Sunday, February 18, 2007

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

What a great night at the Air Canada Centre - the last Maple Leafs team to win the Stanley Cup was honoured, and the Captain was dominant in another win for the good guys. Toronto got two goals from both Mats Sundin and John Pohl in a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Toronto survived a last minute scare to hold on for the win and move into eight spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Sundin was dominant last night, scoring a highlight reel goal - Sundin bulldozed his way out of the corner, fighting off Edmonton defenceman Steve Staios, to score a wrap around goal to make it 4-2. Sundin started out the game going 11-0 on faceoffs and controlled the flow of the game when he was out on the ice.

Last night's game was a prime example of why this undermanned team has been winning:
  • Raycroft wasn't particularly busy, but he bailed the Leafs out twice with huge saves of Edmonton's Ryan Smyth;
  • Ian White and Hal Gill were steady last night - they played a number of shifts against the Oilers' number one line and held them at bay;
  • Jeff O'Neill, who had been in Paul Maurice's doghouse, was a physical force last night, throwing his body around and competing for the puck all night long;
  • The Leafs 3rd line of Pohl, Bates Battaglia and Chad Kilger worked hard all night, laying the body on the Oilers D and pressuring them all night - they were a big reason for Edmonton's D wearing down late in the game;
  • Sundin was Sundin last night - not only has he elevated his play, he has made Ponikarovsky and Antropov look like first line players.
Toronto is looking at three games that they should win this week - or at least pick up four points at worst. Boston at home on Tuesday (will Hazel be at the ACC? Things that make you go hmmm); in New York to face the Islanders on Thursday; and in Philadelphia next Saturday. Hazel Karma baby...Hazel Karma.

The two teams tied with Toronto going into yesterday's action both lost - Montreal fell 5-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes and the Islanders were shutout 2-0 by the Devils. We won't revel in their misery - instead opting to celebrate our victory last night.

Toronto Maple Leafs C Mats Sundin led the charge to the playoffs last night.

Carolina Hurricanes C Rod Brind'Amour scored two goals against Montreal last night, including the 400th of his career. The man has been the ultimate foot soldier in the NHL.

Detroit Red Wings LW Henrik Zetterberg had three goals and an assist last night against Phoenix.

I picked these three guys in the Pro-Line scorers pool yesterday - they finished 1-2-3, which means the payout on the ticket is 185 - 1. Booyah! Note to my man Ottawa_Tilt - yes, I'm buying lunch this week!

A tough day yesterday, one that we would rather forget - I have to correct a mistake though, the Rangers were - $225 not $275. No matter though, the balance sheet for the week stands at - $290 and that is not acceptable.

We'll be back a bit later with today's picks. That's it for this morning gang, have a great one peeps!

Keon was measured and careful with his words this weekend

Maple Leafs/Oilers Recap

At least we aren't the Cubs

Teammates happy for Keon

Tucker is about a week away

Rosie is right about Keon and Ceremony

Star wrap up on game

This is the perfect time to go through your files or reconsider your financial position. Changes can be made that will increase your cash flow and give you room to breath. Someone in the know will offer you some creative suggestions. 3 stars

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - for Leaf Nation this morning

Groovy Times - The Clash

Peesth Out...Buh Bye!


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