Toronto Maple Leafs Surging, Goaltender James Reimer, Grabovski Are Key

January 11th, 2011 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
With last night’s 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings the Toronto Maple Leafs have now won four of their past five matches, leading many Leaf fans to suggest that their beloved Buds are indeed turning the corner on their way to respectability.

While it is still a tad early to be throwing accolades towards the Blue and White, one cannot help but see that the Leafs now occupy 26th spot in the standings, leaving them just one point away from surpassing the Florida Panthers, which, while the Panthers still have a game in hand, would bring the Buds out of a lottery pick position.

For Leafs general manager Brian Burke, having his team finish out of a lottery position would be the first step towards that elusive respectability, both in terms of on-ice product and with regard to his many offseason moves (which were supposed to have the Maple Leafs competing for a playoff spot.

Leading the way for the Leafs has been the team’s second unit of Mikhail Grabovski, Clarke MacArthur and Nikolai Kulemin, a.k.a. “the misfits.”

Grabovski, Kulemin and MacArthur have combined for 19 points their past five games, making them one ...

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