The NHL first adapted the shootout to settle regular season games for the 2005-06 season. At the time, many fans were complaining about the number of games that were ending in a tie and they wanted a winner. Since it’s inception there have been a total of 856 shootouts, which equates to approximately 13 percent of all games being decided by what is arguably a glorified skills competition. (all stats courtesy of NHLshootouts.com). For some NHL teams, the difference between making the playoffs and heading to the golf course early often hinges on their success in the shootout, which is a travesty. Traditional hockey fans roll their eyes at the thought that their team could miss the playoffs based on their success in the shootout. For them, a tie was just fine, an indication that both teams played their hearts
Over the past five games the Toronto Maple Leafs have earned a total of six points, beating the Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadiens, while dropping contests to the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers. Winning three out of five games sounds great, but the reality is the Maple Leafs are still 4-5-1 in their past ten games and a paltry 11-14-4 on the season, which puts them in 28th place in a thirty team league. After a nice 4-0 start to the season the Maple Leafs struggled to find their consistency. The Leafs have been shut out a league leading five times, have struggled on defense, offense and, most recently, between the pipes and have heard the boo-birds on more than a few occasions. Waffles have been thrown out onto the ice, fans have called for head coach Ron
Even when the Toronto Maple Leafs were amongst the worst teams in the NHL for years at a time the tradition rivalry of the Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens has always been a passionate one. …..wait a minute, that would be the case now, wouldn’t it? I mean, the Leafs have been struggling to put up wins for the better part of a decade and this season has been no exception. Yes Leaf fans, the Blue and White have been a disgrace on more evenings than not this season, leading to just five wins in their past 20 games, causing many Maple Leaf fans to call for the heads of general manager Brian Burke, head coach Ron Wilson and a multitude of players which includes sniper Phil Kessel who has a paltry three goals over that same 20 game stretch.
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Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf returned to the lineup Thursday night. In the end Phaneuf’s presence wasn’t enough of the Leafs continued their losing ways getting outclassed by the Philadelphia Flyers by a final score of 4-1. After two solid victories against the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals the Maple Leafs have now lost two in a row and have just five wins in their past 20 games. Needless to say the entire team has been to blame for their woes. The forwards are not going to the tough areas, the defense continues to make huge errors that lead to goals, and even the once steady goaltending has since been exposed. Despite registering seven shots on the night Phil Kessel did not manage to score. His penchant for taking the perimeter shot rather than go to the net is
Over the summer, Toronto Maple Leaf fans debated the merits of general manager Brain Burke bringing in another top six forward. Some felt a winger was of the utmost importance, others (including myself) felt a centre was a bigger need, everyone agreed more depth was needed. Those that felt a centre was not necessary felt sophomore forward Tyler Bozak would be able to handle the load on the top line while others pointed to the emerging Nazem Kadri as being the answer. Through 24 games the Maple Leafs had “earned” a record of 8-12-4. The power play was mediocre at best, the penalty kill was a shambles, the offense was anemic and the overall forward group was being criticized for a lack of results. Throughout the first 24 games head coach Ron Wilson tweaked his top-six forwards a number of