Toronto Maple Leafs Anti-Bullying Campaign

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ashton compressed

After seeing yet another blue and white jersey thrown onto the ice, this time in Vancouver; and hearing a Boston Bruins fan refer to loyal Toronto fans as ‘Sheep Nation’, I’ve decided that I am tired of seeing Leafs get bullied unnecessarily, not only by opposing fans, but by some of their own heartless, fairweather, so-called supporters. Evidently, Phil Kessel felt the same way, scoring a spiteful goal shortly after seeing his #81 jersey float to the ice surface at Rogers Arena last week.

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What to do when your team has been eliminated from the NHL Playoffs

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leafs disaster

With the Buffalo Sabres being the first NHL team to be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs in the 2014-15 season on Sunday and the Edmonton Oilers the second team to be eliminated on Monday, what should the hockey fan do when their team does not make it into the post season?

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The State of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Rivalries

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Often the avid hockey fan will hear the statement that “rivalries are created in the playoffs”. The playoffs are a completely different animal: the games are faster, the players dig deeper, and emotions fly. However, the Toronto Maple Leafs have made the playoffs once in the past ten years, so who is there for the Leafs to hate?

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Are the Washington Capitals This Decades Red Wings?

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2015-02-16 11_39_31-A Closer Look At_ Are the Washington Capitals This Decades Red Wings_ _ Beer Lea

I was recently watching the Washington Capitals, and the experience was considerably different than it has been the last couple of years.  While the Capitals are a similar team in the sense of personnel, they have clearly experienced a shift in organizational philosophy.  They are a team that has become much more defensively responsible.  I’m sure this has a lot to do with the additions of Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen, as well as the coaching of Barry Trotz.  Nonetheless, I thought I would look a little deeper into Washington’s recent performance, in comparison to seasons’ past.

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What’s Next for the Toronto Maple Leafs?

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have now lost 9 straight games, and before their current losing streak, they were an abysmal 3-8-0. Adding up to a grand total of 3-16-1 in their last 20 games. The only humour in the otherwise bleak situation might be that before this current 3-16-1 stretch they went on a 10-1-1 streak. The Leafs recent record has many scratching their heads. Not many people thought the Leafs were a cup contender, but many had them at least battling for a playoff spot. Currently, the only thrills Maple Leaf fans can hope for after the regular season will be possessing a draft lottery pick. The struggling Maple Leafs have not technically been eliminated from the playoff race. However, it would take something like a 22-8-1 record in their remaining 31 games to get them to 93 points, which was how many it took to get into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference last season.

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The Ramblings of a Delusional Fan

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Delusional Fan

In terms of how the Flyers season has gone, the team has genuinely turned a corner.  They have won eight of their last twelve and have won four in a row.  On top of that they have been playing a much better brand of hockey lately.  They seem to either finally understand, or have at least bought into the systems that Coach Craig Berube has them playing.  As well, they have been hanging with some of the NHL’s better teams (Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington).  That certainly sounds like a recipe for success.  So I have found myself suddenly optimistic about the stretch drive to the end of the season.  The question is, am I being realistic?

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Montreal Canadiens 2014/2015 Campaign: Surprises of the Year

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Top 5 Biggest Surprises of the Year (so far…)

While referring to the NHL standings, it appears that the Montreal Canadiens are having a very successful season thus far. In fact, they have consistently been at the top end of the Eastern Conference along with teams such as the Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the New York Islanders (Yes…the Islanders…I’m just as confused).

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Josh Harding’s Career of Adversity

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I have always been a huge fan of Josh Harding, not because of who he is or his hockey performance, but more so for what he has accomplished in the face of adversity. For those of you who don’t know, Josh Harding is a goaltender for the Minnesota Wild who has been with the organization since he was drafted by the team in the 2nd round in 2002. Along the way, he has dealt with many adversities: attempting to crack an NHL lineup, competing with other goaltenders for the Wild’s starting goaltender job, and dealing with season-ending injuries as he is approaching his prime. However, none of that compares to his battle with multiple sclerosis since his diagnosis in the infancy of the 2012-13 NHL season.

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Leafs Player Analysis: Leo ‘The Lion’ Komarov

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Leo Komarov is off to a great start in his second stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 27 year old Finnish forward was born in Estonia and speaks 5 languages, he can also play classical piano despite having no formal training. While all that is interesting food for thought, the most fascinating thing about Leo Komarov is how he plays the game of hockey. It would not be an easy task to compile a list of players who possess more grit than Komarov. Komarov  has put up 9 assists and 1 goal in 15 games so far this season. Although eclipsing his point total from his first  NHL season (42 games) after just 15 games is impressive, what this Finnish missile brings to the team extends far beyond offense. He finishes virtually all of his checks, is great defensively and seems to have the character of a great leader.

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A Closer Look At: Sidney Crosby

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OK, I need to get something out of the way.  I’m a Sidney Crosby hater.  Well not really, but he is the Captain of the Philadelphia Flyers inter-state rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins.  I respect everything that he has done and am impressed by it, but I can’t help it, every time I look at Sidney Crosby I see this:

Crosby vs. Giroux
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