MLHS Morning Mashup: The Tragic Number One
Well, the luck continued yesterday for the Blue and White. With their monumental collapse in the playoffs against the Philadelphia Flyers last season still fresh in the minds of the Boston faithful, the Bruins once again committed a major defensive lapse by surrendering five unanswered goalsÂ to the Rangers yesterday and putting the post season furtherÂ out of reach for the Leafs. Hopefully the hockey gods have the decency to balance out the Leafs’ misfortunes eventually because we haven’t seen much fall their way since the lockout.
At the end of the day, the Leafs playoffÂ aspirations rely solely on their performance throughout the entireÂ season. While a late stretch created excitement for the city of Toronto, this team must get over the hump and learn to win on aÂ consistent basis without that major, season-killing slump that has had them fighting such a deficit the past few seasons. All Leaf fans can ask for is an honest effort and demand no excuses for mid-season mediocrity. It has been well-documented that the Leafs have put together one of the best records in the NHL since the All Star break. None of that matters if the team is one of the worst through October and November.
With three important games left on the schedule, starting with tonight`s game against Washington, the Leafs will look to finish the year strong to leave no doubts that they finally jumped over the hump. Although the playoffs are still a mathematical possibility, the Buffalo Sabres must lose the rest of their games in regulation while the Leafs need to go three straight in either regulation or overtime. If the Sabres manage to record a point, Toronto will be officially, mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. Hey, stranger things have happened, right? I think?
â€œAt the end of the day, you donâ€™t want to be in the situation where youâ€™re hoping for other teams to do you favours. In my experience, it never seems to happen. But, at the end of the year, if weâ€™re frustrated about anything, it should be some of the losing streaks. Thatâ€™s what should motivate us.â€
New York Rangers overcame a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Bruins 5-3 and force the Leafs to have no wiggle room.
SkinnyFish over at Pension Plan Puppets updates the Leafs chances to qualify for the post season.
PPP looks at the significance of the number 11 and how it pertains to Phil Kessel.
Chemmy at The Leafs Nation takes a detailed look at the playoff scenarios and teams ahead of the Leafs in the playoff hunt.
The Star`s Paul Hunter reports on the Leafs slim chances of making the playoffs.
The blue and white have run out of games to catch up on the Sabres, Rangers and Hurricanes.
James Mirtle reports on Reimer`s faith and how it helps him with hockey.
Mirtle with another story, this time on Joffrey Lupul, who has made a seamless transition to Toronto and is thriving with his new teammates.
Another good read on Lupul from Mike Ulmer at MapleLeafs.com, who looks at the winger`s journey back to the NHL.
Jonas Siegel with a story on the Leafs positive outlook, despite being on the verge of missing the post season.
Lukas Hardonk at The Hockey Writers thinks the Leafs offense has made significant strides this season.
Another great piece on former fourth round pick Matt Frattin, who has made news on and off the ice throughout his young career.
Jeff at Marlies HQ looks at the Marlies drastic letdown over the last 10 games that has pushed them right out of the playoff race.
Other hockey links:
A roundtable discussion at The Globe and Mail with thoughts on what will be a widely debated question. Who do you think is the league`s best blue liner?
A recap of the first round of the CHL playoffs from Daniel Girard of the Toronto Star.
Last Night in Leafs Prospects
The Plymouth Whalers finished off the Kitchener Rangers last night to take the series 4-to-2 and advance to the second round. Jerry D`Amigo recorded five goals, three assists and eight penalty minutes in six games for Kitchener. Jamie Devane`s Whalers squad will move on toÂ face Jesse Blacker and the Owen Sound Attack. The Erie Otters need more out of Greg McKegg, who has only two goals in six games. Puck drop forÂ game seven against the Windsor spitfires is set for tonight.
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what would carolina want from us for eric staal?More than i would want to pay to get him… Start with Kadri include 1st round picks and prospects. No thanks this team is goin in the right direction who knows 3 years from now Kadri could be putting up Staal numbers.
what would carolina want from us for eric staal?He wouldn’t want to come here, it’s not a hockey market after all.
LeafsHotStove Alec Brownscombe #Marlies This Week: Post Mortem – http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2011/04/05/marlies-this-week-post-mortem/
That Cox article didn’t seem to bad? The end is actually pretty true… they have guys like Henny who toss under hand questions to these guys. Henny is my boy tho.
TSNBobMcKenzie Bob McKenzie I am hearing NYR Ryan Callahan has a broken ankle, courtesy of a blocked Zdeno Chara shot last night.A little late. What a turd.
TSNBobMcKenzie Bob McKenzie I am hearing NYR Ryan Callahan has a broken ankle, courtesy of a blocked Zdeno Chara shot last night.I heard that from that incarcerated bob guy over an hour ago lol
TSNBobMcKenzie Bob McKenzie I am hearing NYR Ryan Callahan has a broken ankle, courtesy of a blocked Zdeno Chara shot last night.
Someone with a devastating flu virus needs to pay a visit to Buffalo’s practice is what needs to happen!
2 Minutes for Looking so Guru wrote:
MacInMoscow wrote: Sounds like the Caps are taking us lightly, hehe. I think they realize they are gonna get lit up no matter how they playGrabs and Kulie, Grabs and Kulie, Grabs and Kulie.
Sounds like the Caps are taking us lightly, hehe.I think they realize they are gonna get lit up no matter how they play :D
Mislav Jantoljak wrote:
rustynail wrote: Mislav Jantoljak wrote: Reimer vs Neuvirth tonight, like that matchup. Neuvirth needs to play like we know he can. Indeed. Like a bum. PS Semin is out too and that just sounds really bad.Yeah Semin is taking a “matenince day”
Mislav Jantoljak wrote: Reimer vs Neuvirth tonight, like that matchup. Neuvirth needs to play like we know he can.Indeed. Like a bum. PS Semin is out too and that just sounds really bad.
Mislav Jantoljak wrote: Reimer vs Neuvirth tonight, like that matchup. Neuvirth needs to play like we know he can.Yes, not like Enroth. More of a Raycroft-Tuskala hybrid.
Mislav Jantoljak wrote:
Reimer vs Neuvirth tonight, like that matchup.Neuvirth needs to play like we know he can.
My pic was deleted…how do I add one? I tried in my profile, but every time I hit edit user profile, my pic link is deleted. HELP! Thanks!
I don’t get how its a story that people living in a city aren’t fans of the local sports clubs. There are Leafs fans EVERYWHERE.. Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Phoenix, LA..etc. Of course in a city like TO there are going to be fans of every team.