One of the ugliest displays I've seen from a Leaf team in a long time unfolded on Tuesday, as they were routed 9-2 by Nashville.
The Predators dominated the first period, including a goal in the first two minutes. While the Leafs were able to limit the damage in the second, a late Nashville goal, followed up by two more in the first 90 seconds of the third, triggered a complete and utter collapse, as Nashville extended the lead to 8-0 with fifteen minutes still to play.
It was one of those nights were the Leafs were not only outchanced, but...
This past weekend, Pat Burns was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame despite no longer being with us. It served as a stark reminder that we should celebrate the hockey world's great individuals while they are still here.
This coincides with the unfortunate announcement last week that Bryan Murray’s cancer has spread to his liver and lungs. He’s in stage 4, and there is no stage 5.
In light of these events, I want to take a few minutes to highlight a great and successful hockey mind before it is too late.
Many people often talk about the old guard of hockey GMs...
The Maple Leafs are now 18 games into the 2014-15 season, a decent enough sample size to take an early advanced stat look at the Leafs performance so far.
In the off season, the Leafs overhauled much of their front office and jumped on the hockey analytics bandwagon in a big way, although they left the general manager and head coach in place. Player wise, the majority of the third and fourth lines also changed along with a pair of their defensemen (Polak, Robidas). The question is: Has anything changed in terms of playing style, tactics, or results? This week I will take...
The last time these teams met, it was as one-sided an NHL game as I've seen. It looked like there might be a similar result this time out; through 15 minutes the Leafs were dominant in chances, and it just seemed like a matter of time before they would break the Sabres down.
However, after the penalty to David Clarkson, Buffalo scored two goals before the end of the period. While Toronto again had the better of the play in the second, even a late pair of goals couldn't help them get closer than two. Two goals for the Sabres...
Win or lose, the Maple Leafs haven't done anything half way in the past couple of weeks.
It goes without saying that this was a major improvement from Toronto. The Leafs transition game was much better than it was against Nashville, helped by some pretty loose play through neutral ice by Tampa Bay. To the Leafs credit, there was less cheating and the D were getting the puck into the forwards' hands a little quicker, enabling the Leafs to play a faster game overall (one of the Leafs' biggest issues is that they're a fast team that doesn't play like...
If the last eight days have taught us anything, it's that this is an inconsistent Leafs team.
After a terrible performance against Nashville, they came back with a strong showing against the Lightning. Toronto dominated the first period, and were unfortunate to go into the intermission level after a shorthanded goal against. While the second was more even in chances, the Leafs managed to pull away thanks to JVR and a bad Tampa giveaway, and they held on to the lead in the third. Toronto's even strength defensive play in the final period was strong, but the Lightning did put...
Toronto takes on an opponent that surely ranks as one of the last they would want to face off against while trying to regain confidence after consecutive embarrassing blowouts which have called into question everyone from the GM to the coach to the core players of the team.
Indeed, it's probably the last thing the Leafs want to do tonight given the recent skid: Play at home against one of the best teams in the Conference. That's the situation they find themselves in coming off losses to the Sabres and Predators by a combined 15-4 score.
After coughing up six to the offensively-inept...
Today, regarded Czech newspaper outlet, iDNES.cz, posted an interview with Roman Polak and he had some interesting comments regarding the state of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
MLHS member, "drummond', who speaks Czech fluently, translated the entire interview for us below. As is the case with a number of translated interviews, some of of it can be lost in translation and some words can be misused or misunderstood.
"Toronto is full of praise for Polak, however he laments: 'We do not play as a team'.
The name of Roman Polak is frequetly mentioned in hockey circles. While in the Czech Republic performance of...
For those expecting a significant knee jerk reaction after the gruesome losses to Buffalo Sabres and Nashville Predators, here you go:
Greg Wyshynski: Ron Wilson has scathing words for Maple Leafs fans and the ACC atmosphere (Puck Daddy)
Sean Fitzgerald: Brian Burke on the media -- Why should Phil Kessel have to speak to those pukes everyday? (National Post)
Jonas Siegel: Shanahan's tallest task lies with burdensome core (TSN)
Tie Domi: On the pressures of playing in Toronto as a Maple Leaf (TSN1050)
Laura Saba: The Toronto Maple Leafs, compete level, and accountability (Eyes on the Prize)
Michael Langlois: Pride in the jersey --...