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:

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  • 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