Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 06 2013 05:34PM
Watching today's game, I'm brought back to 2011/12. The Toronto Marlies opened thier season with one of the most repetative Octobers that professional hockey has ever seen. Most apparent? Five games against the Lake Erie Monsters. In a month. It formed enough hate that now-Avs grinder Patrick Bordeleau decided that his anger was best placed on Matt Lashoff's knees. Thankfully for the sake of the fans, teams, and body parts, the two teams don't see each other again for another month.
Today featured both teams in a bit of a tired state. Lineups stayed similar to to previous games for both teams, and each was on a consecutive night. Toronto of course won their home opener in the same building yesterday; Lake Erie came in for their third straight game after playing a pair against the Abbotsford Heat in Cleveland on Friday and Saturday. Both teams even ran with yesterday's goaltenders, so it became a battle of skill rather than energy. The end result? The Marlies improved to 2-0-0 with a 5-1 win.
October 06 2013 11:42AM
Couple of points of interest...
Per David Alter, the Toronto Maple Leafs have sent Spencer Abbott and Jamie Devane back down to the Marlies so that the two can play in today's game against Lake Erie.
The move is notable because it settles a question I've had about the collective agreement. With Nik Kulemin going onto the injured reserve, Carter Ashton became the only Maple Leafs healthy scratch, putting the Leafs at 21 active players, plus the suspended David Clarkson.
October 06 2013 12:48AM
A special COTTAGE EDITION of LFR!!!
I can't help but swoon over Mason Raymond and Dave Bolland. Hey, aren't the Leafs great? Oh, and Bernier.
October 05 2013 08:47PM
Back on March 24 2009, Curtis Joseph came in to the game with 57 seconds at the end of regulation after starter Martin Gerber got tossed. Joseph, then in a 2-2 game, made 9 saves, most of the highlight-reel variety, and Toronto would wind up winning in a shootout 3-2. Joseph was named the first star.
Jonathan Bernier may have replicated that one on Saturday night. After James Reimer uncharacteristically got pulled (in 38 starts last season, he was pulled just three times, including the game he was taken out for injury) after allowing four goals and two in quick succession, Bernier came in, stopping 15 pucks, plus two more in the shootout, and ultimately leading the Leafs to a 5-4 comeback win against the Ottawa Senators in the first Battle of Ontario game of the season.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 05 2013 05:25PM
On a cloudy Saturday afternoon, the Toronto Maple Leafs prepared for their home opener at the Air Canada Centre. But a cab ride away, a similarly sized group of players who hope to take their place dropped the puck on their 2013/14 season. The Toronto Marlies opened things up against the defending Calder Cup Champions, the Grand Rapid Griffins. This was the very same team that eliminated them last year.
But what's the definition of them? There's a new coach in Steve Spott. There's a new team captain in Trevor Smith. In fact, only four skaters, both goalies, and the assistant coaches were involved in both elimination night and today's game. The Griffins were quite similar; a fresh start for both, if you will. So today's game was relatively normal in comparison to the storyline.
The end result? The opposite of last year's conclusion, a come from behind victory for the home team, as the Marlies won 4-3 in overtime.