Toronto Maple Leafs Win 1 For The Burkie

Hoakey or not, you know at some point today, someone or someones in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization suggested that the Maple Leafs put it all together for their President and GM who, well, one can’t really imagine what he is going through right now. His troops did exactly what he would want, pummel the crap out of hated Ottawa Senators, a team who came in riding a 12 game winning streak. To smoke them 5-0 was certainly a nice cherry on the sunday! It was, by far the best game the Toronto Maple Leafs played all year.

The highlight of the night, and perhaps the Maple Leafs season was Colton Orr dropping Matt Carkner like a sack of potatoes in the rubber match of their most recent fights.

As for how the players heard about Brendan Burke:

“We were on the bus and normally the guys just jump off and head right onto the plane, but we all kind of sat there for a few extra minutes, just thinking about what we were told,” Rosehill said. “It was a sad feeling for everybody.” You can read more about the Maple Leafs today and last night here

The game tonight was great to watch and something Leafs fans deserved. It was like a re-coming out party for Luke Schenn who appears to have been reborn since the arrival of Dion Phaneuf. Phill Kessel looked like the player Brian Burke traded for and well, JSG had us wishing they had given up on Toskala late last year!

If you take out Ron Wilson’s brain cramp from last night it’s been a pretty good 3 game start post trade for the Maple Leafs. They played well for 57 minutes last night and dominated games one and then tonight. Tonight was our playoff game. The buds take on the San Jose Sharks for a rare tilt with Ron Wilson’s old team Monday night and then are off until Friday night and a tilt with the St. Louis Blues on Friday night, to close out February. It’s almost too bad given how well, or how different they have been playing since the deals.

Well, it all started last Sunday. What a crazy week it’s been. Let’s see what tomorrow will bring. I am not a betting man, but with the Olympic freeze kicking in Friday here’s betting Dave Nonis get’s little sleep this week.

TSM

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lt67
lt67
February 6, 2010 10:23 pm

I didn’t recognize Luke Schenn tonight. He didn’t treat the puck like a hot potato…he actually skated with it – and then, he started shooting it at the opposition goal! Wow…He’s obviously not going to score 2 per night but…if he can play this way consistently, maybe he’ll be the player they thought they got at the draft. Oh…I have taken shots at Stempniak a lot this year. Maybe he’s not worth $3.5M but, he’s been playing with heart of late….good for him.

Ged
Ged
February 7, 2010 10:10 am

So…is it really that simple?

Move 6 players out, bring 3 in and suddenly everything is the way it should be?

All the ills of this team seem to be cured over the last 3 games – yes including that ridiculous loss to NJ. Forwards hustling back on D, Dmen suddenly playing physically, scorers scoring…

I know it’s only 3 games, but it seems like there’s been a complete – and much needed – attitude adjustment. Here’s hoping it lasts.

Eggbert
Eggbert
February 7, 2010 2:59 pm

What happened to Burke is hell on earth,and the fact he was enjoying probably his finest moment in Toronto just a few days prior made it an even more cruel event, if that would even be possible.I do get a unique vibe though,the phoenix rises from the ashes,I have felt a bonding amonst Leaf Nation with Burke during his personal rock bottom, he has been embraced like family,and together we will climb out of this hell and mediocrity.Brenden may have left this planet, but he may have gifted the Leafs with something very special,heart and soul.

lt67
lt67
February 7, 2010 3:11 pm

Eggbert….Bravo, bravo.

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