Toronto Maple Leafs

Maple Leafs 5, Canadiens 4

Go Leafs Go!Phew. Watching a 4-0 lead evaporate had me thinking back to last Saturday when the Maple Leafs blew a 3-0 lead and ended up losing 6-4. Tonight we managed to hang on to secure a much needed two points.

Mikael Tellqvist remains unbeaten this season despite a fairly weak third period. He's now 5-0-2.

Current Record  Last Three Games Season Leaders
80 points
1st in Northeast
5-4 Win vs. Montreal Canadiens
2-1 Win vs. Carolina Hurricanes
5-2 Loss vs. Boston Bruins
M. Sundin - 59
B. McCabe - 39
O. Nolan - 38

Remembering Tim Horton

Tim HortonWhen you mention Tim Horton to kids these days, they immediately think of coffee and donuts. Few under the age of thirty know about the hockey player who founded the donut chain.

Horton played seventeen years for the Toronto Maple Leafs winning four Stanley Cups. He was feared throughout the league as one of the toughest blue liners around and he tempered that with incredible skill and a lethal slapshot. Many claim he was the strongest man ever to play in the NHL. One thing is certain, he was one of the greatest defensemen to ever play the sport.

Thirty years ago today, Tim Horton was killed in a car accident while driving his Ford Pantera from Toronto to Buffalo where he was playing for the Sabres. Three years later he was posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame where he belonged.

Remember Tim Horton first for his 24 superb seasons in the NHL and last for the chain of donut shops bearing his name.

Maple Leafs 2, Hurricanes 1

Go Leafs Go!To keep up with Philadelphia, Ottawa and Boston in the East, the Maple Leafs had to grab two points against the Hurricanes. Thanks to some great goaltending from Mikael Tellqvist and an overtime goal by Darcy Tucker, we're back into a tie for the conference lead.

Tellqvist hasn't lost a game all season. When Eddie Belfour returns, I don't see how they can send this guy down. Trevor Kidd has proven he's not playing at a high enough calibre to keep us in contention for the conference crown. I'd love to see the blue and while keep Tellqvist around and send Kidd back to the rock.

Current Record  Last Game Season Leaders
78 points
2-1 Win vs. Carolina Hurricanes M. Sundin - 57
B. McCabe - 38
O. Nolan - 38

Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 5

Go Leafs Go!Trevor Kidd has allowed 18 goals in five games, but Aki Berg and Ken Klee did him no favours by turning over the puck and gift wrapping a few for Boston last night. The Maple Leafs missed a glorious chance to put a little distance between us and the charging Bruins. It seems we rarely show up for important games against the cream of the Eastern Conference.

Leafs fans everywhere are hitting the panic button with regards to goaltending. Eddie Belfour is suffering from a bad back, but this is nothing new. He's had issues with his back for years and every once in a while he needs to rest it. He's not out for the season, he's just resting a painful back. He will be back, in fact, rumour has it he may start tomorrow night. The goaltending situation with steady Eddie between the pipes is perfectly fine. If you want to hit the panic button about something, look at our defense and demand an upgrade.

Current Record  Last Game Season Leaders
76 points
5-2 Loss vs. Boston Bruins M. Sundin - 57
B. McCabe - 37
O. Nolan - 37

Maple Leafs 8, Penguins 4

Go Leafs Go!The Maple Leafs handed the hapless Penguins their 12th consecutive home loss last night, drilling eight goals past Sebastien Caron and Jean-Sebastien Aubin.

Owen Nolan led the charge with four points as the Leafers leap-frogged the Sens back into first in the Northeast division. Tonight's game against Boston will be a much better test as our lead over the Bruins is only three points.

On a side note, I had forgotten both Ric Jackman and Drake Berehowsky wore #55. I'm betting this is the first time in NHL history two #55's were traded for eachother. Now that's a useless piece of trivia.

Current Record  Last Game Season Leaders
76 points
8-4 Win vs. Pittsburgh Penguins M. Sundin - 57
B. McCabe - 37
G. Roberts - 36

Maple Leafs 4, Sabres 6

Go Leafs Go!Disgusting. With a 3-0 lead late in the second period, the Maple Leafs have to close out the win. Ottawa won tonight and Boston got a point, so blowing a three goal lead to the Sabres at home was not an option.

Trevor Kidd is becoming a huge issue. With Eddie Belfour experiencing tightness again in his lower back, Kidd has been playing quite abit lately. Judging from what I've seen lately, he's not a capable goaltender in this league. We needed some big stops while the Sabres were charging and we didn't get them. If I'm Pat Quinn, I'd play Mikael Tellqvist the rest of the way when Belfour needs to sit. At this point in the season, we can't afford the points Kidd is costing us.

Current Record  Last Game Season Leaders
74 points
6-4 Loss vs. Buffalo Sabres M. Sundin - 55
B. McCabe - 36
G. Roberts - 36

Maple Leafs 4, Blue Jackets 1

Go Leafs Go!The Maple Leafs have quietly won seven of their past ten hockey games. Last night Mikael Renberg and Darcy Tucker led the charge with two points a piece in a relatively easy victory against an over matched opponent. This was a game we had to win and we did.

The highlight for me was when Tie Domi signed a stick and tossed it over the glass into the Blue Jackets bench. It was a gift for Jody Shelley who had been trying to pick a fight with Domi all night. Domi was unable to oblige, being under strict orders from Leaf doctors to stay away from fighting due to a throat injury that might be a cracked larynx, but he was able to leave Shelley with a parting gift. It was damn funny.

Current Record  Last Game Season Leaders
74 points
4-1 Win vs. Columbus Blue Jackets M. Sundin - 55
B. McCabe - 36
G. Roberts - 36

Leafs Trade

Leafs TradeHot off the wire...

John Ferguson, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Wednesday that the club has traded Ric Jackman to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defenceman Drake Berehowsky.

I know it's a minor deal, but I'll report all Leaf trades up until the trade deadline. I remember the year we drafted Drake Berehowsky. We picked him 10th overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft and I taped the selection off of TSN just in case he became the next Bobby Orr. You see, Berehowsky went to the same high school as me which I thought was pretty damn cool. He didn't pan out, but he's had a fairly long career. And here he is back in blue and white.

If you're wondering who the greatest player ever to attend Michael Power/St. Joseph's High School is, look no further than Brendan Shanahan. I know you were wondering.

Maple Leafs 4, Lightning 4

Go Leafs Go!I really missed the game. Every year we have to endure an all-star break and an entire weekend without a game that matters. By this time of the year you're nicely settled in your routine. Saturday afternoon you start thinking about that night's game and Saturday night at 19:00 you get comfy in front of the boob tube for Maple Leafs hockey. I hate that one Saturday during the season we're deprived of this ritual. I wish they'd move the all-star break and game to mid-week.

Last night it looked as if the blue and white were going to lose their first game in ten against the Lightning but tied it up on a Gary Roberts goal with 44.4 seconds remaining. Down 4-2 early in the third, this tie feels more like a win this morning. We were lucky to get it but we'll take it.

Current Record  Last Game Season Leaders
72 points
4-4 Tie vs. Tampa Bay Lightning M. Sundin - 54
B. McCabe - 36
G. Roberts - 35

Maple Leafs 5, Senators 4

Go Leafs Go!Holy shit! Down 4-0 to the Sens last night at the Corel Centre there was no chance the Maple Leafs were taking home two points. Not a prayer. Chalk the loss on the board and stick a fork in this puppy it's done like dinner. But wait...something awesome happened...something wonderful.

Five goals in succession brought the blue and white way back to steal this one in overtime. The Northeast Division lead is now four as we head into the all-star break. Wicked.

Current Record  Last Game Season Leaders
71 points
5-4 Win vs. Ottawa Senators M. Sundin - 52
B. McCabe - 35
G. Roberts - 34

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