February 25 2013 09:26PM
(Photo by Paul Bereswill/NHLInteractive)
I don't want to say the first two periods of the Maple Leafs and Flyers game was really boring, but at one point during the second I forgot which team was shooting at which end. I couldn't tell whether it was incompetent passing, a reluctance to enter the zone with possession for either team or slow ice.
It's not that shots were being kept to the outside through much of this game. What little shots there were came from the inside from good shooters. The shots after the second period were 15-14 for the Flyers. The scoring chances were 6-5 for the Leafs. The only moments of interest were thanks to misadventures on the part of Ilya Bryzgalov and Ben Scrivens.
Thankfully, the game got a caffeine jolt for the start of the third. Luckily for Toronto, they got much of the rush, against most odds. They came away with a 4-2 win with an empty net goal, thanks to another excellent performance from Nazem Kadri and Mikhail Grabovski.
February 25 2013 06:34PM
By now most of have heard of this new Budweiser red light thing. For those of you living under a rock (or who PVR every game and zip through commercials), Bud has come up with a replica goal light which you can sync with your favorite team, install in your house, and have it go off every time your club scores. IT'S LIKE ACTUALLY BEING AT THE GAME. Especially if you like to have belligerent drunk friends over to watch the match with (err, drunk ON BUDWEISER of course. Enjoy responsibly and all that).
February 25 2013 12:30PM
Saturday night on the Hotstove, hockey reporter extraordinaire Elliotte Friedman reported the NHL's new realignment plan. Unlike the plan that was approved by the NHL and rejected by the NHLPA in 2011, both "Eastern" conferences would have eight teams rather than seven, with Detroit and Columbus moving to the more geographically appropriate centres.
Above is a screen cap, via Harrison Mooney and Puck Daddy, of the proposed changes. Everybody has seen them by now. The Leafs and the Red Wings used to play in the NHL's "Central" Division back before the Gary Bettman expansion in the late-1990s.
February 25 2013 11:37AM
Remember that move by James van Riemsdyk stepping around Luke Schenn? Anyway...
Per Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, Randy Carlyle took the Leafs' loss in Ottawa a little hard:
"I think I've got to bear responsibility, I should have called a timeout with 28 seconds left for the faceoff. Those are the things that you have to do.
Curiously, the play came with No. 1 defenceman Dion Phaneuf and centre Tyler Bozak, the team's best faceoff man, on the bench. Had Carlyle called the timeout, he could have given both players some rest and kept them out there for another shift.
"It would have settled everything down and put a little bit of a plan in," said Carlyle. "(The timeout) is only 30 seconds, but it usually gives you an opportunity to rest your people, maybe some of them just got off the ice because Dion just did. We would have maybe had a different centremen or second centre.
February 24 2013 02:45PM
It's time for a good, old fashioned rant.
Props to the Sens for a good win, but this stupid "Leafs fans aren't welcome at Sens games" story is getting annoying.