Leafs Talk

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LEAFS DO THE RIGHT THING(S)

For two periods, in San Jose on Tuesday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs showed very little. They fired twenty harmless shots at Antti Niemi. Meanwhile, in their own end, rookie netminder James Reimer was standing on his head trying to hold off the terrible trio of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley. Then the…

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GRABOVSKI’S SHOULDERS MIGHTY WIDE THESE DAYS

The human shoulder is an amazing device. Mikhail Grabovski has decided to use his to carry his business associates. On Tuesday, Maple Leafs’ fans realized something that, apparently, the National Hockey League didn’t. This season, Grabovski – and his shoulders – are all-stars. Since December 6th, Grabovski has done something that doesn’t happen a lot…

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Leafs vs Sharks – Who Plays the Role of Slumpbuster?

There are two big losing streaks at stake in tonight’s game. San Jose has lost their last 4 games and currently sit in 11th place in the West. Yeah, that’s right, the perennial President’s Cup challenging San Jose Sharks are at the moment out of the playoff picture. My how the mighty have fallen. The…

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Game #41 Scoring Chances: Leafs @ Kings, Jan. 10/11 (3-2 Win)

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20631 The Leafs were dominated in the 1st period, territory wise, moreso than the scoring chance numbers suggest.  However, Toronto rebounded with strong efforts in the 2nd and 3rd periods.  They rattled off six consecutive chances to start the 2nd and outchanced LA 8-1 in the first ten minutes…

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Leafs vs Kings – A Farewell to Reimer

James Reimer will suit up tonight in LA for the Leafs and will be sent back to Marlies as soon as Giggy’s ready. That sad news came courtesy of AM640’s Marlies beat writer Kyle Cicerella this morning on Twitter. Ron Wilson had this to add as well, “This week, he’ll probably have to go back…

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What to do with Reimer?

News this morning out of Toronto is that J.S. Giguere is ready to play and James Reimer is being returned to the Marlies immediately. This strikes me as odd given how poorly Giguere and Gustavsson have played this year but perhaps it’s unfair to give James Reimer the reins based on such a small sample…

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IT’S DO OR DIE FOR LEAFS

So, that was a pretty good way to begin a four-game, do-or-die road trip, right? Frankly, I can’t think of a better one. By blowing out the Atlanta Thrashers in Georgia, the Maple Leafs have shown they clearly understand the magnitude of this trip. As I have preached since the beginning of this season, this…

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Leafs vs Thrashers – Win One For the Reimer

Last time the Thrasher and Leafs shared the ice, Atlanta hung 6 on Gustavsson forcing Wilson to pull him and give James Reimer his first taste of NHL ice. Reimer stopped all 14 shots he faced in the 3rd, and left us all hoping he’d get the next start. He didn’t as Gustavsson got the next…

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LEAFS MUST WORK FOR EVERYTHING THEY GET

Remember that kid in your math class? The one who, in order to pass even the simplest test, had to work and work and work. You could almost see the sweat pouring down his forehead as he tried to solve for x in 17x + 4×2 + 14 = 329. And, if he was really…

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Leafs vs Blues – The Return of Mr. Glass

The St. Louis Blues love playing in Toronto. In their last 10 games playing there, St. Louis has a record of 8-0-2. Ho boy. That’s some bad juju tonight for the Leafs, something they’ve had too much of this season. Added to the bad vibes, it’s the first time former Leafs Alex Steen and Carlo…

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