FTB: California here we come

The Leafs leave Winnipeg tonight and head south and west following a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets last night. Fortunately, they can fly away, because we discovered that Winnipeg does have an airport. Here’s our game-by-game recap of the game and their airport.

Let’s take another look at this incredible back pass between the legs from Wayne Simmonds to David Kämpf to set up a goal.

Ilya Samsonov stepped up and really looks great. He added to a historic list of goalie wins last night.

The Leafs’ next game is tomorrow and it’s the first stop on the annual California road trip. Except it’s not in California. The Leafs have to travel to Vegas once a season, so why not check that box on the way to California? It will be the first of two very late games in a row, starting at 10:00 p.m. ET, with the second Thursday against the Sharks starting at 10:30 p.m. ET even later. Be sure to take a few early evening naps this week.

At the Coliseum, the Marlies play the second of their straight games against the Grand Rapids Griffins (affiliated with the Detroit Red Wings) at 4:00 p.m. today. They won the opener yesterday 4-1 with goals from Noel Hoefenmeyer, Nick Abruzzese and Alex Steeves (2).

Yesterday’s game also marked the debut of Danny DeKeyser with the team who signed a PTO contract earlier this week. DeKeyser is a veteran defenseman who played ten seasons with the Red Wings, but found himself without a contract this season. His shorthanded experience was invaluable and very visible in this game. Marlies coach Greg Moore called him a “stabilizing force” for the blue line which saw sudden changes with the Leafs calling Victor Mete. Filip Král was sent off to the Marlies yesterday.

Other news

We hope Borowiecki is well after this accident.

Some Minnesota Wild players just don’t work well together – Hockey Wilderness
While three of the four front lines played well, Tyson Jost, Joel Eriksson-Ek and Nick Foligno screwed up the bed so badly they’re forcing us to write an entire blog about it.

Olympic gold medalist rips Hockey Canada for paying $4,000 for medical bills after concussion – CBC
Olympic gold medalist Katie Weatherston says it was ‘unfair’ of Hockey Canada to tell her she only had $4,000 available to cover medical costs from ongoing head trauma she suffered while playing for Team Canada.

Tackaberry Skates — Tacks — Recognized as National Historic Significance – CBC
Nearly 120 years ago, a cobbler in Brandon, Manitoba who specialized in orthopedic footwear for people with disabilities, designed a skate boot that transformed an essential piece of hockey equipment. Now, George E. Tackaberry’s skate, better known as CCM Tacks, has been declared an event of national historic significance.


How many points will the Leafs earn from this trip to Vegas and California?

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