GS: What’s the one perk about being the captain of an original six team that we wouldn’t know?
WC: It’s probably the hugest honour because it's the team in Canada, the Toronto Maple Leafs and your peers allow you to be captain and you’re a part of that room. The good thing is you’re answering all the questions. The bad thing is you’re answering all the questions. You can’t take everything personally all the time like Dion Phaneuf, Toronto Maple Leaf's current captain] is going through sometimes where he takes things personally. He doesn’t take it personal, but people...
The third of four episodes spans from the shootout win over Phoenix to the shootout loss at the hands of the Rangers before the Christmas break (after which Joffrey Lupul is followed while Christmas shopping and James van Riemsdyk and his family are featured in their annual Christmas shinny game). The centerpiece of the episode is, naturally, the first meeting of the season between the Wings and Leafs.
The full episode will air tonight on Sportsnet. For American-based viewers, it's available on the HBO website.
Lots to see in this episode, but here are a few quick Leafs clips of...
In a far more entertaining second episode of 24/7, both clubs are mired in the frustration of losing too many games, with the respective head coaches serving as the central characters. A furious Mike Babcock sends an HBO cameraman scurrying out of the Wings dressing room. During Randy Carlyle's outburst, the Toronto cameraman has the foresight to tape through a half-closed door rather than standing in the middle of the maelstrom.
Among the must-see Leaf-related moments:
Carlyle peels paint:
The first proper freak out by Carlyle of the 24/7 series came down 3-0 at the second intermission versus Florida. Wow.
Carlyle: "We didn't have enough of a compete level in the 50/50 battles."
"I'd agree with that description ."
Phaneuf: "I've got to be better. I made some mistakes tonight that are unacceptable."
"We take pride in being a team that isn't outworked. Tonight we were outworked...These are points you cannot get back."
Reimer: "There’s never an excuse. Injuries, tired, it’s all BS. Those are excuses and they’re useless."
Mason Raymond: "We simply got embarrassed."— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) December 18, 2013
Video: 24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Episode 1
HBO 24/7 Red Wings / Maple Leafs - Road to the NHL Winter Classic - Full Episode #1
In Episode #1 of HBO 24/7 Red Wings / Maple Leafs - Road to the NHL Winter Classic, hockey fans get an inside look to The Original Six Franchise's dressing room, coaching staff, players, and hockey operations.
Episode 1 of HBO 24/7: Leafs/Wings aired its first episode Saturday night on HBO U.S. Sportsnet will have a profanity-but-not-commercial free showing Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. EST.
While it was a relatively tame opening “tee up” episode, it still had us glued, and there were a few entertaining moments. The HBO production literally made a closing door seem epic.
Among the highlights, a mic’d up Joffrey Lupul took on Slava Voynov after taking a high cross check to the face, firing Nazem Kadri up on the bench:
Randy Carlyle tangoed with a malfunctioning toaster, calling in the assistance of a...
There isn’t much I can add to the powerplay analysis that wasn’t in the write up by JP Nikota describing the Leafs use of the 1-3-1. They adopted this system in 2012-13 while more teams have incorporated the formation throughout the NHL.
This may be the same reason Randy Carlyle has kept the penalty killing system intact for the last two seasons.
More relevant in 2013-14 is the severe drop off in the success of killing penalties, a part of the ’12-13 Leafs that excelled while sitting at the top of the standings and helping propel the Buds into their first...
It's the first time since November of 2010 that we've even had to ponder the question of what the Maple Leaf blueline will look like without Dion Phaneuf.
Alas, Phaneuf has been suspended for two games as a result of his hit from behind on Kevan Miller at the end of Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins.
It seemed like a game would suffice given Phaneuf's nonexistent priors and Miller being fine outside of a cut on his face. But the Leafs haven't had much luck in the injury or suspension departments this season, and Phaneuf will join David Clarkson,...