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It's just been pissing me off in the last ten or fifteen games how many chances that top line has passed up in order to attempt the back-door play. Both Bozak and JVR have great shots, they have to actually use them. Or the fly-bys when there's a chance to finish a check. I expect it from Phil. Not from a big guy who can hit like JVR.
Lupes has been playing like you expect from a guy with a letter on his jersey, and the rest of the forwards should learn to follow suit. I don't accept the designation as a specialist, or even a 50 pt guy.. Bozak has been great, obviously. Clarkson has had a real rough go, but he at least knows how to dig deep. Kadri has that intensity in his bones, so I don't know why it isn't there every fucking game.
You don't play as hard as the guys on the other team, doesn't matter how good you are, you're probably going to lose.
Cheers AP. Later on.
2 months ago on Leafs Notebook – January 8
@Anthony Petrielli Yeah, so did Kessel. Everyone went up against Chara and played him hard and it was awesome to see. I don't get your point about the front of the net. Lupes goes to net and back-checks and that's my comparison.
This is a stupid argument though. I like JVR. But I like Lupul more, and he's been playing better, and harder. Thought that was a low blow considering.
@Anthony Petrielli Does JVR back-check? That's essentially what I'm trying to say. He gets pulled off his line when we need a goal. He's Bobby Ryan. No-intensity.
Bozak doesn't carry the puck ever, not because of where he's positioned, because he picks it up and passes it within a second or two.
@Anthony Petrielli Is the centre always the guy playing the centre's role in the dzone?
@Anthony Petrielli @Lescott It's the half wall they don't collapse to, not the corners. And we do collapse that's why we don't cover the points. And you still have to get to the boards to try to clear the puck for the dmen.
Who fucking cares about what No-Intensity has to say?
You apologized for JVR not being Wendel. I accept your apology.
@Anthony Petrielli JVR is a great player, not arguing that. Just wasn't a PPG two years in a row on our top line.
No intangibles, either.
@Anthony Petrielli We play a collapsing system? We have a centre who plays in the corners right? Is the centre always the first forward back?
@Anthony Petrielli I'm not critizing him for playing deep in our zone, exactly the opposite. Lupes is always in the corners of our own zone winning pucks. JVR can't be bothered to pick the puck up on the boards.
He didn't always make too many passes, Phil and him used to get a shot off on every two on one. He's playing too fucking cute. I do care if he hits. He should fucking hit. It's nice when a guy will drop the gloves too. Why the fuck should we be an easy team to play against?
Lupul in the shootout is one of the few reasons we're in the playoffs right now. Hard to criticize him for that. Stupid.
The one who always makes the extra pass that gets picked off instead of shooting? The one who's 6'3 and won't hit? The one who's never deep in his own zone supporting the D?
I think you meant that JVR is turning into a PP and shootout specialist. Lupes shows up when the coach calls his name, he finds a way to make an impact on games even when he isn't getting the bounces. Raymond should drop to the third. McClement is a fourth-liner. And I think Phil needs to start driving Bozak to work.
@Jmessih Yeah, that sucks. But we got 3 wins and points in 5 straight, and then we got bombed, and then last night we deserved to win. Lies, damned lies and stats...
2 months ago on Game Recap: Game #44, Islanders 5 at Leafs 3
@Murph2417No but the prediction can. Read words.
@MaxwellHowe Proof of what? That we've played a lot of shitty games? We have. Last night wasn't that bad.
@-Keon- I predict that predictions are stupid and can go fuck themselves.
Holy shit. Gleason played well. Fuck off Kyp, go find some fists to eat.
We played alright last night. Some shitty bounces at both ends of the ice, and some uncharacteristicly poor goaltending meant that we lost. Last night's game was just one of those that goes with the ebb and flow of a season. Bridge jumpers and chicken littles can go do their thing.
@deedrag Both Gleason and Clarkson will take all comers, same with Fraser back when he could play hockey, we also have a Power Ranger and Bobby 4 on the bottom line.
2 months ago on Leafs Prospect Update: World Junior Wrap Up
@deedrag I'd like to know what you think a 'line' is.
....except that up until Bozak came back our top line was AWOL. That top line of Lupul, Bozie and Phil carried the whole team back when we sucked.
@deedrag Gleason is a dman. ??