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Too Little Too Late - Sharks Squeak By Leafs 2-1

 

On a night in which two struggling teams faced off at the Air Canada Centre, the Toronto Maple Leafs ended up continuing their slump -  1-6-1 in their last 8 - while the San Jose Sharks - losers of four straight entering tonight -  held on for a much needed 2-1 victory. Both teams have been terrible of late in their own zone with the Leafs surrendering 18 goals in their last four games and the Sharks allowing 24 in their previous six. With these poor defensive numbers the game began tonight with both teams seemingly determined to not make the firs...

Labelle's Royal Night Sinks Titans

Having gone 3-1-1 in their last five games with slim playoff hopes alive, the Trenton Titans hosted the Reading Royals Wednesday night at the Sun Center. Titans Coach Vince Williams decided to ride the hot hand by starting Brad Phillips again in goal. Phillips had allowed one goal in each of his last two starts, both wins.

In what has become Trenton-typical this season, the Titans allowed the first goal at 11:18 as Olivier Labelle set a screen in front of Phillips and a Yannick Tifu shot bounced off Labelle. The deflection went past Phillips to give the Royals the lead at 1-0.

Late in the period, Ryan Hayes answered right back for Trenton as he stole the puck in the offensive zone from a Royals defensemen and fired a quick shot on net. The shot beat goalie Karel St. Laurent to tie the game with just over a minute left.

Game Preview #61 - Leafs vs Sharks

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs (29-24-7) will look to continue their march towards their first playoff birth in eight calender years tonight as they host the reeling San Jose Sharks (31-20-7). While the Leafs' struggles have been garnering the amount of media attention that a natural disaster would receive elsewhere, the Sharks enter tonight quietly losers of four straight games having dropped five of their last six contests. San Jose's troubles are similar to Toronto's in the sense that they have allowed 24 goals in their past six games capped off wit...

Jonas Just Sucks - Devils over Leafs 4-3 in OT

 

In what was a crucial game for the Toronto Maple Leafs following an abysmal western Canadian road trip, the Leafs were undone by goalie Jonas Gustavsson on home ice. Toronto came out of the gate with a purpose to show that the lack luster performances that they have had in their past six games (1-5-0) was a thing of the past. The Leafs attacked the Devils through the first seven minutes of the game outshooting them 6-0 and pushing for that opening goal. New Jersey did not resemble the team that was 8-1-1 in their past ten games as they couldn't keep up ...

Game Preview #60 - Leafs vs Devils

 

The turtle derby continues tonight as the Toronto Maple Leafs (29-24-6) will host the New Jersey Devils (34-20-4) at the Air Canada Centre. The Leafs enter tonight's contest in a tie for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with the Winnipeg Jets. Although both teams are sitting at 64 points, the Leafs are ahead on winning percentage having played two less games than the Jets. While Toronto has been sputtering terribly lately going 1-5-0 in their past six games, they still sit miraculously in a playoff position thanks to the inabilit...

Game Preview #59 - Canucks vs Leafs

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs (29-26-3) will finish their brief three game road trip as they take on the Vancouver Canucks (36-15-6) in a rare late afternoon affair. Tonight's game will see a four o'clock puck drop in the city of Vancouver. The Leafs will be looking to shake off some of the bad habits that saw them lose four straight games and which caused them to barely escape Edmonton with a 4-3 overtime win. Although the Leafs did snap that ugly and season long four game streak against the Oilers on Wednesday night, they still were guilty of poor defen...

Rynnas Stops 48 to Beat Trenton

Just two days removed from an offense-filled 6-5 shootout loss at Sun Center, the Reading Royals and Trenton Titans hooked up again Friday night in Trenton.

Like many times this season, the Titans started the game in early penalty trouble as Myles Stoesz was sent off for tripping at the 3:02 mark and Steve Silva followed at 4:15 for high-sticking. Luckily for the Titans, Reading’s power play would never really show anything in terms of a cohesive attack and the Titans killed off both the penalties.

Unfortunately, Trenton’s defense would cough up the puck leading to a breakaway. This time, Ray DiLauro had a shot blocked, allowing Kenny Ryan to spring Dennis McCauley on a breakaway. Brad Phillips stopped the initial shot before John Scrymgeour smacked home the rebound to give the Royals an early 1-0 lead.

Game Preview #58 - Oilers vs Leafs

 

While I think that the term 'must win game' is one of the most overused ones in professional sports, the Toronto Maple Leafs (28-23-6) are playing one of them tonight as they face the Edmonton Oilers (22-28-5) continuing their Western Canadian road trip. Just last week these two teams met in Toronto as the Leafs emerged with an unspectacular 6-3 victory. That win was Toronto's third straight and capped off a stretch that saw them go 5-0-1. Since that game though the Leafs have failed to register a point and now see them themselves clinging onto ...

The Slide Continues - Flames Take Down Leafs 5-1

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs are enduring their worst stretch of the season at the worst possible time. For the first time this season Toronto has lost four straight games following an un-excusable loss in Calgary to the Flames tonight. Prior to the game the Leaf players were discussing the importance of the match-up and how they needed to come out of the gate strong and set the tone for this brief three game road trip. Unfortunately the players failed to back up their words as the first period was one to forget for the buds. Both teams traded chances within the...

Game Preview: Flames vs Toronto Maple Leafs

On a busy 9-game schedule in the NHL, no game could be more important than tonight’s match-up between the Flames and Leafs. Both teams are battling for the last playoff positions in their respective conferences, as the Leafs currently sit 8th in the East while the Flames are trying to gain ground on the 8th place Phoenix Coyotes, sitting 3 points back. Tonight will be the second and final meeting between the clubs as the Leafs took the first game back on October 15th at the Air Canada Centre, 3-2.