Thursday Mashup: Thunderbolt and lightning, very very frightening

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The Maple Leafs are looking for a bounce back performance in Tampa tonight. After all, these good men deserve better:

 

Said Joffrey Lupul: “We’ve had too many things going in the right direction to let one  night impact the way we’re doing things. Hopefully we bounce back. I suspect we will. As long as you don’t let it turn into a snowball effect, I guess you can accept it once in a while — not accept it, but deal with it once in a while.”

Randy Carlyle will almost certainly give Jonathan Bernier his fifth consecutive start after he did his best to hold the Leafs in it, waiting and waiting for the team in front of him to wake up only  to ultimately get let down on Tuesday.  “We look at it as a wasted effort [from Bernier]. That’s one where if we play a little better he could’ve stolen us one… He’s been phenomenal all year and we feel bad for wasting efforts like that. But he’s a good guy, he’s ready to do it again next game.”

Lupul also alluded to the added challenge Tim Thomas’ puckhandling ability posed in stopping dump ins and diffusing the Leafs forecheck which struggled to establish itself in any shape or form on Tuesday. For the Leafs’ part, though, they have to place pucks into areas that can actually lead to a retrieval, which  apparently was a focus in practice yesterday. The Leafs weren’t getting powerplays, weren’t able to gain controlled entries, and need to be able to fall back on a  forecheck & cycle game in those type of situations. Said Loops: “When you’re having a bad game in you’re own end, the easiest way to fix that is to get the puck down in their end and spend some time there. We weren’t able to do that.”

The Lightning also lost on Tuesday, meaning the Leafs remain three points back, although the Lightning have two games in hand. Seems we have us one of those “four point games” on tap tonight.

Some Leafs links to fill the day leading up to game time:

  • drummond

    I want Kulemin to stay, too

  • drummond

    hoolihan at he has blue shirt :) better than red one LOL

  • MLHS_Luke

    If Kadri’s dad can’t put on the jersey that his son plays for, I have a big problem with that.  That is huge incentive for him to waltz over to Montreal when he hits UFA status.  Do not like.

  • Mind Bomb

    Good morning Folks , Game Day, Victory Day, Wisky Day !

  • mcloki

    Will Domi’s book include crayons.
    Morning gents.

  • MLHS_Luke

    Great Dane honestly, I would tell Snow that he could take his pick of players not named Kessel/Rielly.  I’d obviously say the same to Yzerman, but that seems even less likely..

  • Mind Bomb

    mcloki  Morning MC, I will let you ask him that lol :)

  • Mind Bomb

    Murph2417 Mind Bomb  Sup Murph !

  • Cameron19

    MLHS_Luke  So now we’re trading people because of the team their dad likes?  My dad’s favorite team growing up was Boston, does it make me less of a Leafs fan?

  • Burtonboy

    Poulin coming up on the Fan 

    http://player.rogersradio.ca/cjcl/on_air

  • wendelsway1

    Good Game Day Morning All……Great day to be a Leafer!…..What is all this Bullshit about Kadri’s Dad not wearing a Leafs jersey because he’s a Habs fan?  Perhaps there is another reason.   Is there a link with his Dad saying this or is this just people assuming?…..’Cause you know what happens when we assume……Stop with the trade Kadri BS.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    I know at that point in the game I wasn’t sporting the nicest expression on my face either but Kadri’s dad looks downright evil in that pic.

  • Mind Bomb

    wendelsway1  Morning WW, I am hearing Kadri and Gardiner for Subban :)

  • Mind Bomb

    Murph2417 Mind Bomb  Yikes bro, stuggle through.

  • Burtonboy

    TuckerForPunishment  Someone said he took of the Leafs Jersey in disgust lol

  • MLHS_Luke

    Cameron19 MLHS_Luke  I have a number of reasons for wanting to trade Kadri.  Of course it would be unfair to solely base a trade on ‘the sins of the father’, but as we’ve discussed many times before I think Kadri is a chip we use to land a real star player.  If there is additional evidence (albeit a bit iffy) that we could lose him to free agency down the road, all the more reason to trade him.

  • wendelsway1

    Mind Bomb wendelsway1  Lol….get some better sources….our young guns aren’t going anywhere…..don’t annoy me, with this nonsense, this early in the morning.  :)

  • MLHS_Luke

    Cameron19 MLHS_Luke  Another way I think about it is from my own perspective.  I am a big Leaf fan, as is my dad.  If I was drafted by Montreal, I would do my best to represent that team, but my heart would still be with the Leafs.  I would have a huge conflict of interest, which my dad illustrates by refusing to wear the jersey I play for.

  • Mind Bomb

    wendelsway1 Mind Bomb  Its a Skill I have, I annoy ladies just by being :) lol

  • MLHS_Luke

    wendelsway1 I would like to see the team win a cup in my lifetime.  This squad isn’t going to do it.  So I apologize if my wanting a winning team offends you.

  • Great Dane

    Burtonboy Still to come or has Poulin been aired already

  • Mind Bomb

    Murph2417 Mind Bomb   Trying to get all my Ocean Freight cleared and Picked up, Dock fee;s paid. It seems everyone closed in TO yesterday Afternoon, one big Cluster F. for me today lol

    Just another Fine day in International Trade lol

  • peterbleafs

    traNsplantEdneWfie Thats OLD news buddy.  Even on his draft day they said he was a Habs fan as was his Dad.

  • Burtonboy

    Great Dane Burtonboy  On now

  • traNsplantEdneWfie

    I completely missed it.  I guess I just assumed he was a Leafs fan growing up here.  Still pissed!!!

  • Mind Bomb

    MLHS_Luke Cameron19  I would have pulled a Lindros, Refused to even interview with MTL :)

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Cameron19 MLHS_Luke Bad example dude.  Cause you are a Leafs fan by choice.  Kadri was a Habs fan like his dad and a die hard at that.  His whole family are.

  • Cameron19

    MLHS_Luke Cameron19  Well, I think you can put both those ideas to rest. He’s not going to UFA, and he’s not going to be traded.  On pace to finish with 60 points in his second season, don’t know what more you want out of him.  What “star” player is doing that much better than him outside of guys you’ll never get (Tavares, Getzlaf). 

    Your conflict of interest is pretty much in your head in my opinion. Kadri’s dad may still cheer for the Habs, but Kadri himself has a room full of friends and teammates, as well as off ice relationships he’s forged that make him part of this team. You are oversimplifying team loyalty to a pretty ridiculous degree in order to make your point. You’ve also had to create an ideal narrative about ‘good ol’ boys’ like Stamkos and Tavares – well, newsflash, those guys could have pulled a Kessel and forced a trade after their ELC….they didn’t, and both signed deals that extended past their first opportunity to be a UFA.

  • wendelsway1

    Mind Bomb wendelsway1  LOL….you poor thing…..I’ll be nicer in the future…lol  :)

  • Kouba

    Gallileo Figaro

  • Mind Bomb

    MLHS_Luke wendelsway1  Yes it is bro If not this year, within the next 3 for sure, We have a ton of Talent other teams can only dream of Hell even LA is envious of our Scoring

  • Cameron19

    TuckerForPunishment Cameron19 MLHS_Luke  Okay, so all his friends and teammates in Toronto, he’s just secretly waiting to abandon all that and run to Montreal? C’mon. This is such a ridiculous argument.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Cameron19 TuckerForPunishment MLHS_Luke  I read your other post and I agree with you when you put it that way.

  • Cameron19

    Burtonboy TuckerForPunishment  Maybe he just slopped food all over it and didn’t want to appear as a slob on television.

  • MLHS_Luke

    Cameron19 TuckerForPunishment MLHS_Luke  Relax – it was just a point of discussion, I don’t think any of us are hugely serious about it.  But I stand by my statement of trading Kadri if it makes us better.

  • ProfessorRance

    Cameron19 MLHS_Luke  My dad’s a Flyers fan. Sue me lol.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Cameron19 Burtonboy TuckerForPunishment  Blonde Lebanese hash brownies and that white logo are a disaster just waiting to happen.

  • wendelsway1

    MLHS_Luke wendelsway1  We all want a winning team.  You don’t like Kadri because of his play…that’s one thing….but giving a player grief because his dad didn’t have a Leafs jersey on is weak sauce…..Kadri wears the jersey proudly and has said a number of times how much he wants to play in Toronto.

  • Cameron19

    MLHS_Luke Cameron19 TuckerForPunishment  Ha, I could not be more relaxed. Sprawled on the couch, coffee in hand, lap top….on lap. Trade anyone if it makes us better.

  • Mind Bomb

    ProfessorRance Cameron19 MLHS_Luke  Thank him for JVR for me please :)))

    Do you Bug him about that ? I know I would tease my Dad Merciously, wear a JVR shirt every time I visit lol

  • Burtonboy

    Cameron19 Burtonboy TuckerForPunishment  Frankly I really don’t care what Sam does  . If he is and remains a Habs fan despite of Nazem then good on him for having the balls to stick with the team he’s always followed. That’s one dedicated fan if you ask me .

  • peterbleafs

    traNsplantEdneWfie My son in law is a Habs fan and through counselling, medication and therapy Ive begun to tolerate his presence.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    ProfessorRance Cameron19 MLHS_Luke  http://www.expertlaw.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4717

  • TuckerForPunishment

    peterbleafs traNsplantEdneWfie  I would have begun to tolerate incarceration if I was you.

  • Mind Bomb

    peterbleafs traNsplantEdneWfie  The things we do for our daughters eh Peter lol

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Kouba  Magnifico!!!

  • Great Dane

    Burtonboy Great DaneHHmmmm – doesn’t sound likely that neither Bolland or Raymond will be back if they ask for too much money.

  • ProfessorRance

    Mind Bomb ProfessorRance Cameron19 MLHS_Luke  I bought him a Schenn jersey for his birthday last year :) He wasn’t too happy hahah

  • MLHS_Luke

    wendelsway1 MLHS_Luke  Like I have said many times now, I want to win a cup.  I am of the belief that we need to package players like Kadri (and Gardiner for that matter) to land us a legitimate franchise player.  His dad not wearing a jersey was just a silly way to spark the conversation.

    I know my opinion is unpopular here, but an unpopular opinion doesn’t mean it isn’t the way to go.  It may not be the way to go, but I strongly believe that type of trade needs to happen.

  • peterbleafs

    Mind Bomb peterbleafstraNsplantEdneWfieYeah, and she is a Leafs fan.  I love hearing them argue :) Its my poor grandson I worry about, if he is swayed to become a Habs fan he will be ostricized and maybe even bullied in school or worse automatically streamed.