The Maple Leafs are looking for a bounce back performance in Tampa tonight. After all, these good men deserve better:
— Chemmy (@felixpotvin) February 5, 2014
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:
- Steven Stamkos ruled out of Olympic competition at TSN
Where oh where will they ever find another highly-skilled winger to replace him?
- The latest edition of Leaf Report at TSN has an update on Bolland.
- Nikolai Kulemin says he would love to stay with the Leafs.
One of many expiring contracts.
- Mirtle’s latest in the Globe preaches caution on extending Bolland while he’s injured.
- Traikos at the Post on how Bolland plans to use the Olympic break to get back up to speed.
- Tie Domi to pen a memoir
Where does he find the time between those Comwave commercials?
- Can David Clarkson find his rhythm in Toronto?
He scored on Tuesday. Goals are good… goals help.
Actual games played by recent less-than-loved Leafs
Connolly: 70. Armstrong: 79. Lombardi: 61. Lebda: 41. Pogge: 7
Ya had to like Carlyle today in his pre game interview, Telling Henny that he wasn't going to let that game on Tuesday get swept under the rug. Big game tonight. To important. Need a quick start.
Bounce back baby !!
Cued up CBC Toronto from 5pm-6:30
If someone wants to get CBC news channel for the same slot,we should have it covered
Off for snowshoe logging :( ...See you all tonight
Just read that MLHS is getting some CBC recognition for its hard work, congrats boys. That program may finally get something that's actually worthy of air time.
After 39 games and after starting off in the top six Frattin has 2 goals and four assistant, two points less than Jordan Nolan.
Didnt see the post but wanted to say congratz to Declan and Alec. You guys are very deserving and look forward to watching.
Gunnarsson for MacDonald? Does that make sense for us? He is a complete upgrade and would give us a very good #1 pairing with Phanuef. Not to mention free up over $2.5 million so we can add some help for the playoffs. Sure we may lose him as a UFA, but i think he would want to stay, and we would have a very good combination for the next 5 years. Islanders get a very close replacement under an inexpensive contract for 3 years.
Loading up the PVR...did anybody catch what CBC affiliate this will be on?
Last spring Dec was on Newsworld...wonder if Stephens will be sporting dirt on his lip? haha
For those that missed the charming devil....
Very little can make Edmonton look good. Looks to,me like their rebuild will total about 12-13 years.
@Jay_Berg MacKinnon kid... Damn
@Uncle Otis Later O
@Belfour20 Well, Frattin lacked in terms of consistent effort. Ashton does not lack in effort but in polish. I would suffer the latter much more than the former.
@Belfour20 Well LA cant score, with what they got lol, they should not be blaming Frattin
Jmessih But your heart goes to Ovie??? is it that big of a deal. Its Russia, its corrupt, its leadership is corrupt, it still terrorizes its neighbours. What happening in Ukraine is Russia’s fault,
For what Russia did in the 20th century alone they should be looked at sideways for the next millenium
@Jmessih I'll never forgive ovie for his mockery of Kessel. Fuck ovie . He's an asshole.
@Claymish Probably take more than Gunnar to make the deal happen. The Isles aren't taking the extra salary unless the Leafs either pay a portion of Gunnar's salary or take back someone with salary or throw in a rpospect / pick. But I think MacDonald is worth pursuing.
@Xxxxxnew What percentage of Leafs' goals are made in the USA? I'm thinking more than 14%
Amazing though for how much they were talked about how little time they put in as Leafs. Nobody put in a full season of games.
@Xxxxxnew and counting :)
@GiuseppeM Would that be playing a major role, arguably more so than the United States, in stopping Hitler and Germany?
@Xxxxxnew If they did that, people would complain they have to use old toilets.
And of course Vietnam, Korea, Cuba, the takeover of all of the USSR countries, East Germany, the Berlin Wall, yea lets sweep that under the rug.
Another scandal is the exploitation of 70,000 migrant workers -- "slave labor," according to Nemtsov and Martynyuk -- who have been subjected to such abuse their cause has been taken up by Human Rights Watch. They've been cheated of wages, forced to work 12-hour shifts with virtually no time off, had their passports confiscated, and housed in filthy, overcrowded quarters. Those who protest have been arrested and deported