Air Canada Centre
The first of two games in Toronto. The Leafs believe they can make the playoffs and beating the Pens will just reinforce that idea.
That can't happen.
From our boy Fitz:
Know your enemy: Puckin' Eh
Lessons learned. Dealing defensemen for futures, good. Dealing two of your top four defensemen when you are three games out of a playoff spot, bad. Almost instantly after Kaberle was shipped out, the new Brian Burke meme became it's time to land a defenseman. I don't think anyone who has seen Brett Lebda play can argue this fact either. Toronto has quickly gone from having an underachieving blueline, to having an inexperienced/bad blueline.
Season series: Series Tied 1-1
Last meeting: December 8, 2010 - Penguins Won 5-2
What we said in our recap:
Bing and the Pens were dominating so hard at one point in this game that they even made Oprah cry. This wasn't even a game until Toronto used some theatrics and a gift four-minute powerplay to make things interesting for ten minutes in third period. Don't even think about discounting some saves that Marc-Andre Fleury made in the third to prevent a disaster from occurring. It would have been a disaster, too, because the Penguins completely humbled the goon Leafs through the first two periods. It all culminated in a three-minute monster mash in which the Pens scored three goals. The Pens have now won 11 straight games. Sidney Crosby is on a 17-game scoring streak. He has reached DEFCON 1 of FU mode.
Kovalev wants the Stanley Cup.
Letestu will play tonight.
Maple Leafs notes:
The Leafs are hoping to make the playoffs.
James Reimer will be in net for Toronto.
Favorite Leafs-related Photoshop or gif:
James Neal - Jordan Staal - Alexei Kovalev
Matt Cooke - Max Talbot - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Dustin Jeffrey - Pascal Dupuis
Craig Adams - Mark Letestu - Chris Conner/Joe Vitale
Kris Letang - Zbynek Michalek
Matt Niskanen - Deryk Engelland
Ben Lovejoy - Brian Strait
Maple Leafs Lines from Empty Netters:
Clake MacArthur - Mikhail Grabovski - Nikolai Kulemin
Joffrey Lupul - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel
Mike Brown - Darryl Boyce - Colby Armstrong
Fredrik Sjostrom - Tim Brent - Joey Crabb/Jay Rosehill
Keith Aulie - Dion Phaneuf
Luke Schenn - Carl Gunnarsson
Mike Komisarek - Brett Lebda
"It's a topsy-turvy world, and maybe the problems of two people don't amount to a hill of beans. But this is our hill. And these are our beans!"