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Game Preview #26 - Bruins vs Leafs

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs (14-9-2) will attempt to conquer their Waterloo tonight as they face the Boston Bruins (15-7-1) for the second time in four days. The Leafs will receive a big boost tonight as #1 goalie James Reimer is expected to be in the lineup for the first time since October 22. Despite Reimer's return Jonas Gustavsson is expected to get his fifth straight start against a red-hot Bruins team. Boston went 12-0-1 in November vaulting themselves to the top of the North East Division standings. Both teams are expected to dress the same...

Leafs Taught a Lesson by Bruins

 

With the game tonight between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins being built up to be a measuring stick game for the young buds, I think the Leafs measured up really well before falling a little short. This game was much closer than the 6-3 final score makes it seem to be. The Leafs were able to stand toe to toe with the defending Stanley Cup Champions and hottest team in the NHL. The difference tonight was the Bruins ability to know how to win games. With the Leafs off to a great start while being the youngest team in the league, there are going to ...

Game Preview #25 - Leafs vs Bruins

 

With the Toronto Maple Leafs (14-8-2) facing the Boston Bruins (14-7-1) many people are looking for this to be a statement game for the blue and white. Of course the MSM has been drooling over these Bruins for the last three days, siting the two blowout losses the Leafs were dealt earlier this season at the hands of the defending Cup champions. While I agree Boston is definitely a strong and elite team in the NHL, I think those two games are not a proper sample size to use as comparisons.

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Don't Pinch Me! Leafs Squash Ducks 5-2

 

Is it time for me to admit that I was wrong about Tyler Bozak? Has the third year pro really turned the corner and become a productive player for the blue and white? With five goals and eleven points in his last ten games all signs would point to yes. I can't deny the fact that he is playing well. Like a jaded spouse though I haven't had my confidence in his abilities fully restored. On this night Bozak paced the Leafs with two more goals. With Mikhail Grabovski returning to the lineup tonight, the Leafs are beginning to have some good problems.

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Leafs Stick It to Stars in Shootout

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs are on their way to Anaheim to finish this four game road trip with another two points following their 3-2 SO victory in Dallas last night. Although the Leafs managed to get a great result against a tough opponent, the game wasn't all good for the blue and white. Top pairing defenseman (and probably their most consistent defender of the season) Carl Gunnarsson left the game midway through the second period after taking a point shot off of his hand. Penalty killing and faceoff specialist David Steckel also blocked a shot with his ...

Game Preview #23 - Stars vs Leafs

 

Coming off of a big 7-1 victory on Tuesday night the Toronto Maple Leafs (12-8-2) seem to be all smiles at the moment. Considering #1 goalie James Reimer started practicing in full yesterday followed by the entire blue and white organization (those that were in Dallas) taking in the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins game yesterday afternoon. While I'm all for team building exercises and enjoying the season, it all means nothing if the Leafs come out flat tonight against the Dallas Stars (13-8-0). Coming into the game tonight on the heels of two straight...

Mo Goals in Movember - Leafs Embarrass Lightning 7-1

 

When the Leafs decide they're going to score goals, they really score goals. The widespread panic that fans experienced last week caused by the fact that the Leafs scored only 8 goals through six games has subsided. For the second time in their last three games, the Leafs exploded offensively for a  7-1 victory. Tonight their opponent was the Tampa Bay Lightning, a team that shut out Toronto in both home games last season. They are also pretty much the exact same team that went 3-0-1 against the blue and white last year outscoring them 15-5 in that...

Game Preview #22 - Lightning vs Leafs

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs (11-8-2) will try to bounce back from Sunday's poor effort against the Tampa Bay Lightning (9-8-2). The Lightning were dominant against the Leafs last season posting a 3-0-1 record while outscoring the buds 15-5. Watching the Lightning destroy the Leafs it was obvious to me that they were the best team in the Eastern Conference last season. Considering they lost by one goal in game 7 of the Conference finals to the eventual cup champs shows how close they really were last year. This season though the Lightning have struggled. The...

Too Little Too Late - Hurricanes Defeat Leafs 3-2

 

Playing their third game in four nights, without many regulars appeared to be an obstacle that the Toronto Maple Leafs could not overcome. Following a spirited and galvanizing performance against the Washington Capitals Saturday night, the Leafs were completely outplayed and absent for the first 40 minutes of tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Although Carolina dominated possession outshooting the Leafs 29-12 through the first two periods...

Game #21 Preview - Hurricanes vs Leafs

 

With an opportunity to take back both sole place of first in the North East Division and the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Maple Leafs (11-7-2) will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes (6-11-3). Carolina is off to a horrible start to the season, and currently occupy 14th position in the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes have gone 2-8-0 in their last ten games, making them an opponent that the shorthanded Leafs need to take advantage of. In defeating...