Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/07/12 at 12:35 PM ET
Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun discuss whether the Leafs’ playoff push, the Oilers’ trade options and the Lightning’s decisions at the deadline.
Scott Burnside: Greetings, mon ami. You saw a pretty interesting hockey game last night in Toronto as the Leafs bested the streaking Edmonton Oilers (OK, streaking is a relative term when it comes to the Oilers) by a 6-3 count. What I found interesting is that in the past this was the kind of game that always seemed to trip up the Leafs. Toronto had won two straight, but the plucky Oilers had won three and been the object of much attention with Sam Gagner’s eight-point explosion against Chicago last week. And sure enough, they gave up a goal 21 seconds in (scoring dynamo Sam Gagner drawing an assist on Jordan Eberle’s 23rd of the season)....
LeBrun: Scotty, this is the best stretch (11 of 12 possible points) I’ve seen the Leafs play under Ron Wilson as head coach, at least when the games still matter.
Last Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, you wondered how the Leafs would react after blowing a 4-1 lead and losing in a shootout. Well, they’ve won three straight games, outscoring their opponents 12-3 and showing signs that this club should be playoff-bound…
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