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Here You Take This One - Penguins over Leafs 5-4 in a SO

 

In their first game back after the all-star break the Toronto Maple Leafs demonstrated that they are more than capable of hanging with the big boys in the Eastern Conference as they attempt a strong final push for the post season. Of course they demonstrated that for the first 50 minutes of this game. Facing the red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins (winners of seven straight), the Leafs carried the play building up a 4-1 lead with just over 13 minutes left in the third period thanks to two goals from Mikhail Grabovski and singles from both Tyler Bozak and Clark...

Game Preview #50 - Penguins vs Leafs

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs (25-19-5) will start their post all-star playoff push tonight as they begin a home and home series with the Pittsburgh Penguins (28-17-4). The Penguins went into the break as the NHL's hottest team running off seven straight wins. Due mostly to the strong play of Evgeny Malkin (9 goals 4 assists +11), James Neal (6 goals 5 assists +10) and Chris Kunitz (1 goal 5 assists +7), the Pens have solidified their post season chances. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was in between the pipes for that entire winning streak. That top line as well a...

Grabovski: Valuable Trade Chip or Asset?


With the National Hockey League trade deadline approaching, Toronto Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski continues to be amid trade rumours.

The NHL’s first star of the week is a pending unrestricted free agent and could garner significant interest should he decided to test the free agent waters. But that’s not stopping teams from around the league to inquire on his availability for the current season. The 28-year-old (birthday is tomorrow, which means he’s going to light up the Pittsburgh Penguins) is on-pace for 28 goals and 56 points, almost identical to last season’s production, in five less games.

With general manager Brian Burke actively see...

Leafs trade possibilities

 

With the rumour mill churning and the Toronto Maple Leafs actively seeking a top-six forward, general manager Brian Burke could soon pull the trigger with the trade deadline looming.

As the All-Star weekend wraps up, trade speculation reaches its peek with what’s sure to be a few weeks of absurd trade rumours (Jeff Carter and the Columbus Blue Jackets’ first-round draft pick for Luke Schenn and Mikhail Grabovski is my personal favorite).

Burke has publicly stated his desire to acquire a top-six forward that can add some size and strength to the line-up. The problem, it seems, is such players aren’t acquired at will. Burke had expressed his prefer...

Follow the Bouncing Puck - Leafs Over Islanders 4-3 in OT

 

In what may have been the most bizarre game I'll see all season, the Toronto Maple Leafs managed to overcome a 2-0 deficit to come back and sweep the New York Islanders in a home and home series. The Islanders took the lead early in the first period as John Tavares poached home a goal through Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson's legs. It was Tavares' 20th of the season, and came one game after he had his 12 game point streak snapped. The Leafs attempted to pressure for the equalizer, but the Islanders kept blocking shots, and the puck kept bouncing o...

Game Preview #49 - Islanders vs Leafs

 

For the second time in two nights the Toronto Maple Leafs (24-19-5) will meet the New York Islanders (19-22-6). This time though the two teams will face-off on Long Island, following the Leafs' 3-0 victory at the Air Canada Centre last night. There's not that much new information to provide in preparation for this game after last night's encounter.

The Islanders will be looking to head into the all-star break on a winnin...

Islanders Look To Rebound On Second Half Of Home and Home

The Islanders take to the ice tonight looking to respond after a tough lost last night to the Maple Leafs. Tonight will be the Islanders last chance to head into the All-Star break on a winning note. The Islanders and Maple Leafs also both look to keep playoff hopes alive with wins in tonight’s contest.

The Islanders are still only 9 points out of a playoff spot and after going out and laying a goose egg last night they need to play much better in tonight’s game. Capuano suggested that after last night’s game there could be some line-up changes. Those should be released later this morning but the only change I would truly like to see is the promotion of Nino Niederreitier and the demotion of Brian Rolston. In recent games we have all seen the improvement of play from Nino and he deserves more ice time and better line mates. In the case of Rolston, he just hasn’t played well recently and may need a demotion to find the fire he once had in his play. He is constantly missing the net on many great chances and is the cause of some turnovers. On a team that is struggling to find secondary scoring, mistakes from a veteran like that can’t happen.

Not On Our Watch - Leafs Shutout Islanders 3-0

 

Before the opening face-off tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders were two teams heading in opposite directions. Toronto had lost four of their last five games and were beginning to lose ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race, while the Islanders were riding high with three straight W's and winners of four of their last five. However something must have finally gotten through to the boys in blue and white as they came out of the gate possessed tonight. The Leafs took a quick lead 1:37 into the game as Matthew Lombardi scored his...

Game Preview #48 - Leafs vs Islanders

 

With the Toronto Maple Leafs (23-19-5) hosting the surging New York Islanders (19-21-6) tonight in the front half of a home and home series it is crucial that at this time tomorrow the Leafs will have taken two points in regulation. The Islanders are thriving having won four of their last five games, and are planning on starting Evgeny Nabokov the reigning third star of the week in goal.

Up front the Islanders and Leafs are quite si...

A Win on the Road in the Hangar

The Habs once again went to the Air Canada Center to take on the Maple Leafs. Carey Price returned to take his place in the nets to face Jonas Gustafsson for the Leafs. Second game against his former team for Tomas Kaberle. The Habs healthy scratches are Petteri Nokelainen and Yannick Webber, so once again 11 forwards and 7 defensemen dressed for the Habs.

The first period was played mostly in the Montreal end of the ice however not a lot of shots. The first shot from the Habs came at nearly the halfway ppoint of the first on a short-handed breakaway by Lars Eller and it was stopped by Gustafsson. The period featured nice flow and passes. The first goal was a bizarre bounce when ple...