Phil Kessel's New Stick

Chemmy
January 27 2011 08:24AM

I think hockey equipment is pretty interesting, especially sticks. The hockey stick seems simple enough but really there's an endless amount of variation in how players prepare their gear. Some players like big curves, some small. Some players like big toe curves as opposed to mid curves. Some players tape huge knobs to the top of their shafts (if you're waiting for a dick joke it's not coming) and then there's Phil Kessel who does the "Candy Cane":

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Game #49 Scoring Chances: Leafs @ Lightning, Jan. 25/11 (2-0 Loss)

Slava Duris
January 25 2011 08:55PM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20 729

The Tampa Bay Lightning had a strong first period against the Maple Leafs as they took five of their six high-quality chances on the night and scored their two goals within the first 20 minutes of the game.  The Leafs only had one scoring chance in the first, a shot through traffic by Clarke MacArthur.  They did rebound with a better 2nd period but were stymied by Dwayne Roloson.  At the other end, James Reimer, called up from the Marlies several days ago, faced no fewer than three Martin St. Louis breakaway opportunities, none of them resulting in a goal for Tampa.  The Leafs lost (their sixth loss in their last seven games) but certainly through no fault of Reimer, who was solid in net.

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LEAFS A MESS IN NET

Steve Lansky
January 25 2011 05:32PM

That's not your kitchen. It's the Leafs' goaltending. I think we can all agree that the Leafs’ net situation, right now, is a mess. With James Reimer getting the Tuesday night start in Tampa, the Leafs appear not to know which way to turn for the netminder of choice following the All-Star Break. Will Reimer spend the rest of this season with the big club? Will J-S Giguère find his old form and have a string of strong starts in the second half? And will a stint with the Marlies help Jonas Gustavsson stop his slide into NHL netminding oblivion (‘cause that’s where he’s headed)?

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Game #48 Scoring Chances: Leafs @ Hurricanes, Jan. 24/11 (6-4 Loss)

Slava Duris
January 25 2011 10:53AM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20 729

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HOLDING OUT HOPE FOR KESSEL

Steve Lansky
January 23 2011 09:22AM

It's no secret that I'm not a big Phil Kessel fan. I think he's lazy. He waits for the play to come to him rather than the other way around. And he's unbelievably predictable when it comes to shooting after he skates with the puck (as opposed to a one-timer). But maybe I'm wrong about old Phil.

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