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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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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...

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Box Score | Ice Time | Recap "This is like watching that movie The Fugitive, with the train wreck in slow motion. It just doesn't seem to stop!" -Joe Bowen 1 - The Leafs are 30-32-8; that's 15 losses in their last 17 and if you weren't already, start questioning what this group is made of. The result may be best as far as the draft goes, but this team doesn't seem capable of fighting its way out of the tailspin its currently mired in. That's concerning regardless of the consequent high draft position. 2 - The scoring opens after James Reimer struggles...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap Playoffs were already a stretch but in order to even have a shot at making the show, the Leafs needed a big win in DC. Here is how it went down. 1 – The Leafs are 30-31-8 – playoff hopes put to bed. 2 – A slow start might be acceptable given the back to back and an earlier start but you'd like to see boys fired up right from the puck drop given the meaning of tonight’s game. The Capitals played last night, too. 3 – The Leafs survived a Washington power play and then Brooks...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap The Leafs played the Flyers in yet another must win game. With Washington winning earlier today, the pressure was on. Here is how the boys responded. 1 – The Leafs are 30-30-8 and the team looked better on the defensive side of the puck. Our team conceded four goals both previous times it faced Philadelphia. 2 – A sloppy start from both teams forced one good save out of Gus. Our boys got the early PP after the Lilja trip but nothing came of it. When I say nothing I mean literally zero shots on net. 3...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap The fourth and final meeting between these two teams featured some good news and some really bad news. The good news is one for the entire hockey world to enjoy - Sidney Crosby has been cleared for contact and could return as soon as next week. The bad, is really bad for all of us Leaf fans. Joffrey Lupul will most likely miss the rest of the season with a separated shoulder. Carter Ashton made his Leafs debut. On to the points and probably, a considerably high draft pick. 1 – The Leafs are 30-30-7...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap Good news, Grabo is a Leaf for five more years! Bad news, Grabo’s cap hit isn’t nearly what we expected and it’s not a discount, not by any means. We all know it wasn’t the deal we had in mind but for now I’ll just be happy we have him signed. More than what he’s worth or at a discounted price, there’s no arguing the fact that Grabo offers a lot to this team. Oh, there was a game tonight too, more on that shortly. 1 – The Leafs are 30-29-7 and we're Boston's bitch. 2...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap Throughout their history, the Leafs have made only four coaching changes after March 1st. Hopefully, this one was a winning one. If Carlyle’s first game is any indication, he’s exactly what this team needed. He won the battle of the Randys. 1 – The Leafs are 30-28-7 and we saw everything we needed to see tonight. A tight game in which we played better defense and let the chances come naturally. Let’s see if we see more of this against the tough opponents coming up this week. 2 – After two “adventurous” plays by Gustavsson, who...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap 1 - The Leafs are 29-28-7, and tonight they found a new and creative way to lose. It's painful to think one more loss and we're back to .500 after all this team worked for through 50 games. To put this in perspective, Tampa Bay sold at the deadline and if they win their next game, they pass us in the standings. Buffalo, the biggest disappointment in the league given their preseason hype, is two points back with two games in hand. 2 - It's of little consolation given the last ten games of results,...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap The Leafs got their vote of confidence from management yesterday. They rewarded management by giving Burke and his staff hope for a lottery pick. The Leafs are now 1-8-1 in their last ten, and are on pace for 85 points, the same total they posted last season. Combined with a Capitals win, the fan base will thinking “Fail for Nail” and “Give up for Grigorenko” more than “PLAYOFFS!!1″ after this one. 1 – The Leafs are 29-27-7 and inching towards .500. Don’t look at Reimer’s save percentage through the last 10 games played. That said,...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap The ACC welcomed the Caps in a major points battle, but more importantly - our organization honored the 1962 Stanley Cup winning team which featured such gems as Tim Horton, “Red” Kelly, George Armstrong, Johnny Bower, Dave Keon, Frank "Big M" Mahovlich (proud to say he is a Croat) etc. They say history is the best teacher and we can all learn a thing or two from those guys. I’m proud to be able to celebrate a vital period in our team’s history. 1 – The Leafs are 29-26-7 and you can't fall this flat...

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Box Score | Ice Time | Recap In a vital game against the beatable Sharks, who went 1-3-1 in their last 5 games and were 3-6-1 in their last 10, the Leafs showed up two periods too late. The collective hand of Leafs Nation has officially smacked the panic button as the Leafs are about to lose their grip on eighth place. The Jets will surpass the Leafs with a win over Tampa, and currently lead 4-0. More after the jump. 1 – The Leafs are 29-25-7 and we crashed the net early. Sadly, it wasn’t intentional. 2 – Our boys played a tight...