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Face Punches vs. Scoring Punch

The Toronto Maple Leafs practiced today, with new lines. Lupul-Bozak-Kessel is back together, Jake Gardiner may actually play, and a bit more shuffling went down too. But here’s something that bugs me. Colton Orr appears to be in tomorrow’s lineup, skating on line three. Matt Frattin isn’t. This, at least in my eyes, is a…

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Hemming and hawing about line combinations

Leafs practice at Boston University (via @mirtle) So Mike Kostka broke his finger at some point during Game 1. I have a hard time believing after his performance in that game that he’d draw back into the lineup for Game 2 regardless, but with the injury we can put him on the shelf, probably for…

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YakovMironov’s Leaflets: Playoff Edition

LESSONS LEARNED At the very least we can now say everyone on the roster has playoff experience. The Leafs are still getting reacquainted with the post season so it seems only fair that there are few things that needed to be relearned. One goon in your lineup in the playoffs is pointless, but two is…

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Game One scoring chance count does not flatter Toronto Maple Leafs

(Photo via Jared Wickerham/Getty Images and NHLInteractive) I had a friend in university who got really sick at exam time in her first year. She didn’t get a virus, and showed no symptoms beyond nauseousness. There’s nothing different between a university exam and a class. The material doesn’t change. If you know the subject you…

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Leafs Play First Playoff Game in 8 Years, Lose Badly in Boston

Basically a metaphor for the game itself. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) It’s clear to anyone who understands "luck" in hockey, and how a team can in fact get lucky over a sample size of nearly fifty games, that this years Toronto Maple Leafs aren’t particularly good. They’re not as bad, however, as they looked…

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Playoffs!!!1 gameday: Game 1 Leafs @ Bruins

The Toronto Maple Leafs kick off their playoff season Wednesday night against the Boston Bruins, at 7:00 Eastern, on the CBC. If you can’t find the game on TV, don’t come running to us complaining that we didn’t tell you what channel to watch or what time it was on.  I’ve only been running this…

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LEAFSNATION 2013 Year End Awards

New to this season, every Nations site will get its readers and writers to vote on “Year End Awards” in a few different categories. It was a painstaking process to whittle down the nominations in each category to five apiece, and not only that, the pony transporting the ballots to Leafs Nation HQ got eaten…