All joking aside, it was consistent dominance throughout by Team Canada. There will be some complaints about too little conversion of possession into more goals, but that’s more of a testament to Norway goaltender Lars Haugen, who stopped 35/38 shots, as well as loads of blocked shots by the Norwegians.
This morning, The Phil did a bit of this:
And then Phil and JvR did some of this:
En route to a 7-1 win over Slovakia which included a goal and two assists for Kessel and two assists for JvR.
Now it’s Team Canada’s turn to look convincing while destroying a lesser hockey nation.
PK Subban and Matt Duchene will not play; Martin St. Louis and Dan Hamhuis will be the 13th forward and 7th defenceman respectively.
Let’s go, Canada.
The Maple Leafs’ dynamic ‘Murican duo takes their talents to the international stage starting this morning versus Slovakia. Word has it Joe Pavelski will center the Leafs’ wingers, comprising a line with 84 combined goals in the NHL this season. That’s Team USA’s first line whether they label it that or not.
The game starts at 7:30 a.m. EST on CBC.
Just 17 days until the next Leafs game.
Does this look familiar?
The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Toronto Marlies by a score of 4-3 this afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum.
Randy Carlyle addresses the media following Toronto’s 3-1 win over Vancouver at the Air Canada Centre.
The Maple Leafs look to enter the Olympic Break on the right note — by beating the Vancouver Canucks for the first time since 2003.
Randy Carlyle speaks to the media following Toronto’s 4-1 win in Tampa Bay.
The Leafs are looking to redeem a lame effort in Sunrise with a better showing in Tampa.
The Maple Leafs are looking for a bounce back performance in Tampa tonight. After all, these good men deserve better:
Randy Carlyle meets the media after the team’s Wednesday practice in Florida.
Randy Carlyle speaks with the media after Tuesday’s morning skate.
Phil Kessel just completely destroyed the Ottawa Senators with a hat trick and an assist in less than 33 minutes. He’s hit 30 goals for the sixth consecutive season (if we extend his pace over a full season last year). He’s now tied with Evgeni Malkin for first in points since the 2011-12 season. No NHL player has more points in the past three seasons than Phil Kessel.
Maple Leafs capologist Claude Loiselle discusses the Mark Fraser trade today and the Leafs’ cap situation going forward, with four players (including Trevor Smith, Dave Bolland, David Clarkson) set to return from IR soon.
The Maple Leafs have reportedly recalled 2010 third round pick Greg McKegg from the Toronto Marlies. This appears to be an insurance policy for tomorrow’s game vs. the Senators in case Peter Holland can’t go, as he was nursing a minor injury from yesterday’s win over Florida.
James van Riemsdyk and Carter Ashton are also banged up at the moment.
Sounds like Greg Mckegg is on his way up to the #Leafs
— Andrew Walker (@FAN590Walker) January 31, 2014
Greg McKegg has been centering the Marlies’ top line for most of the season and has quietly compiled an impressive 26 points in 35 games, recently stringing together a seven-game point streak in the month of January. He could make his NHL debut if Holland can’t play, but the call up at the very least rewards McKegg with his first NHL payday.
Randy Carlyle addresses the media following Toronto’s 6-3 win against Florida at the Air Canada Centre.
Gunnarsson – Phaneuf
Gleason – Franson
Gardiner – Rielly