A Win Is A Win Is A Win For Maple Leafs

In the end of the season it won’t matter much, it will just be one of several. However all things considered it was a big win for the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight. The fact that they had to win ugly is quite irrelevant. It’s not their fault that the Ducks spent the entire night in the penalty box.

The Leafs started off in similar fashion, trailing 1-0. The rest however was pretty much history. they tied it up and then were off to the races behind Niklas Hagman who scored a hat trick and Tomas Kaberle who followed with several assists.

The play of the night, at least according to Joe Bowen and the rest of the Leafstv crew was an early save by Jonas Gustavsson. It’s one the either McDonald or Toskala would have let in and instead of just being 1-0 it would have been 2-0. The difference a big save makes is all about confidence. All of the sudden the guys can relax a little bit play their game. It certainly appeared to give the Maple Leafs a boost as they went on to their first win.

Make no mistake about it though, absent the Ducks frequent visit to the sin bin this game was going to be a another one most of us would like to forget. It was ugly. A battle between two bad teams.

In the end it won’t matter, a win is a win is a win, especially when it is your first of the year after 8 tries.


I have to ask, is there anything more pathetic then the way Leafstv produces hockey telecasts? During the pre-game the audio dropped about a dozen times. There were several name screw ups by the guys talking and the overall production looked totally mickey mouse. Couple that with Mr. Rogers 10, the Ron WIlson run to the other coaches, Bob freaking Mcgill and all that was missing was Marco Moro! How does a team like the Maple Leafs get away with such a shitty product. This is, unlike the product on the ice is totally under their control. The features they show before during and after the game are like a funny SCTV skit, except they aren’t supposed to be funny. The commentary by Rogers 10 is soooooooooo pathetic. I mean the guy doesn’t add anything of substance to a telecast.

Lastly, I know that I am in the minority, but man does Joe Bowen have to use the Wholly Makanaw on EVERY big play???? It is so planned, so contrived, so unnecessary. You have his comments, then Millen talking about how great and important each goalie is and to be honest the games aren’t watchable from the pure tv side of things.

From my seat on the couch, I can tell you that Leafstv is about 15-20 levels below TSN, CBC and NBC/Versus. Hell Fox did a better job on games then these clowns.

One last comment, can we PLEASE lose that god awful Maple Leafs song they insist on playing. I have nothing but respect for the Glass Tiger guy who wrote the song. IT was fine the first 300 times they played it, but really enough!

Not sure what Joe Bowen is smoking but as the game just ended he said that Jonas Gustavsson won his first game and Brian Burke won his first game as President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs….hmmmmmmmmm NO!

In any event, they win and so in easy fashion in large part to the ducks being in the box all night….

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October 27, 2009 5:09 am

The Glass Tiger song is offensive, TSM because it states that the Leafs, who I love, are Canada’s team, which is the height of hubris and selfish arrogance. Yes, they are the greatest team in the world, but they are not Canada’s team.

October 27, 2009 5:11 am

Mr. Rogers 10 hopefully will take a puck to the mouth in next time he sits between the benches………you heard the dropoff too? I’ve heard it all season and was about to call my expressvu………..forget “holy mackinaw”, try playing ‘The Greg Millen drinking game”, everytime he says ” no doubt about it” you shoot back a whiskey, you’ll be shitfaced by the first intermission……….I have to give the Leafs a little more credit than you’re prepared to, they forechecked the Mighty into the ground

October 27, 2009 8:31 am

Joe Bowen is the most entertaining Play by Play guy in the business right now. I look forward to games he is calling. While Greg Millin I can give or take, I would prefer to have Bowen teamed with Neale again. CBC’s play-by-play has gone from bad to absolute horrid. Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson sound EXACTLY like my NHL06 game, just as robotic, scripted and contrived as possible. Its too bad Bob Cole is getting up there with age, his voice is the voice of hockey for my generation. As for TSN, I like Gord Miller’s style, and i’m one of the few who actually enjoys Pierre Maguire, but, I can fully understand why others hate him, he’s a love or hate kind of guy. And don’t kid yourself, none of the American broadcasts are tolerable except maybe Boston.

October 27, 2009 8:49 am

Seriously….in this market, can’t they find a better TV broadcast team? Wow are they brutal. Mr. Rogers 10 should be doing weather for a town with a population of 5,000 (no offence to small towns).

As for the Leafs, I agree that they had a lot to do with the Ducks penalty issues…they worked hard for pucks and forced the issue. Last comment – I used to support Jason Blake…but wow did he look extra brutal last night.

Mike S
Mike S
October 27, 2009 11:12 am

Leafs TV was more tolerable when Jody Vance was there to look at

Matt Roberts
Matt Roberts
October 27, 2009 11:36 am

Yes Jody Vance!

Leafs TV broadcasts suck balls, its like they have an entire crew of co-op students. Just terrible in every single aspect.

October 27, 2009 1:28 pm

“No doubt about it”

Greg Millen


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