Toronto Maple Leafs

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
45-24-10-3
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
44-24-10-3
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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Maple Leafs 4, Thrashers 2

Go Leafs Go!From where I was sitting, the Leafs looked very strong last night. I was 16 rows up with an excellent view of the net every Leaf goal was scored into. A glance at my collection of Ticket Stubs will show you I've seen most of my games from the old greys at Maple Leaf Gardens or the ACC equivalent. I had never been as close to the action as I was last night.

Although things looked a little rough early in the first, the blue and white quickly turned things around. My brother Steve and I had an exceptional view of Brian Leetch's partial breakaway that led to Tie Domi's opening marker. Our top line was flying as well with Gary Roberts, Mats Sundin and Alexander Mogilny all having big nights.

On a personal note, I would like to thank Steve for the ticket and congratulate him on catching a puck. During the warm ups, an unidentified Thrasher took a shot that rebounded off the crossbar and just cleared the net above the glass. It ended up hitting Steve on his thigh and he ended up with a very cool souvenir. He's had to watch in envy while I caught a couple of balls at SkyDome off the bats of Richie Sexson and Shannon Stewart respectfully, but I was the one turning green last night when he ended up with the vulcanized rubber. It was a great night.

Current Record  Last Three Games Season Leaders
43-24-10-3
99 points
Tied for 1st in Division
4-2 vs. Atlanta
2-2 Tie vs. Ottawa
3-0 Win vs. Boston
M. Sundin - 74
B. McCabe - 50
O. Nolan - 47

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Maple Leafs 2, Ottawa Senators 2

Go Leafs Go!Thanks to a weak third period goal from Bryan McCabe, we managed to salvage a point tonight. Just as importantly, we held the Senators to a single point in the process. Boston won tonight so it looks as if the Leafs are playing for second in the Northeast division.

Current Record  Last Three Games Season Leaders
42-24-10-3
97 points
2nd in Division
2-2 Tie vs. Ottawa
3-0 Win vs. Boston
7-2 Loss vs. Tampa Bay
M. Sundin - 72
B. McCabe - 50
O. Nolan - 47

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Maple Leafs 3, Bruins 0

Go Leafs Go!There, that's better. In a true acid test for the Maple Leafs they passed with flying colours. It was an all around excellent effort.

There are few games remaining in the regular season, and both Boston and Ottawa have a game in hand, but last nights win does give us an outside chance of winning the division. Unfortunately, we don't control our own destiny. We need the Bruins to have an uncharacteristically poor week.

Current Record  Last Three Games Season Leaders
42-24-9-3
96 points
2nd in Division
3-0 Win vs. Boston
7-2 Loss vs. Tampa Bay
5-2 Win vs. Colorado
M. Sundin - 72
B. McCabe - 50
O. Nolan - 47

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Maple Leafs 2, Lightning 7

Go Leafs Go!I don't even want to write a recap of this game. 100% pure shite.

I'm waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat fearing a first round match-up with New Jersey. All my playoff memories of the Leafs and Devils are bad. Please Lord, grant us the gift of Ottawa. All my playoff memories of the Leafs and Sens are good.

Current Record  Last Three Games Season Leaders
41-24-9-3
94 points
2nd in Division
7-2 Loss vs. Tampa Bay
5-2 Win vs. Colorado
3-2 Win vs. Philadelphia
M. Sundin - 72
B. McCabe - 50
O. Nolan - 47

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Maple Leafs 5, Avalanche 2

Go Leafs Go!For the second game in a row, the Maple Leafs jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Again, this was no reason to relax as the Avs scored twice in the second to make it a one goal game before Mats Sundin made it 4-2 late in the period. Still, it was a convincing victory against another division leader.

The top of the Eastern Conference has never been so jammed making every point that much more important. Take today for example. Philadelphia, Boston and Montreal won while Ottawa picked up a point for their overtime loss. The Leafs had to win just to keep pace. As it stands, we still trail Boston by a point for the division lead. This is going to be quite the finish.

Current Record  Last Three Games Season Leaders
41-22-9-3
94 points
2nd in Division
5-2 Win vs. Colorado
3-2 Win vs. Philadelphia
2-1 Loss vs. Boston
M. Sundin - 71
B. McCabe - 50
O. Nolan - 47

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Maple Leafs 3, Flyers 2

Go Leafs Go!With a 3-0 lead late in the third, I actually started to relax. The badly needed two points was ours. Then, it got a little hairy. Much like Tom Henke loading the bases before striking out the batter to end the ninth and preserve the 1 run victory, the Maple Leafs pulled it off last night and once again trail Boston by a mere point for the division lead.

Gary Roberts' opening goal was a beauty. The Leafs were down two men when Mats Sundin ended up with the puck just as Roberts left the penalty box. Sundin sprung Roberts on a breakaway for a nifty short-handed goal. Brian Leetch should be commended as well for his spectacular offensive production since joining the blue and white. Leetch had two goals and an assist giving him 11 points in eight games with Toronto.

Current Record  Last Three Games Season Leaders
40-22-9-3
92 points
2nd in Division
3-2 Win vs. Philadelphia
2-1 Loss vs. Boston
6-5 Win vs. Buffalo
M. Sundin - 70
B. McCabe - 50
O. Nolan - 45

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Maple Leafs 1, Bruins 2

Go Leafs Go!Leave it to a player named Green to ruin St. Patrick's day for the Maple Leafs. Travis Green got his revenge on his former team scoring both goals in a game we really needed to win if we wanted to take a serious run at winning the tough Northeast division.

With a three point lead and a game in hand, Boston now looks to be the favourite to win the Northeast. Ottawa is tied with the Leafs in points, but has a game in hand. Don't look now, but I smell a possible first round match up between the Leafs and Sens. This is good, because here in Toronto we eat Senators for breakfast.

Current Record  Last Three Games Season Leaders
39-22-9-3
90 points
2nd in Division
2-1 Loss vs. Boston
6-5 Win vs. Buffalo
4-3 Loss vs. Montreal
M. Sundin - 69
B. McCabe - 49
O. Nolan - 44

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Maple Leafs 6, Sabres 5

Go Leafs Go!What an entertaining hockey game. After two periods, the Maple Leafs trailed Buffalo 5-2, a team we never play well against. The third period, however, proved to be one of the most exciting of the season. We managed to score three unanswered goals including a Gary Roberts tip of an Alexander Mogilny shot with 37.2 seconds remaining in regulation to tie it. Tomas Kaberle scored with 1:15 remaining in overtime to cap the stirring comeback.

When we were down 5-2, I wrote this recap in my head. What I had to say wasn't kind. We desperately needed the two points to keep pace with the rest of the conference. The Leafs will play four division leaders in their next four games: Boston, Philadelphia, Colorado and Tampa Bay. Points are getting harder and harder to come by. With this dramatic come from behind victory, we're right back in the thick of things. We're only a point behind the Bruins for the division lead and we control our own destiny with a game against Boston tonight. What a game.

I know fellow stat-a-holics will want to know about the two milestones reached last night. Mogilny recorded his 1,000th NHL point when he assisted on the tying goal. Roberts picked up his 800th career point with an assist on Mats Sundin's first goal.

Following the game, I received this piece of correspondence "Did you change the channel when Buffalo went up 5-2? Or did you see the comeback and win in overtime? Marc" I absolutely stuck it out and witnessed the entire comeback victory from the comforts of my living room chair. Giving up when it was 5-2 heading into the third would have been easy, but I had a feeling. I felt if we could score early enough in the third, we could potentially salvage a point. So yes, I saw the comeback and win in overtime...smart ass.

Current Record  Last Three Games Season Leaders
39-21-9-3
90 points
2nd in Division
6-5 Win vs. Buffalo
4-3 Loss vs. Montreal
3-2 Loss vs. Pittsburgh
M. Sundin - 69
B. McCabe - 48
O. Nolan - 44

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