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Leafs’ third win in a row leaves people talking playoffs

Mar 30, 2013, 9:56 PM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs took the Ottawa Senators’ fifth spot in the East with a 4-0 win on Saturday, leaving many onlookers to speak pretty loudly about the Buds finally making the playoffs.

PHT’s own Joe Yerdon proclaimed it. So did the National Post’s Bruce Arthur. The Globe & Mail’s James Mirtle thinks it’s unlikely that they’ll drop out.

The latest reason why the Leafs are playing so well? Secondary scoring – if you can call it that – from Joffrey Lupul‘s red-hot line.

Lupul (one-goal, three assists) helped Nazem Kadri keep his outstanding season going; the young Leafs forward had a hat trick and an assist.

When you combine the Kadri-Lupul combo with Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk (or mix and match the different possibilities), it appears that Maple Leafs are as dangerous as they’ve been since the last lockout.

Many believe that it’s going to be enough to break their nine-year drought.

  1. solador78 - Mar 30, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Just and FYI since TSN and Hockey Night In Canada won’t tell you about the fact that Kadri’s uncle was arrested last week for helping run a Hells Angels sportsbook.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      If the case actually had anything to do with Nazem, people would care. Since it evidently has nothing to do with him, we don’t. But do keep us all posted on developments, perhaps in your next Christmas letter.

      • solador78 - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:22 AM

        You shouldn’t be surprised that TSN isn’t covering the story since BODOG is one of their major sponsors and sportsbooks regularly cover each other’s positions.

        This isn’t the first time this has happened. Jose Theodore was run out of Montreal when his family was caught up in a Hell’s Angels loan sharking operation.

        Kadri is a public figure and it should be a major story when a family member of his is implicated in an illegal operation that’s directly connected to the NHL.

        If anything, the NHL’s corporate security department would have conducted a review of the incident and that should be news.

      • solador78 - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:50 AM

        Google the story and you’ll see that it’s only media outlets that aren’t connected to the NHL that are carrying this story, ie. National Post, CTV, Toronto Star.

        Here’s what CBC had to say about it:

        “Police also issued warrants for the same offences for Abraham Diles, 47, from Stouffville, Ont., and Jeffrey Fuchs, 35. and Hiesam Kadri, 41, who are both from London, Ont.”

        It really seems like the NHL is covering this up since they don’t want Kadri, the Leafs, the Hells Angels and mafia used in the same sentence.

        If there’s nothing to hide, why are TSN and CBC hiding it?

        Maybe you guys should ask FIFA and the Olympic Committee what the #1 threat to global sports is.

      • tatdue - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        Oh, the things Leaf haters will come up with…..I gotta tell you kid, you are a little behind the times on this one and you are more than a little lost with your so called facts! The first I read of this story of Kadri’s Uncle was on the TSN website (which you say is refusing to talk about it) and then later the same night the story was brought up on Hockey night in Canada’s, Coaches Corner, (the second place you say has refused to talk about it) and the one thing that both outlets said, that made perfect sense, was that they both commended Kadri for keeping his head up and not letting the whole thing bother him! Now since it was his Uncle who is involved and not Kadri himself, it really isn’t sports worthy news and therefore shouldn’t be covered by sports outlets period.

        As for the crap you wrote about Theodore….all it is is crap! Theodore wasn’t run out of town, he was traded to the Avalanche because his play was not what it used to be and Huet (their back up at the time) was playing way better than him period….it was a hockey move and that is all. Now I’m sorry if you can’t handle the fact that the Leafs are becoming a better team but at least try and be a grown up about it all…..

      • solador78 - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        The issue isn’t with Kadri, but rather the entire NHL as whole.

        When Gary Bettman testified in NJ in December 2012 regarding the potential legalization of sports betting in the state, he was asked why the NHL and other professional sports leagues were against it.

        He didn’t answer that it would make the NHL a easier target for match-fixing.

        Instead, he said that the people who watch hockey would START TO PERCEIVE THAT NHL GAMES ARE FIXED (and ruin the hypnotic effect that the league currently has over their fanbase).

      • solador78 - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:27 PM


        Please provide links or it’s didn’t happen.

      • solador78 - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        Here’s Theodore with 13 Hells:

        Why do you think his play suffered?

      • tatdue - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        Look, your “if there’s no link it didn’t happen line” is the argument of a five year old! TSN has no search engine and their headlines are only kept for a few days, but I did manage to find a link on sportsnet (who are in the same boat as TSN as being related to the NHL) Sportsnet is owned by Rogers, who are part owners of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Here is the link and as you’ll see it’s dated March 22…. I was also able to find a link to a story by Tim Wharnsby from CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada that talks about it dated March 20th….. Like I said you’re a little behind the times! As for Theodore, like a lot of other NHLers the 04/05 lock out hurt him and that’s why his play level dropped….

        As far as your links go, can you tell me what a link to Tv Tropes about a story about puppet strings and another link that shows a picture on the front of a tabloid newspaper (with the title of the news paper cut off to try to hide the fact that it’s the Aftonbladet) actually proves? Your links prove absolutely nothing!

        I’m done with homework assignments as I’ve PROVED my point…..Don’t worry though sunshine, the Leafs getting better is not the end of the world…. :)

  2. letsgopens8771 - Mar 30, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Interesting. This is the most unpredictable I have ever seen the playoff standings. The Leafs are doing very well this year and I do think that they will make the Playoffs this year. Carolina is in it, hell, even the Islanders are in it! Great year for them. It’s nice to see the Leafs in the playoffs instead of the Flyers for a change.

  3. challer9 - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    So if they make the playoffs are they going to issue an apology to Brian Burke? He got fired like a week before the season started so this is still the team he put together…

  4. slickdemetrius - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    One and done and I’m not just speaking of this years playoff run for the Leafs, I’m alluding to their playoff participation for the next decade.
    If they make it this asterisked season, this is it for another ten, twelve, fifteen years. So get out there and enjoy Toronto fans, you have more than earned it.

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