Posted on: September 24, 2011 9:53 am
By: Adam Gretz
Ryan Miller played all three periods of Friday's preseason game where his Buffalo Sabres picked up a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Miller looked to be in midseason form stopping 33 of the 34 shots he faced, 27 of which came over the final two periods.
With just over seven minutes to play in regulation Miller made his best save of the night -- and one of the best saves of the exhibition season for any goaltender -- when he made a sprawling glove save on Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul, taking away what looked it was going to be a game-tying goal.
Posted on: May 18, 2011 2:31 pm
We might not have more hockey songs to share, but thanks to Matt Lashoff, we do have new songs by a hockey player. The Maple Leafs defenseman from East Greenbush, N.Y. just released an album, including posting samples of all the songs on the album at his personal website. You can take a listen here: http://www.lashoff.com/music/.
Or if you just want to see what Lashoff can do, check out this video. I have to think he would destroy me in Guitar Hero.
Lashoff describes on his website his attraction to music and why he put out his very first CD, called Living on Heart.
Most people know my day job as a hockey player, which I have more love and passion for than I can explain. It has given me many unbelievable experiences and has introduced me to some of the best people I know. Playing hockey has given me the opportunity to accomplish another one of my dreams since I was a child and that was to record an album. It makes me so proud to be able to have everyone finally listen to music, which I have written, and put my heart and soul into since I started writing songs and playing hockey. Playing guitar, and music in general, has been such a great release for me from the enduring hockey season.
-- Brian Stubits
Posted on: April 6, 2011 2:13 am
Edited on: April 6, 2011 2:14 am
The Toronto Maple Leafs’ playoff drought officially reached six seasons on Tuesday, although most of Ontario saw that coming with club’s horrific start.
The skid, the longest in franchise history, predates the NHL lockout. Two teams (Carolina Hurricanes and Anaheim Ducks) have seized Stanley Cup titles for the first time and two other Original Six franchises (Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks) earned championships as the club at the center of the hockey universe has called it a season at 82 games.
The dependable Damien Cox of the Toronto Star for one wasn’t about to let the Leafs off the hook, understandably setting a good heap of the Leafs' lack of success on GM Brian Burke and coach Ron Wilson:
They’ve had their honeymoon period, and now this hockey town needs to demand answers and achievement.
Burke built a solid nucleus in Vacouver, which included drafting the Sedin twins. After his contract was not renewed and a little bit of TV work, Burke needed only two seasons to turn the Ducks into Stanley Cup champs.
He’s now about to complete his second full season in Toronto without nearly the success despite more resources at his disposal. Burke recently reaffirmed his backing to Wilson, who will return for his fourth season behind Toronto’s bench.
Nobody can question the credentials of either Burke or Wilson, but time could be running out for each -- and it doesn’t help that the team has hung out the “for sale” sign and could soon have new ownership that might not be as patient.
There are some positives, but who knows if they carry into next season. The Leafs are tied with the Los Angeles Kings with the fifth-most points (41) since the All-Star break. Rookie James Reimer (pictured above) was solid in net down the stretch, oftentimes keeping the Leafs in games to make their late-season run possible. Even in Tuesday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals, Reimer made 39 saves in regulation and overtime.
"We can hold our heads high," said Reimer told the CBC Sports. "We’ve gained a lot of confidence."
This is the latest, as CBC points out, the Leafs have gone (third-to-last game of the season) before getting eliminated since 2006. I guess that is what is considered progress these days in Toronto. The Leafs were actually eliminated a few minutes before their game ended via Buffalo’s victory over Tampa Bay.
"Everybody’s going to be really excited to get back here," Leafs forward Joffery Lupul told the network.
Maybe it’s odd that the Leafs have lapsed into the “wait ‘til next season” mentality, but it has been 44 years since their last championship. It's quite understandable.
Buffalo 4, Tampa Bay 2
Washington 3 , Toronto 2 (SO)
Ottawa 5, Philadelphia 2
Pittsburgh 4, New Jersey 2
Montreal 2, Chicago 1 (OT)
St. Louis 3, Colorado 1
Nashville 6, Atlanta 3
Dallas 3, Columbus 0
Edmonton 2, Vancouver 0
-- A.J. Perez
Photo: Getty Images