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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Game #76 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs @ Red Wings, Mar. 26/11 (4-2 Loss)

Slava Duris
March 27 2011 08:06PM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 21122

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Merrimack's Stephane Da Costa

Chemmy
March 27 2011 10:56AM

Merrimack's season ended last night the same way Ottawa's Cup Finals appearance ended: with a boneheaded defensive play putting the puck in the back of their own net. That means it's open season on Merrimack's players. It's likely that forward Stephane Da Costa will sign with an NHL squad and leave Hockey East behind.

Da Costa is a late 1989 birthday from Paris, France and attracted a lot of attention last summer but ultimately returned to school to continue working on his game.

Year Age Team GP G A Pts NHLe G NHLe A NHLe Pts
09-10 20 Merrimack 34 16 29 46 23 42 65
10-11 21 Merrimack 33 14 31 45 16 36 52

Pretty impressive numbers. Suggesting that an NCAA free agent could jump into a lineup next year and clear 50 points would likely put that player in the Calder race.

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Leafs win in Colorado was textbook

Steve Lansky
March 25 2011 07:44PM

There are lots of ways to win hockey games. The way the Maple Leafs won in Denver on Thursday night fits into the "textbook" category - and it earned the team two points and a shiny red apple. It showed exactly what this club can do when it sets its mind to it. And, of course, it continues to twist the knife into the question, "What if James Reimer had been with the big club all year?" Let's move forward, not thinking about that - because anxiety attacks don't serve any beneficial purpose.

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