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Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , on October 14, 2010 by davepoleck


Stop the presses! The Leafs are 3-0 and technically are 1st place in the NHL. Last season, their third win came on November 7 in their 15th game.

Last night’s game was a dominant performance, scoring four goals on only 14 shots then playing dump and chase minus the chase the entire third period. The Leafs could easily go 6-0 to start the year, with their next games @NYR, vs NYI and vs NYR. After a tough game with Philly they get the mighty Florida Panthers.

In other news, teams in the Western Conference continue to play difficult teams and are actually forced to travel long distances and over multiple time zones multiple times a week.

In all seriousness, the Leafs are doing themselves well by having success with their weak schedule early on. We all know that they will be in tight to make the Playoffs and will probably end up a bubble team; but getting the “easier” wins now is a lot better than absolutely needing to get them in February and March. Right now, there is absolutely zero pressure on the team and they are playing like it. Their goaltending has been stellar, especially the Monster in the third last night, and their penalty kill actually hasn’t been absymal. It’s nice to see them doing all of the “little things” right for a change.

Triple Dion

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , on September 7, 2010 by davepoleck

The Leafs new captain has declared that anything but the playoffs this year will be deemed a disappointment.

Way to go Dion.

Not only do you already have enough pressure on you because Toronto is paying you $6.5 million next season when you only scored 32 points 81 games. And not only are you going to have an already immense amount of pressure because you have been thrust into the Toronto media spotlight as the first captain since the great Mats Sundin. But now you have set the bar very high for a team that just finished 29th in the entire league.

You can guarantee that Howard Berger will ask Dion about that comment when the Leafs are out of playoff contention in early April. This is exactly why he should not have been captain in the first place; too much pressure on an already pressured player who is playing in ‘the hockey capital of the world’.

80 Shots in 24 GP…0 Goals

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on April 7, 2010 by davepoleck

Dion Phaneuf #3 of the Toronto Maple Leafs shoots during the warm-up before during game action against the New Jersey Devils February 2, 2010 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Not saying….just saying.