The Torontosaurus Rex for Week 21 is ….
The Torontosaurus Rex for Week 21 is ….
KULEMIN with the game winner, and that’s all folks!!! Leafs win 4-3 in a thrilling overtime victory!
Now, wasn’t that an appropriate Torontosaurus Rex?!
That was the Leafs first OT victory of the season. (1-9)
It feels like a spring day, almost like a playoff date.
This isn’t a playoff game by any stretch .. There are some interesting scenarios playing out even before puck drop.
Here’s the game thread … you can also follow along on Twitter, @KatsHockey
This is the first game At home for newest Leaf, Luca Caputi (Now with his first goal as a Leaf!!).
This is the first game after the devastating hit my Matt Cooke taking out Savard.
This is the first game At home that will not feature Alex Ponikarovsky as a Leaf.
This is the first game in which Phil Kessel scores his first point as a Leaf against his former club (maybe) … (Yes! After a change in scoring on the second goal, he got his first assist versus his old team)
The Leafs have given up powerplay markers in consecutive games after going five games without letting in a power play goal.
Despite being one season removed from having won the Vezina Trophy this is the second consecutive start for Tim Thomas I the last games.
And the Puck has dropped .. I’ll be refreshing about every 10-15 minutes
Look, I’m not saying I’m a good luck charm, but I attend the game in the press box and a whole lot of good happens .. Caputi’s first as a Bud, Kessel registering his first assist .. Just call me lucky Kats.
End of Regulation 3-3
Everyone should know Bloge Salming and his extraordinary ability at visual arts.
They’re not only funny, but legendary. True comedic (and patriotic) genius.
I was proud to add a prospect scouting report to his creative visuals for a Tuesday Prospect Report. Leading up to the draft in June, we’ll be looking at a Leafs prospect in a unique way. the first one features newest Leaf, Luca Caputi originally on the Bloge Salming site.
A reminder, I will be Live blogging the Leafs/Bruins game from the ACC press box tonight. Make sure to come on by and have some fun with all of us at Maple Leafs Hot Stove. Jonas Gustavsson gets the start and according to MLHS’s own Daniel Santos Mikhail Grabovski also returns to the lineup from a wrist injury.
Before we get to the T-Rex, make sure to stop by Maple Leafs Hot Stove Tuesday night.
I will be live blogging the Leafs/Bruins game from the press box at the Air Canada Centre.
Stop by, bring the funny and join us for a good time. Boston will be without Marc Savard after the devastating headshot from Matt Cooke, and the Bruins have had scoring woes all season long. Will this be the game Phil Kessel finally get his first point against his former team?
A quick look at the NHL standings at the Olympic break offers some interesting contrasts from expectation, with some teams surprising, others disappointing.
In the East, Ottawa sits atop the Northeast Division and third in the Conference with Buffalo right behind them due to a recent cold streak. In the West, the Phoenix Coyotes with an amazing 37 wins sit in fourth place in the conference, only one point ahead of the LA Kings. Colorado may have outperformed expectations the most thus far, with the Yotes making a case.
Then there’s the Detroit Red Wings looking from the outside and Columbus floating around near the bottom.
A look at these clubs records in one-goal games provides good insight as to how the Kings/Senators sit high, and why the Red Wings/Blue Jackets sit outside of a playoff spot, and the Leafs trail the NHL sitting dead last.
The most important person involved in the Mike Green snub from the Canadian Olympic team is perhaps the defenseman himself.
Reasoning used by the Canadian contingent isnâ€™t likely similar to that of the general public, although the overwhelming sentiment of a lack of defensive game (often incorrectly portrayed as â€˜liabilityâ€™ in some circles) seems to be mostly prevalent.
And itâ€™s a falsity.
Pretty obvious choice this week, with two shutout wins making history after poured into Leafs silks.
J.S. Giguere stabilized the crease with immediate impact in a record setting arrival. The NHL draped him with second star of the week honours. Heâ€™s been rewarded and praised.
So, I’m going off the board.
Not only is it a life lost, so too are the future accomplishments.
Setting up a goal for the Leafs in lieu of a playoff spot, making up seven points to get out of the NHL basement is a good start .. but just how difficult will it be?
Let’s find out together.
Where will goals come from? Toronto softened offensively with the moves on the weekend and questions abound about who will put the puck in the net moving forward.
Maybe it’s not about who will make up the scoring; instead, with all these moves – and proved in the 3-0 win over the Devils – in the Leafs case, the best offense, is a solid defense.
In the end, perhaps the player to best describe the trades is … Wayne Primeau?
After all, the former Flame has been through this before.
TORONTO — Leafs general manager, Brian Burke, has repeatedly stated he will not ask Tomas Kaberle to waive his NTC. This situation, however, could be key to shoring up the goaltending the Leafs need.
Attended the Philadelphia game with Andrew R, and we caught up with the winners from the Get F’ed with Ed contest. Just a few pictures from that night.
Thanks to Ed for offering the tickets, and to Nikhil for work in putting the contest together.
A shining example and further proof of New Jersey’s dominance recently. Even when blanked for the first time this season, the Devils still ended up with a win, the full two points, and Martin Brodeur extended his record string of shutouts.
Last season, Phil Kessel registered 14 of 24 assists in an 18-game span, with 10 more over 58 games. He battled an ugly 14-game goalless skid (14-0-3-3), three games before going down to a case of mono in January, and 11 games after his return.
In short, assists arenâ€™t his strong suit. Heâ€™s had more goals than assists in every season except his rookie season.
Well, break your selfish streak, Mr. Kessel and you’ll break your slump. One assist at a time.
The NHL hit triple digit shootouts (100), setting a dubious milestone on the same day the midway point in the NHL schedule was reached in the schedule altered Olympics campaign.
Both NHL milestones – 100 shootouts and the midway point – took the lowest amount of games and days to reach in post lockout history.
The Toronto Maple Leafs were amongst leaders in 2009 for all the wrong categories. The Buds were the most scored upon team in 2009, playing an NHL leading 13 overtime games (2-11) record, and NHL trailing overtime winning percentage (.154).
Broken down after the jump is how the Leafs fared in the calendar year 2009.
Best Wishes for a Happy New Year to everyone!
My Team Canada Roster selections may seem a little vanilla, but they’ve been selected to play out various situations. Penalty killing, power play and balance on all the forward units took precedent over sheer offensive/defensive ability.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are one of three teams without a shutout this season. They have been shutout four times, allowing 15 goals. They’ve scored 98 goals in wins and a paltry 12 in losses. Of the 44 goals they’ve allowed in losses, 15 come by way of shutouts.
The latest takes on it’s infamy as the record-breaking shutout by a most deserving, Martin Brodeur.
The New Jersey Devils are one of five teams that have not been shutout this season. Brodeur’s three shutouts for the Devils this season set up and then smashed the all time shutout record.
In honour of the new shutout record at 104 – and counting – the following are the to-date shutouts and numbers in the NHL in 2009-10.
Stick Work with Fab&Kats went AWOL last week, but is happy to announce this week’s lineup of notable guests:
Headling our guests is TSN’s Bob McKenzie, straight from Team Canada selection camp joins us to talk about Canada, and the World Junior Championships.
Is Nazem Kadri this years Angelo Esposito? Rogers Sportsnet.ca CHL columnist, Patrick King thinks he just might.
Russ Cohen talks to us about the U.S. squad.
Fab and I pick our Torontosaurus Rex, but this is the World Junior Championship time.
This is the final episode of 2009, and Stick Work will return in the New Year.
Fab and Kats would like to wish out listeners a Safe and Happy Holiday season.
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