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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: February 25, 2014

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle said yesterday that Team Canada’s gold-medal victory in Sochi provides proof that his brand of defensive hockey wins games. Chris Boyle of Sportsnet debunks the latest crazy Carlyle theory by showing Canada won because they were unbelievably dominant in puck possession, something Carlyle’s teams are historically awful at.

J.P. Nikota of Pension Plan Puppets has more on Carlyle’s comments and why possession ruled for Team Canada.

With the Olympics (sadly) in the rearview mirror, it’s time to focus on the final stretch drive of the NHL season. Anthony Petrielli of Maple Leafs Hot Stove put together a gigantic, two-part mailbag addressing plenty of questions regarding The State Of The Leafs.

There’s still a ton of debate going on about Nicklas Backstrom’s last-minute exclusion from Team Sweden in the gold-medal game due to a failed drug test. There are still plenty of facts that have yet to be released, such as the amount of pseudoephrine Backstrom took, or whether or not the drug test picked up any other banned substances. Justin Bourne of Backhand Shelf discusses the prevalence of pseudoephrine in professional hockey locker rooms, and how barring a player from playing in a gold-medal game for taking it is a little over-the-top.

If you’re relatively new to Twitter or consider yourself an expert, chances are you could still find some really good Hockey Twitter follows in this handy list published by the Sporting News. And while you’re at it, I hear the guy who runs @EditorinLeaf is definitely worth a follow as well.

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