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Everything you need to know about last night's Leaf game is broken down into 10 cogent points of analysis by an MLHS writer within minutes of the final buzzer.

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Prepare yourself, this loss is going to invite some doomsday, trade-everybody overreactions. 1 - Game #9 started out much different than it ended, with a decent first period from the Leafs. Kadri, Frattin and Komarov are the only thing going for this team offensively at the moment. He’s got a lot of fans on this site, but it’s worth repeating anyways: Komarov has had a big impact despite being pointless. He covers a ridiculous amount of ice; they send him in as usually the lone forechecker and he does enough for two. Kadri and Frattin scored off a rush play,...

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Nothing to be embarrassed about in this one for the Leafs. The Buds played Boston as close as they have in nearly two calendar years. It was also the most boring Leafs/Bruins game in a few years, but we'll take that every time over losing in spectacular fashion. 1 - With the 4th line out, the Leafs got caught behind the play against the Bruins' 3rd line of Kelly, Peverley and Borque. Centerman Dave Steckel was particularly behind and wasn't in a position to support down low. Peverley makes a nice floated pass into space behind Mark Fraser, Cody Franson...

Dion Phaneuf

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The Capitals are not a good team at the moment and for a while there the Leafs looked in danger of walking away with nothing in a winnable game. Thankfully, a two-goal third period saves the day and the Leafs move to 4-3-0 with their first home win. 1 - Franson gives the puck away on the sideboards, both Franson and Fraser lose the battle in the corner, the puck goes around back of the net to Mike Ribeiro, who shiftily turns Frattin inside out and finds an open Joel Ward back door. The Leafs are in an early hole. 2...

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The Toronto Maple Leafs did the previously unthinkable, walking into Buffalo and winning an exciting game in overtime.  Tonight's match looked like it may follow the same unsavory fate that has plagued the Leafs at HSBC in recent years when Buffalo tied it up late.  But a team devoid of two of their top wingers in Joffrey Lupul and Clarke MacArthur showed fortitude and grabbed a victory in the dying moments of overtime. 1.  Before this game started, the makeshift line of Kulemin-Grabovski-McClement raised some eyebrows. Surely it would be better to throw Kadri into JvR's vacated wing for the...

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The Toronto Maple Leafs’ offense disappeared down the stretch and the defense had no answer for the “22-Million Dollar Line” en route to a 5 – 2 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday night.  This was a funny game, because the Leafs never really had any business winning, yet carried a lead for 40+ minutes.   That said, when Henrik Lundqvist has an average night, he ought to face more than 17 shots. The Leafs are 2 – 3 – 0 for the season, with tonight’s performance eerily echoing Thursday’s debacle in Toronto.  They jumped to a 2-goal lead...

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How do you undo any progress and momentum gained by a 5-2 win over Pens in their home opener? How about a 7-3 loss to the Islanders back at home, coughing up a two goal lead and conceding five unanswered? That’ll do it. 1 - I’m going to go ahead and say the Leafs didn’t look good from puck drop. They went up 3-1, scoring three goals in 13 minutes, you say? True, but it was wide open hockey and not at all what the team was doing well in the first three games of the season. The first period...

James van Riemsdyk

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It might actually be a Game in 9. Or a Game in 27. Who knows? I'm writing this sentence at 7:08pm. 1. The game just started, and I'm already sick of the TSN commentary dedicated to "PHIL HASN'T SCORED YET AND IT'S GAME #3!" He's been making plays amazingly well since Saturday and even backchecking. Like, a lot of backchecking, for him. I really hope this first point turns redundant at some point in the next couple hours. 2. I like Tyler Bozak. I really do. But a first line/Kessel-capable centre, he remains not. He's tenacious and full of energy, but...

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There's no better way to kick off a Leafs season than to beat the Canadiens in their own rink, inspiring some hilarious yet predictable non-blowout booing from the fans and some verbal pleas to the front office to strike a deal with their unsigned RFA. In the fans' defense, the Habs looked particularly poor in a close but sloppy game all around. An entertaining first period, a product of pent up anxiousness and energy from the players, gave way to a bit of a crash in the second and third, expected from a group of players that hadn't played against...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap You've just watched your final 60 minutes of Leaf hockey until next September, and spent it half-hoping the Habs would win (which they did). What a fun end to the season, amirite? The Leafs did land the fifth overall pick by losing and will have an 8.1% chance at winning Tuesday's NHL draft lottery. They finish the season 35-37-10, for 80 points - a five point step back from last season. No use writing up 10 points tonight, I'll just extend my appreciation. This was a fun and active season on Maple Leafs Hot Stove, our...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap It was the first game back in the ACC for Keith Aulie and that was about it. Game with little to no meaning will do that to your overall viewing experience. At least we won, right? Right? 1 – The Leafs are 35-36-10 and the NHL draft lottery will be on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on TSN. 2 – Good chance for Liles early but he's denied by Roloson. Solid start by the Leafs but the Lightning score first after a centering pass puck takes a deflection of St. Louis and goes behind Scrivens. 3 – Immediately...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap With tonight's loss, the Leafs are 34-36-10. Writing a Game in 10 at this point - and after a night like that - feels like what I'd imagine trying to re-animate a dead cat with a car battery feels like. Disappointing, redundant, and bathed in some foul odour from the burnt hair family of odours. At least it was kind of entertaining. I defer to some @APetrielli Twitter wisdom, delivered after Marcus Foligno's nuclear-level first period hit on Carl Gunnarson: "You know, when Burke came here I wasn't happy because I expected the world. I just...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap One team entered the game 7-2-1 in their last ten, and tied for the final playoff spot with four crucial games to go. The other had won four of its last 21, hadn't won a home game since February 6th,  and sat second last in the Conference. This game end how you thought it would? Nope. 1 - The Leafs are 34-36-9 and some times it's an advantage to be the pressure-free team playing an opponent fighting for their playoff lives. The Sabres played last night, too, but a pretty disappointing performance for them given...

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 Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap You can add a total failure to even compete with a debuting rookie goaltender in your net to the list of embarrassments this season, right next to the 5-0 loss to the Habs on Sundin night (the starting point of this nightmare finish) and the numerous other blowouts as of late. That's a combined 10-1 loss in their last two home games. The difficulty for fans and management alike is in assessing where this team stands at this point. It's not a new problem. In 2009-10, the Leafs played a solid 20 games following the Phaneuf...

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Boxscore 1. I love the Leafs, I'll probably never stop loving the Leafs. That said, for me to believe in a group of players, they have to show up. This group of players had a lot of chances to show up, they didn't. As a fan, I can deal with almost anything - just don't play without heart. Leafs Nation doesn't deserve you playing without heart. I love the Leafs, and believe in the Leafs rebuild, but I don't believe in this particular group. We're a young team, a developing team, but there are issues beyond that. Changes in personnel need to be made. We...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap 1 - The Leafs are 33-34-9 and this was another good effort against the first-placed Rangers to wrap up the season series at 2-1-1. This was also a back to back situation, which New York has thrived in and the Leafs have not. 2 - As opposed to making the selfish decision with 40 goals in mind, Kessel makes a beautiful pass over to Cody Franson to finish on an odd man counter attack initiated by a nice breakout bounce pass from Bozak. 1-0 Leafs nine minutes into the 1st. It's looking unlikely Kessel will crack...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap With a number of the opponents surrounding the Leafs in lottery territory winning the last few nights, the two points will upset Tank Nation. A pretty good road win by an injury ridden Leaf group regardless, and for me it's never a bad thing to have a kid like Kadri come up and help your young and developing organization win a hockey game. 1 - The Leafs are 33-34-8, and this was both a more exciting game and a better effort from the Leafs than I was expecting. 2 - The Leafs find a way...

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Boxscore | Ice  Time | Recap This wasn't a chance to make things right, but rather, to provide some sliver of hope in the character aspect of our team’s game. Or at least, something like that. 1 – The Leafs are 32-34-8 and the Leafs aren't able to sweep the season series against the Isles. 2 – Good work by Bozak around the net not just with the pass, but his work around the net before the final pass. Kessel doesn't miss those ones. The Thrill tied a career high with his 36th goal of the season on that play. 3 – John...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap Technically speaking the Leafs entered this game with a chance of winning. Technically.  1 – The Leafs are 32-33-8 and this was a disgrace, not for the fans, because I’ll never be ashamed as a Leafs fan, but a disgrace for those wearing the Leaf. 2 – A dominant start by the Bruins and they score to make it 1-0. Schenn loses the battle on the boards, gets beat to the net too and Chris Kelly beats Reimer up close. So much Schenn fail there. 3 – The Bruins were forcing a lot of turnovers early in...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap The St. Patrick’s Day Battle of Ontario. As is always the case in Ottawa, Leafs Nation was out in full force and the boys produced a Carlylelike effort (try saying it fast) to win it. 1 – The Leafs are 32-32-8 and Daniel Alfredsson got booed on home ice, must be nice. 2 – MacDaddy didn’t took too kindly to Gonchar doing something other than passing and shooting the puck so he dumped him on his rear end in the middle of the first period. Gonchar had just one NHL fight in 13 years until that...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap We might be the worst team in the NHL over the last 15 games but we still have Tampa Bay's number. Join us after the jump for the game in tank ten. 1 - The Leafs are 31-32-8 and it's rather amusing a Guy Boucher coached team couldn't figure out, in four attempts, the formula for slowing down the Leafs. The Lightning afforded the Leafs a ton of time and space, left the neutral zone relatively unclogged, and paid dearly for it. Granted, the Lightning have resorted to trying to outscore the opponents this season...