Thursday, February 28, 2013

Maybe it's a difference in leadership?

Montreal's last two games:
1. Outshoot Ottawa 45-24, lose 2-1
2. Outshoot Toronto 40-23, win 5-2

Should Maple Leafs captain Dion Phanuef have fought Montreal’s Brandon Prust last night?  The Star
Senators aren’t feeling sorry for themselves Gazette
Maple Leafs top line snoozes through loss to Montreal Canadiens  The Star

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

Great Moments in BoO History.

This hit will get you suspended nowadays. I'd like to think that
Mark Bell would still do it anyway.

Saturday, February 23, 2013


My heart tells me this one is gonna be a laugher. Ottawa are decimated by injuries, Toronto are playing well, and the game location is pretty much neutral territory (despite Melnyk's sad attempt to keep Leafs fans away).

My head tells me to play it cool and not outrightly predict victory for the Blue and White.

My balls say F*ck that... Leafs 4 Ottawa 2.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Not a bad lineup

Spezza, Michalek, Karlsson, Cowen, and Anderson.  I guess you can put Regin, Latendresse, or O'Brien on the other wing.

Too bad it's the lineup to the trainers room and not starting on Saturday.

Well - no excuses come tomorrow night.  We don't need to hear any 'Boo hoo' quotes from the visitor's locker room.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Possible Replacements for Lindy Ruff.

Looks like Buffalo have a coaching vacancy to fill this summer.
Here are a few former Battle of Ontario coaches available for consideration:

He's Canadian, but he can be American too. Just ask Don Cherry. While Ron wasn't able to find any  success in Toronto, he is one of the winningest coaches in NHL history to never really win anything. This should help him fit into Ruff's office seamlessly.
Where to find him: In a foxhole with Brian Burke.

Things started out well for John in 2007/2008, with the Sens winning 15 of their first 17 games. He would go on to coach the all-star team for having the best record in the east, only to be fired exactly a month later for a string of poor games. For Buffalo readers, the all-star game is that thing Ryan Miller used to attend.
Where to find him: Assistant GM office in Philly on his phone playing Words with Friends.

Jacques only needs 8 more coaching wins to pass Bryan Murray on the all-time wins list. Which is right around how many wins Buffalo are projected to get the remainder of the season.
Where to find him: Running the "Jacques Martin Hockey School for Kids 7-17" where Buffalo's next three high first round picks could be training as we speak.

Has coached an early expansion era team (4, in fact). Check. He's won the Jack Adams. Check. And in Toronto he was fired by a stupid front office person who had overspent on mediocre talent. Check. I think this is your man.
Where to find him: Probably in a god-damned cigar shop in Yaletown... Sorry, that's all the info his wife would give me on the phone. 

Saturday, February 16, 2013


7pm @ Toronto

Last weekend the Leafs and Habs reignited a rivalry. Hopefully we’ll see the same bitter renewing of vows tonight between two teams that have not played many meaningful games lately. The winner of this game leaves the other behind them in the standings. A refreshing plot twist. 


Alfredsson has, over his career, played almost an entire season against the Maple Leafs with 75 games. His 70 points is quite the success story. Leaf fans will boo him for the Tucker and Sundin incidents, which while a bit tiresome at least means sounds will be coming out of the mouths of ACC patrons. Phil Kessel, meanwhile has 34 points in 37 games in his short career against the Sens, some while with the bruins.  While not having a great year by Kessel’s standards, he is still putting up points despite his insistence on doing the same things, the same way, every night. Look for a couple of wrist shots from 43 feet away. Maybe a game against Ottawa is just what he needs.
EDGE: Both these guys find a way in these games. Coin flip.  

James Van Riensdyk and Kyle Turris were drafted 2nd and 3rd back in 2007.  Before either really had the chance to mature they were eventually traded to the BoO. Turris seems to be picking up assists with regularity while JVR is Toronto’s leading goal scorer. One has to figure both Murray and Burke/Nonis feel pretty happy about what they paid for two young dynamic forwards, but thanks to injuries both players need to shoulder a bigger load in tonight's game for their team to succeed. 
EDGE: JVR. Because he’s playing with Phil Kessel and not Eric Condra (who?).

Wait, did I just beat Joe Bowen to a goaltending alliteration? Probably not. I'll wait by the phone for his lawyers to call.
Anyway, Scrivens vs Anderson. Look at me attaching a white handkerchief to a stick and waving it sheepishly in the air. 
EDGE: Ottawa. 

Chris Neil and Zack Smith have provided all four fights from Ottawa this year. In Toronto it’s been a little more spread around, with Orr, McLaren, Brown, Frasor, Kotska all having thrown down. You could even include Grabovski if one of the Sens players puts their arm into the mouth region of Grabbo's face. While some Leafs fans criticize the team for having too much fist and not enough skill on the lower lines - everyone agrees that staged fights off the faceoff are pretty tired - Carlyle has used fighting and hitting and shot blocking as the basis of a team identity that frankly is fun to watch. There is solidarity between the players and to paraphrase what Kadri said about the Leafs muscle: "Those guys get our legs going". It's too bad Burke doesn't get to enjoy the team he once promised. 
EDGE: Toronto. Expect Frasor/Neil and Smith/Brown to possibly go if Brown is back in the line-up.

For the last two days I’ve reached down and pinched my Achilles tendon and then dry-heaved thinking about a skate sawing it nearly in half. The Karlsson injury was hideous, to understate. Add Spezza to the Sens injury list and Toronto fans can’t feel too sorry for themselves. Obvioulsy missing Lupul sucks and Reimer was playing 1A in the cage before exiting last week while Frattin was a point-per game player before his surgery. But they are all short term losses. You don’t replace a Norris winner or your 1C when they are gone for the season. 
EDGE: Toronto, but seems like injury riddled teams are tough to put down.

The Leafs and Sens share an identical record when it comes to playing at home (Toronto), and on the road (Ottawa). During the Leafs last home game against Philly, a convincing victory, the fans gave a standing ovation after the Leafs convincingly killed a 5-minute major. Maybe this is a sign of things to come, both in home success and noise? Meanwhile, the Sens have dropped their last 3 on the road. 
EDGE: Fuck knows. I just needed a 6th thing. 

Enjoy the game. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

It's been too long

Hard to believe these guys are STILL on the Senators.

BoO Game #1 Post coming tomorrow.

We'll also be refreshing the blog over the coming hours/days/weeks and making this a regular thing again. Lots of fun stuff ahead.

Oh, the league started back up again?!

We here at the BoO have totally missed that the season started back up again - sorry about that!

Well, don't worry - we've going to be back at it very soon better than ever.  See you shortly!

Oh, and it's been 3209 days in case you were wondering.