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Sunday Mashup: Tops in the East

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Leafs Nation woke up this Sunday morning with the Leafs in first place in the Eastern Conference standings after a redeeming effort against the Pittsburgh Penguins last night on Hockey Night in Canada. For a few hours, anyway – Tampa Bay could take over the Conference lead with a win today over Florida.

A certain level of production will be expected of David Clarkson given his pay stubs, but his ability to impact a game without showing up on the scoresheet was on full display last night. The Davids of Mimico led Leaf forwards in ice time with 21-22 minutes, as Carlyle leaned heavily on Clarkson and Bolland’s ability to close out a game and refusal to give up an inch of ice. Clarkson led all skaters with eight hits.

Bolland’s line, along with the Phaneuf and Gunnarsson pairing, kept Crosby off the scoresheet and in customary losing form complaining to the referees, while Franson and Kadri took on the Malkin assignment; Malkin was quiet but did notch a powerplay assist.

A lunchpail third line of Carter Ashton, Jay McClement and Colton Orr received around 11 minutes of ice time as they brought a simplified but effective effort, consistently mucking it up in the right end of the rink and getting the better of the Penguins’ bottom two lines. Not that this combination should be a third line fixture under ideal (i.e. healthier) circumstances, but credit to all three players for last night’s effort. Ashton in particular took advantage of an opportunity to not only play but play in the top 9, impacting the game more than he did at any point in his first stint on the team with some strong work on the boards.

Let’s be sure to mention that the Leafs likely aren’t even in the position to go win the game with a big third period if not for James Reimer’s heroics in a 16-save second period in which the Leafs were quadrupled on the shot count. Two consecutive pad saves with Pascal Dupuis wide open off a 2 on 1 were unquestionably the MLHS Turning Point. And what more needs to be said of the combination of JvR and Kessel in terms of their talent levels and telepathic chemistry.

Sunday morning discussion point: With Lupul sounding probable for Tuesday and Bozak out at least for the next three games, how do you see this lineup shaping up for this week’s Western road trip? Does Lupul obviously join Bolland and Clarkson on line two? Or perhaps Ashton and McClement on line three (assuming Kulemin’s still out)?

Thanks to Tim (@tj_bayer) for putting together this morning’s links…

LINKS:

Last night’s Game in 10 | Full Game Replay | Game in 6 | Randy Carlyle Post Game

Toronto Maple Leafs’ Nazem Kadri makes the most of top-line opportunity in win over Pittsburgh Penguins
I’m pretty OK with Kadri at first line center for the next few games. From Michael Traikos of the National Post.

Shoalts: Leafs get shutdown effort from Bolland and Phaneuf
Crosby gets Phaneuf’d. From David Shoalts of The Globe and Mail.

Maple Leafs’ Bozak out 7-10 days with lower body injury
This news came across the wire after the game.

Maple Leafs getting the best out of Bolland
Carlyle continues to gush about how much of a pro this guy is.

Exploring David Clarkson’s Toronto roots
David Clarkson revisits his Etobicoke roots. Video from CBC Sports.

VIDEO: Minnesota players celebrate goal, get helmets stuck together
This isn’t Leafs-related, but it’s pretty funny nonetheless. From Chris Peters of CBS Eye On Hockey.

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Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

With tonight’s trade, the Sabres will now have a combined 17 first- and second-round picks over a four-year span from 2012-2015 – the most in the 43-year history of the Sabres’ franchise.

The picks breakdown as follows:

2012

1st round: Mikhail Grigorenko (12th overall), Zemgus Girgensons (14th)

2nd round: Jake McCabe (44th overall)

2013

1st round: Rasmus Ristolainen (8th), Nikita Zadorov (16th)

2nd round: J.T. Compher (35th), Connor Hurley (38th), Justin Bailey (52nd)

2014

1st round: 2 picks (own, NYI- Vanek trade)

2nd round: 3 picks (own, MINN- Pominville trade, LA- Regehr trade)

2015

1st round: 1 pick (own)

2nd round: 3 picks (own, LA- Regehr trade, NYI- Vanek trade)

Leafbites
Leafbites

Late game anyone? Tough call on Frattin– goaltender interference on the go-ahead goal for the Kings, well outside of the crease. Right call?

leafmealone
leafmealone

Crap. Was just looking on Sportsnet and read that Regier has already implied that he made the trade so that he had Moulson to flip as a pending UFA at the deadline. So he's going to get a 1st, a 2nd, PLUS whatever he gets for Moulson ( a three time 30 goal scorer only making a little more than 3 mil-so no cap worries) at the deadline. Buck Fuffalo!

TroyTech
TroyTech

I see Kessel-Bolland-JVR, Lupul-Kadri-Raymond, if Kulemin is still out.

Remember the haters saying Kessel can't play without Mark Savard?

GreekGod
GreekGod

Terrible trade for the Isles. Especially when fans on there site keep saying they don't need more forwards.. but defence men. Giving up a 1st + 2nd + Moulson for a guy who is heavily rumoured to be heading to Minnesota this summer is just dumb move by Snow IMO. Especially when they are weak on the back end. 

Anybody think that Liles will be targeted by Snow now considering he won't be looking to give up much if not anything for a defence man?

Also, how you guys feel about a trade with Buffalo that involves Ott for Bozak? 

mike_84
mike_84

So when are we making our trade for Dan Girardi?

loomx
loomx

@leafmealone I would've at least wanted a good young player in a deal for a guys who has 500 points in his career. If he waited until the deadline he might've got way more. Think about it this way, the difference between the Paul Gaustad trade and the Tomas Vanek trade is Moulson and a 2nd. 

mike_84
mike_84

@-Keon- got some talent coming in the tears to come. Conner brown has been doing very well also.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

I remember reading that chatter a few years ago them someone in Boston put up a YouTube of every goal he scored as a Bruin. There was absolutely no indication that that rumour was true. He and Savard played well together, but most of the goals looked the same as the ones he has scored in Toronto.

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

No Thxs for ott he wud ruin our chemistry in the rooom imo

loomx
loomx

@GreekGod I don't get it. IMO it's a horrible deal for Buffalo and a great deal for the Isles(if they re-sign Vanek of course). It'll likely be a later 1st in a week draft, Moulson is a pending UFA turning 30 next year. Vanek is the same age but much more likely to be hitting 30g, 70 pts in his mid-thirties. Obviously if he walks it's horrible, but the Isles still have plenty of assets to acquire one of the Anaheim goalies.

Optimustic
Optimustic

@mike_84 Where is the Girardi talk coming from?  Are the Rags shopping him?

leafmealone
leafmealone

@rustynail I think D'Amigo should go as Wolverine as he already has the natural facial hair for it. And as good as the Link costume is, wearing it in public is like walking around with a billboard that reads "I'm a bottom". lol

leafmealone
leafmealone

@loomx @leafmealone If he gets a 1st for Moulson at the deadline, then he ends up with the same thing Boston got for Kessel-who was only RFA at the time.

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@-Keon- 

Man, with so many people losing their jobs these days (and the figures not getting much better over the last few years)....it's nice to see folks getting back in to the work force.

GreekGod
GreekGod

@leafmealone @GreekGod 

Just when you thought that the Isles have finally cleaned up there act - Snow goes out and does something like this...

leafmealone
leafmealone

@Optimustic @mike_84 Don't know, but it's not like Sather to sit around too long with a losing team without making a blockbuster move. Although, the Rangers are pretty cap f'ed right now (as is 3/4 of the NHL), so that does make things pretty tough.

mike_84
mike_84

@Optimustic @mike_84 Coming from me. He's a UFA, Rags playing like crap. Right handed shot. kind of player we need. Just fits

GreekGod
GreekGod

@leafmealone @-Keon- 

I'm sure some team would offer at least a 2nd for Moulson at the deadline. 

This trade just makes me laugh. Fucking Snow at it again...

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Nice to see a few skill forwards on the horizon fo sure.

leafmealone
leafmealone

@-Keon- If you mean me, then most certainly. This is the most time I've had to get on here in months pretty much. Sometimes that's the problem with working for yourself. But, I made that change so that I could avoid job related stress as well, so I fully understand how giving up some cash can be worth it in the long run.

Sucks about working through most of the games, but I'm sure you'll watch 'em all on PVR or something. I know I definitely still make time to watch all the games. I sense good things to come this season as the team continues to figure it out. Being able to win when not playing at your best is a great sign, and the team chemistry seems to be better than ever. 

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@-Keon- 

Me??  Yeah, came back from vacation last week and put in 8 hours OT just to get caught up (you pay for your vacation....before and after).  Plus, as I said, our company is in the process of outsourcing a lot of stuff / jobs to India.  Could be scary (stressful) times ahead.

leafmealone
leafmealone

@-Keon- Happy to hear of the new job, and the improvement in work related stress. Cheers man.

Ze_theLeafsFan
Ze_theLeafsFan

@-Keon- ahhh cool Congrats. I see why you were bitter so often. Its a win win, we get less Keon :)

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

@-Keon- Actually i think I recall that . That is a rough go. Nice to have a bit of weight off the shoulders

mike_84
mike_84

I was talking about brian boyle in nyr not the sjs boyle

mike_84
mike_84

@Optimustic @leafmealone @mike_84 both UFA's and make near the same amount of cash. You only do this if you don't think you can sign Kuli or if NYR is gonna sweeten the deal. I always thought Boyle would look good in blue and white

leafmealone
leafmealone

@mike_84 @Optimustic Don't forget cap issues. We don't have any room to take on Girardi without sending some $ back. I'd be wondering about Gardiner myself. Maybe Gunnarson?

mike_84
mike_84

@Optimustic @mike_84 I would think one of our young dmen. Someone like Blacker or Holzer. As far as a roster player i'm not sure. If we don't think we can resign Kuli then maybe a deal could be made there. 

Optimustic
Optimustic

@mike_84 @Optimustic I've been asking about him for a year now.   Glad I'm not the only one.  They are loaded with good D too, so they may be interested in dealing one of them for prospects / picks / younger players.   Who  would they want in return though?   Gotta get a roster player +.