Toronto Maple Leafs Ego Bruised—Downed 6-2 To Boston

October 20th, 2011 No Comments
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It what can only be termed as a good ‘ol fashioned butt-whopping, the Toronto Maple Leafs were schooled by the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins by a final score of 6-2 on Thursday night, bringing the Buds record to 4-1-1 on the season. There was lots of talk about a Stanley Cup letdown for the Bruins heading into Thursday nights tilt, but given the way the Bruins seemingly manhandled the Maple Leafs all night, nothing is/was further from the truth. Colby Armstrong was out of the lineup for the Maple Leafs and it showed as the Buds had trouble containing some of the Bruins bigger/more physical players. Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara had a big night, netting three points, including a power play goal in the first period. Clarke MacArthur was also out of the lineup, which forced Maple leafs

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Colby Armstrong Injured, Nazem Kadri Back With The Maple Leafs

October 20th, 2011 No Comments
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According to reports, The Toronto Maple Leafs will call forward Nazem Kadri up from their AHL affiliate Toronto Marlies when the Maple Leafs play the Boston bruins tonight in order to off-set the loss of the injured Colby Armstrong. The news comes off the heals of a “lower body injury” that Armstrong sustained in the first period of the Maple Leafs 4-3 shootout victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night at the Air Canada Center. Armstrong left Wednesday nights game favoring his left leg and was seen to be on crutches during the second intermission. Armstrong will be left behind as the Leafs travel to Boston to take on the Defending Stanley Cup Champions Boston Bruins. Yesterday, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke announced that Kadri was being sent down to the Marlies for what was thought to

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Toronto Maple Leafs “Jettison” Winnipeg In A Shootout

October 19th, 2011 No Comments
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For the first time in 15 years the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets rekindled their rivalry in front of a sellout crowd in Toronto. The Leafs and Jets played to a 3-3 tie way back in 1996, with Dave Andreychuk scoring two goals and Doug Gilmour adding another, while former Maple Leaf Mike Eastwood (who also had 2 goals) and Keith Tkachuk tallied the goals for the Jets. A lot has changed since that night. The Jets and the Maple Leafs both play in fancy new arenas, both teams employ a number of young players and neither team looks like a Stanley Cup contender—Ok, that has stayed the same! The Maple Leafs came into Wednesday nights contest with a 3-0-1 record—good enough for fifth overall in the Eastern Conference, while the Jets came in with a 1-3-0 record—ranking them

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Nazem Kadri Sent Down To The Toronto Marlies

October 19th, 2011 No Comments
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Hard luck Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri will have to endure another set back as he gets set to join the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League. Kadri, 21,  was expected to play a major role with the big club this season, but was derailed in training camp when he injured his knee on September 27th against the Ottawa Senators. There were reports out there suggesting that Kadri was close to 100 percent, but it appears as if, as good as his knee is, the Maple leafs have opted to give the young forward a stint in the AHL to bring his conditioning up and see some much needed game action. Known for his defensive woes early on in the 2010-11 season, Kadri’s game improved dramatically towards the end of the season, giving fans and management hope that

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Is It Time For Rick Nash To Ask For A Trade? Mike Modano Thinks so

October 19th, 2011 No Comments
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On paper the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars doesn’t look too bad. First of all, Columbus managed to out-shoot Dallas by a margin of 24-11 in the first two periods and 40-18 overall. Second, the Blue Jackets outhit the Stars by a margin of 32-20 and third Columbus did manage to capitalize on one of their five power play opportunities, but when you consider the Blue Jackets are now a combined 0-5-1 on the season, it’s time to start panicking, isn’t it? Long time captain of the Dallas Stars Mike Modano tweeted (@9modano) “Rick Nash please ask for a trade..!” after the Stars victory, leaving many NHL fans wondering if Modano is right—maybe Nash should ask for a trade out of Columbus? This summer, Columbus Blue Jackets Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager

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Are Changes Coming To Toronto Maple Leafs Lineup?

October 18th, 2011 No Comments
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Prior to the 2011-12 NHL season commencing had Toronto Maple Leafs fans been told they would start the season with a 3-0-1 record 99 percent of them would have taken it. Monday nights overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche revealed a few flaws in the Maple Leafs lineup, but nothing earth shattering and nothing that cannot be fixed. One area of concern is the Maple Leafs power play which is stumbling along at a 9.5 percent success rate through the Buds’ first four games. A lack of consistency amongst the power play units and an inability to get the puck through to the oppositions net has hurt the Maple Leafs power play, as has the teams inability to mount sustainable pressure down low. The past two games Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson has used a combination of Dion Phaneuf,

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