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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: February 7, 2014

So what happened with the Toronto Maple Leafs last night?

Some quick thoughts from the Game In Six:

  • The Leafs looked like they really used their speed well, creating numerous breakaway chances.
  • David Clarkson looked like he was skating better and carrying the puck well (admittedly from only the two highlights I saw from the GI6). He took that puck right up the ice like a freight train on Jay McClement’s goal.
  • Speaking of which, did JAY MCCLEMENT just Forsberg the Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender???
  • Jonathan Bernier is the best. J.T. Brown crashes into him and his first reaction, once he gets up from the ice, is to go right after Brown. Cedrick Desjardins skated the length of the ice looking to fight Bernier, but unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on what you think of goalie fights) the referees snuffed that out pretty quickly.
  • I’m perfectly OK with Tim Gleason feeding Brown with punches in that situation. Any objections?
  • The shot of Martin St. Louis looking dejected on the bench at the end of the game is pure gold. PURE GOLD.

So the Leafs beat the Lightning for the second time in nine days and now sit only one point behind the Lightning in the Atlantic Division.

Dave McCarthy of TSN has a full recap. Another interesting takeaway from the game was Nikolai Kulemin’s move to third-line centre. He won only 21 per cent of his face-offs, so I wonder if Carlyle will continue using him in that position.

Did Team USA make the right choices in net for Sochi? SkinnyFish of Pension Plan Puppets has a response to a Toronto Star article that attempts to answer that question using poker strategy. Which numbers should we be looking at if we’re going to choose the right goaltender for a short tournament?

Justin Bourne of Backhand Shelf somehow packed Everything You Need To Know About Ice Hockey At The Sochi Olympics into one informative post. It’s great.

In much sadder news, it was revealed today that Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang suffered a stroke last week. He’s expected to be out at least six weeks. Here’s the story from the Penguins’ website.

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