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Maple Leafs 2, Senators 0

Go Leafs Go!All three Maple Leaf victories in this series have been 2-0 Eddie Belfour shut outs despite the fact the Senators have actually out shot us 155-100 in the series.

Daniel Alfredsson has guaranteed his team will force and win a game seven in this series. Stop writing cheques your butt can't cash Alfie! I'm sticking with my prediction of Leafs in six.

Toronto leads series 3-2

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Maple Leafs 1, Senators 4

Go Leafs Go!It's a simple law of physics. What goes up, must come down. Tonight, Eddie Belfour and his Maple Leafs crashed back to earth when the Senators gave it to us good.

Two big question marks causing concern for the future are last game's scorers Joe Nieuwendyk and Mats Sundin. Nieuwendyk was a surprise scratch from tonight's game and Sundin limped off the ice after falling awkwardly feet first into the boards.

Nobody said this would be easy.

Series tied 2-2

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Maple Leafs 2, Senators 0

Go Leafs Go!Awesome. Eddie Belfour is playing awesome. The Maple Leafs shut out the Senators for the second straight game thanks to a goal by Joe Nieuwendyk and a stunning insurance marker by Mats Sundin.

This has to be getting in the heads of the Senator players. They simply can't beat Belfour right now. He's seeing everything. He's firmly entrenched in the zone. This is playoff hockey at it's best. I can't wait for Wednesday night.

Maple Leafs lead series 2-1

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Maple Leafs 2, Senators 0

Go Leafs Go!The Maple Leafs had to show up tonight with more intensity than they displayed on Thursday night and that they did. Eddie Belfour was absolutely brilliant and Gary Roberts showed why he's Mr. Playoffs by potting a pair on feeds from Mats Sundin.

I don't want to lose this series. I've grown to dislike the Senators very much and it would take weeks to get rid of the bad taste in my mouth losing a series to them would cause. Thanks to tonight's effort, I suspect I won't have to worry about it.

Series tied 1-1

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Maple Leafs 2, Senators 4

Go Leafs Go!When the going got tough, the Maple Leafs were no where to be found. Tonight's effort was weak. A few more outings like this and we'll be golfing in no time.

Where was the effort? Where was Sundin? What's with all the weird penalties being called? Why did Belfour gamble like that on Hossa's breakaway?

Ottawa Leads Series 1-0

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My Prediction

My predictionTonight, at 19:05 EST, the puck will drop on the Maple Leafs 2003/2004 Stanley Cup playoff run. Our first round opponent is none other than the Ottawa Senators.

One of the cool things about having a site like this is I can make a prediction and see if I was right or wrong. I am predicting a Maple Leaf victory in six games. Take it to the bank.

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Homer's Quote of the WeekFans of The Simpsons are well aware by now that production of the new season has been held up over contract demands by the actors who play major voice roles in the comedy series. As many a headline has stated, they want more dough to say "doh!".

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, there is a strong possibility the NHL could shut down for all of next season. The owners and players association are that far apart. The playoff hockey kicking off tomorrow night might be all we see for quite some time.

Two television essentials for me during a long, cold Canadian winter are Maple Leafs hockey and The Simpsons. They have both been a big part of my life for the past 14 years. It seems labour strife could cause me to lose both next fall.

Welcome to the winter of my discontent.

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Bring On The Sens

Go Leafs Go!This afternoon, I rooted for the New Jersey Devils. I don't believe I've ever done that before. A win by the Devils over the Boston Bruins would have given us the division title and a first round match up against the Montreal Canadiens. Who wasn't looking forward to that?

The Devils came out flat and were defeated by the Bruins 3-1. That means the Maple Leafs are now officially the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and we face the Ottawa Senators in the first round. Been there, done that.

Ottawa is a good team, no doubt about it, but I'm cautiously optimistic about this match up. Not because we're 3-0 in playoff series against the Sens but because Eddie Belfour is playing great and the team in front of him are in the zone. We finished up strong with a veteran-laden line up ready to do what it takes to succeed. I wish we could kick this series off tonight because I too am in the zone. Go Leafs Go!

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Maple Leafs 6, Ottawa Senators 0

Go Leafs Go!This game felt like a playoff game. Too bad it wasn't because we whipped 'em good.

By blanking the Sens tonight, the Maple Leafs have assured themselves home ice advantage through the first round. Furthermore, if Boston loses tomorrow against New Jersey, we're winning the whole damn division. That makes us the second seed in the entire conference. Awesome, totally awesome.

We're unbeaten in five and hitting our stride just in time for the playoffs. As the second seed, we'll face our historic rivals from Montreal. As the fourth seed, it's Ottawa again. Either way, we're ready. Bring them on.

Current Record  Last Three Games Season Leaders
103 points
1st in Division
6-0 Win vs. Ottawa
2-0 Win vs. Buffalo
4-2 Win vs. Atlanta
M. Sundin - 75
B. McCabe - 51
O. Nolan - 47

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Maple Leafs 2, Sabres 0

Go Leafs Go!The Maple Leafs only have a single regular season game to play, yet there are so many possibilities when it comes to our first round match up. With our win last night it's still possible to win the Northeast division and secure the 2nd seed in the conference but it's also possible to finish third in the division and be seeded 6th. The ideal scenario is this: Boston loses their last two games and we beat the Sens tonight to win the division and the 2nd seed. In this instance, we get to face the Montreal Canadiens in the first round. Admittedly, the odds of Boston losing both remaining games is slim, but Joe Thornton is day-to-day with an upper body injury and they are playing New Jersey both games. Anything is possible.

I love this time of the year. Tonight's game against Ottawa is going to be great. With a victory, we leap frog the Sens and guarantee ourselves home ice for the first round. Go Leafs Go!

Current Record  Last Three Games Season Leaders
101 points
2nd in Division
2-0 Win vs. Buffalo
4-2 Win vs. Atlanta
2-2 Tie vs. Ottawa
M. Sundin - 74
B. McCabe - 51
O. Nolan - 47

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