Leafs' fans owe Fergie some thanks

Steve Lansky
March 07 2011 06:29PM

There is no disputing that, before he left the Toronto Maple Leafs as their general manager, John S. Ferguson was widely vilified in the Leafs Nation. Maybe he deserved that send off. Maybe he didn’t. But, as the Leafs gear up for the final 16 games of the regular season – five points in arrears of eighth in the East – it’s worth remembering some of the better things Ferguson did for the Leafs.

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Game #66 Scoring Chances: Blackhawks @ Maple Leafs, Mar. 5/11 (5-3 Loss)

Slava Duris
March 07 2011 06:11PM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 209 77

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Being a Fan

March 04 2011 12:38PM

We're all aware that being a "fan" is short for being a fanatic, defined by Merriam Webster as: "marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion". That "uncritical" part is important here. A lot of what we endeavour to do in sports blogging is to present accurate and objective analysis of our team and the small things they're doing well.

"We" generally refers to the bloggers and fans of well followed but ultimately crummy teams. The Oilers have an amazing stats based blogosphere thing going on and as a Leafs blogger I try my best to live up to their excellent example daily.

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Game #65 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs @ Flyers, Mar. 3/11 (3-2 Win)

Slava Duris
March 04 2011 08:54AM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 209 59

Lots of chances both ways in this one, a very entertaining, heart-wrenching game.  The Leafs were outplayed at even strength and gave up 17 scoring chances to the Flyers, but kept up by gaining a high number of minutes on the PP (and it definitely could've been even more if not for several non-calls by the refs).  Toronto's special teams were clicking tonight.  The PP did give up 4 chances to the Flyers' PK but garnered 7 of their own including several high quality scoring chances (2 by Kessel, 1 by Grabovski).  And the PK limited Philly to just 2 chances in 5:45 which constitutes a successful night.

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Steve Lansky
March 03 2011 12:26PM


Sometimes, NHL teams lose games that they really should have won. Tim Thomas and Henrik Lundqvist gave the Leafs tastes of that futile exercise earlier this season. And sometimes, like last night in Toronto, NHL teams win games that they had no business winning. As they went wheels-up toward Philadelphia last night, the Leafs knew that was the case with their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Leafs were outshot. They were outplayed. They were outskated. But they weren't outscored. And that's all that matters as their "Improbable Run to the Playoffs 2011" continues. All they did was git 'er done.

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