2013 Playoffs

2013 Playoffs

2013 NHL Playoffs coverage of the Toronto Maple Leafs from Maple Leafs Hot Stove.

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MLHS is running its annual playoff pool over at CBC, and HOLY SHIT there's Leafs players in it this year. The prize for the individual group winner will be a "Phil & Nazem & Joffrey & James" MLHS t-shirt. If you happen to win the overall CBC-wide pool, you will also take home a car (an MLHS'er actually finished top 5 a few years back). JOIN THE MLHS GROUP HERE. Here's what you're playing for:

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Can't wear your jersey 24 hours a day? Get this Beatles-inspired T-shirt exclusive to Maple Leafs Hot Stove just in time for the PLAYOFFS!!! There are a limited amount of these tees left, so act fast! $25 each + $5 shipping within Canada only. Shirts are 100% preshrunk fine ringspun cotton. They’re super soft with great stretch and a slim modern fit.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are officially in the playoffs. I hope that felt as good to read as it did to write. It has been a long nine years since Jeremy Roenick broke Leafs Nations’ hearts in 2004. The excitement that year was nuts. The Leafs traded for Hall of Fame defenseman Brian Leetch for a bunch of guys nobody knew existed and Toronto was buzzing with Stanley Cup hopes. I remember Leetch’s first game against the Islanders; Leetch had three points and the TV broadcast had this stupid iso-camera on Leetch every time he touched the ice. (Ironic side...

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Good Day MLHS readers! How was your Sunday? Did you find that you got your best night’s sleep? Did the air feel a little crisper, the sun shine a little brighter? Does everything in your life feel significantly better? I sure found that to be the case. Why? THE LEAFS ARE IN THE MUTHA FUNKIN’ PLAYOFFS!!!1 WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! (Deep Breath) Okay, I’m good now. This weekend is just the start of the good times, we’ve got at least four hockey games in May worth watching and I’ll optimistically say I think we’ll be seeing more than seven this year. We may not...

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One of our favourite YouTube/Leafs accounts, "BigBadBoss" uploaded this beauty for us today. Happy playoffs, Toronto.

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In case you missed it, here's mORRganRielly's excellent Game in 22. What a heart-breaker that was. After some excellent chances from the top-line and Kadri, and the amazing stops from Reimer, the Leafs' shootout woes continued as the Norwegian Hobbit sealed their fate by beating Reimer through the 5-hole. Some positives can be gleaned from this loss, including a perfect 3-0 PK  and a solid performance from their goaltending. Special teams and solid netminding - two instrumental tools required to survive in the playoffs. I'm going to say that even with last night's loss, the Leafs looked like a hungry playoff team...

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Not too long ago, the Leafs were sitting pretty comfortably in sixth and all looked pretty much ideal as far as the playoff picture was concerned. It hasn’t turned out so simple, of course. Washington has caught fire in the Southeast while Ottawa has fallen off with several consecutive losses. Now the Leafs are in 5th place, well back of 4th but increasingly clear of 6th (up by 4 points, even on games with the Sens). As of now, this gives the Leafs the dreaded matchup with Boston. Personally, I’d love to see how the Leafs handle the challenge given...