The Maple Leafs had a successful return from the all-star break last night, squeezing past the Florida Panthers 4-3 in a shootout. Side note: five NHL games were decided by a shootout last night. Can we get rid of it already, or at least start awarding three points for a regulation win?
Colby Armstrong showed he still has some scoring touch despite suffering two hand injuries this year, Phil Kessel had an exciting end-to-end rush in overtime at the end of a long shift that provided one of those brief glimpses of his offensive talent and the team managed to salvage an extra point despite blowing three leads.
Mirtle was last seen snowshoeing down Front Street, but is scheduled to make an appearance at Leafs' practice and file something to this space.
Until then, the links:
It was a busy day on the Leafs Beat blog yesterday. Here's Mirtle on the game, Shoalts on Brian Burke's displeasure with the NHLPA/Hockey Night in Canada poll and the official start of the annual Tomas Kaberle trade extravaganza.
Toronto Star reporter Mark Zwolinski on Kaberle being open to a trade (again).
National Post reporter Michael Traikos on last night's win.
Michael Langlois at Vintage Leaf Memories wonders what the Leafs should do with Mikhail Grabovski.
Puck Daddy tackles Phil Kessel and the all-star draft issue.
Excited James Reimer is back with the Leafs? Celebrate with this T-shirt.