Steve Lansky
January 20 2011 09:34AM

What a stink bomb! Last night’s game at Madison Square Garden was, by far, the Leafs’ worst effort of the season. I honestly think that if the Rangers had truly wanted to score a dozen goals, they could have. Since my head-scratching finger is exhausted, I am going to refrain from trying to figure out why the Leafs would perform this way. But I do know blowouts can have two kinds of effects on teams. They can fracture or they can galvanize.

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Leafs vs Rangers - From The Pit That Is MSG

January 19 2011 11:18AM

What a stinking pit.

Ever been to Madison Square Garden's? For all the talk of it being sport's most hallowed grounds, the "World's Greatest Arena", etc.... boy is it ever a giant pit. It's easily the worst NHL arena I've ever been to, and I've seen games at Joe Louis and the Nassau Coliseum. The entrances and exits are too few, too confusing, and painted in 1990's "cool" green and pink which matches the horrific seat colors of purple and turquoise blue. It makes me want to barf. The concourses are barely wide enough for 6 people to walk shoulder to shoulder. The food stations are too few and crowded. And good luck trying to find a bathroom. I'm convinced they don't exist. The only thing present at 7th and 32nd that sucks more than the arena, is the on-ice product delivered by the resident team.

December 29th, 2010. That's the last time the Rangers scored more than 2 goals in a game. It was against the worst team in hockey, the New Jersey Devils, and the Rangers only managed to put 3 onto the board. That was 10 games ago. Miraculously, or perhaps because they employ one of the best goaltenders in the league, the Rangers won 5 of those games and added a loser point against Tampa Bay to emerge from that span with nearly as many points, 11, as goals scored, 12. That's impressively atrocious and proof to the fact that the New York Rangers are incapable of playing exciting hockey. At the beginning of the 2008-09 season, I saw the Leafs play the Rangers at MSG and it was hands down the worst godawful hockey game I've ever watched live. It was a game that ended 0-0 after regulation and OT and saw Freddy Sjostrom of all people mercifully score the only goal in the shootout to lift the Rangers to a 1-0 win. I wanted to hang myself out of boredom.

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Steve Lansky
January 17 2011 08:25AM

Recognize the guy in the picture? Didn't think so. Maple Leafs’ fans love to think of themselves as the best and most savvy in the world. What they are, in fact, is the least tolerant. Ask Dion Phaneuf. He can tell you all about it. Larry Murphy could probably shed a little light as well. In Phaneuf’s case, since he came back from a wicked leg injury on December 9th v. Philadelphia, the castigation has been ramped up a notch each game, it seems. And, while thinking of Phaneuf’s plight, I thought about a former NHL defenceman who reminds me a lot of Phaneuf – Barry Beck. Some of you might have just said, “Ya, Barry Beck, that's who that is.” But the majority probably don’t have a clue. Read on.

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Game #44 Scoring Chances: Flames @ Leafs, Jan. 15/11 (2-1 SOL)

Slava Duris
January 15 2011 08:45PM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20661

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Steve Lansky
January 15 2011 06:13PM

So the Leafs return from their successful (for them) four-game road trip to face Calgary. They’re going to come out with a ton of energy, right? Wrong. Same old Leafs off the top against the Flames. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why Toronto’s early-game trademark has become lethargy. Slow starts have become the norm.

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