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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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Discontent

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
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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