Game Day: Toronto Maple Leafs Vs. Dallas Stars

November 25th, 2011 No Comments

Several members of the Toronto Maple Leafs were in attendance when the Dallas Cowboys gutted out a 20-19 win over the Miami Dolphins in Dallas yesterday. Watching the game, it appeared as if a few of the players were caught taking pictures of the legendary Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and who could blame them, right? The Maple Leafs were in town awaiting Friday nights match with the Dallas Stars, who, not unlike the Leafs, have gotten off to a surprisingly great start to the 2011-12 season. Toronto enters tonight’s tilt with a record of 12-8-2 while the Stars have been equally good at 13-8-0. That said, both teams have struggled of late, with Toronto going 4-5-1 in their past ten, while Dallas owns a 5-5-0 record in their past ten games. These two teams last met November 22nd of 2010, with


Buffalo Sabres Come Up Small Against The Boston Bruins

November 24th, 2011 No Comments

Buffalo Sabres fans were up in arms after their starting goaltender Ryan Miller collided with Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic a little more than a week ago. The result was Miller being put on the injured list with a concussion. After the incident Sabres fans and players alike were embarrassed by the teams lack of response to what many felt was a despicable act predicated by Lucic. Despite a call for action by the good people of Buffalo, NHL chief disciplinarian Brendan Shannahan rightly deemed the incident unworthy of a suspension, which once again caused Sabres fans to protest loudly. Whether you agreed with Shannahan’s decision or not, one thing was clear, everybody agreed that the Buffalo Sabres’ players did next to nothing in response to the collision, which had Sabres fans shaking their heads, while rival NHL players and fans


Despite His Critics, Ron Wilson Has Toronto Maple Leafs On Right Track

November 21st, 2011 10 Comments

Anytime a head coach of an NHL team enters a season in the final year of his contract there are bound to be a ton of “soon to be fired” rumors surrounding his name. Such is the case with respect to Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson as he entered the 2011-12 season in the final year of the four year deal he signed back in June of 2008. Since signing with the Maple Leafs, Wilson has led the Buds to three very disappointing seasons, finishing with a 34-35-13 record in 2008-09, followed by a 30-38-14 finish in 2009-10 and a moderately improved 37-34-11 finish in 2010-11. Overall, Wilson led his troops to a 101-110-38 record over his first three seasons with the club which, given the lack of overall talent on the Maple Leafs’ roster, is not far


Sidney Crosby Set To Return Monday

November 20th, 2011 3 Comments

The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced that Sidney Crosby will return to the lineup on Monday when the Penguins play host to the New York Islanders. Crosby was well on his way to putting together a season for the ages when he was sidelined on January 5th, 2011 when he took a questionable hit from tampa Bay Lightening defenseman Victor Headman. What followed was a concussion that took nearly a full year to heal. Crosby’s injury forced the NHL to take a closer look at their policies on concussions and take a stance on hits to the head. The return of Crosby has been anticipated by Penguin and NHL fans alike. Known as one of the NHL’s poster boys, Crosby’s return should be a ratings boom for the NHL—especially when you consider how poorly the NHL’s other poster boy—Alexander Ovechkin— has


Maple Leafs Hammer Capitals, No New Injuries To Report!

November 20th, 2011 No Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs stunned the hockey world Saturday night as, with seven regulars out of the lineup, the Blue and White throttled the Washington Capitals by a score of 7-1. The win improved the Buds overall record to 11-7-2 on the season, giving them sole possession of fifth spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Oft-injured Tim Connolly scored his second of the season at 01:39 of the first period, giving the Maple Leafs the quick lead many suspected the team would need to compete with the offensively gifted Caps. Washington responded less than a minute later when Brooks Laich registered his third of the year at 02:30 of the first. The Maple Leafs would go ahead for good when rookie forward Matt Frattin notched his first goal of the season at 19:16 of the first. Frattin has been one


Ice cold Capitals and Maple Leafs Set To Do Battle

November 19th, 2011 2 Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs will play host to the Washington Capitals Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre. Both teams enter tonight’s tilt on a low as the Capitals have gone 3-6-1 in their past ten, while the Maple Leafs have registered a 4-5-1 record in their past ten games. For the Maple Leafs, injuries have been a big part of their woes as starting goaltender James Reimer has been out for upwards of a month, while Colby Armstrong—a defensive specialist and physical force along the boards, has also been missed. Off-season acquisition Tim Connolly has played in just seven of the Blue and Whites first 19 contests, registering one goal and three assists for a total of four points. Connolly was brought in to firm up the Maple Leafs first line, but with so little game action, he has