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Leafs postgame – Toronto win in regulation! In Boston!

  The Isotopes win a road game in regulation! The Isotopes win a road game in regulation! The Isotopes win a road game in regulation! The Toronto Maple Leafs had two opponents Tuesday night: the Boston Bruins, and a very stubborn clock that just couldn’t tick down fast enough in the final seconds. Despite being…

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LGD – Game 48: Leafs @ Bruins – They were Six and One

Leafs fans celebrating on Yonge St. after the team’s last regulation win on the road Back to the grind… We’re in that time of year where we have to predict records for what the Leafs need to finish with to make the playoffs. I had 18-14-4 before Sunday’s game but I guess now it would…

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LGD – Game 47: Leafs @ Devils – This calls for the old Billy Baroo

If you’ve been paying attention to the out of town scoreboard, the Leafs have gotten some rotten luck over the last week or so. It seems that every game has gone the wrong way, with teams behind the Leafs getting big wins against Western teams, and three points being distributed in unfortunate spots. Toronto, to…

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The perils of evaluating a hockey player based on a small sample

I don’t want to write any “I told you so” columns. Those can wait until March. I am cool with watching sportswriters twist in the wind without actually twisting in the wind. From an October column, written when the Toronto Maple Leafs were 5-1 (and published after the Leafs went to 6-1) titled with the…

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LGD – Game 46: Leafs @ Capitals – Searching for answers

Well, we’re right back to where we started. The Leafs were passed by both Carolina and Washington a night ago, and now gets to play the second of those teams, with both Toronto and the Capitals on the back half of a back-to-back. It’s one of those games you’re pretty sure one team is just…

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Leafs postgame – I hate sports now, and the Maple Leafs are to blame

  The good thing is that we’ve just passed one more mile marker on the long highway to Randy Carlyle’s eventual firing. If an absurd and ineffective breakout strategy slash defensive zone strategy doesn’t do it, the unreasonable double standard placed on skilled players should. I’m trying to quit Twitter, so I was able to…

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LGD – Game 44: Islanders @ Leafs – Back on the horse

Well, the Olympic announcement is over and done with. No Maple Leafs made Team Canada, but that was probably to be expected. Beyond some late buzz for Jonathan Bernier there was never any for Dion Phaneuf and he’s about as less offensive you could get as a choice among the skaters. A part of me…

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Some thoughts on the new prospective No. 1 pairing

Randy Carlyle was running with some new defensive pairings today, and the new-look top pair, which will presumably be unveiled tomorrow night, is a familiar possibility to those of you that read here often: Carlyle is considering juggling his defence pairings. Look at practice today saw Gleason-Phaneuf, Gardiner-Rielly, Fraser-Franson. — Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) January 6,…

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Leafs postgame – On the proper use of “should of”

Just a note to those of you not in on the joke. When the Leafs are behind, oftentimes you’ll see our Twitter account retweet something like this: I knew Reimer should of been in net — olivia trivisonno (@livtriv) January 5, 2014 Or this: Ryguy6610 I feel so bad for bernier, Randy should of pulled…

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Toronto’s first half analytical update

Well we’ve hit the midway point of the season. Technically, we’ve already finished Game 42, but there was a small turnaround between Games 41 and 42, and a nice clean day on the calendar for us this morning to fit in this little post breaking down the first half of the season for the Toronto…