@SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #77, Flames at Maple Leafs

@SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #77, Flames at Maple Leafs

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The crazy timing of Brian Burke’s arrival in Toronto for this game is that it comes amid a collapse similar to the Toronto Maple Leafs‘ in 2011-12 (but worse) and he may hear chants for another coach he hired’s head if this game goes poorly for the home team.

For the Leafs, this is about a salvaging a little bit of pride on home ice and keeping the wolves at bay. An early deficit for the Leafs in this one and it could get ugly inside the ACC.

The Flames have not been an easy out for their opponents, typically. For all they lack in roster talent, Bob Hartley expects a hard-work effort and he gets it most nights. The Flames will be coming in far looser, with nothing to play for (Leafs technically still have a chance at the playoffs), while the Leafs will be gripping their sticks in fear.

Who isn’t predicting goals from Stajan and Colborne in this game?

 

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Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

god i hope tampa sweeps the habs in 4....just 7-0 blowout after 7-0 blowout.....butch of dirty diving fucks that team is 

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

Sometimes I just hate being a Toronto sports fan. 2 out in 8th then a grounder that would have been a sure out, the pitcher hits it with his glove...safe, then next batter doubles...hard to take sometimes.

Ydargo
Ydargo

Anybody else notice Ranger played more than Franson and Gleason? Why does Raymond get put out when the game is tight? He's not great defensively and is way too soft when the game is on the line?

Not a great game, but they limited their classic brain farts tonight and that made a difference

Zep2
Zep2

Top line looks gassed,

Bollannd shows why Nonis traded for him

Rielly is just getting better


Im a fence sitter on Dion. But in the who is a # 1 and who isn't, Ph9 had a better game than Giodarno

Miramichi Blue Balls
Miramichi Blue Balls

Scratched out a win against a mediocre team with a lot of passengers on board. Alas, BigThree almost blew the plan.  A needless cross check that was not in the script and could have cost big - but luckily didn't! Watch as they turn a modest win into a streak. Sure,  this is all carefully contrived rope-a-dope tactics to trick the Bruins, who they will wallop Thursday and then cruise to a playoff spot by a point! Then they take the Teddy Bears 4 straight in the first round!

Optimustic
Optimustic

A few empty seats at the old ball game eh?

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

Well, I watch to see them win and they did. So there's that

Rick_Vaives_slapshot
Rick_Vaives_slapshot

I wonder if Rob Blake takes Bernier and Phaneuf to the worlds this year.

Nikhil Daljeet
Nikhil Daljeet moderator

Seems fitting that the Bruins will have the chance to finish us off for good.  We're catching them on the second night of their back to back and then have four very winnable games to finish off the year.   Not over until it's over

Hmmm
Hmmm

@Ydargo  He was less noticeable but that's hallmark of good defensive D-men.

leaffaninSK
leaffaninSK

@rustynail

Why do we need to buyout Gleason??  He can play Def, clears the front of the net, and is tough...That is exactly what we need in a defensive def...we don't need anymore offensive def...what are we replacing him with as a free agent (don't know of anyone else that is any better)...with a guy from the Marlies???  How many 1-3 year NHL def are we going to have on our team - 3???  and that is going to make us better defensively?  Seriously, there really isn't any free agents that are worth more than what we are paying currently (with the exception of a couple role guys like Ott and Boyle for leadership)...we most likely are losing Franson, who knows what they do with Phaneuf but we can't run a season with basically 3 rookie def next year and who knows how Rielly will perform next (hopefully the same as this but?????).

rustynail
rustynail

@wiski  The U.S. Geological Survey initially reported the quake at 8.0, but later upgraded the magnitude. It said the quake struck 99 kilometers northwest of the Chilean city of Iquique at 8:46 p.m., hitting a region that has been rocked by numerous quakes over the past two weeks.

Waves measuring almost 2 meters already were striking cities on the coast, and authorities said a tsunami was expected to come ashore later. Local TV images showed residents evacuating calmly.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued an alert for all of Latin America’s Pacific coast. Chile’s Emergency Office said a large tsunami wave was expected to hit the island of Juan Fernandez out in the Pacific just before midnight local time.

Cosmos1973
Cosmos1973

Welp Night, is that a promo night, what are they giving away?

Ydargo
Ydargo

Absolutely, I think Ranger has really improved from the start of the year. If Ranger enjoys his current role I wouldn't mind him back at the same salary.

leaffaninSK
leaffaninSK

@rustynail @leaffaninSK

According to ?????  What is it going to cost to replace him??  your losing franson, kulemin, raymond (hopefully) and replacing them with probably one guy on Def from the Marlies, Ahston, and Holland...where is the cap crunch coming from if it goes up to $70+?? 

Hmmm
Hmmm

@rustynail @wiski  He wasn't the same after he got called for interfering against Montreal, lame call.