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The Sputtering Toronto Maple Leafs

from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,

You know you’re in a hopeless hockey market when the Maple Leafs roll into town and the Florida Panthers announce they’re celebrating something known as “Legacy Saturday.”

What’s it matter that there are Taco Bell franchises with grander traditions and better in-seat ambience than an NHL team born in 1993? Marketing departments must market. So Saturday’s “Legacy” honouree was Bryan McCabe, the former Maple Leafs defenceman, who dropped the ceremonial first puck. If you were fuzzy on McCabe’s connection to the Panthers, he played a grand total of 199 games with the team — approximately 18% of his great NHL career. He played nearly three times as many games in Toronto, playoffs included....

And, yes, the Maple Leafs deployed both a penalty kill and a power play on Saturday night. But their “special” teams have been especially awful of late. The alleged penalty killers offered only token resistance to a Panthers power play that scored on two of its first three opportunities to take a 2-0 lead. That’s four straight games the Maple Leafs have given up at least one goal while short-handed.

The slumping Maple Leafs power play, meanwhile, also continued its swoon. Even gifted a four-minute advantage in the second period, it couldn’t bust loose, somehow finding itself outshot 3-2. Blanked on four opportunities all told, Toronto is now one for its last 22 attempts with the man advantage.

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Highlights of Florida's 4-3 OT can be watched below.

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Video- No Goal St. Louis

Bortuzzo didn't call bank shot off of Tim Peel.

Peel did return to the game for the start of the 2nd period.



added 9:24pm, Longer version (Florida broadcast) is below.

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Videos- Three OT Winners Last Night




The other two game winners are below.

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Defense An Issue For The Florida Panthers

from Walter Villa o the Miami Herald,

When David Kampf – hardly an NHL blueblood – easily skated right around Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad on Saturday night and then scored on goalie James Reimer … it was not a good sign for the home team.

The Panthers lost to the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime on Saturday, and the issue – again – was defense.

Florida is allowing 3.62 goals per game, which is the second-worst average in the league, better than only the Ottawa Senators.

Given that porous defense, it’s no coincidence that the Panthers (8-9-4) and Senators are the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference....

In an attempt to find answers to what ails the Panthers defense, here are some of the numbers:

▪ The Panthers are killing just 75 percent of their penalties – only three NHL teams are worse.

Florida’s star defensemen – Ekblad, Keith Yandle and Mike Matheson – are known more for offense than being shut-down defenders. Newcomer Bogdan Kiselevich, a former all-star in Russia, was supposed to help the PK unit, but he hasn’t had a major impact.


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Video- Vincent Trochek Taken Off The Ice On A Stretcher

No update at this point.

via Sportsnet,



added 9:12pm, YouTube version is below.

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How Will The Ottawa Senators Handle The Return Of Mike Hoffman Tonight?

from Ian Mendes of TSN,

So far this season, the Senators have gone out of their way to acknowledge players who were traded away as part of the rebuilding process that started around the trade deadline last season. When the Los Angeles Kings visited town last month, both Dion Phaneuf and Nate Thompson were saluted with a ‘Welcome Back’ message on the big screen. 

But on Monday night, the Senators might have a conundrum on their hands as Mike Hoffman makes his first appearance at the Canadian Tire Centre wearing the colours of the Florida Panthers. 

The Hoffman-Senators divorce was one of the most awkward and messy departures between an athlete and NHL team in recent memory. Hoffman was caught in a situation that saw his long-time girlfriend, Monika Caryk, accused of orchestrating a cyberbullying attack on captain Erik Karlsson and his wife Melinda. 

It was a salacious storyline, more fitting of a soap opera than an NHL dressing room. It became obvious the Senators needed to move on from either Hoffman and/or Karlsson – and in the end, both players were traded away. But there was a three-month window where Karlsson was still a member of the Senators after Hoffman was traded and it became clear the organization felt like Hoffman was the one who had to leave. 


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Video- Too Early To Celebrate Ty Rattie

Big save by Roberto Luongo.


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Video- Match Penalty For Brendan Lemieux

Brendan Lemieux received five for fighting and a match penalty.


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Video- Quite The Return To Finland For Patrik Laine

The Winnipeg Jets beat the Florida Panthers 4-2, Laine had a hat trick.


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Video- The Puck Drop In Finland

Teemu Selanne!


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