Back Checking

TORONTO, CANADA - JANUARY 19: Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs tries to back check Kyle Brodziak #21 of the Minnesota Wild in a game on January 19, 2012 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Wild 4-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Sometimes, if one of your buddies in pinching, you've gotta make sure to cover him and back check. Sorry for the late FTB, but sometimes life happens.

I guess I'll take the opportunity to plug my own piece over at The Leafs Nation on Jonas Gustavsson and VHS. I've watched every single goal scored on Gustavsson this season and tabulated all those that are attributable to misuses of that particular stance, and figured out roughly (OK, very roughly) what this might have cost the Leafs. I've been meaning to look into this for some time.

If your article hasn't been linked, just throw it in the comments. Jump for more.

Leafs Lamentation

The latest from Puck Buddys\

Patrick and Brian Burke's Beerability

From Justin Bourne at BHS.

Backhand Shelf Podcast

Always fun.

League Average Goaltending Would Mean A Lot

From Blue Chip Prospects.

A team with lots of former Leafs and Habs?

Sounds like a team of cats and dogs. How could they have gotten along?

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