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The joy and sorrow of a rebuilding team.

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"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle."

-- Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Lucky for us, we know ourselves very, very well.

Leafs Links

The Inimitable Walter Broda | PPP stealth history poster guy strikes again

William Nylander likely to play for Team Sweden at World Juniors | PPP

Jonathan Bernier sent to Marlies for conditioning stint | PPP

Travis Dermott scores second goal of the season with Erie Otters | PPP

Leafs @ Jets recap: Sparks snuffed in six-goal loss | PPP

Where will Sparks fit into Maple Leafs goaltending lore? | Sportsnet

Rumblings: Kings surprised by Jonathan Bernier's slump with Maple Leafs | ESPN

Other Hockey News

OHL Roundup: Zachary Senyshyn scores four goals in Greyhounds rout of Wolves | NHL

QMJHL Roundup: Alex Barre-Boulet leads Voltigeurs past Tigres in OT | NHL

Worst dive in hockey history? Watch Michael Lindqvist go flying | Puck Daddy

Habs Waive Michael Bournival | THW

Radko Gudas suspended three games for check to the head | BSH

Jagr tweets NHL All-Star Game 3-on-3 format would 'kill me' | Puck Daddy

Concussion Lawsuit: Lemieux Scheduled for Deposition | Pensburgh

Czech Republic announces invites for WJC camp | NHL

Game Recaps by Species

What exactly is interference? Last night we had a mini-debate in the FTB after a goal by Spaling was waved off for goalie interference. Unlike the very technical offside review, this review is subjective, and the review plays out to fans with little or no comment by the NHL officials whom are not even present at the game anyway. The Leafs weren't the only ones to lose out on a goal for interference last night.

Lightning hold off Ducks, win 2-1 to snap two-game losing skid - Raw Charge
The Lightning bounce back from a bumpy ending to November with a much-needed win to start off their three-game road trip on the right foot.

Islanders 2, Rangers 1: Old enemies shine in first Brooklyn Brawl - Lighthouse Hockey
The first ever Islanders-Rangers game in Brooklyn lived up to it's billing as one of the very rare NBC Sports Wednesday Night Rivalry games that actually qualifies for that title.

Depth Finally Chips In - The Copper & Blue
Oilers beat the Bruins 3-2 in a shootout


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