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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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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...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap A vital game for the Leafs, who benefited from Washington’s hiccup (/major crisis) last night and were lucky to still be clinging to the eight seed. The Buds needed to take points from a New Jersey team that has been hot of late, coming into this one with an eight point lead over the Leafs in the Conference standings. 1 – The Leafs are 29-24-7 and it was Stifler night in the ACC. Note to self - need to watch Goon. Biggest game of the year so far and we got a point...

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Recap | Ice Time | Box Score This is was a measuring stick game, a guide to how much work Burke and co. have left before their Leafs are among the best. How did we measure up to one of the best teams in the league? Answer: We might be further away than we thought. 1 – The Leafs are 29-24-6 and the measuring stick went in an uncomfortable place. 2 – Again, loved the GO LEAFS GO chants by the ever present Leafs Nation. 3 – You could see the first goal a mile away. Aulie was caught up ice after making...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap For all intents and purposes this was a must win game. The Oilers are a young team with questionable defense who like to play a freewheeling game, and the Leafs had trouble dealing with their speed and net presence. Alternating 3 on 1s was a fitting way to end this one... 1 – The Leafs are 29-23-6 and finally, a win. Lots of entertainment value, not a lot of defense in this one. 2 – Love the Edmonton Leafs Nation’s GO LEAFS GO at the start of the game. Every time I hear it, it makes...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap With Alec Brownscombe -  With Ottawa winning, and the Leafs losing three in a row including an awful effort on Sundin’s night, the boys needed to step up in a big way. Unfortunately, it was the kind of loss that will only fan the Flame on the trade/Rick Nash speculation. 1 – The Leafs are 28-23-6 and our team has lost four straight. This is the first four game losing streak of the season, not sure if that's a bad or a good thing... 2 – A slow start by the Leafs caused a two goal...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap | Sundin Ceremony On a special special night, where every player in a Leafs jersey wore No. 13 in warm-ups, Mats Sundin was once again welcomed home as a Leaf. Many consider him a hero and that's the way it should be. He definitely earned his place in the rafters of the ACC because, in addition to the sublime talent and franchise record setting numbers, he had an undying loyalty and desire to win. Unfortunately, a beautiful speech and ceremony gave way to an absolute shitting of the bed by the current Leafs. 1 – The...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap This was a good test. After three straight losses, the Flyers were eager to redeem themselves in front of their fans (trap game!). 1 – The Leafs are 28-21-6 and the boys just got outplayed tonight. 2 – Philadelphia immediately realized they weren’t playing the Rangers so they came at us hard. Putting it mildly, the first period wasn’t the best period of hockey the boys played this year. The Flyers played that period with a lot of energy and controlled the play along the boards. 3 – Brown and Rinaldo went at it early, but Brown...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap James Reimer (expectedly) didn’t start in Winnipeg but the Leafs still needed to grab two points in an important back to back encounter. Oh look, it’s Nik Antropov! What, no Kyle Wellwood? For shame Jets, for shame. 1 – The Leafs are 28-20-6 it was one of those "something was wrong but it wasn't effort" games. Good news - our PK remained perfect in 2012, 2/2 tonight. 2 – Jake Gardiner was electric early in the game, he’s young so mistakes are to be expected but what he’s showing so far is reason enough to be...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap The Leafs needed to get two points out of a Western Conference team that, besides the last two positive results, isn’t doing that well in this part of the season. Sure, Sam Gagner was in his best stretch of hockey as an NHL player, but even so this was a very beatable team. The Leafs took full advantage of a bad defense. 1 – The Leafs are 28-19-6 and happy birthday Scott Gordon! 2 – After the first faceoff win, the Oilers take the lead not even thirty seconds in. Jordan Eberle shows off good hands...

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Boxscore | Ice Time | Recap In a Battle of Ontario with a playoff feel, two very important two points were on the line. Coming into this game Ottawa held a three point advantage on the Leafs in the Conference standings and the boys in blue needed to narrow the gap. 1 – The Leafs are 27-19-6 and I feel blessed every time Bob Cole does the color commentary. 2 – I was wondering, where were all those All Star game Ottawa fans. All I heard was Go Leafs Go, in an atmosphere which was louder than the ACC. Those five Ottawa...

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Box Score | Ice Time | Recap God damn! It was a night of many happy returns, as the Toronto Leafs held on for a tough 1 – 0 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.  After clutching defeat from the jaws of victory last night the Leafs returned to the ACC, where they’ve been good this year, and managed to play an effective defensive game.  James Reimer recorded his second shut out of the season in his first game since January 17th, overshadowing the welcomed return of John-Michael Liles and Colby Armstrong. 1. The Leafs are 26 – 19 – 6, and...