LFR6 - Game 36 - Kad Trick 2.0 - Tor 4, Ottawa 0

Steve Dangle
March 31 2013 12:05PM


On todays' caffeine and chocolate induced hallucination of a video, I imagine what it would be like for Lupul and Kadri to have a buddies sitcom, and for Brett Lawrie to have his own talk show.

Happy Easter!

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Economic Mittens: Kadri's hat-trick paces Leafs 4-0 win on Hockey Night

Cam Charron
March 30 2013 09:22PM

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Apparently, former No. 1 overall pick Chris Phillips couldn't contain Nazem Kadri tonight. But hold on to something, it gets weirder.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are now two points back of the Boston Bruins. They are five points back of the division lead. There are 12 games to go in the season. This season is nothing short of incredible so far, and the Leafs have quickly turned a five-game slide into "points in eight straight games" and have now won four of five, and two of those wins have come against likely playoff opponents.

Latest victim was the Ottawa Senators. The Leafs got a hat-trick from Nazem Kadri and another goal from Joffrey Lupul, who was dipped in the River Styx as a child and was made immune to shooter regression. Final score 4-0. James Reimer with the shutout and the Leafs clinch the season series against the Sens.

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Preview Game #36 Leafs @ Senators - How is Ottawa doing it?

Cam Charron
March 30 2013 11:42AM

The Ottawa Senators' season could be summed up as so: 'Still injured, still winning'. The losses of Erik Karlsson, Jason Spezza, Craig Anderson and a host of other useful Senators roster players has had many sports analysts ask the question "well how are they doing it?"

Generally the answer when confronted with a problem is not one singular piece. The Senators haven't had success this season because of Paul MacLean. They haven't had success this season thanks to the new shutdown pairing of Marc Methot and Eric Gryba. It's not Kyle Turris, it's not Mika Zibanejad and it's not Daniel Alfredsson. It's an awful lot of those things combined.

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LFR6 - Game 35 - Lupul's Lovely Goal

Steve Dangle
March 29 2013 11:50AM

Damn it, Joffrey. I'm knocked up again!

Also, Phaneuf is better than people think, and the Kessel line had a dominant night against Carolina.

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Holy Mackinaw: Lupul scores beauty as Leafs beat Canes 6-3

Cam Charron
March 28 2013 09:26PM

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Wait, let it sink in.

Carolina has been flat the last little while. I didn't think they were as flat as they came out tonight in Toronto, and a Toronto Maple Leafs team that entered the game with John-Michael Liles in place, surprisingly, for Jake Gardiner took a 2-0 lead, lost it, but re-gained a 4-3 lead on a spectacular goal by Joffrey Lupul in the dying minutes.

I don't think the term "statement win" ever applies because sometimes you can give maximum effort and get owned by a couple of bad bounces. That might have been the case if not for a late tying goal by Phaneuf and a late winning goal by Lupul that saved the Leafs hide after five lousy minutes of special teams by the Canes tied the game. More importantly, the Leafs dominated an opponent that's given them a tonne of trouble this season.

The Leafs got two empty netters from Jay "Meat" McClement and Nikolai "Potatoes" Kulemin each got their sixth. Final at the Air Canada Centre was 6-3 when the final buzzer sounded.

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