Sabres 2 Leafs 1: Strong Showing

September 23 2011 08:01PM

The Leafs lost 2-1 tonight but I think that we saw some great performances up and down the Leafs lineup. The Sabres got on the board first when Dion Phaneuf passed into Keith Aulie's skates and Corey Tropp buried the resulting turnover. John Michael Liles had a beautiful rush which led to Phil Kessel muscling a defender off and banging in the rebound to tie the game in the second before a Kaleta dive gave the Sabres a power play. Phaneuf blocked a shot and his stick broke and that was all she wrote. Follow me over the jump for some thoughts on the game.

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Leafs Sabres Preview

Danny Gray
September 23 2011 12:31PM


Tonight we get our first look at Terry “Uncle Pennybags” Pegula’s Buffalo Sabres. The city of Buffalo has long been known for its frugality, from making their contribution to the culinary world of the scraps of a chicken, to savagely beating a cab-driver over a matter of a few cents. The last time the city of Buffalo spent this lavishly on anything was the 1901 Pan-American Exposition.

It was supposed to be a celebration of “commercial well being and good understanding among the American Republics." Or, “hey Central and South America we’re going to mess with your shit for the next 100 years, deal with it.” Unfortunately, the only thing anyone remembers about it is that it’s where President McKinley was shot. Pegula’s Sabres are looking to avoid a similar fate. McKinley was assassinated by Leon Czolgosz an Anarchist with Prussian and Belarussian heritage. Maybe Grabbo can harness some of that crazy.


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Ottawa Senators: Low Hanging Fruit

Pension Plan Puppets
September 23 2011 05:27AM

Image courtesy of  @mhenderson95

The Ottawa Senators have not had the best possible offseason. They are a rebuilding team but signed a competent but unproven goalie (ask the Leafs how that works out for your draft pick), they hired another first-time NHL coach who will keep the seat warm for Bryan Murray for at least a few months, and they are still owned by Eugene Melnyk.

But could things get worse? Sure, look at the image above. They can always get worse.

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Leafs 4 - Flyers 2: Jody Shelley Is A Scumbag

Pension Plan Puppets
September 21 2011 08:06PM

Image courtesy of @BroadStHockey

As if hockey fans needed any reminder that garbage players like Jody Shelley do not belong in the NHL. Thankfully, for those that still refuse to acknowledge reality, a hearty reality check was in place. Twitter blew up as there were a number of dirty hits in the NHL tonight and unfortunately, Darryl Boyce was a victim. The strange thing is that the Leafs iced noted pugilist Colton Orr and his understudy Jay Rosehill and yet despite that deterrent famed scumbag Jody Shelley from laying a blatant hit from behind.

More of Shelley's handiwork after the jump

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What They’re Saying About The Toronto Maple Leafs

Jonathan Willis
September 21 2011 11:37AM

With a new season come new hockey magazines, many of which offer some insight into the Toronto Maple Leafs. After the jump, Leafs Nation will look at what eight different publications had to say about the fortunes of the blue and white – ranked by where each publication projects the Leafs to finish in 2011-12.

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