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Whoa, what a third period that was!

That no-look pass from Marner to Matthews was pure magic.  Of course, isn't that what Magical Mitch excels at.

Matthews did not skip a beat.  Rusty?  Not at all.  He merely picked up from where he left off, doing what he always does best.  That's another reason for calling him Awesome!

Another superb shutout performance from Andersen.

Les pauvres Canadiens.  All those boos.  Heads will soon roll unless nothing short of a miracle rescues les Habitants.  (Not what any of us here are hoping for).   8)

GO LEAFS GO!

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: Yesterday at 05:55:40 AM »
2 goals, restricted duty. Buds all day.


Love that Awesome smile.

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MotM:   Freddy!!
Hm:     Awesome Auston!

Good works by Marner, Kadri, Marleau, JVR, Bozak, Hainsey, Reilly, Zaltsev, Brown, et al. 

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1 Pittsburgh      - Chicago @ Pittsburgh
2 Tampa Bay     - New York @ Tampa Bay
3 Toronto          - Toronto @ Montreal
6 Washington    - Minnesota @ Washington
4 Vancouver      - St. Louis @ Vancouver
5 San Jose         - Boston @ San Jose

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While we're all churning the pot of doom and gloom even though the Leafs are on a winning streak, there is a story in numbers, and if it is to be believed, then the question becomes the why & the how.

The link below here attempts to answer the above.  Hint: Connor Brown has highest team minutes in a defensive role; shifting Marleau between Hyman & Brown and placing Nylander with Kadri & Komarov gives Babcock plenty of line fluidity.  Marleau, in Matthews' absence has been the best 5v5 Leaf forward.

While we all know how the Leafs are winning is in all probability non-sustainable, there is another reason.  Name?  Frederik Andersen, goaltender with the best save % in the league right now (during the course of this Leafs winning streak).

Check out Mirtle's review:
https://theathletic.com/158076/2017/11/17/mirtle-why-the-maple-leafs-are-undefeated-without-auston-matthews/

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MotM:   Andersen
Hm:       Nylander

Mentions to Zaltsev, Reilly, Kadri, JVR, Bozak, Marner, Hyman, Komarov, Hainsey, Borgman.

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Nylander!!!!

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What do you get when your team has a young,  inexpensive bench unit and who's job it is to go head-to-head against the oppositions best?  An impressive array of speed, both offensively & defensively.

Such was the case in the Raptors 125- 116 victory in New Orleans against the Pelicans Wednesday night.
Against the Rockets in their previous road win, it was O.G. Anunoby's time to shine.  Against New Orleans, and making life a little miserable for the Pelicans' Anthony Davis & DeMarcus Cousins, was Pascal Siakam & co.

The Raptors bench unit was anything but slow in contributing to their team's first half.  This paved the way for the duo of DeRozan and Lowry (throw in C.J. Miles), and away the Raptors continued being opportunitic with their passing game and the three-point shooting. 

DeRozan led for Toronto with 27 points, followed b6 Lowry with 22, Valenciunas with 21, and Miles with 17.

Though the reserves made several turnovers and at one point it looked as though the Raptors were on their way to yet anothet one of those 'inconsistent' losses, make no mistake for Miles three-point shooting gave the Raptors plenty of reasons to smile when it comes to what one can call clutch leadership, and steer the good young Raptor ship in the right direction.

Poelti, Siakam did what they had to do and when you have a veteran in-between, it can only help. 

Scary moment for Deion Wright, seen leaving the game clutching his arm/shoulder,, in obvious pain.

Story:
http://www.cbc.ca/m/sports/basketball/nba/toronto-raptors-new-orleans-pelicans-1.4404295

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Chart (from Hockey Viz) showing the Leafs taking most of their shots up close.




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A very different Toronto Raptors team last night.  Certainly playing with more fluidity offensively,  unlike their loss to the Celtics Sunday, Toronto beat the Houston Rockets 129-113 in Houston last night.

Led by OG Anunoby's career high 16 points,  and C.J. Miles' six three pointers as well as DeRozan's 27 pts., the Raptors did it right this time with better roster changes and more aggressive ball control.  The fact that they scored a team record of 45 pts., in just the second quarter alone, and 75 pts., in the first, comes to show the determination and consistency, two things that continue to plague this Raptors team at times.  Not in this road win.  Not this time.  Mistakes made in their previous game weren't allowed here.

It no doubt made a difference in the outcome.

Story:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2017/11/14/raptors-overpower-rockets-with-record-second-quarter.html

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Roy Halladay dies in Plane Crash
« on: November 15, 2017, 06:40:18 AM »
Beautiful celebration.

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
« on: November 14, 2017, 11:02:36 AM »
Anthopoulos was previously the VP of player operations in the Dodgers organization.

Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi is Canadian-born Phillipine raised, and the  first-ever Muslim GM in MLB.  Zaidi has kept close ties to his Canadian connections via relatives living in Canada.

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
« on: November 14, 2017, 10:39:42 AM »
Roy Halladay Memorial service/Celebration of Life to be broadcast  this afternoon. (3pm)?  Will be broadcast on all Sportsnet networks.

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
« on: November 14, 2017, 10:20:22 AM »
Alex Anthopoulos becomes new Braves GM.  Atlanta owns one of the best farm systems in the league.
He was the former GM of he Toronto Blue Jays, and the GM of the 2017 World Series finalists L.A. Dodgers.

Anthopoulos talks of why he chose the Braves posting, and of his fond memories of the late great Roy Halladay.


https://www.thestar.com/sports/baseball/2017/11/13/anthopoulos-lands-on-his-feet-in-atlanta-get-over-it-jays-fans-arthur.html

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:58:28 AM »
Una catastrofia!! 

Italy fails to qualify for the 2018 World Cup for the first time in 60 years.




http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/11/13/world-reacted-italy-missing-world-cup-finals/

https://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/italy-fails-to-qualify-for-world-cup-after-draw-with-sweden-1.3676049/

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