decision 1993

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 19 2014 01:17PM


You know, despite him being a friend and a co-worker on this website, I don't actually listen to Steve Dangle's Podcast all that often. It's very good, Adam and Chris make it that much better, but I just don't. It's nothing personal; I stopped regularly listening to almost any Podcasting efforts once I switched away from using an iPod/iPhone (Android is awesome, but I miss syncing to iTunes). 

If I do listen, it's because I can't sleep and need some background noise, but don't want to listen to music. Last night was one of those nights, and I had Sunday's episode on. One point struck a nerve. So, Adam - I'm calling you out.

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Steve Dangle
March 19 2014 10:43AM

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One of these Stevens is an athlete. The other is a blogger. CAN YOU GUESS WHO IS WHAT?

The bad news is that the Leafs are playing a divisional rival who's close in the standings on the second half of a back-to-back. The good news is that that Leafs are finally back at the ACC for the first time since March 8th.

Awaiting them there is Steven Stamkos, ready to take on the Leafs for the first time as Tampa Bay Lightning captain.

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