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Leafs Had It - Then Lost It Quickly

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

First came March 16, just eight days ago, and an embarrassing 5-1 loss in Washington to a dreadful Capitals team that was riding a terrible losing streak.
Then came last night.
At one moment, the Leafs were ahead 4-1, with pucks bouncing off referees to assist on goals and the hometown Buffalo Sabres seemingly rattled by the manner in which they were being manhandled by their division rivals.
Crammed with delirious Leaf fans, the HSBC Center rocked with chants of “Miller, Miller” aimed at the Sabres’ all-star puckstopper, Ryan Miller.
Then, as if accompanied by a clap of thunder, it all changed.

read on... Truly a classic game last night.  Leafs need to recover quickly for tonight’s rematch, points are at a premium this time of year.

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Old School- The Toronto Next Years

from the Toronto Sun,

In what was billed as likely the last full gathering of the 1967 champions, the outspoken Shack used his five minutes at the podium last night to praise patient Leafs fans and rail against those who have run the team through the second-longest Cup skid in NHL history.
“It’s been 40 years ... are you going to call them the Toronto Next Years?” Shack bellowed to a crowd of 900 at the Metro Convention Centre, which included Leafs general manager John Ferguson. “Isn’t that a bunch of bullsh—?”

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Redneck Heaven

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Janssen knew the drill, so he dropped his gloves and turned to face Belak. He was about to pay the price for knocking Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle out of the lineup on March 2 with a late, blindside hit that left Kaberle with a concussion and the Leafs without their best defenceman.
The 19,518 fans at the Air Canada Centre rose as one to revel in the show. This was the moment the mouth breathers were waiting for. It was redneck heaven, as good as macaroni and cheese and a cold Lakeport with the rasslers on the tube. It’s a wonder even the sushi eaters in the platinum seats did not break into a chant of “Git ‘er done.”

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Janssen Will Play His Game

from NorthJersey.com,

Although he regrets injuring Kaberle and says he’s learned his lesson from the late hit, which earned a three-game suspension, Janssen has no intention of taking it easy on the Maple Leafs’ defenseman if their paths cross.
“If he’s got the puck and I need to make the hit on him to get the puck, well, yeah, I’m going to do it,” he said Monday. “I’m not looking to go head-hunting or anything like that. I just want to go out and play my game. I’m sure if I’m skating down the wing with the puck, he’s going to come hit me, too.”

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Mellowing Out

from the Toronto Sun,

Good thing Darcy Tucker is mellowing.
For much of his career Tucker was one of those guys who could make you admire his tenacity one moment, then curse his immaturity and fool-headedness the next. The upside was that he could upset the other team and make them forget they were there to play hockey. The downside was that he’d just as often forget why he was there himself—inevitably do more yapping than scoring; he would leap into an official’s face flapping his arms like Big Bird on an amphetamine rush, or try to beat up the entire Senators bench.

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A Kid In The Nets

from the Toronto Star,

There was a new kid in the Leaf net yesterday and the young man has quite a future.
The goalie was 14-year-old Brandon Gibson of Scarborough. And he’s got a future because of a successful double-lung transplant to treat his cystic fibrosis.
“He’s three months post-transplant and he’s allowed to do anything,” said his elated mother, Muriel Gibson.

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The Deal That Wasn’t

from the Toronto Sun,

Imagine a Maple Leafs team that featured a one-two punch of Mats Sundin and Vincent Lecavalier up the middle.
It almost happened.
Unfortunately, Leafs fans must deal with the bitterness of what might have been, especially with Lecavalier now enjoying an MVP-type season at just 26….
Bill Watters, the Leafs assistant general manager at the time of the proposed Lecavalier swap, recalled how close the trade came to fruition.
“Our scouting staff, Pat Quinn, everybody was so excited at the time because the deal was pretty much done and the media didn’t have a sniff of it,” Watters said.

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Peca Looking At Mid-April Return

from the Toronto Sun,

The 32-year-old worked out for 25 minutes yesterday at the Air Canada Centre in a track suit, but was able to put weight on the leg and shoot the puck.
“I had to fight the doctor to skate,” Peca said with a laugh. “I was able to go straight away as fast and as hard as I want, turn over both ways and do figure eights, so I was pretty happy.”
His recent x-rays have been encouraging.
“The bone has healed and you can barely see any trace of the fracture,” he said. “The MCL has just about healed perfectly I was able to do a lot of things today that I didn’t think I’d be able to do….”

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Kaberle May Be Back On The Ice

via TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs received some good news as All-Star defenceman Tomas Kaberle rode a stationary bike Friday, the first physical exertion Kabele has been able to do since being leveled by Devils enforcer Cam Janssen.
Head Coach Paul Maurice says Kaberle felt good afterwards and if he experiences no headaches or other setback, could return to the ice for practice in a week’s time.

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Report- Kaberle Done For The Season

from the National Post,

Welcome to life without Tomas Kaberle. Kubina, and others, might have to get used to it.
Kaberle, who is by far Toronto’s best defenceman, is still suffering from the effects of a concussion suffered Friday night after a cheap-shot hit from New Jersey goon Cam Janssen. The club set a target goal of a week to 10 days for his return—a timeframe that Kaberle’s agent, Rick Curran, immediately downplayed. But sources familiar with the situation have told the Post that Kaberle will not, in fact, return this season.
“He’s done,” one source told the Post.

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added 1:05pm, from TSN,

Injured Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle has refuted a published report that claimed that the blue liner’s season was over.

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