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Blog Archive for January, 2011

Burke, Leafs leap to Wilson's defence

JAMES MIRTLE

Toronto bench boss picked in players poll as least-loved NHL coach

Maple Leafs back where they started

CHRIS JOHNSTON

Despite last year's blockbuster trades and familiar talk of rebuilding nothing seems to change in Toronto

Gustavsson downturn echoes Leafs' woes at All-Star break

DAVID SHOALTS

Goaltender's season, like his team, not living up to expectations

Leafs enter break mostly healthy and totally mediocre

DAVID SHOALTS

Winger Colby Armstrong expected to play through finger injury

Reimer a lone bright spot for Leafs

James Mirtle

Youngster keeps team in game in early going but gets no goal support

Leafs fold after digging early hole against Lightning

James Mirtle

The Lightning sent the Leafs off to a six-day all-star break on yet another a losing note

Kulemin okay to play

James Mirtle

Leafs winger recovered enough to from punch to face to play against Lightning on Tuesday

Leafs 'disgusted' after punch on Kulemin

James Mirtle

Hurricanes defenceman Gleason knocks Russian youngster out of game in controversial fashion

Leafs let down by power play in testy loss to Hurricanes

James Mirtle

Game characterized by series of fights, one of which sidelines Toronto winger Kulemin

The rise of the Southeast (and Jeff Skinner, too)

James Mirtle

Playing NHL's Southeast Division no longer an easy task

Leaf links: Skating towards the break

DARREN YOURK

It was an interesting weekend in Leafland

Three is a crowd for Leafs netminders

James Mirtle

Recall of James Reimer creates a logjam in Toronto goal

Ovechkin, Holtby see off Leafs

DAVID SHOALTS

Washington sniper, goaltender do most of the damage in 4-1 win over Toronto

Boudreau puzzled that Crosby hits are still a topic of conversation

DAVID SHOALTS

Nobody would be saying a word if Crosby wasn't involved, Washington coach claims

Leafs, Komisarek mum on assault allegations

DAVID SHOALTS

Leafs not commenting on report carried on entertainment web site

Mighty Capitals not so mighty v. Leafs

DAVID SHOALTS

Wilson 'can't explain' why Toronto fares so well against Washington's powerful offence

Adelina remembers the Leafs' glory days

DAVID SHOALTS

Colton Orr being tested for a concussion

Leaf links: Giggy's revenge

DARREN YOURK

t has been a feast or famine week for this Toronto Maple Leafs squad

Giguère bests former team

David Shoalts

Former Anaheim goaltender makes 26 saves in 5-2 Leafs win over Ducks

What's really wrong with Jonas Gustavsson?

JAMES MIRTLE

A goalie that was pursued by almost every NHL team as a free agent in the spring of 2009 looks lost many nights

Giguere would consider waiving no-trade clause

DAVID SHOALTS

Toronto goaltender admits future is uncertain as he prepares to face his former team

Leaf links: Meltdown in Manhattan

DARREN YOURK

Marian Gaborik seems to respond really well to being benched

Leafs bottom out in New York

James Mirtle

Toronto’s season is as good as over after 7-0 rout at the hands of the Rangers

Giguere recalls horror show of his early days

James Mirtle

Leafs veteran netminder says Gustavsson will be fine despite rough patch in season

Monster keeps emotions in check

JAMES MIRTLE

Leafs goalie Gustavsson back in net against Rangers

Leaf links: Beauchemin is your daddy

Darren Yourk

It sounds like the Leafs' brass has no intention of trading the veteran leader

Beauchemin is Leafs' Mr. Dependable

JAMES MIRTLE

He has led the Leafs in ice time since arriving as a free agent in 2009, finishing sixth in the league in total minutes played last season

Giguere can't wait for start against Ducks

James Mirtle

Swedish netminder Gustavsson will face Rangers with back-to-back games this week

Leaf links: A day of rest

DARREN YOURK

The final stretch before the all-star break begins Wednesday in Manhattan

Giguère, Kiprusoff struggling to stay relevant

JAMES MIRTLE

Netminding pair no longer playing up to their hefty contracts

Mueller awed by NHL debut

James Mirtle

Leafs forward plays 13 minutes in 2-1 shootout loss to Flames

Flames stop Maple Leafs in shootout

CHRIS JOHNSTON

Kiprusoff leads Calgary to 2-1 road win over Toronto

Maple Leafs' Mike Brown suspended

JAMES MIRTLE

Toronto forward faces three-game ban while Calgary's Tom Kostopoulos already serving his suspension for head shot

Leaf links: Heading home

Darren Yourk

The road trip was a success, save for last night's stinker in Arizona

Leafs' win streak snapped at four games

ERIC DUHATSCHEK

lya Bryzgalov strong in the net for Coyotes

Kulemin keeps on plugging along for Leafs

ERIC DUHATSCHEK

Russian is a reliable worker with a good skill set

Leafs land Brunnstrom

By Eric Duhatschek

Once heralded prospect will report to AHL's Marlies

Ticket salvation is at hand

DAVID SHOALTS

Leafs pay the price for bounty

ERIC DUHATSCHEK

League fines team after Ron Wilson offers $600 for winning goal against the San Jose Sharks

Burke keeps ears, mind open for trades

ERIC DUHATSCHEK

Leafs GM is understandably working the phones to explore his options

Leafs continue to ride Reimer's hot hand

Eric Duhatschek

Surging Toronto also knows that he's eventually going to cool down

More on Ron Wilson's 600th win

Eric Duhatschek

Toronto coach enjoyed the moment

Leaf links: Hold the waffles

DARREN YOURK

James Reimer does it again

Leafs continue road to victory

ERIC DUHATSCHEK

Sharks exploded for exactly two goals on 42 shots against Reimer and fall for the fifth consecutive game

Leafs left to focus on improvement

ERIC DUHATSCHEK

Wilson after his 600th career victory Tuesday night

Grading the Leafs: Midseason report cards

James Mirtle

James Mirtle hands out marks at the halfway point

Catching up with Cliff

Eric Duhatschek

A visit with an old friend reminds Eric Duhatschek of the time he skated at Calgary Flames training camp

Mirtle took your Leaf questions

The Globe's Leaf reporter takes your questions

Leaf links: Four in a row?

DARREN YOURK

Good on James Reimer for making the most of his NHL opportunity

Kulemin’s late goal lifts Leafs past Kings

ERIC DUHATSCHEK

Victory extends Toronto’s win streak to three games, the first time they’ve managed to put that many victories together since they went 4-0 to start the season

A different kind of game day

ERIC DUHATSCHEK

For Leafs' coach Ron Wilson, these next few days represent a homecoming of sorts

Leaf links: Halfway to what?

Darren Yourk

The playoffs remain a pipedream with the team sitting 13 points out of eighth place

Colby Armstrong eyeing quick recovery

ERIC DUHATSCHEK

Forward’s cornea scratched by sucker punch, but he’s hoping for return this week

Leafs smash Thrashers

DAVID SHOALTS

Toronto winger Colby Armstrong pays the price in Toronto’s 9-3 clinic over Atlanta

Leaf links: Lucky number 3,000

The 3,000th regular-season home game in franchise history was a real roller coaster ride

Grabovski's spinorama turns heads

James Mirtle

Leafs centre's career year continues as he nets two goals - including pretty one in shootout - in win over Blues

Leafs recover for shootout win

James Mirtle

Mikhail Grabovski, Kris Versteeg and Tyler Bozak all score to secure 6-5 victory

World junior reaction from NHL dressing rooms

James Mirtle

Butterfly style takes toll on goalies' bodies

JAMES MIRTLE

Players like Toronto's J.S. Giguere not about to change goaltending style though

Mitchell out, Brown on mend

James Mirtle

An update from Wednesday's practice as Leafs gear up for road trip

Leaf links: Searching for positives

Darren Yourk

The smart move for hockey fans last night was to ignore the guys in blue and white with the maple leaf on their chest in favour of the guys in red and white with the maple leaf on their chest

Wilson's rants losing their bite

James Mirtle

Leafs coach upset with media after latest loss to Bruins. Why that is, no one's quite sure

Bruins have Leafs' number

JAMES MIRTLE

Boston tops the weak Northeast Division and they are now 16 points up on the last-place Leafs

The U.S. versus Canada:
'It's definitely hatred'

James Mirtle

Leafs and Bruins players hype semi-final of the world junior hockey championship

Blog contributors

James Mirtle

Hockey writer

Follow James on Twitter @mirtle

David Shoalts

A native of Wainfleet, Ont., David Shoalts joined The Globe in 1984 after working at the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun and Toronto Sun.

Follow David on Twitter @dshoalts