Gameday 64 – Maple Leafs

7:00 pm
 
Air Canada Centre
 
TV: FSN/NHLN-US/CBC
 
 
The first of two games in Toronto.  The Leafs believe they can make the playoffs and beating the Pens will just reinforce that idea.
 
That can't happen.
 
 
Late edit:
 
From our boy Fitz:

 
 
 

 
Know your enemy: Puckin' Eh
 

Lessons learned. Dealing defensemen for futures, good. Dealing two of your top four defensemen when you are three games out of a playoff spot, bad. Almost instantly after Kaberle was shipped out, the new Brian Burke meme became it's time to land a defenseman. I don't think anyone who has seen Brett Lebda play can argue this fact either. Toronto has quickly gone from having an underachieving blueline, to having an inexperienced/bad blueline.

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Season series: Series Tied 1-1
 
Last meeting: December 8, 2010 – Penguins Won 5-2
 
What we said in our recap:

Bing and the Pens were dominating so hard at one point in this game that they even made Oprah cry. This wasn't even a game until Toronto used some theatrics and a gift four-minute powerplay to make things interesting for ten minutes in third period. Don't even think about discounting some saves that Marc-Andre Fleury made in the third to prevent a disaster from occurring. It would have been a disaster, too, because the Penguins completely humbled the goon Leafs through the first two periods. It all culminated in a three-minute monster mash in which the Pens scored three goals. The Pens have now won 11 straight games. Sidney Crosby is on a 17-game scoring streak. He has reached DEFCON 1 of FU mode.

 

Those were the days…

 
 
Penguins notes:
 
Maple Leafs notes:
 
Line production the last 10 games: Penguins | Leafs
 
Favorite Leafs-related Photoshop or gif:
 
 
 
 
Penguins lines:

James Neal – Jordan StaalAlexei Kovalev
Matt Cooke – Max Talbot – Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp – Dustin Jeffrey – Pascal Dupuis
Craig Adams – Mark Letestu – Chris Conner/Joe Vitale

Kris LetangZbynek Michalek
Matt NiskanenDeryk Engelland
Ben Lovejoy – Brian Strait

Marc-Andre Fleury

 
Maple Leafs Lines from Empty Netters:

Clake MacArthur – Mikhail Grabovski – Nikolai Kulemin
Joffrey Lupul – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Mike Brown – Darryl Boyce – Colby Armstrong
Fredrik Sjostrom – Tim Brent – Joey Crabb/Jay Rosehill

Keith Aulie – Dion Phaneuf
Luke Schenn – Carl Gunnarsson
Mike Komisarek – Brett Lebda

James Reimer

 
"It's a topsy-turvy world, and maybe the problems of two people don't amount to a hill of beans. But this is our hill. And these are our beans!"

 
 
Do It.
 
Go Pens.
 

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