Via Penguins WhoSay Besides being able to have their team advance out of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the city of Pittsburgh has also made it possible to turn one of its buildings into a goal light. A Toronto Maple Leafs fan petition to turn CN Tower into a goal light for each playoff game didn't succeed. In Pittsburgh, however, it took a round, but the top of Gulf Tower will light up red every time the Penguins score in for the rest of the playoffs. Ian Walsh, an executive with Rugby Realty, who control Gulf Tower, met with the Penguins on Wednesday to discuss another idea when the goal light conversation came up. After figuring out a way to control the lights remotely, the plan was put into place for Game 2 on Friday. Here's a view from inside CONSOL Energy Center after Brenden Morrow's goal in Game 2: From the Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review : There was no test run, and Crosby's goal early in the first period on Friday night turned the Gulf Tower into a rotating red light for the first time. However, because there was still daylight when Crosby scored around 7:50 p.m., few people noticed. That was not the case about 30 minutes later when Crosby scored his second goal. A darker sky provided the perfect backdrop for the Gulf Tower to stand out. During the game, Wareham received word from Penguins employees that fans were posting photos of the rooftop goal-light on Twitter, but even he was surprised how quickly the idea became a success. The Penguins’ director of event presentation controls the lights via an iPhone and beginning with Sunday night’s Game 3, there will be 20 rotations of the lights for each goal scored, up from 15 used during Game 2. Follow Sean Leahy on Twitter at @Sean_Leahy
BOSTON (AP) -- - The Boston Bruins have three rookie defensemen in the lineup for the Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Rangers.
BOSTON (AP) -- In the corner of the Boston Bruins' locker room, hanging from the hooks in Andrew Ference's stall, is a yellow running singlet with the team's ''Spoked B'' logo on the front.
Sports editor Josh Lewis of the Estevan Mercury in Saskatchewan is a big Toronto Maple Leafs fan. The kinds that had his hopes and dreams crushed by a three-goal rally by the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Alas, Lewis is also the kind of Leafs fan who was willing to make a bet with a coworker at the weekly paper: Chad Saxon, an editor and a massive Boston Bruins fan. So after seeing the Leafs lose Game 7 in embarrassing fashion, Lewis suffered another embarrassment, as per the wager: Ouch. From Saxon, via email: We bet on the series and the punishment was the loser had to wear a sandwich board and stand on the boulevard of our busiest street for half an hour at noon. The winner got to choose what went on the sign. Obviously it was looking like I was pretty much screwed up until the comeback. Josh, who we had under suicide watch for a couple of days was a good sport and paid off his debt on Friday. But wait, there’s more: Writes Saxon: “We are big supporters of humiliating Leafs fans so we were hoping you could throw this on the blog.” Well, Josh Lewis – oh, by the way, you can tweet at him here – you boldly accepted your defeat after a valiant effort, much like the Leafs did. And like the Leafs, we hope you learned lesson from this defeat. Like, for example, never betting on the Leafs. Ever.
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Bruins have three rookie defensemen in the lineup for the Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Rangers.
(Ed. Note: Well, here it is. The long gestating Toronto Maple Leafs Eulogy. Usually, we have the fans that hate eliminated teams the most be the ones to remember them fondly. But since the Leafs making the playoffs was such a monumental deal, we decided to go in another direction: Allowing the caustic Leas fans from Pension Plan Puppets to eulogize their own team. Here’s what happens when year of cynicism collides with sudden adoration for a Leafs team that lost in seven to the Bruins.) By Pension Plan Puppets Today we say goodbye to the 2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs. We come not to mourn their passing, but to celebrate how the 2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs lived, loved and were led by a great man known as Randolph Robert Carlyle. The world will long remember these Leafs for their ability to generate quality shots and for limiting their opponents’ quality chances . Hockey fans, no matter their allegiance, will recall this team for the terror they struck in the hearts of the opposition by playing not one, but two enforcers for a few short minutes each night. The 2012-13 Leafs will be remembered for changing their culture. They will be, and should be, remembered by the Jack Adams-worthy work of Coach Randy Carlyle.
For any sports fan who has had to watch their team suffer a devastating loss, you know exactly what is going on in this video. A group of Toronto Maple Leafs fans filmed their Game 7 party, which went from joy to sadness in about 15 minutes of ice time, against the Boston Bruins in the opening round of the 2013 NHL Playoffs. The video was uploaded to LeafFan89?s YouTube channel with this description. Had my gopro out in hopes of capturing some memorable playoff moments for Toronto but instead got this. Though loss but still had a great time watching the leafs in the playoffs and seeing how nuts all the fans were. I’m sure leaf fans can relate to the reactions in this video! I recommend watching this video on a computer in full-screen mode so you can see the expressions on everyone’s face. My favorite is the girl in the back left corner, wearing the grey sweatshirt, who is sheepishly smiling [like a secret Bruins fan] and even tries wearing a Leafs’ jersey in OT for support. The po...
This was an experiment that clearly did not work out as planned. According to the uploader of the below YouTube video, he’s just a Maple Leafs fan who owns a GoPro camera and wanted to capture some memorable playoff moments. However, what he ended up getting was visual evidence of a memory that will probably stick in his sports-fan brain for the rest of his life. In any case, this Leafs fan mounted his GoPro to the top of his TV, planning to record him and his friends while they watched the deciding Game 7 between Toronto and Boston in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Of course, we all know how the game ended, and this fan apparently had enough of a sense of humor to clip together a range of reactions and post it online. There’s the elation when Phil Kessel scores to put the Leafs up 3-1, and the utter heartbreak caused by Patrice Bergeron. Check out some Maple Leafs fans going through the entire gamut of emotions in the video below.
This Toronto Maple Leafs fan used his Go Pro camera to try and make some fond memories as he and his friends gathered together to watch the Boston Bruins-Leafs Game 7. Unfortunately, the Maple Leafs epic collapse gave them this depressing video. Their reactions are pretty expected, too sad and shocked that they lost to even be angry about it. This video pretty much defines what sports are all about, they can make you feel on top of the world one minute and rip your heart out the next. [Deadspin]
A.B. Nothing is more satisfying than watching these Toronto fans suffer the agony of defeat. I have no personal problem with any of these specific Leafs fans (in fact I respect their passion) but after seeing & hearing what the people of Toronto are capable of, I hope they never win the cup again. Example #1: “Toronto Stronger” asshole. Example #2: Marinus Calamari‘s comment on The Awesome Boston Google+ page: “So people are finally getting tired about hearing how Exceptionally Fantastic & Utterly Fabulous Boston is for surviving the smallest terrorist attack of that week. It’s about time for the trolls me thinks.” Again, I know these are isolated idiots but it speaks to the overall lack of class in Toronto. If Canadiens and Yankees fans (actual rivals) can go out of their way to support Boston in a time of tragedy, there is no reason Toronto can’t follow suit. And if the situation was reversed, there is 0.0% chance that Bruins fans would have let a sign like that into the T...