I never get tired of watching Phil Kessel, god among men, working his magic in the Leafs jersey. Last night's overtime-winning goal against the Colorado Avalanche, when Tyson Barrie was eating his dust as he shot one through Semyon Varlamov's five-hole, was exactly the kind of show that we have come to expect from Phillip Kessel. When he has the puck, there's a sense that we're going to see something special.
For being the best thing to happen to the Leafs in a long time, Kessel has been the recipient of an unreasonable amount of hate. Apparently he's too lazy, too boring, too awkward, too streaky, too lackadaisical in practice, "only" scores goals, and my favourite, he's definitely much too fat for hockey. The fact that he is one of the fastest players in the game and has been one of the most consistent scorers in the past few years doesn't seem to protect him from these criticisms.
To that I say, Phil, keep doing what you're doing. It's working.
The Other Crosby
Taylor Crosby has skills.
The Leafs, Their Schedule & Back-to-Back Games- Corsi Hockey League
How do the Leafs do in the second of back-to-back games? Apparently having two good goalies has something to do with it.
Leafs Postgame- Leafs Nation
The Leafs outshot an opponent. How is everyone handling this?
The Future of the Culture Wars is Here, and It's Gamergate- Deadspin
The exclusion, harassment, and violence directed towards women in male-dominated communities--sports fan communities included--continues to occur in disturbing ways. Just ask @RegressedPDO (and probably any other woman with a large Twitter following).
Woman with Sports Opinion Bingo *now without a spelling mistake!* pic.twitter.com/6A6vcyvhLA— Jen LC (@RegressedPDO) October 14, 2014
Zeitgeist: Empty U.S. hockey arena to be featured on Canadian money
The Canadian ten-dollar note will soon include a photo from a barely watched Florida Panthers-Ottawa Senators game. Treasury Minister Tony Clement says it's a testament to Canada's love for hockey and the US ambivalence toward the sport.
Jeff Petry A Healthy Scratch vs. Kings
This was a fun meltdown to watch in real time
Game 4 Recap: Leafs 3 Avs 2 (OT)
A recap from our friends at MHH
Boom Boom Geoffrion's unbelievable stick fight with Ron Murphy
Habs have always been dirty players
Recap: New York Islanders 6, Rangers 3: Mistakes overcome, in the name of rivalry and depth
Continued offense and key goaltending from Islanders new and old created a joyous outcome at the Garden.