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Playing For All The Marbles

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

What could be more exciting than a winner-take-all showdown between the Canadiens and the archrival Toronto Maple Leafs for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference?
While the Canadiens play tomorrow night against the Rangers in New York and the Leafs visit the Islanders, it appears that Saturday night’s game in Toronto will decide one of the final spots.
“It will be the most important game a lot of the players on this team have ever played,” said Koivu, who showed that he wasn’t brooding over being benched in the latter stages of Saturday’s 4-3 win over Buffalo.
“If you think of the rivalry between us and the Leafs with the game on national TV, you can’t ask for anything more.”

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JFJ Not Happy with Head Hit

from the Toronto Sun,

There was blood oozing from Matt Stajan’s face and steam coming out of John Ferguson’s ears.
All thanks to Philadelphia Flyers forward Ben Eager.
A livid Ferguson needed all his composure to keep from publicly ripping referees Bill McCreary and Greg Kimmerly for allowing Eager’s head shot on Stajan late in the third period to go unpunished.
“At some point I’m just going to have to open my mouth and pay the (bleepin) fine,” the Maple Leafs general manager said, referring to the potential financial consequence of criticizing officials.

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Kyle Wellwood Understands

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The albums do not hint at Rick’s battles with mental illness, battles that have tested the family’s mettle and helped define the paths each family member has and will follow.
The images, static and one-dimensional, certainly cannot begin to suggest how one set of circumstances might have led to the other, and how they might continue to coexist long into the future.
“He’s probably been the best he’s been now,” Kyle Wellwood said of his father in a recent interview. “There were always times when he’d be doing good and he’d have a relapse or something would happen. The bad times are rare and don’t last too long, a couple of days.”

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Leafs Stars Must Step Up

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Yet Sundin has stayed cold. It’s possible the Leafs could yet qualify for post-season play if No. 13 remains that way.
Possible, but unlikely.
Bryan McCabe, meanwhile, was a horrific minus-5 last night, sparking unhappy memories of his nightmarish performances against Philadelphia the last time the Leafs were in the Stanley Cup playoffs three years ago.
Instead of leading his team physically, McCabe wasn’t credited with a single official hit on the night in more than 26 minutes of playing time.
What a bad time for both Sundin and McCabe, the team’s two highest-paid players, to go sour.
Last night, they weren’t just ineffective, they seemed devoid of the fire required for the Leafs to prosper in an atmosphere that was noisy and intimidating.

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Move These Teams

Damien Cox answers his mail at The Spin, his blog at the Toronto Star,

Q: Damien,
Hypothetical situation - you are the commissioner of a fantasy NHL where you have sweeping powers to re-locate franchises as you see fit for the betterment of the game (in search of profits, good fan base, etc), all of the owners are OK with you to make such decisions on their behalf.
If you are to pick 4 teams from the current league, which 4 teams would you choose to re-locate and why.
A: Before I answer, what would be the salary of such a job? Oh, never mind.
Florida and Atlanta look like very, very iffy markets both now and down the line. Washington has had more than 30 years to stabilize and still hasn’t. Long Island, meanwhile, has been bad for a long, long time, and the dream of a new area remains a distant one. Phoenix looks lousy right now, but it would be interesting to see if a good team in that very nice arena might ultimately work. Nashville doesn’t seem to be attracting the support one would think possible with a very strong team. St. Louis looks dicey at the moment, but I really believe that situation will turn around.
Those are the candidates. If I had to pick four to move, I would pick Florida, Atlanta, Washington and the Islanders. Wouldn’t be much left of the Southeast Division, would there?

more mail answered, some Leafs specific…

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Peca Out For The Regular Season

from Canada.com,

At 11:38 a.m. Wednesday, Michael Peca was skating by himself on a pristine sheet of ice. He returned to the dressing room around noon and, not long past 1 p.m., he confirmed his regular season with the Toronto Maple Leafs had come to a close.
His recovery from a broken right leg will keep him on the sidelines until at least the first round of the playoffs. The 33-year-old centre had pledged, days after the injury occurred in December, that he would return before the end of the team’s regular season schedule.

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Jeff O’Neill Disappointed With Benching

from the Toronto Sun,

O’Neill pined for the chance to return to the lineup last night for the Leafs’ huge tilt with the Carolina Hurricanes, his former team.
The fact that he wasn’t, O’Neill said, is an indication of how much his stock may have fallen.
“Obviously I’m very disappointed,” he said. “It lets you know where you stand when you can’t crack the lineup at this point in the season.
“I think it’s a disappointing situation. I think with the (diminishing) minutes I’ve played, I’ve been a pretty solid contributor. (Sitting out) is not where I want to be.
“It’s obvious I’m not happy but (coach Paul Maurice) decided to go with other guys. Let’s just leave it at that.”

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Leafs Need A Win

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Star,

The math is not at all complicated. Tonight is the Maple Leafs season.
It is that simple. You can add and subtract, multiply and divide, but the calculations remain the same.
This is one game for everything. One game to determine whether this is another failed experiment for the Leafs or whether this team has any chance of advancing to the post-season.
Tonight is a best of one against themselves and the equally desperate defending Stanley Cup champions, all at the same time.

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Not On Speaking Terms

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

With their respective teams engaged in a furious race to land a post-season berth in the Eastern conference, Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford and Maple Leafs head coach Paul Maurice have taken their superstitious beliefs to an entirely new level.
Despite being the best of friends, they have stopped talking to each other.
Chatting, after all, might bring bad luck, something no one wants—or needs—in the scramble for a playoff spot.

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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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