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Oh S*%*, I shot Myself in the Foot - Leafs Lose to Sabres 5-4

 

Following the victory to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night I wrote that it was time that the Leafs began to play disciplined hockey. While everyone points fingers at both the penalty killing and the referee's, the fact that the Leafs take lazy and unnecessary penalties on a regular basis has been their downfall as of late. This was no different against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. With the Leafs being the better of the two teams in the first half of the hockey game things were looking good for the blue and white. After a scoreless first pe...

Game Preview #31 - Sabres vs Leafs

 

Heading into this season, the Buffalo Sabres (15-12-3) had become the media darling team that people picked to compete with the big boys in the Eastern Conference. They used the fact that the Sabres had the highest payroll in the entire NHL, as well as their ridiculous off season spending spree as proof that this Sabres team was on the rise. I had a different opinion, and looking back at what I wrote in in July my predictions ...

It's Not How It's How Many - Leafs over 'Canes 2-1 in OT

 

On a night in which the Toronto Maple Leafs were desperate for a win, the bottom feeding Carolina Hurricanes appeared to be the perfect tonic to their woes. Carolina entered having lost 8 of their last 9 games, and were without leading scorer Jeff Skinner. The Hurricanes were the hanging curve ball to the Leafs' struggling slugger, and boy did the Leafs take a mighty swing at them.

Toronto came out of the gate possessed and outs...

Game Preview #30 - Leafs vs Hurricanes

 

For the first time in what feels like a long time, the Toronto Maple Leafs (15-11-3) will be back in action tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes (9-18-4). On the heels of two consecutive losses and a 1-4-2 record at home in their last seven games, the Leafs must take advantage of the Eastern Conference's worst team. Having dropped a tough road game against Carolina earlier this season, tonight's match up is one in which the Leafs need to rebuild some confidence. Although the buds were the stronger team in their last two losses, six power play goa...

Game Preview #29 - Capitals vs Leafs

 

In the nation's capital tonight the Toronto Maple Leafs (15-10-3) will take on the Washington Capitals (14-12-1) in a not so rare Friday night game. Heading into this game one team has had a strong start to the season, entrenched solidly in the Eastern Conference playoffs. This team is paced by a top ten NHL offense (6th overall with an average of 3.07 goals per game), and their top sniper is sitting amongst the lead leaders (2...

Leafs Edged Out by Devils 3-2 in OT

 

You know those days where you're just too tired to be productive? The time when the gas tank is running on empty and you decide to just mail it in? Well, after the first period of last night's 3-2 overtime loss to the hands of the New Jersey Devils it seemed like the Leafs were having one of those moments. The Leafs were horrible in the first period generating no offense and having the rested Devils dominate them all period. This being the Leafs' second game in two nights and third game in four days, it looked like the Devils were going to blow ...

Game Preview #28 - Leafs vs Devils

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs (15-10-2) will get right back at it tonight as they come home and host the New Jersey Devils (12-12-1) at the Air Canada Centre. Coming off an emotional and intense win last night against the New York Rangers, the Leafs will need to be careful to not let up against the weaker Devils squad. James Reimer is expected to make his first home start since October 19. Reimer sat back yesterday and watched teammate Jonas Gustavsson stand on his head. Hopefully the Leafs #1 goalie can match The Monster's performance from last night. New Je...

Monster Effort as Leafs Beat Rangers 4-2

 

For the first thirty minutes of tonight's game it looked like the Leafs had become clones of the Boston Bruins team that had just handed them two straight losses. The Leafs came out of the gate like a bat out of hell, dominating the first half of the game against a red-hot New York Rangers team. Jumping out to a 3-0 lead on the strength of goals by Cody Franson, Tim Connolly and Joffrey Lupul, the Leafs looked unstoppable. Phil Kessel assisted on two of those three goals, and was a dynamo all night. Tonight's game was Kessel's best game in a blu...

Moulson Is Seeing Stars

Matt Moulson scored the first four-goal game of his NHL career Saturday night against the Dallas Stars; it was also the first individual four-goal game of the 2012 season. As a result, the Islanders were able to hold on for a thrilling 5-4 win.

Although the win is what ultimately matters most for the Islanders, who took seven out of eight possibly points on their four-game road trip, Moulson was the recipient of this week's NHL's First Star honors.

One Year Later, Lupul Looking Sharp

 

Joffrey Lupul didn’t think he would be able to play hockey again.

Sidelined for almost a year with complications from back surgeries and blood infections, a return didn’t look promising.

On December 5th, 2010, he made his return to the NHL. Today, exactly one year later, he is tied with Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin for third in the league in points (with 30), and part of arguably one of the best goal-scoring tandems in the league with teammate Phil Kessel.

His back issues started in training camp back in 2009. Back spasms kept him sidelined for four days, and then he began suffering from pain and numbness in ...