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Maple Leafs Down Minnesota Wild, Play Montreal Saturday

January 20th, 2012 No Comments

With his team in a three game losing funk, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson switched up his lines Thursday night in an effort to get his troops to play better defense and spread out his scoring. One of the riskier moves saw Wilson separate Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul—the NHL’s most potent duo this season. Lupul (who now leads Phil Kessel in team scoring with 51 points on the season to Kessel’s 50) had a three point night, while Kessel scored his 25th goal of the season, albeit on the power play with Lupul notching an assist on the goal. At the end of the day, Wilson’s changes helped catapult the Buds past the slumping Minnesota Wild (2-6-2 in their past ten games) to the tune of a 4-1 victory. Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson was near perfect on the

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Jake Gardiner Assigned To AHL

January 15th, 2012 1 Comment

Having sat out four straight games, Toronto Maple Leafs rookie defenseman Jake Gardiner has officially been assigned to the Maple Leafs AHL affiliate Toronto Marlies Sunday afternoon. Gardiner shocked many when he made the big club straight out of training camp, followed by an impressive stretch of games which saw him register ten assists through 37 games this season, while posting a respectable minus-1 rating. Known as an offensive defenseman, Gardiner uses his skating and hockey sense to outwit opposing forwards, while also possessing the ability to make a quick first pass. Originally drafted in the first round (17th overall) by the Anaheim Ducks, Burke was able to bring Gardiner to Toronto late last season as part of the Francoise Beauchemin deal. Originally expected to make the team by the All-Star break, Gardiner’s solid play led to the big club

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Lack Of Physical Play Continues To Haunt Maple Leafs

January 15th, 2012 No Comments

The New York Rangers put a beating on the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night, outhitting the Blue and White by a final tally of 48-39, shutting down the Maple Leafs first line of Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul and Tim Connolly, en route to a convincing 3-0 win over the Buds in Toronto. The Maple Leafs put together a lousy 20 shots against the Rangers. To say the Blue and White were not dialed-in on this night would be an understatement as the Rangers made the Maple Leafs look like a very average team—this on a night where the Rangers dressed backup goaltender Martin Biron between the pipes. While a better physical effort would not have guaranteed a win against the Rangers, there is every indication that until the Blue and White step up their game in the physical department that

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Does Alexander Ovechkin Deserve To Be At The All-Star Game?

January 12th, 2012 2 Comments

The NHL announced the full list of players that have been picked to take part in the 2012 All-Star game. Fan voting and a penchant for trying to include at least one player from each team often leads to a few questionable players getting an invite—this year is no exception. The All-Star roster will include such stars as Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel, Vancouver Canucks forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews, Florida Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell, as well as a number of Ottawa Senators, many of whom had been voted in by the Ottawa fans. While there is no guarantee that every fan will be satisfied with all of the All-Star choices, the NHL does a good job of trying to accommodate at least one player from each NHL team,

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Brian Burke Looking To Deal: Are The Flyers Interested In Luke Schenn?

January 11th, 2012 16 Comments

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke was a guest on the Fan 590’s Prime Time Sports on Wednesday night. Interviewed by long-time host Bob McCowan, Burke addressed a number of issues, including the teams depth (which Burke believes to be strong), the odds of the Maple Leafs adding a veteran goaltender (not likely) and the likelihood of Burke making a deal before the trade deadline. On the topic of trades, Burke lamented that he was currently “in conversation with clubs” and felt that, with “something on the burner” a deal should be able to get done. Make no mistake about it, Burke was not commenting on making a deal for a depth player, what he was referring to was a deal of significance, which has the Leaf Nation wondering what teams Burke has been talking to? With so many

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Jonas Gustavsson—The “Monster” Has Arrived!

January 11th, 2012 3 Comments

After a rough December which saw the Toronto Maple Leafs lose nine games, the Blue and White are turning things around to start 2012. With a 2-0 victory over the hated Buffalos Sabres on Tuesday night, the Maple Leafs have now registered four wins in a row and are 6-2-2 in their past ten games. So, what is the key to Toronto’s sudden surge? A better effort on the penalty kill, more disciplined play and, of course, the superb play of goaltender Jonas Gustavsson. Gustavsson has earned the starting role between the pipes largely due to his spectactular play over his past 12 games where he has posted a 9-3-0 record and registered a save percentage over .930 over that period. Last night’s shutout was the second in three games for Gustavsson. With four wins in a row and an

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