Leafs Blown Away By Boston Bruins, Downed 7-0

November 6th, 2011 1 Comment

Heading into Saturday nights tilt against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins expectations were high that the Toronto Maple Leafs would be able to extract a measure of revenge on the Bruins, a team that had dealt the Leafs their worst loss of the season, 6-2 on October 20th. For Toronto, a victory against the Bruins—who entered the contest in the Eastern Conference basement—could have served as a statement game. After a thorough 7-0 loss at the hands of the Bruins on Saturday night, it wasn’t exactly the statement the Maple Leafs were looking for. Bruins forward Tyler Seguin torched the Buds for three goals, his first hat trick of his career, playing a dominating game at both ends and standing up to Toronto’s futile physical attack on the 19-year old sniper. Given the fact that Jonas Gustavsson got


Toronto Maple Leafs: It’s Statement Time!

November 5th, 2011 No Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs will face off against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre tonight in what many are calling a statement game for the Blue and White. The Maple Leafs were pounded by a final score of 6-2 at the TD Garden on October 20th in what can only be described as an embarrassing game for the Buds. Toronto enters tonight’s match with a 9-3-1 record, good enough for first overall in the NHL standings, while Boston enters with a paltry 4-7-0 record, ranking them 29th overall. Heading into the 2011-12 season few pundits had the Maple Leafs in the playoffs let alone atop the NHL standings and, while it is still early, history tells us that teams in the playoffs at Halloween typically follow through and make it into the playoffs at


Joffrey Lupul Has Found A Home In Toronto

November 2nd, 2011 No Comments

When Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke pulled the trigger on a deal that sent Francois Beauchemin to the Anaheim Ducks for defensive prospect Jake Gardiner, a conditional fourth round draft pick and Joffrey Lupul, Gardiner was expected to be the jewel of the trade for the Maple Leafs. As it turns out, Gardiner’s play early on this season has been gold and surprisingly, so has Lupul’s. Originally drafted seventh overall by the Ducks at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Lupul, has a history of injury woes. He missed 24 games in the 2010-11 season due to back surgery, which was part of the reason the Ducks gave up on the young sniper so early. Lupul went on to play 28 games with the Maple Leafs last season, registering nine goals (two of which were power play markers) and


Jonas Gustavsson: Is The Monster Back?

November 1st, 2011 No Comments

Heading into the 2011-12 season, plenty of questions surrounded Toronto Maple Leafs backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson. Having fought through a change in his goaltending style from stand up to butterfly goaltender, two heart ailments and the death of both of his parents, Gustavsson can be excused for his 22-28-11 record over his first two seasons with the Maple Leafs. Gustavsson went 16-15-9 in his first season with the Buds. His 2.87 goals against average and .902 save percentage stand as his career best, at least thus far. Gus followed his 2009-10 season up with a trying 2010-11 season in which he posted a 6-13-2 record to go along with a paltry 3.29 goals against average and .890 save percentage. In his first start of the 2011-12 season Gustavsson got shelled for six goals on 46 shots, which equated to a


Ugly Stats Still Haunt Toronto Maple Leafs

October 31st, 2011 2 Comments

On the surface, when you consider the Maple Leafs are 7-3-1 on the season there is little to complain about. Sniper Phil Kessel is off to a hot start, Dion Phaneuf looks to be back as a dominating force on the blueline and Joffrey Lupul looks to be a nice surprise early on. As good as the Maple Leafs have been through 11 games, there are a few statistics that continue to haunt the Blue and White. In 2010-11 the Maple Leafs owned the 27th ranked penalty kill with a success rate of 77.4 percent. As bad as their PK was last season, things are actually worse this season as the Blue and White are currently sporting a 72.3 percent success rate on the PK, five points worse than 2010-11’s success rate. While Toronto has employed an aggressive forecheck on


Brian Burke’s Moves Paying Dividends

October 30th, 2011 1 Comment

The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Pittsburgh Penguins by a final score of 4-3 Saturday night, solidifying their place atop the Northeast Division. The Maple Leafs 7-2-1 record through ten games gives them 15 points, good enough for third overall in the standings. While it is only ten games into the 2011-12 season, Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has a lot to brag about, much of which can be attributed to the many moves he has made over his tenure with the Blue and White. Burke’s rebuild started with the much maligned acquisition of Phil Kessel from the Boston Bruins which saw two first round draft choices (2010, 2011) and a second rounder (2011) exchanged for the sniper. While it is still early to award either franchise a winner in the trade it appears as if both clubs are

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