January 30 2014 08:46PM
wtf is going on here
An early 2-0 deficit to the Florida Panthers turned into a decisive win—the last time Florida was in town, Scott Clemmensen stopped 28 of 29 shots for a 3-1 Panther victory—and that wasn't exactly the case Thursday night. Despite going down 2-0 early, the Maple Leafs rallied in typical Maple Leafs fashion: they scored three goals on three shots taken over an 11:11 span of the hockey game while somehow managing to keep pucks out of their own end.
One sports cliché is when the scoreboard is much kinder than the play indicated. "It's not a Picasso," they'll say "but they count." I still take issue with this cliché. While I find Picasso's works to be intriguing, I wouldn't exactly say they're pretty. Maybe the cliché would work better if we were talking about the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh, the poetry of William Shakespeare or even the music of John Williams. The Leafs painted a Picasso on Thursday. It was pre-Cubist, and no different to many of the avant-garde works performed by the Leafs dating back to January 19, 2013. Somehow they've pulled these ones out, and we keep not finding evidence that there's anything stopping this, short of every hockey commentator simultaneously closing one eye each.
It was a 6-3 final at the Air Canada Centre.
January 30 2014 12:23PM
Little late today. In all our talk about how great Jonathan Bernier has been this year for the Toronto Maple Leafs, can we really overlook what Ben Scrivens has done this season? Scrivens has a .937 save percentage on the year, leading the league among goalies with 1000 minutes of action. A night ago, he recorded a record 59-save shutout against the San Jose Sharks, giving him a .955 save percentage in his four Edmonton Oilers appearances so far.
January 29 2014 05:21PM
Nazem's nifty mittens and Jonathan Bernier's golden glove lift the Leafs over the Lightning!
January 29 2014 12:59PM
Between 2012 and 2013, only nine players could boast the following statement: "I played at least 80 games over those two seasons, and registered at least one point per game."
Looking at that alone it may be tough to gauge why Lupul has just 30 points in his 46 games this year—15 goals and 15 assists—and he's been notably struggling of late. Since returning from injury, he's been held without a point in each except 8 of his 23 games played. He's been held scoreless 26 out of 46 games on the season.
But it isn't all bad.
January 28 2014 08:37PM
Any other team, and we might suggest that the winner of the Tampa Bay and Toronto game taking place on Tuesday night was lucky—that the winning team benefit from four goal posts and a memorable goaltending performance from their starting goalie. But this is the Toronto Maple Leafs were talking about, and they've managed to pull games out like this since the dawn of 2013.
And it was a good thing, too, that the Leafs were able to capitalize on a late third period chance and eke out the 3-2 victory. The out-of-town scoreboard was not friendly to the Leafs on the night, with several teams behind them in the standings pulling out victories, but unable to gain any ground on the Leafs, who somehow find themselves closer to second place in the division than they do ninth place in the Conference.
I don't understand it, but it's sports. If you want fairness, or expected outcomes, go watch chess or pro wrestling. Recap below.