The Leafs hit the half way mark of the season tonight vs. Carolina, seeking their 20th win of 2013-14.
Game preview here.
Jeff Skinner – Eric Staal – Tuomo Ruutu
Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Alex Semin
Drayson Bowman – Riley Nash – Pat Dwyer
Radek Dvorak – Manny Malhotra – Zach Boychuk
Justin Faulk – Andrej Sekera
Ryan Murphy – Ron Hainsey
Tim Gleason – Mike Komisarek
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS:
Other things I liked about tonights game:
1) The Leafs were physical in there own end...Ranger, Franson, and Phaneuf made forwards pay.
2) Our bottom six looked effective...even got a couple goals.
3) JvR looked better
4) Just love it when Morgan has the puck
zep2....i TOTALLY agree about shutting STAAL up!! Ever since he came in here and made those funny faces after he scored 2yrs ago i have hated him ever since and LOVE it when he gets NOTHING vs Leafs!!!
Not trying to favour one goalie, but RC sticking with one for a stretch may be having an impact as well...
Break up the Leafs. 2 wins in a row! Don't look now but we have 8 out of our last 12 points. We gained on Mtl, TB too. Boy, did we need these last 2 wins badly. I forget, how many points do we get for a reg win?
@CanuckUKinTorontoWings might feel the same way, actually playing in front of a real crowd, half of which actually know hockey ;)
@CanuckUKinToronto JVR was unreal tonight too....those guys are special together, JVR tosses such filthy sauce to kessel
those two play well together
He's one tough old goat. I just saw him on 24/7 ep. 3 ... not one to inspire love that's for sure. But telling players to cross-check fuckers who're trying to steal money out of your pocket is pretty badass.
@Jon5200 Wash got a point though.
@Jon5200 Kane / Ovie and Staal have been on my shit list since the All Star BS
@Jon5200 He was -4 tonight. I think he missed a 6 footer for a 67.
@Dangle_My_Berries One early shift he had the puck 4 times and 4 times it ended up on a Car stick, but then he got violent and scored a goal, so all is good.
@Dangle_My_Berries Ranger is starting to fill the role that Fraser had last year plus he has a better overall game.
Kudos to Carlyle for not giving up on him
@Dangle_My_Berries youre a madman i tells ya
@juliesucks Agreed...this switching back and forth hasn't helped either of them. It fucked the Canucks last year too. Goalies wanna get on a run.
@theacs1966 8 out of 10 to be exact.....
@Zep2 I was worried about getting nothing out of Bozak coming back because Holland would be demoted, then someone reminded me he was stepping in and Smithson was leaving, and I realized I was wrong. lol.
@NotInsane GRABBO RULES ... ill get my coat
@B_LeafWait until Bolland comes back :)
@B_Leaf I thought he'd help, but I didn't expect to notice it as much, as soon as this.
@B_Leaf big difference, pushes the depth down and strengthens the other lines, everyone starts playing where Nonis and Co projected them to play and the strengths and weaknesses are better addressed
@B_Leaf I can think of someone
@theacs1966 That's fine cuz they're in the other division and will likely get a top 3 over there regardless.
@Dangle_My_Berries He just needed 40 games to get his legs.