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Toronto Maple Leafs Win Streak More Impressive Than It Appears

Everyone is excited that the Toronto Maple Leafs have won six games in a row. For good reason, this is the first time that the Leafs have won this many games since 2006.

What no one has noticed, either that or no one is talking about it, is exactly who they have been beating.

What do Tuukka Rask, Ryan Miller, Carey Price, Mike Smith and Semyon Varlamov have in common? There are two answers.

First, they have all been beat by the Leafs during the winning streak. The second is that they will each represent their home nation in about three weeks for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

When you take into account that Cory Schneider was the other goalie the Leafs defeated, the Leafs have taken out five Olympic goalies and one goalie that is a possible injury replacement in six games.

So no one can say that the Leafs have been benefiting from other team’s bad goaltending. No one has played their backups against the Leafs in this time frame. On the Leafs’ side, it hasn’t just been Jonathan Bernier in net, James Reimer has played two of the games.

If the Leafs want to continue this hot streak, they might have to continue the trend. Tomorrow, the Leafs could go up against Kari Lehtonen (Finland) of the Dallas Stars. On Saturday night, they could be facing Ondrej Pavelec (Czech Republic) and the Winnipeg Jets.

If the Leafs can manage to win the next two games, not only will they have won eight games in a row, they will have beat seven Olympic-level goalies in a row. Sure, you can catch goalies having a bad game, but it is still an accomplishment that is still pretty good.

These are all very good goaltenders the Toronto Maple Leafs have faced off against. The fact that they are on their hottest streak in years during this stretch should be considered amazing.

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