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I would agree that a couple of times Kadri passed to Kessel when he should have shot, but there were several shifts where they had the puck the entire shift. We're going to have some WOW moments with those two. Credit to Winnik too.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game 11, Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2

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@Mind Bomb @WendelGilmour @Forever17 @Cameron19 Yeah. I would prefer the Leafs stick to what got them the lead, but the Hawks had something to say about that. Hard to contain them.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game 11, Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2

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@Forever17 @WendelGilmour @Cameron19 Nice game to be at. Similar to Cam I just enjoyed the game, no complaints from me. Hawks are a great team, and they dominate many teams for long stretches. Even when the Leafs were hemmed in I didn't see the outright panic we saw last year.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game 11, Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2

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@Burtonboy @vinoa @WendelGilmour Agreed, Bboy. Carrick seems intent on kicking the door down, and there may be other injuries. I really liked the way he played.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game 11, Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2

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@Cameron19 Yep. Great game to watch, some really good hockey, both ways.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game 11, Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2

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@vinoa @WendelGilmour That would certainly provide some Ozone time we could use.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game 11, Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2

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@vinoa @WendelGilmour Yeah, not awful, I thought he was better Friday. If he can continue to crash on the forecheck and work the boards it would be a bonus. I'm hoping he gets there.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game 11, Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2

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Booth coming back may allow us to have a more trusted 4th line, depending on how the line-up gets shuffled. Carrick looked like he could manage more minutes and if that continues he will earn them, but he'll need wingers who are also trusted. Ashton could be one of them, but he's frustratingly inconsistent even shift to shift.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game 11, Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2

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Morning, guys.


Nice win last night. Balanced lines and sticking to a system make these games much more enjoyable.


I would attribute the 3rd period Hawks domination to score effects and the Leafs playing in a b2b.


Many good performances last night. I'm really starting to see Polak's value, a lot of opposition plays die because of him. I also thought Franson had another very good game. Our D looks much better when the forwards create back pressure and are where they're supposed to be in the Dzone.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game 11, Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2

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@Alec Brownscombe Yeah, but mom is wearing Leafs gear.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #11, Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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Get Kadri and Kessel out on the PP.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #11, Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Jmessih So has Franson. Really playing well.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #11, Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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Reims looking great. FU CBC.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #11, Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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These balanced lines are a thing of beauty.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #11, Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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Hard to take Kypreos seriously when he talks about goal scoring.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #11, Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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So Pavelec is great and playing Reimer was a mistake? LOL.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #11, Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@MaxwellHowe Kadri and Kessel dominating, and Carrick looks really good.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #11, Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Yan28 You could see in preseason. He focused on the little things. He's also playing 10 pounds heavier. Brilliant hands, and great imagination.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #11, Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Jmessih He'll need to keep his head up. Naz will be looking for him.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #11, Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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Ha, Naz getting chippy too. Good sign.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #11, Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@Jay31 Yep. maybe this year, later.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #11, Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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Carrick looks great. Love his chippiness.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #11, Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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@WesternDP Having forwards actually play a system sure helps.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #11, Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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Kadri and Kessel turning it up a notch.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on GDT: Game #11, Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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Liking the Carrick idea. He'll bring a little snarl. If Ashton can play like he did last night we may have a line that can forecheck and eat some minutes.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Game Review: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 1

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@Jay_Berg I'd give that a shot for sure.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Game Review: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 1

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@maple1967leafs @WendelGilmour Yeah, ironic they'd get better results playing like they do on the road.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Game Review: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 1

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Nice test for the Leafs tonight. It will be interesting to see if they can keep the structure they've played with the last couple of games without getting nervous because it's Chicago.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Game Review: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 1

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@Jay_Berg Sure looks that way. Horachek seems to spend a lot of time in his ear, in a good way.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Game Review: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 1

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Nice write-up, Dec. Really agree with the comments on Winnik. Great addition, and didn't look out of place with two skilled guys at all. He did a lot of good work, and I was also happy to see him rewarded. Wicked shot on that goal too.

Ashton looked pretty good also, and brought some good energy.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Game Review: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 1

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@MaxwellHowe No argument here, although I believe both will benefit. That Kadri goal was just like the one against Boston in the playoffs. As soon as I realized it was Kessel and Kadri 2 on 1 I knew it was going in. 

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Game Review: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 1

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Morning, boys and girls.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Game Review: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 1

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@Savo43 "Indefinite" is the word so far.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., SNO)

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@Burtonboy @FloorHockeyFlopper Yep, it's the way they are playing that I like.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., SNO)

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@Potcy @WendelGilmour @Mattmark So if they both get more points we're both happy. 

3 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., SNO)

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@Hmmm @mlclearwater Keep Kadri and Kessel together.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., SNO)

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@Potcy @WendelGilmour @Mattmark Offensively, yes. It's only going to help him he's playing with the guy who has the puck more than any other Leaf forward. Kessel will benefit as much, or more than Naz will.

Doesn't matter to me as long as it gets wins.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., SNO)

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It was mentioned earlier. Regardless of their opponents this week, the Leafs are playing much differently. For the better.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., SNO)

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@Potcy @Mattmark Both will benefit, and so will the Leafs. That's all that really matters.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., SNO)

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@T K O @WendelGilmour @vinoa @Sexyhairyman Ashton had one good game, not sure that means the end of anyone else. If Frattin is seen as done based solely on his own performance that's a different matter.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., SNO)

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@WesternDP @vinoa @T K O @Sexyhairyman One game. Let's see how he does for a few.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on GDT: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., SNO)

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