Toronto Maple Leafs
Two seconds into last night's Canucks~Flames game, a line brawl resulted in a penalty summary that looked like this:
00:02 CGY Ladislav Smid Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Kevin Bieksa
00:02 VAN Kevin Bieksa Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Ladislav Smid
00:02 CGY Brian McGrattan Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Tom Sestito
00:02 VAN Tom Sestito Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Brian McGrattan
00:02 CGY Blair Jones Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Dale Weise
00:02 VAN Dale Weise Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Blair Jones
00:02 CGY Chris Butler Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Jason Garrison
00:02 VAN Jason Garrison Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Chris Butler
00:02 CGY Kevin Westgarth Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Kellan Lain
00:02 VAN Kellan Lain Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Kevin Westgarth
00:02 CGY Kevin Westgarth served by Joe Colborne Roughing - 2 min against Kellan Lain
00:02 CGY Kevin Westgarth Game misconduct - 10 min against Kellan Lain
00:02 CGY Chris Butler Game misconduct - 10 min against Jason Garrison
00:02 CGY Blair Jones Game misconduct - 10 min against Dale Weise
00:02 CGY Brian McGrattan Misconduct (10 min) - 10 min against Tom Sestito
00:02 CGY Ladislav Smid Game misconduct - 10 min against Kevin Bieksa
00:02 VAN Kellan Lain Game misconduct - 10 min against Kevin Westgarth
00:02 VAN Dale Weise Game misconduct - 10 min against Blair Jones
00:02 VAN Tom Sestito Misconduct (10 min) - 10 min against Brian McGrattan
00:02 VAN Kevin Bieksa Game misconduct - 10 min against Ladislav Smid
Here's how the penalty box looked.
In total, 188 penalty minutes were handed out in the first, and during the first intermission, John Tortorella made his way to the tunnel that leads to the Flames' dressing room for more silliness.
While they were having it out in Vancouver, we in Toronto were celebrating JVR's game winner against the Habs.
If you thought Saturday night's Leafs game was disappointing, you should see my Maple Leaf gloves.
I opened these gloves in November 2013 and have been wearing them over my biking gloves on really cold days. They've completely torn open at the top.
My Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings in today's 2014 NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 105,491 braved the cold while I watched from my living room.
Here are some of the better photos I've seen in my digital travels tonight.
If you were there, let us know in the comments what we missed out on. It looked like great fun.
The Toronto Maple Leafs ~ Montreal Canadiens rivalry is almost 100 years in the making. That music you hear over this fantastic Hockey Night in Canada montage is Luciano Pavarotti singing Nessun Dorma.
I was just looking at the NHL statistical leaders and there are a number of ex-Leafs at or near the top.
As of this moment, the best save % in the league belongs to Tuukka Rask with .945. We gave up Rask in a deal for Andrew Raycroft I'd rather not remember.
The best GAA belongs to Ben Scrivens with 1.43. This trade doesn't look nearly as bad for the Leafs, as it landed us Jonathan Bernier.
Alex Steen is currently second in both points (behind Crosby) and goals (behind Ovechkin). Steen, you may recall, was dumped with Carlo Colaiacovo for Lee Stempniak.
It's not all doom and gloom, however. Rask, Scrivens, James Reimer and Bernier are amongst the league leaders in save % making this franchise a bonafide goaltender factory.
With last season's late start due to labour strife, I almost forgot that we'll be the focus of HBO's 24/7 this year leading up to the Winter Classic.
HBO will be filming the Leafs and Red Wings throughout the month of December leading up to the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on January 1.
I can't wait for this season of 24/7...
I knew back in April we were sold fool's gold. The Jays looked awful coming out the gate, and there was no inkling that they would reverse course and actually compete for a playoff spot. By the end of April, it was going to take a minor miracle for my brother to win our $50 bet. On paper, he saw a playoff team. On the field, I saw a team that would be lucky to win 75 games.
Before I proceed, let me just say that it's perfectly okay to hate your favourite team. I'm a Jays fan and have been since '83, and I'll die a Jays fan, but that doesn't mean I need to wear blinders and love what I see. There have been Leafs teams in the past that I've hated, and I happen to hate the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays. That doesn't make me a traitor or a bad fan or a bandwagon jumper. That just makes me a realist.
The 2013 Toronto Blue Jays are limping to the finish line, buried in dead last in the AL East with a dismal .444 winning percentage. They threw in an extra wild card spot and we're still 16 games back. I find it very, very difficult to watch this team that seems to lack discipline, fundamentals and major league pitching. I'd rather stroll down to the local park and watch Little League.
When you hate your favourite team, you're left with one thing: hope. Having mortgaged the future for this crop of overpriced underachievers, there's little hope for 2014. In fact, it looks like the same team, complete with the same overrated underachieving manager. What's going to be different in 2014?
It's okay to hate your favourite team, so long as you don't adopt a new one. I'd never do that... it's not in my DNA. I'll be back next April, tuning in and grasping onto whatever hope I can salvage from this pitiful wreck.
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