Steve Spott’s team is off to a surprising start (in a good way) to their 2013-14 season.
Here’s your update courtesy of the Marlies:
“The Toronto Marlies pushed their unbeaten streak to three games with a 6-3 victory over the St. John’s IceCaps, AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets, on Saturday afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum. After earning AHL Player of the Week honours for the period ending October 6, T.J. Brennan added his second hat trick of the season this week. John-Michael Liles, Wade MacLeod and Stefan Legein recorded the other Toronto goals.
Captain Trevor Smith and assistant captain Jerry D’Amigo each recorded two assists in the Marlies third victory of the season. Drew MacIntyre stopped 21 of 24 shots and currently sits tied atop the American Hockey League with three wins. Toronto went 2-for-7 on the powerplay and 5-for-7 on the penalty kill.
– The Marlies announced this morning that the team has signed 34-year old centreman Jerred Smithson to a PTO. Smithson is a veteran of 588 NHL games split between Los Angeles, Nashville, Florida and Edmonton.
– David Broll, Josh Leivo and Trevor Smith all played their first game as a Maple Leaf this past week. For Broll and Leivo it was also their first NHL game
– Defenceman T.J. Brennan continues to lead the AHL in scoring with 10 points (7 goals, 3 assists). Brennan also leads the Marlies in goals (7), points (10), plus/minus (+5) and shots on goal (17)
– Toronto currently ranks 8th in AHL powerplay percentage (21.7%) and 16th (tie) in AHL penalty kill percentage (83.3%).
– The last time the Marlies started the season with three consecutive victories was 2007-08.
– Toronto ranks 1st (tie) in AHL goals scored (15).
– Wade MacLeod and Stefan Legein each registered their first goal since joining the Marlies
The Marlies will take to the ice for a pair of games this coming week. On Friday night, Toronto travels to New York for their first road game of the season against the Rochester Americans, AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. at the Blue Cross Arena. Friday marks the first time that the Marlies will square off against their all-time assist leader Mike Zigomanis. Luke Adam currently leads the Amerks with three goals.
Toronto will return home on Sunday afternoon for a 3 p.m. game against the Hamilton Bulldogs, AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens. Sunday will mark the first of 12 meetings between the two teams. Defenceman Greg Pateryn currently leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) in his first two games.”
Marlies Scoring Leaders
|John Michael Liles||6||1||4||5|
North Division Standings
Phil Kessel admits to being tempted.
When Kessel saw Mason Raymond’s long-distance attempt coming toward him late in Toronto’s 4-1 win over Minnesota on Tuesday, the urge was there to tap the puck into the empty net, which had been vacated by goalie Josh Harding for a sixth attacker.
Instead, Kessel changed his mind at the last moment and allowed Raymond to collect his second goal of the game.
“I was going to touch it,” Kessel said on Wednesday. “It wasn’t until late that I saw it was going in, so I left it alone.”
Told his teammates had showered him with praise for being unselfish, Kessel shrugged his shoulders.
“It’s about the team and it’s about wins,” he said. “That’s the most important thing.
Interesting point for you guys to chew on... In the post game interview (after Minny game), Reims was critical of his play, despite only allowing one goal. I actually agreed with him in a sense. After watching a replay of the game, I noticed that he was still struggling with rebounds. Part of the problem was that most of the shots were coming low, and he was being forced to stop the pucks with his legs. I'm not sure if this was coincidence, or that Minny was looking to force Reims to create rebounds.
This feels like the first real evidence of one goalie pushing the other to be better. Reims was disappointed in himself because he knows he needs to find a way to gobble up pucks better, as this is something Bernier really excels at. To me, this is a really promising sign.
I'm eating crow by the bucket full this year after the Bernier deal. In Nonis I trust.
Arthur covering all the angles in his latest lol
"The schedule will turn, and the season will stretch out, and the Leafs will probably either improve at possessing the puck, fail to improve and defy the percentages as they did last season with goaltending and special teams and offence, or fall victim to the math. We Can’t Stop is a nice idea, and maybe it’s even true. But every song stops playing, eventually."
Damien Cox has shared his 'ten thoughts' on Leafs' recent win, which probably exhausts his supply for the year if the following observations are any guide:
“It’s sad in a way how his [Reimer’s] accomplishments from last season have been forgotten so quickly.”
Have they been forgotten? By whom? This is typical of Cox. He invents spurious general opinions, backed by no survey evidence, then steps in to correct the 'mistakes' with his own genius-like (but somehow always commonplace) judgments.
“Van Riemsdyk’s “upper body” injury was not sustained in a game, according to Carlyle, which adds a bit of mystery to it. Was it sustained cooking? Mowing the lawn? Doing a handspring?”
What possible business is that of yours, Cox? Maybe he got hurt slapping himself on the forehead after being exposed to one of your columns. The injury wasn't game-related... that's all you need to know.
[Re: Kadri:] “Not surprisingly, he’s yet to pick up a shorthanded point as an NHLer.”
Oh, well trade him then. Any second-year player who can't list a pile of shorthanded points on his resume obviously has no future in the league.
So between the Leafs and Marlies, the organization is 9-1. You'd figure Toronto sportswriters must be pulling their hair out for negative material, but they'll find a way.
I was just looking at the standings and if the season to end today, we would face the Turds in the first round. Would be fun knocking them out again!
Just updated; so slow I had an opportunity to read all the posts for the last 2 hours. Emotional rollarcoaster. And I feel substantially dumber
Sorta like Jeffrey Dahmer reaching out to Ted Bundy, toss in Max Lapierre and David Berkowitz can join the pity party . ASSHOLES
Finally. Jesus Christ. I just got laid, engaged, married, became a father, and divorced while waiting for the comments to load.
@Cameron19 He still looks like he's always going in the wrong direction of the play.
I was a huge Joe fan, but he looks like he did here (still)
@Cameron19 whacked a puck in with a high stick for a disallowed goal earlier as well. At least he was in the right spot to score. Didn't see him there very much for us.
@Cameron19 It's only pre-season...
@.Kong. Two starter-level goalies pushing each other to excellence. Couldn't be better
@juliesucks Holy fuck. An old post from '93. lol
@wiski Dreger is such a dick! Always coming out with updates that are obvious. Hes such a dick!
@-Keon- It is around $140
@-Keon- Thats the secondary market average price... which would be resale
@-Keon- That can't possibly be true.
@Mattmark Whether he can provide evidence or not, I think that is the general tone of Leaf fans in regards to Reimer.
@Mattmark I think JVR has a damaged retina from looking at the chrome dome of Cox, baldy bastard!
@Mattmark they are all at a loss for words. They dont know what to do with themselves now that the team in winning
@MaxwellHowe Fenton free though.....
So we owe you 5 congratulations
@-Keon- Mrs. Cox, I presume?
@-Keon- I'm obviously too lazy to read the article.
@-Keon- Secondary as in scalpers? Even that seems dubious. I could see $368 per pair on average.
@-Keon- The average ticket price. You can sit three rows from the glass for cheaper than $368.