Morning Mashup: Triple Threat


Along with the beginning of the second round of the playoff, the excitement in Leaf land was also brimming for the start of the World Championships in Slovakia. Canada had their first taste of tournament action in a 4-1 victory over the Belarussians, who are captained by Mikhail Grabovski. In the win, all three goal scorers (Eberle with two, Jeff Skinner, John Tavares) are under the age of 20, with the youngest being 18-year old Skinner. Judging from the offensive output displayed by these three youngsters, the Canadians will rely on youthful enthusiasm and speed to overpower their opposition. From a Leafs perspective, James Reimer was solid in his Team Canada debut. He was postionally sound and was very composed in net. What was a refreshing change in his game is his improvement on rebound control. He has clearly corrected some of his weaknesses displayed earlier this season and made a concerted effort to return in top form this fall.

Dion Phaneuf and Luke Schenn were both steady on the backend, each logging top four minutes. Phaneuf took three minor penalties, but compensated for his undiscipline by unleashing a cannon from the blueline, which eventually led to Jordan Eberles second goal.

Canada is back in action on Sunday against Cristobal Huet and Team France.

Leafs Links:

What went wrong? Excuses from the NHL’s losers

Latest from DGB on the first round of the playoffs.

TV gig ‘a rush’ for Maple Leafs’ Armstrong

Colby Armstrong comments on his appearance on the TSN playoff panel earlier this week.

A Family’s Undying Love For The Leafs

Mike Ulmer offers an inspirational story about a passionate Maple Leafs fan who battled cancer.

Playoff Links:

Lightning strike first against Capitals

Tampa Bay jumps out to a 1-0 series lead on Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

Bolts’ Gagne injured in Game 1

Gagne was helped off the ice after taking a heavy hit from Captials defenseman Scott Hannan last night in Washington.

NHL Jack Adams Award: Bylsma vs. Trotz vs. Vigneault

Three very deserving nominations for the NHL’s top bench boss award.

Jordin Tootoo doing all the right things

Tootoo turning things around in the playoffs for Nashville.

Return of concussion symptoms stalled comeback for Sid the Kid

Crosby suffered a setback during his rehabiliation process in early-April.

World Championship Links:

Tavares, Eberle lift Canada over Belarus in World Championship opener

Eberle notches two markers, while Tavares and Skinner also score for Team Canada in their 4-1 win over Belarus.

Leafs Poised To Take Over World Championships

Jeffler previews the World Championship from a Leaf perspective.

Eleven Maple Leafs To Participate In World Championship

Brian Burke, Dave Nonis and equipment manager Brian Papineau are also involved in the tournament.

Your Say:

Did you expect the Lightning to win the opening game of the series in Washington? How will the victory affect their momentum going into game 2? What are your expectations for game 2 of the Vancouver/Nashville series tonight?