Posts Tagged ‘Toronto Maple Leafs

23
Nov
09

I’m baaaaaack…and so is the Rangers scoring touch!

Along with the kiiid being back, I am too (the golf season is finally over, so I have a little more free time). It just so happens that the New York Rangers scoring touch is back as well. The Columbus Blue Jackets scored two quick goals tonight and the Rangers found themselves in a hole early. But, Marian Gaborik led the way as the Rangers erupted for seven straight goals. Gaborik scored two goals and added two assists. He now sits in a tie for first for goals in the NHL and is second in points with 32. Continue reading ‘I’m baaaaaack…and so is the Rangers scoring touch!’

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17
Oct
09

7-1-0 equals #1

The New York Rangers continued their stellar play in 2009 with a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The victory is their seventh in a row and keeps them in a tie for first place in the NHL with 14 points (Pittsburgh is also 7-1-0). The Rangers had a well balanced attack against the struggling Leafs (0-6-1) with two goals coming from defenseman (Del Zotto (3) and Staal PP (1)) and two goals from forwards (Dubinsky (3) and Lisin (1). Henrik Lundqvist was excellent with 34 saves, he gave up the lone goal to Ian White.

Marian Gaborik stretched his point streak to 8 games with 2 assists tonight. Gaborik has 12 points in those 8 games and currently sits in 3rd in the NHL. Vinny Prospal also continued a scoring streak making it 7 games for him, Prospal assisted on Del Zotto’s power play goal.

The Rangers head back home for two games, Monday against the San Jose Sharks and Thursday against the New Jersey Devils.

This is the Rangers best start in a while and their longest win streak since the 2005-2006 season. Now I know it is still very early in the season, but I am not only happy with the Rangers play, but I am extremely impressed. I was a little uncertain with the new and young lineup this season, but the start they have put together has canceled any doubts. The Rangers struggled scoring goals last season, they are currently tied for the league lead with an average of 4.00 goals scored per game. The Rangers defense seemed to be a big issue at the start of the season, however they lead the NHL in scoring with nine goals.

Notes:

The video is from Battle of the Blades, a Canadian TV Show that features former NHLers figure skating. The show is kind of like Dancing with the Stars. Here is a list of a few of the former players:

Tie Domi

Bob Probert

Claude Lemieux

Ron Duguay

The game Monday against the Sharks (4-3-1) will be aired on Versus.

Enver Lisin scored his first goal as a New York Ranger.

The Rangers have the best home record in the NHL 4-0-0.

The Penguins have the best road record int he NHL 5-0-0.

That is it for me tonight, the Yankees are going to extra innings and I need to give a little more attention to that game…

11
Oct
09

Valiquette and Rangers shutout Ducks

Steve-Valiquette

Not even a flying-V or knuckle puck could find the back of the net against Rangers back-up goaltender Steven Valiquette. Valiquette made 18 saves against Anaheim Ducks for his first win of the season. Starting goalie, Henrik Lundqvist was given his first night off of the season as the Rangers play back-to-back nights, hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow night at MSG. Continue reading ‘Valiquette and Rangers shutout Ducks’

19
Sep
09

Kessel To Toronto, Classic Jerseys Revealed, Phaneuf lays out Okposo

Phil Kessel

Alright, I know, the Loge has been slacking for the past summer. But for good reason, we’ve all been super busy with our respective jobs. But, I, thekiiiiid, promises that we will be back in full swing along with the regular season. It’s been a busy few weeks for all of us. So, lets get to it. Kessel goes to the Leafs for 2 first round draft picks. Yea Burke? Dude, in all honesty take him. I was blown back by this acquisition for about 2 minutes, then I thought, whatevs….Kessel didn’t buy into Julien’s system, nor will he buy into Burkes. I know, he’ll score atleast 6 goals against the B’s this year….but if I learned one thing during the first round playoff series against the Canadiens last year, f*** ’em. Tonight people were telling me, “Yo, he got a long-term contract for a lot of money.” Wow, cool, I hope his loonies and toonies keep him warm at night while the Cup is passed around the Garden or UC. Money only makes sense in the NFL or NBA, championships mean more in the NHL. What does Brian Burke, Toronto GM have to say? Well if you can decipher what he has to articulate between bourbon shots, listen here.  So, what does this mean for the B’s? Nothing, Sturm is back, we picked up Begin, Krejci is will be ready in November and hopefully at that point Rask is ready to rock if Thomas is tired. For Toronto? Who cares? Komisarek will yuckie his pants like he did with the mediocre Habs, and their goalie situation is still questionable. This has little impact on the Northeast division except that Kessel has more buying power when he plays Boston or Buffalo. I’m over it.

NHL.com with the story:

It was a difficult deal to get done, butToronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke stuck with it, and on Friday night he got his man.

Burke continued his revamping of a franchise that hasn’t made the Stanley Cup Playoffs since the 2003-04 season, acquiring 21-year-old center Phil Kessel from theBoston Bruins in exchange for a pair of first-round draft picks and a second-rounder.

The trade was contingent on Kessel signing a contract with his new team, which he did by agreeing to a deal TSN was reporting is worth $27 million over five years.

Continue reading ‘Kessel To Toronto, Classic Jerseys Revealed, Phaneuf lays out Okposo’

01
Sep
09

Northeast Preview

NHL Northeast Division

Our friends over at viewfrommyseats.com took a look at the Northeast division today, by asking respective bloggers 5 questions about their team. Each blogger answered the same question, and I’d say some of the answers are pretty interesting. Here are our responses, and you can find the entire division here. Yesterday VFMS took a look at the Atlantic Division, check back daily for other divisions around the league.

There’s going to be an entire new look to the Northeast Division. The Toronto Maple Leafs got much bigger. The Montreal Canadiens got much smaller. The Ottawa Senators got much more dramatic. The Buffalo Sabres got to be much bigger fans of the Coyotes staying in Phoenix. And the Bruins seemed like the only ones that needed to show up to the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

So what does that mean for the upcoming season? Are the Bruins going to dominate the Division again on their way to the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference? Will the rest of the division step up and throw their weight around the Eastern Conference?

We have a great collection of bloggers around Northeast Division to give us an idea of what to expect this season. We have TheKiiid from Loge19 representing the Boston Bruins. We’ll get our Sabres perspective from David Oleksy at Die By The Blade. Fans of the Canadian teams will get their fix with PPP from Pension Plan Puppets (Maple Leafs), Kyle Roussel from All Habs (Montreal Canadiens), and Kevin Butler & Tambland from Stay Classy (Ottawa Senators). In fact, since Stay Classy can’t be trusted—we have a couple of responses from the guys.

Tomorrow we’ll give the Southeast Division the same treatment. For an entire schedule of the divisions we’re going to cover, you can find it right here (including yesterday’s Atlantic Division Roundtable). Until then, enjoy the Northeast!

1. Why is your team going to be better than they were last season?

Continue reading ‘Northeast Preview’

02
Apr
09

Maple Leafs fined more money than I’ll make this week…and awhile thereafter…

maple_leafs

First Gerber is suspended for abusing an official and now the Maple Leafs are fined $500k and lose a fourth round draft pick in this year’s draft.

I have to run off to a meeting so here is the article on NHL.com

Wednesday, 04.01.2009 / 10:12 PM / News

“The Toronto Maple Leafs acknowledge and apologize for the error of judgment.  The club accepts the punishment handed down by the League and will not be commenting further on the matter.”
Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke

25
Mar
09

Maple Leaf’s Martin Gerber handed 3 game suspension

You can see Gerber push the referee and then the linesman starting at about 3:50 of the video. Was it worth 3 games? NO. It was the heat of the moment and you could tell Gerber was upset. He probably deserved the 10 minute misconduct, but not the suspension. If this was the NFL Gerber probably would have been rewarded with a spot on ESPN’s Outside the Lines.

UPDATE:

Continue reading ‘Maple Leaf’s Martin Gerber handed 3 game suspension’




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