March 04 2011 08:54AM
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Lots of chances both ways in this one, a very entertaining, heart-wrenching game. The Leafs were outplayed at even strength and gave up 17 scoring chances to the Flyers, but kept up by gaining a high number of minutes on the PP (and it definitely could've been even more if not for several non-calls by the refs). Toronto's special teams were clicking tonight. The PP did give up 4 chances to the Flyers' PK but garnered 7 of their own including several high quality scoring chances (2 by Kessel, 1 by Grabovski). And the PK limited Philly to just 2 chances in 5:45 which constitutes a successful night.
March 03 2011 12:26PM
Sometimes, NHL teams lose games that they really should have won. Tim Thomas and Henrik Lundqvist gave the Leafs tastes of that futile exercise earlier this season. And sometimes, like last night in Toronto, NHL teams win games that they had no business winning. As they went wheels-up toward Philadelphia last night, the Leafs knew that was the case with their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Leafs were outshot. They were outplayed. They were outskated. But they weren't outscored. And that's all that matters as their "Improbable Run to the Playoffs 2011" continues. All they did was git 'er done.
March 03 2011 09:09AM
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March 02 2011 01:26PM
A goaltender. Article over see you guys in a few days for more bad jokes. Today in the Globe and Mail James Mirtle talked with The Goalie Guild's Justin Goldman about James Reimer. I'd like to preface this by saying that James and Justin are two great dudes and I understand that on James' end it's not always easy to discuss statistical concepts in a daily newspaper read by the kinds of people who subscribe to newspapers.
March 01 2011 12:02PM
So the big cheese, Brian Burke, has decided this is it. Aside from deadline dealing never-used John Mitchell to the Rangers, Burke has determined that this Leafs’ team is the one that will make the 2010-11 run for the playoffs. That’s admirable. It’s what he’s promised all year and, other than sending Kris “Never fit in” Versteeg and François Beauchemin away, Burke is sticking with the boys that have brought the Leafs this far this season. We’re nineteen regular season games away from knowing if that was the right tack.