When I had the chance to sit down and watch this game, having missed it live, I expected a Leaf performance quite a bit worse than what I ended up seeing.
Boston had a territorial edge, but for the most part didn't generate much in the early part of the game. The Leafs actually led in chances after two periods, despite being behind 2-0. However, Toronto wasn't good in the third period, and two quick goals saw a game that was still within reach break open, with Bernier pulled.
That first period was quiet in terms of chances, and the Leafs were unfortunate...
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The Guardian: Billy Beane’s five lessons for success
Here's a great quote worth highlighting from Billy Beane in this article, and it's notable because things like the culture and character of the team often become popular focal points in this market when things aren't going well:
I have always viewed culture and chemistry as a by-product of success. If you put the performances on the field the culture will follow. I have seen...
With an ugly loss to the Boston Bruins, the Maple Leafs have fallen to 1-4 on home ice, and Randy Carlyle sounds lost for answers again already.
While the Bruins carried the edge in play, this was somewhat of a nothing game for the first 40. A flukey first goal and a bad pinch put the Leafs behind 2-0. It wasn’t out of reach until a disastrous early third period powerplay, which this game seemed to hinge on, yielded a shorthanded goal against.
While the Maple Leafs struggled to get more than one line going among their 11 forwards, the Bruins showed them...
Phil Kessel hasn't played a game against the Boston Bruins without Big Z starting the majority of shifts against him or hopping the boards shortly thereafter.
The Maple Leafs will look to capitalize and get the season series started off with a win against the underperforming Boston Bruins (4-5-0). While it still doesn't feel as though the Maple Leafs have bucked the Bruin off their back after losing eight of nine regular season meetings followed by the traumatizing 2013 playoff loss, they did manage to split the season series in 2013-14.
The Bruins remain a top 5 possession team at even strength, but Tuukka Rask hasn't been...
The Maple Leafs are facing a Chara-less Boston Bruins squad for the first time and the Bruins are looking at, for the first time, not having their captain in their lineup and what the future on their backend will look like. He has been remarkably healthy playing 77, 48, 79, 81, 80, 80, 77 over the past 7 seasons; incredible considering the robust style he plays.
Boston has made some moves based on fit (Kessel, Seguin) or money (Iginla, Boychuk) and were able to get away with it for a time and seemingly could let elite players, former elite players, or...
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The scoreline and result from Tuesday night's game was very similar to the Leafs trip to New York earlier in the season, as they exploded with four goals in the second period, and held on for the win.
However, in this game, Toronto were much more convincing in terms of even strength chances, as they dominated that second period to earn their comfortable lead. The third period was a little concerning; you'd expect the Islanders to dominate the chances, given the score, but you'd hope the Leafs would be able to do better on the defensive end. Still, this was...
Stay safe to all of our Ottawa readers and our thoughts go out to the victims' families.
From the NHL:
The game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, scheduled for Wednesday night at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, has been postponed, the National Hockey League announced Wednesday.
The date and time of the rescheduled game will be announced at a later date.
The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy to all affected by the tragic events that took place this morning in downtown Ottawa.
From the Maple Leafs:
“The Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club extends its deepest condolences to the family...
Sometimes all it takes is the right bounce.
The Leafs were off to a drowsy start and fell behind 1-0 before the first line got a fortuitous bounce off the boards that fell perfectly to Kessel, who dropped to JvR for his 3rd of the season.
The Leafs would fall behind again after a series of penalties -- two by Lupul, one costly after a bad bounce landed on the wrong stick for Tavares’ 2-1 goal -- but it was quickly apparent that the first goal was a lift that went straight to the first line’s legs.
Toronto was also a little hard...
The Toronto Maple Leafs (2-3-1) are in New York to take on the Islanders (4-1-0).
Toronto is looking to rebound after two back-to-back losses against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday and Saturday with a better effort against the Islanders tonight.
Toronto's top lines have come under fire for not producing and need to pick up their output if the team is to improve their recent play. New York has been playing well, but has allowed 3.00 goals a game, ranking them 19th in the league, just ahead of the Maple Leafs in 20th place.
Where they are succeeding is in goal scoring, ranked...
The Maple Leafs' latest hire, Mark Hunter, formerly of the London Knights, will oversee both the pro and amateur scouting departments in the role of 'Director of Player Personnel.'
Mark Hunter - Leafs Lunch - Oct. 21st
It was one of the bigger question marks entering the new Leafs season: Who is going to shut down the opposition's top lines? So far there has been no viable answer.
Zetterberg and his line ripped the Leafs apart in the back to back over the weekend. Crosby's line had its way with the Leafs the Saturday before last. Rick Nash was able to pot one before leaving the game to attend the birth of his baby the following Sunday. Six games in, the Leafs sit bottom 10 with a 3.17 goals against per game.
Line 3 has been the Leafs' best possession line by the...
Technically, it was back in my mind with the rookie tournament, but since I basically took the pre-season off because the pre-season is brutal, hockey is back again!
The Toronto Maple Leafs are off to a lacklustre start and, to be honest, probably have a better record than they deserve through the first week and a half. A dominating performance against the Avalanche notwithstanding, this team looks out of sorts. If the reader wants me to say something positive at this point, here it is: Stuart Percy.
Percy has been a freckle of light in the cool, damp abyss that...
With back to back losses to the Detroit Red Wings in the rear view, the Toronto Maple Leafs now look ahead to facing the New York Islanders on Tuesday.
Things won't get any easier —Toronto is taking on a Islander team that is on fire and appears to be the real deal with a 0.800 win percentage. Trying to take positives from a team that's coming off of back-to-back losses to the Wings, the Maple Leafs haven't held a team goalless in regulation in almost a full calendar year (Oct. 29th - 4-0 win vs Edmonton). You can see in fits and starts that the Leafs...
This was a bit of an odd game, scoring chance wise.
The Maple Leafs had a superior possession performance to what they managed Friday night, but -- particularly in the third period -- they weren't able to turn that possession into scoring chances, as they generated few shots from the 'home plate' area. Jonas Gustavsson had to make saves down the stretch, but wasn't tested nearly as stringently as Jonathan Bernier was. This shows in the chances, as the Leafs were beaten by a similar margin to Friday night's game, despite the fact it was a better game from Toronto. It was...
The Maple Leafs will have to settle for just one point out of four as the weekend back to back versus Detroit ended with a last-second OT loss at the Joe. And a Jonas Gustavsson shutout (smh).
This was a fairly even game for most of it, with the Leafs actually edging the Wings in shot attempts, 54-48 in all situations and 45-39 at even strength (they were outchanced to my eye, however). High referee involvement made the game disjointed in the first 40 especially, but it gave way to a moderately entertaining third period and overtime session. The atmosphere was more...