Toronto Maple Leafs Defense Will Need To Be Great If Team Wants To Make Playoffs

May 7th, 2010 by Albi Baraku Leave a reply »
"Defense wins championships."

That is a very famously known quote that flies around the world in all of sports, largely and virtually first known as a football quote.

If you examine the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs and the run they are having, the majority of the success they have been having in this postseason is significantly thanks to their defensive end (Hall Gill, Jaroslav Spacek, P.K. Subban) and goaltending (Jaroslav Halak).

Should the Boston Bruins go on to the conference finals, which it seems like they will as they currently hold a commanding three to one lead over the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, they will have their blue-line and goaltending to thank (think Tukkaa Rask, Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk, Dennis Wideman).

As for the Toronto Maple Leafs, defense and goaltending has unfortunately and quite annually been a weak point in their depth chart for a fair amount of time now. Whether it was Brian McCabe, Carlo Colaicavo, Pavel Kubina, Hal Gill, Jeff Finger, Vesa Toskala, or Andrew Raycroft, the Toronto Maple Leafs back end was one of the worst in the league year afte ...

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