LEAFS IN NEED OF A TRANSPLANT

Steve Lansky
December 19 2010 09:54AM

Almost thirty years ago, the Chicago Black Hawks (two words in those days) were ready to face-off against the about-to-explode Edmonton Oilers in the Campbell Conference Championship Series. The Hawks finished the season with 104 points. The Oilers had 106. Yappy Glen Sather behind the Oilers’ bench. Portly Orval Tessier guiding the Hawks. After the first two games of that series, played in Edmonton, the Hawks were down two games-to-none and had been outscored 16-6. And that’s when Orval Tessier said it.

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Game #32 Scoring Chances: TOR @ VAN, Dec. 18/10 (4-1 Loss)

Slava Duris
December 18 2010 08:11PM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20483

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Leafs vs Canucks - Check out Dion. He's gonna do something.

SkinnyFish
December 18 2010 03:05PM

Hey there.....are you guys brothers?

Tonight is a showdown between the team that Burke built and the team he's building. One of these was given a strong base upon which to stand in the Sedin twins; the other was hastily setup on the backs of overpaid defensemen. When push comes to shove, which is going to be the one to topple on the last night of West Coast Waffle Week?

A win for Vancouver tonight gives them 40 points and 2nd place in the Western Conference, whereas a win for Toronto gives them 30 points and a share of 11th in the East. Not exactly David and Goliath matchup, but not too far off. Much like Washington, the Canucks find themselves with loads of regular season success but none to be found in the playoffs. Maybe that has to do with the sharp fall off in talent found between their top 6 and bottom 6 forwards. Sure the Sedins are league killers and Ryan Kesler plays a mean two way game, but their 3rd and 4th lines sport such stalwarts as Raffi Torres, Aaron Volpotti, and Jannik Hansen. Yeah, I've never heard of those last two guys either.  While difficult on the road, if Wilson can get our 1st or 2nd lines out against Vancouver's 3rd or 4th, some opportunistic goals can be had.

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Game #31 Scoring Chances: TOR @ CGY, Dec. 16/10 (5-2 Loss)

Slava Duris
December 17 2010 10:28AM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20467

The Leafs let the game get away from them in the 2nd period, as they gave up a flurry of high-quality chances to the Flames in the 2nd period and were scored on thrice in less than a minute.

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KIDS WILL BE KIDS

Steve Lansky
December 17 2010 09:33AM

You know how kids are. When they go out, they forget to call home and tell you they got there safely. On bitterly cold days, they forget their hats and mitts. They climb on the hood of your car when you are about to drive to Peterborough. And they forget their homework. That’s exactly what the Leafs’ kids did Thursday night in Calgary. They forgot their homework…for 57 seconds. But the kids had lots on their minds. The gang leader, Dion Phaneuf, was returning to Calgary for the first time. Oh, the excitement!

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