Game #67 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs @ Islanders, Mar. 8/11 (4-3 OTL)

Slava Duris
March 09 2011 08:35AM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20993

The Leafs were outchanced 25-17 in the game but fortunately snagged a point with a regulation tie (not so lucky in OT, of course).  Toronto picked up at least one point in each of their four games against the Long Islanders this year, with a seasonal record of 2-0-2.  The Isles came slightly ahead in the overall scoring chances count, 73-68.

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Leafs' fans owe Fergie some thanks

Steve Lansky
March 07 2011 06:29PM

There is no disputing that, before he left the Toronto Maple Leafs as their general manager, John S. Ferguson was widely vilified in the Leafs Nation. Maybe he deserved that send off. Maybe he didn’t. But, as the Leafs gear up for the final 16 games of the regular season – five points in arrears of eighth in the East – it’s worth remembering some of the better things Ferguson did for the Leafs.

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Game #66 Scoring Chances: Blackhawks @ Maple Leafs, Mar. 5/11 (5-3 Loss)

Slava Duris
March 07 2011 06:11PM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 209 77

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Being a Fan

March 04 2011 12:38PM

We're all aware that being a "fan" is short for being a fanatic, defined by Merriam Webster as: "marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion". That "uncritical" part is important here. A lot of what we endeavour to do in sports blogging is to present accurate and objective analysis of our team and the small things they're doing well.

"We" generally refers to the bloggers and fans of well followed but ultimately crummy teams. The Oilers have an amazing stats based blogosphere thing going on and as a Leafs blogger I try my best to live up to their excellent example daily.

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Game #65 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs @ Flyers, Mar. 3/11 (3-2 Win)

Slava Duris
March 04 2011 08:54AM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 209 59

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.

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