Good morning Toronto Maple Leafs fans! Just some quick links for you to chatter about on Friday morning.
Last night the Leafs lost their first game of March and their first in five games; the last loss was on February 22nd to the Calgary Flames.
Leafs falter in tired loss to Canucks
Losing game two of a back to back isn’t anything new, and after the dominating performance against Edmonton I can forgive a loss. Just don’t make it a streak. The Leafs play the Canucks again on Saturday night - at a more reasonable 7PM start time - and then head home to host the Jets* on Tuesday night.
The Maple Leafs are still first in the NHL by points, but have slipped to third when sorting by points percentage, just behind the Vegas Golden Knights and Tampa Bay Lightning. Both of those teams have played fewer games (6 and 4 respectively) than the Maple Leafs.
In Calgary, the Flames may have beaten the Ottawa Senators 7-3 but that didn’t stop the team from firing head coach Geoff Ward post-game and replacing him with former Flames coach and GM Darryl Sutter.
FLAMES NAME DARRYL SUTTER HEAD COACH
Darryl Sutter isn’t just taking over for the rest of the season in Calgary. He signed a three-year deal, this season plus two more.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) March 5, 2021
The Flames aren’t messing around with interm coaches.
that was the same season this happened pic.twitter.com/9SrJO1LXpU— Sam (@samanthacp_) March 5, 2021
Ya. I saw him kick someone in the lower back on the bench. What he did to Matt Greene in front of the entire room before a team meeting when he had a concussion was absurd. He told a female stewardess to “fuck off” bc he wouldn’t let us eat after a bad loss.— Daniel Carcillo (@CarBombBoom13) November 27, 2019
I can keep going....
Good job Flames, happy to see you’ve learned from your coaching changes last season.
Some quick news hits:
Some players were very naughty.
Ovechkin fined $5,000 for actions in Capitals game
Joachim Blichfeld suspended two games for hit on MacKinnon
Oh man ,speaking of coaches who are getting fired.
Sabres Pick Up Fifth Consecutive Loss
The Rangers and Ducks got some bad news late last night
Rangers lose Igor Shesterkin to non-contact injury
Anaheim Ducks Defenceman Hampus Lindholm Injured
Finally, some sad news about Canada’s most famous father. Walter Gretzky passed away yesterday at age 82.
March 5, 2021
Heartfelt sympathies to the Gretzky Family from the PPP community.