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Sorry about the "I don't want to see .." stuff grum, but you must know if you live anywhere in Canada it's mandatory that every single national sports broadcast must start with something Leafs.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:26 PM on May 14
The Leafs have some good young talent and a great coach. What is missing is absolute commitment and buy-in by the team's leaders / veterans and a few tougher players who can actually play. The Bruins are a good example of what the Leafs are missing; there are no superstar level players on the Bruins (with the possible exception of Chara), just a collective group that works together to win.
Oh ... and for certain, a player or 2 who can defend and clear the front of the net. A goalie should never have to perform more than 3 backflip saves on the same play sequence without some help out front. A slow / smart defenceman like Carlyle was would fit nicely.
posted by cixelsyd at 04:30 PM on May 14
Ottawa in 7 - Pens may average 45 shots on goal but Anderson will stop 43 meaning if the Sens average 26 shots on the Penguins they'll win the series.
NY in 6 - Rangers won't give the Bruins a free pass to stand 2 to 4 feet from the goal crease without being checked the way the Leafs did .. plus they have HL in net.
Chicago in 6 - Hawks are too solid top to bottom for the Wings.
SJ in 7 - SJ should have enough to overcome hockey's best defenseman.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:39 AM on May 14
Being that the home center has the advantage makes Jonathan Toews 16 faceoff wins in 21 attempts at Minnesota in a playoff game even more remarkable.
Faceoffs, penalty kill, power play, defensive shutdown man, big goals .... MVP.
No other player has a game as complete as Toews.
posted by cixelsyd at 02:54 PM on May 08
Folks, easy on him.
He's a Leafs fan and like all Leaf fans has endured decades of failure and despair.
Realize the poor guy is damaged goods.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:14 AM on May 07
I really think Tebow is a player that could help a team, just not at QB. Special teams, blocking back ... I don't know. The guy has character and will along with some athleticism. If he wants to play somebody will give him a shot - just not as a QB.
posted by cixelsyd at 01:22 AM on April 30
Pittsburgh in 6
Ottawa in 7
Washington in 6
Boston in 6
Chicago in 6
Anaheim in 6
Vancouver in 6
LA in 7
posted by cixelsyd at 01:16 AM on April 30
The last time Toronto beat Boston in a playoff series
I thought all those things were the last time the Leafs were in a playoff series.
Seriously, 2 excellent coaches and solid goaltenders. But Kessel/Phaneuf versus Krejci/Chara is about as one sided as you can get and there's no way the Leafs tough guys can play many shifts against the Bruins skilled tough guys.
Reimer needs to be spectacular and Carlyle has to do some masterful line matching work for the Leafs to be competitive.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:06 AM on April 29
Note to all - football isn't the only sport where injuries occur.
Guess the story got Kass some mileage, though.
posted by cixelsyd at 08:12 PM on April 24
You really think the Karlsson injury was done with intent??
Yes. Watch the video and draw your own conclusions.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:03 PM on April 23
If Cooke wasn't in the NHL he'd be incarcerated. The guy has something innate that drives him to want to injure people. I give him a small bit of credit for partially cleaning up his game, but without players like him we would have had a full year of Eric Karlsson .. and more a than few years of Savard.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:40 PM on April 22
The Leafs and the Canadiens both are stumbling into the playoffs, but at least they are in.
Jets fans sure wish they both the Leafs And Habs had played better down the stretch, then we too may have been in. (The only time Jets fans would ever cheer for a Leafs victory)
posted by cixelsyd at 02:00 PM on April 21
Chip Kelly must really love Philly to have left Oregon
Chip pulled a Calipari.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:02 PM on April 16
I guess golf *is* a sport, then...
posted by cixelsyd at 04:56 PM on April 13
The best and only part of Quentin's game is getting hit by pitches.
Does he always put on a show when he's successful?
Is he stupid enough to think that if a pitcher wanted to intentionally hit him he would do it with a marshmallow?
posted by cixelsyd at 05:14 PM on April 12
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