If there’s an early comeback btory of the year, it’s Nik in Net. Nikolai Khabibulin, who was just named the NHL’s No. 2 star for the past week, could also take the October player of the month nod with a 5-0-2 record, 1.12 goals-against average and .960 save percentage.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without their captain for at least two more games. Center Sidney Crosby said Monday he would not be able to return within the next two games, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Crosby, who is working his way back from a concussion he sustained in...
It was a week of ups and downs for the Toronto Marlies.
The Baby Leafs started the week brightly, shutting out the Abbotsford Heat 5-0 Wednesday night for the club’s most convincing win of the season to date. Prior to being called up to the parent club, Ben Scrivens made quick work of the Heat, stopping all 23 shots he faced to earn the shutout.
Blueliner Matt Lashoff left Sunday's game with an injury (Courtesy of Marlies.ca)
As well, the two Joes were at it again – linemates Joe Colborne and Joey Crabb combined for three goals and six points to lead the Marlies offence. Jerry D’Amigo, the third member of the ‘Joe Line,’ collected two assists, while Greg Scott and Darryl Boyce rounded out the scoring.
However, this was all the Marlies had to cheer about this week.
The team opened their nine-game road trip with a loss to Lake Erie on Friday, falling to the Monsters 2-1. The loss came with some consolation, as Colborne’s lone goal extended his point streak to eight games. The lack of offence was uncharacteristic for the Marlies, as their single goal was the least scored by Toronto so far this season. Jussi Rynnas’s impressive play kept the Marlies in the game and can hardly be blamed for the loss, making 31 saves in the losing affair.
The Marlies stuck around Cleveland for a couple of extra days, facing off against Lake Erie for the second time in three days on Sunday afternoon. It seemed as though the Marlies were destined to lose the Halloween affair to the aptly-named ‘Monsters,’ as Toronto’s bleak offensive output continued, succumbing to Lake Erie 4-0. The game marked the first instance where the Marlies were shut out this season. Rynnas stopped 22 of 25 shots in the match, with the Monsters adding a late empty net goal.
Bits and Bobs:
- Joe Colborne is leading the AHL in scoring (8G, 8A), with Joey Crabb hot on his heels in third place (7G, 8A). Both players have played nine games.
- Colborne’s goal was his eight of the campaign, matching his output after 20 games with the Marlies last season.
- Colborne is tied for third in the league in +/-, sitting at +8 on the year.
- Nazem Kadri was minus-1 with 2 shots in his first game of the season with the Marlies on Friday. He followed that up with another -1 performance on Sunday.
- Keith Aulie is a team-worst -7 in nine games played. The next lowest tally is Greg Scott’s -3.
- The Marlies powerplay is now just 1 for the last 19.
The Marlies are still first in their division with a 5-3-1 record. They still have seven games to go on their road trip, picking things up in Austin, TX Thursday night when they face off against the Texas Stars.
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One specific type of centreman gives Brendan Morrison fits in the faceoff circle.
Since the lockout, fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs have endured an enormous amount of ridicule.
I will not even bother trying to defend the fan base because to be perfectly honest, most of the time the criticism has been warranted.
I don’t think anyone can blame me for not sticking up for my fellow fan given the amount of times since 2004/2005 one of my cohorts has made bold proclamations about a Leaf forward winning the Rocket Richard trophy or a Leaf defensemen being the next Norris winner.
Not to mention those self-induced delusions of grandeur involving Rookie of the Year honours being bestowed upon whoever the draft-pick-or-free-agent-of-the-week is who has most recently had a stint with the big club.
And don’t forget the carousel of netminders who have been deemed “The Saviour”, poised and ready to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to the promised land of being Stanley Cup champions for the first time since 1967.
These bold proclamations...
Another North West Athlete in the spotlight today. Former Montreal Canadien, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks forward from Victoria BC Russ Courtnall. Yes Geoff Courtnall's younger brother. Courtnall was drafted 7th overall in the 1983 entry draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
After missing two weeks, New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur is set to return for the Devils. Brodeur was taken off the injured reserve list and returned to practice Monday, putting him in position to play Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
NEWARK, N.J. - Goaltender Martin Brodeur has been taken off injured reserve by the New Jersey Devils after being sidelined more than two weeks with a bruised right shoulder.
OTTAWA - Forward Kaspar Daugavins is being sent to the minors a day after scoring his first NHL goal.
As of October 31st, Toronto Maple Leafs offensive leader Phil Kessel is also the goal and scoring leader of the NHL. As of today he is 1st in the league with 10 goals and 18 points. Here is a tribute to what Kessel has done so far this season! I’ve found 7 out of his 10 goal on youtube, I will added the other 3 if I come across them.
vs. Ottawa Senators
vs. Calgary Flames
vs. Winnipeg Jets
vs. Colorado Avalanche
vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
The Maple Leafs next game is on Wednesday, November 2nd against the New Jersey Devils in New Jersey.