Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Hockey Night in Ontario/New York

The sens travel to the world's most famous gardens, MSG, to take on the Rangers. We all know the score with this game. Leaf fans will grit their teeth and hope that the sens won't try to take their latest bout with choking to a new level. Last time in the Big Apple the sens almost conspired to cough up a 5 goal lead in the third period. Tonight all of Leafs Nation would appreciate some concentration, determination, and triumphanation from sens nation.

Meanwhile, in the Centre Of The Universe, the Leafs host the Lightning which resulted in this story which made me simultaneously cry, laugh in pain, spit my milk at the screen, and slam my head against my desk. Of course, who knows how the trade would have worked out in the long-run. Well, it definitely would have been the best thing that Jonas Hoglund ever did for the Leafs. Player development is a game of maybes and could bes or Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda so maybe this trade would have been remembered as the time that the Leafs traded away three future superstars while gambling on the NHL's Michael Jordan. But as it stands, Vinny would look good in blue and white.

Anyway, back to this reality, while the sens are boosting their chances of home ice advantage the Leafs host the aforementioned Mr. Lecavalier and his friends. This season the Leafs have shown some ability to control the Three Amigos (or at least limit their damage) and hold a 3-0-0 record in the season series against the Bolts. They picked up a pair of 4-2 wins in the Sunshine State bookending a 5-4 victory at the ACC. Tonight they will be looking to complete the season sweep but will have to once again look out for Richards, St. Louis, and the almost-Leaf Lecavalier the latter two which are among the top three in scoring while Vinny leads the race for the Richard Trophy.

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