You can’t win them all, but last night’s loss by the Maple Leafs wasn’t exactly a good one. The team held out through the first period fine and then most of the second, but then tanked hard. The visual of the even strength Corsi graph speaks for itself. You can see the exact moment when the Montreal Canadiens ripped out Leafs fans’ hearts, then stomped on them twice. Oh, happy Valentine’s Day, by the way.
There’s more about what went wrong and why in our recap of the game.
The Marlies are also now one day away from starting their season and have added a slew of players to their roster, including both from inactive junior hockey teams and by raiding the Maple Leafs’ roster for Nicholas Robertson, Rasmus Sandin and Adam Brooks.
Leafs prospect Joe Miller was playing last night on the Chicago Steel and potted his third goal of the season. Watch for the goal, then keep watching for the junior hockey commentary on the replay, complete with sound effects that you can take to the bank.
This guy is almost cat like with his puck batting reflexes.
[VIDEO] Brian Burke gets roasted by Hockey Night panel in final show
The final words from the Sportsnet crew to Brian Burke before he takes over as the President of the Pittsburgh Penguins: “You’ll be back here in a year”. At least they’re not elevating his expectations too high!
Hurricanes and Senators make a big trade - Canes Country
The Carolina Hurricanes traded winger Ryan Dzingel to the Ottawa Senators for forwards Alex Galchenyuk and Cedric Paquette.
Canucks owner Aquilini backs management despite dismal run - CBC
[SPECIES: An unsolicited public endorsement of the management group by the team owner? That's the "kiss of death" in the NHL.]
NHL teams not going to private restaurants in Toronto despite Ontario green light - CBC
[SPECIES: I renovated my basement into a restaurant for nothing!]
Does last night’s loss worry you?
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No. The Leafs are fine. Why are you even asking this?
Yes. You can’t move past this division in the playoffs when the teams in it can shut you down like that.
Maybe. The same issues are cropping up repeatedly against the good teams in the North who can exploit them, but those issues can be fixed with some good coaching. Will that happen? Maybe.