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After anÂ abysmal start at home,Â the Leafs look to string together four wins in a row at the ACC for the first time in almost two years. Â The “Battle of Ontario” has been poignantly lacking its once-trademark intensity the last few seasons, but the introduction of new snipers Phil Kessel, Milan Michalek and Alex Kovalev give this matchup a whole new look. Â With a win tonight, Toronto could potentially move into a multi-team tie for 9th place in the Eastern Conference.
This is the official game thread for the fourth game of our Holiday Contest giving you all the chance to win some Leafs tickets! Â You should all know the drill by now. Â We have over 70 eligible contestants and it promises to be a close battle until the very end (January 9th to be exact).
*Standings, tips, and more will be up later today. EDIT: Might as well include our big win over the Sens! Look here tomorrow.*
This is a reminder to all readers interested in winning Leafs tickets in the MLHS Giveaway Contest. Â We’ve played 3 contest games so far (with a whopping 14 more to go) and have over 200 active players!
However, if you want to be eligible for the big prize you need to quickly e-mail [email protected] as the deadline is the end of today (Sunday) for your submission!
Leafs hope to hold off the league-best Washington Ovechkins at the ACC tonight, let’s see if Toskala can hold up.
EDIT: Good start Vesa.
Here’s the thread for the third game of the MLHS Giveaway Contest! Washington rolls into the ACC after a thrilling come-from-behind win over the Hurricanes last night. Â The Leafs will be hoping to capitalize (pun intended) on a tired team that didn’t get into Toronto until early this afternoon.
Remember, to actually be eligible to win these tickets, you need to send your 100-word piece to [email protected] by the end of tomorrow! Â If we don’t receive one by then, your point total will no longer be tracked. Â Continue reading to find out the details of this awesome opportunity.
Rask gets the start in goal as the Leafs attempt to string together three wins for the first time this season.
The first game of Get F’ed With Ed – the MLHS Holiday Giveaway Contest Â is a wrap with the Leafs taking it 3-2 over the Islanders. Â Francois Beauchemin was the surprise first goal scorer, something that only four (out of more than a hundred) contestants got right. Â We also had one reader sweep his predictions for a full 5 points! It’s not too late to start playing and get in on the chance to win some free Leafs tickets.
Because when our readers ask, we deliver!
Congrats to everyone who picked Beauchemin for the first game of our contest.
The MLHS Holiday Giveaway Contest is opening it’s first official game thread. Â All eligible participants will have the opportunity to win a ticket to the January 14th Leafs game against the Flyers! Â This is the first of seventeen Leafs games (from Dec. 9th to Jan. 9th) that will be counted towards the contest. Â Simply make some gutsy predictions in these threads before the beginning of each game and try to climb to the top of the standings!
In the spirit of the holidays (and to cheer us all up after that blowout loss), MLHS is going to be giving you all the opportunity to win some Leafs tickets!
A Kessel fight, a Blake goal (or two), and a Kulemin shortie.Â It was a night of rarities as the Leafs took it to Columbus with a decisive 6-3 victory. Toronto beat the Blue Jackets to loose pucks all night long, forced turnovers with their speed, and miraculously capitalized on their chances.
Reports indicate that young forward Jiri Tlusty has been traded to the Hurricanes for Philippe Paradis, Carolina’s first round pick (27th overall) in 2009.
The Leafs hope to get their first three-game winning streak of the season tonight when the Buffalo Sabres roll into the Air Canada Centre. Â Toronto has gone five straight games without a regulation loss (3-0-2) and hope to continue their stretch of strong offensive performances (3.8 goals per game). Â They’ll be in tough against a Sabres team that is back on the winning track after a slight skid, supported by one of the hottest goaltenders this season in Ryan Miller.
Jonas Gustavsson.Â Phil Kessel.Â Matt Stajan.Â (Ok that last one was just to mess with you).Â The Leafs continued their point streak and began a hopefully lengthy run of wins with a victory over the visiting Red Wings tonight.Â It was an admirable performance across the board tonight as followers of this Maple Leafs squad hover in a state of trepid excitement.Â One thing we can be sure about is that Gustavsson has given us a level of goaltending not seen in these parts for quite a while.
At long last, Phil Kessel will don the blue and white as he takes to the ice against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight. Â He has received final clearance (after undergoing a few tests on his repaired shoulder) and will be lining up alongside Jason Blake and Matt Stajan. Â While the focus will undoubtedly be on Kessel’s performance in his first game, the Leafs as a whole must maintain their recent level of play and take a win from the visiting team tonight.
Reports indicate that Phil Kessel will definitely be in the lineup tomorrow night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Â The much-anticipated debut of the young winger has been a hot topic of late with information surfacing in the last few weeks that he would be ready before the previously upheld mid-November estimate. Â With the Leafs playing much better in recent games, it will be interesting to see how Kessel fits in. Â Fans should not expect him to be completely in form yet, as he will need some time to get into game-shape.
After a seemingly endless week of postulating, panicking, and debating with the fervent passion that only hockey-starved Leafs fans can display, it is finally gameday.Â While the prevalent hope amongst Toronto followers is that the winless streak gets broken tonight, there is a veritable maelstrom of other stories convoluting that one simple wish.
Despite a relatively solid showing in Tuesday night’s game against the Senators, Jonas Gustavsson will not get a chance to start again for the near future as he has been placed on injured reserve with a groin injury.Â
It may be righteous laughter because you’ve been saying it all along: “Toskala won’t bounce back this year”.Â It could also be nervous laughter because you think to yourself: “no way he keeps this play up…right?”.Â It may just be maddening, maniacal laughter as you cry out: “well we all knew this season just could not get off to a perfect start for my Maple Leafs”. Any way you cut it, there is no satisfied, back-slapping laughter celebrating the accolades of Vesa Toskala.Â This is what you would have hoped for among the legion of Toronto supporters to start the 2009-2010 campaign.Â Sadly, our Finnish tender has left us wanting.Â Tonight’s 7-6 debacle against the Buffalo Sabres was just more of the same.
The Leafs improved their preaseason win total to six tonight at the ACC.Â These are the final chances for some of the young hopefuls, and they are not going to go away easily.Â Strong nights from Jonas Gustavsson and Viktor Stalberg were the headlines of this matchup.Â Even the defense corps has a rookieÂ strutting his stuffÂ as Ron Wilson deemed Carl Gunnarsson their “best defenseman tonight”.
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