LGD - Game 68: Death Valley Part III

Steve Dangle
March 13 2014 05:28PM

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Death Valley Episode III: The Leafpire Strikes Back.

As the Leafs play the third game of their Death Valley road trip, their third game in the past four nights, Jonathan Bernier makes his return to Los Angeles.

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Peter Holland, Cody Franson are both questionable tonight

Steven Tzemis
March 13 2014 02:10PM


About 15 minutes ago, Mark Masters tweeted that Peter Holland missed this morning's skate with the flu, staying at the team hotel instead (gives him more time to do the sprinkler dance). He also tweeted that Cody Franson isn't feeling 100 per cent yet, but is hoping he will be able to play tonight against the Kings.

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Mythbusters: Start Quality Bias

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 13 2014 01:30PM


Earlier in the season, there was a lot of debate over which goalie was getting what game in net. It's faded away a bit, mostly because people are surprised to see James Reimer between the pipes at all nowadays. But I decided to take a couple of minutes to see if such a disparity actually existed, and/or currently exists.

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The Leafs Organization vs. Head Injuries

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 12 2014 01:04PM


As I'm sure you saw during the live feed, on the highlights, and repeatedly gif'd across the internet, Dion Phaneuf went for a hit on Patrick Marleau last night and took out James van Riemsdyk instead. (If you missed it, you can find it here ). Immediately following the hit, van Riemsdyk was very slow to get up and looked dizzy. Enough so that Joe Bowen and Greg Millen immediately assumed concussion on-air, which is relevant because they're biased (in the lovable, acceptable because it's a local feed) way and will always give the benefit of the doubt.

The end result? van Riemsdyk went to the quiet room for a couple of minutes, was deemed good to go, and put back on the ice, despite the Leafs being down 5-1 with ten minutes to go. Not just that, but the momentum was still very much in San Jose's favour at this point. My first thought when he came out was along the lines of "when will this team ever learn?". Lets talk about not one, not two, but nine cases involving the Leafs and Marlies over the past two and a half years.

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LFR7 - Game 67 - Fear the Fin - Tor 2, SJ 6

Steve Dangle
March 12 2014 12:28PM

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That's the Death Valley we're accustomed to. Wow.

It's time for a James Reimer intervention...

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