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CHICAGO The Blackhawks have captured two Stanley Cups in five years and on Sunday night they showed the suddenly skidding Maple Leafs exactly why. Cam Ward Jersey . Chicago outclassed their Original Six rivals for the better part of 60 minutes, sending them to a third straight loss and some soul-searching just days after a fiery 10-1-1 stretch came to an end. The Leafs are admittedly trying to chase the Blackhawks model. Head coach Randy Carlyle expressed admiration for Chicagos up-tempo brand, describing it as the type of game his team would like to implement consistently. Players echoed his thoughts. We can learn from playing teams like that when theyre at the top of their game, said Joffrey Lupul after a 4-0 loss, just the second time the Leafs have been shutout this season. Thats the type of team were striving to become. Not only are the Blackhawks a polished offensive powerhouse, but unlike their Toronto counterparts, they lock things down at the other end, standing on top of the league defensively. Lupul observed how well they manage to play collectively building off years of experience Daniel Winnik noting just how effective and nifty they are with the puck in all three zones. Theyre so good with the puck when they have it, said Winnik. The Leafs, a sometimes sloppy outfit with the puck themselves, continue to tumble down the league rankings defensively, yielding an unseemly 15 goals during the three-game skid. Only the likes of Dallas, Edmonton, Buffalo, Arizona, Colorado and injury-ravaged Columbus have been worse this season at keeping pucks of the net. Weve allowed the opposition to score too many goals, said Carlyle following the first of seven straight on the road. Weve got to get our defensive side of [the game] back in order and play a tighter game, specifically on the road. You cant come into a building like this and play the Stanley Cup champs in these situations and think that youre going to play loose hockey. Thats not the way its going to work. Superior goaltending and a powerful offence kept such an approach afloat during much of the month-long stretch of winning hockey, but no longer. James Reimer was forced to make a good number of quality saves to keep things tight for two periods with a handful of odd-man opportunities to contend with Antti Raanta tested more and more often as the night wore on, but ultimately perfect with 31 saves. The Blackhawks struck twice in a controlling first frame the second with just seconds left on the clock adding two more in the final 20 minutes. They flung the puck around with precision, were often first to loose pucks - Patrick Kane snatching control ahead of Tyler Bozak on Chicagos second of the game and were seemingly just a step ahead. Theyre a pretty good hockey club obviously, said Carlyle. And they executed at a very high level. They moved the puck around us quite a bit in the hockey game and we just didnt have an answer for it. And then when we did have chances I think their goaltender made some big stops. Carlyle continued to shuffle his line combinations around, mixing and matching furiously in hopes of finding a better mix at even-strength. That process Sunday saw David Booth and Richard Panik both move higher in the lineup (replacing David Clarkson) and Phil Kessel bounce between Nazem Kadri and Tyler Bozak. But it was to no effect against the Blackhawks, who held off a third period Leafs rally. The two teams are obviously at different stages in the curve to success with vastly different amounts of talent. Chicago is an annual Cup contender and an organization that generates a healthy amount of envy around the league. Toronto just trying to get into the postseason dance, looking at a team like the Blackhawks admiringly. Theyre a better team than us right now, Lupul said. Were striving to get to their level and its a work in progress. -- Five Points 1. 2015 Its very likely that Leo Komarov doesnt play again for the Leafs until 2015. Komarov, whos missed the past 11 games with a concussion, has been skating recently and steadily improving. But the 27-year-old continues to experience symptoms related to the concussion, according to a source, even if those symptoms are not quite as severe as those in the initial aftermath of the injury. And while he has taken to the ice briefly with the teams strength coach in recent days, Komarov still has yet to practice with the team, has yet to go through any substantial drills, and will miss the final game before the Christmas break in Dallas. The Leafs will have five games in seven days when they return from the holidays with the possibility of one, maybe two practices in that span. Hell need more than that to return given the precarious nature of the injury and length of time missed. And thats assuming those symptoms disappear they havent yet which is obviously far from a guarantee. The likely timeline for Komarovs return, according to the source, is January perhaps as late as the middle of the month. Leafs general manager Dave Nonis did not respond to a request for comment on the matter. Komarov was among the better Leafs through the first two months this season. He had 16 points in 23 games. -- 2. Embracing Analytics Carlyle likes to jest from time to time about the wave of analytics in the game today, but its evident that hes embracing the movement, even looking to procure a new stat. Frustrated with sloppy play recently, Carlyle wants to create an analytic that tracks how much time the club ends up spending in the defensive zone after a puck is turned over at the offensive blue-line. Its something he intends to present his players with. Its an interesting stat, Carlyle said ahead of the Sunday tilt with Chicago. And were going to be hard and fast with our players to show them whats happening when we do that. As to analytics, Carlyle said, Its just a different way of looking at the game and its a tool. We think that its a valuable tool in some of those situations where we can apply it. -- 3. Improvements Winnik offered one subtle change the Leafs could make to control possession longer, thus giving up fewer opportunities and shots against. Puck support, he said. Sometimes we just get too spread out. Were looking for cross-ice passes as opposed to being close and making short chips or short passes, I think thats kind of an adjustment we might have to make. The Leafs had maybe their three best games of the year after the 9-2 blasting at home by Nashville last month. They played Tampa, Detroit and Pittsburgh, holding all three under 30 shots with a structured brand of hockey rare to this group. Those are games that we really shut, I think, really good offensive teams down, Winnik said. I think the challenge is playing structured every single night. Its not easy and it might not be fun some games because you might feel robotic to what you have to do, but it gets the job done. In the 12 games after that brief three-game window, the Leafs gave up 30 or more in 10 of 12 games. I thought we were a pretty good team defensively for a while there, Winnik continued. Now weve kind of gotten away from it. Maybe weve just got to look back at those games. -- 4. Best Year Yet? It may not look like it, but Phil Kessel is quietly pushing toward what could be the best statistical season of his career. Kessel is on pace for 41 goals, 46 assists and 87 points, all of which would be career-highs. Hes also produced more efficiently than in years past, on pace for less than 270 shots and currently shooting nearly 16 per cent which would also be a career-high. Now 27, Kessel is producing at about the same rates in even-strength situations as past seasons though he endured about a month-long cold spell receiving a big bump from a potent Leafs power-play. Nearly 40 per cent of his offence comes with the man advantage. Kessel, nonetheless, remains a drain on the Leafs in other areas; he is amongst the teams worst possession players and a glaring negative in the subtler points of the game, including in the defensive zone. But the production continues to be there. -- 5. Gardiner With an eye towards Tuesdays game in Dallas, the Leafs took Stephane Robidas out of the lineup against Chicago. Robidas spent the majority of his career with the Stars, Carlyle opting to give him an extra night of rest ahead of what should be an emotional return. In doing so the Leafs flipped Jake Gardiner back into the lineup, a night after scratching him against the Flyers. Gardiner led the Leafs with nearly 23 minutes, on the ice for the Blackhawks final two goals in the third frame. I thought Jake played very well until the third period, Carlyle said, describing Gardiners game as being more determined. I thought the third period was again an area where we just didnt do enough and he got caught in a couple situations, but a young player showed hes got some dynamic abilities out there. -- Stats-Pack 5-2-1 Leafs record in second half of back-to-back games this season. 22:50 Ice-time for Jake Gardiner Sunday, leading the Leafs. 41-40 Possession advantage for Chicago. 13:11 Ice-time for David Booth Sunday, his second-highest mark of the season. 2.97 Goals against average for the Leafs this season, 24th overall this season. -- Special Teams Capsule PP: 0-2 Season: 20.3% PK: 1-2 Season: 83.3% -- Quote of the Night Thats the great thing about hockey is we get another crack at it right away in Dallas. Its not like NFL week where youve got to wait a full week before you get back out there again. - Joffrey Lupul, on the nature of a losing streak in the NHL. -- Up Next The Leafs visit the Stars Tuesday before hitting pause for the Christmas break. Custom Carolina Hurricanes Jerseys . -- Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo is going to the Pro Bowl as a replacement for San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks. Julien Gauthier Jersey . Case in point: LeBron James vs. Ben McLemore. James was driving to the rim in the first quarter and McLemore decided to try to take the charge, which was quite admirable and predictably futile. http://www.hockeyhurricanes.com/jaccob-slavin-hockey-jersey/ . The 36-year-old Colts receiver is going back to the playoffs as a division champion.TORONTO - Jonathan Crompton is 6-1 as Montreals starting quarterback, thanks to John Bowman and the rest of the Alouettes defence. Crompton was 19-of-28 passing for 219 yards and a TD as Montreal earned an important 20-12 win over Toronto on Saturday night. But it was the Alouettes defence that anchored the teams fourth straight win by continually harassing Ricky Ray and keeping a potent Argonauts offence without a touchdown before 16,834 spectators at Rogers Centre. Its important to get every win because of how tight it is in the East, said Bowman, the veteran Alouettes defensive lineman. We came here with the intention of winning and getting after the quarterback and thats exactly what we did. We didnt get a lot of sacks but we forced a lot of errant throws, we forced some tough throws and they made some good receptions. But in the end we didnt give up a touchdown and got the win. Montreal (7-Cool moved into a tie for first in the East Division with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (7-Cool. Its defence allowed just four field goals and effectively shut down a Toronto offence that had scored 140 points in its previous four games despite losing defensive linemen Gabriel Knapton and Aaron Lavarias to injury. Our defence has been playing well the past few weeks, Crompton said. You cant say enough good things about them. Theres not a lot you cant say about them right now. Toronto mustered just 19 total yards offensively in the third quarter alone. But after rallying the Argos from a 17-point deficit last week in a 34-33 win over Hamilton, Ray literally fell just short of doing so again Saturday as he was stopped on a third-and-one at the Montreal 35 with 1:27 remaining. We knew what play they were going to run, Bowman said. We stood tall. Still, the Argos had many chances late in the game. They appeared in business when a pass interference call on Gerald Brown put them at the Montreal 23 with 12:09 remaining to play. But Montreal successfully challenged the call, forcing Toronto to punt. Toronto got the ball back at the Montreal 47 after Aston Whiteside recovered a Crompton fumble. But the Argos settled for Swayze Waters 37-yard field goal at 6:45 that cut the Als lead to 20-9. Toronto got another break when it took over at its 52-yard line after James Yurichuk blocked Whytes punt with 5:17 remaining. Waters 48-yard field goal at 11:50 cut Montreals lead to 20-12. After turning the ball over on downs, Toronto got it back for the last time at its 16-yard line with 24 seconds remaining. But Brown ended the comeback hopes with an interception. Toronto mustered just 283 net offensive yards and Ray, who came in as the CFLs passing leader, finished 25-of-39 passing for 202 yards with the pick. Ray said the overturned pass interference call was big. That couldve put us down deep and if we couldve scored iit wouldve been a real momentum builder, Ray said of the reversed call. Chris Terry Jersey. To have that call and have it taken off the board kind of gave them the momentum. Added Argos coach Scott Milanovich: It was a factor for sure, we were at least in field-goal range. But we still had opportunities. Toronto (6-9) suffered its first loss in four games to drop to third in the East, making its next two contests crucially important. The Argos host Hamilton next weekend, then travel to Montreal on Nov. 2 needing to win those games to clinch both season series and solidify their post-season run. Toronto, Hamilton and Montreal are essentially playing for two playoff spots due to the crossover. The B.C. Lions (8-7) are fourth in the West but would secure the No. 3 seed in the East if they finished the regular season with a better record than the Eastern conferences third-place squad. Montreal, which began the season 1-7, visits Ottawa on Friday night before hosting Toronto. Montreal coach Tom Higgins credited the Alouettes players for the teams amazing turnaround. They believed in the message that was presented to them from the start of training camp that we are a good football team, there is talent here, he said. Youve got to learn to play together and understand the ebbs and flows of the game and they did that beautifully and its paying huge dividends. Despite his stellar record, Crompton hasnt been lights-out for Montreal. He still hasnt recorded a 300-yard passing game and has thrown one more TD pass (eight) than interception, but Higgins says thats to be expected with a CFL sophomore. I think people forget he is truly a young quarterback learning and getting better each and every time, he said. It just bodes well for us. Tanner Marsh and S.J. Green had Montreals touchdowns. Sean Whyte had the converts and two field goals. Waters had Torontos field goals. Players and coaches on both teams teams wore pink-coloured items as part of the CFLs program to bring awareness to womens cancers. Argos slotback Chad Owens wore a sharp-looking pair of custom cleats in honour of an aunt who was diagnosed with breast cancer. NOTES - Offensive lineman Jarriel King and defensive back Branden Smith didnt dress for Toronto while defensive end Brian Brikowski and slotback Andrew Smith were Montreals scratches . . . Heading into weekend action there had been 83 challenges by CFL coaches, with 25 being successful . . . West Division teams still lead the head-to-head series 28-12 but East squads have won nine of the last 11 matchups . . . According to the CFL, just two teams have ever won their division without being over .500, the 85 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (8-Cool and 01 Edmonton Eskimos (9-9) . . . Ray has never finished the season leading the CFL in TD passes. He came into Saturdays game with a league-high 27. China Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Jerseys China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China ' ' '
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