Dec 21 2011

Canucks 5, maple leafs 3.

Ouch.

  • Wins: 14
  • losses: 17
  • shootout wins: 3
  • shootout losses: 1
  • points: 31

recap:

Canucks end trip with win at Toronto
Sunday, 12.18.2011 / 12:02 AM
TORONTO — The Vancouver Canucks ended their road trip on a high note after beating the Toronto Maple Leafs by a 5-3 score at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night.

Timely goals and highlight-reel saves by Roberto Luongo — who made 26 saves — propelled Vancouver to victory and a 3-1-1 record on its five-game road trip.

The Canucks put the game out of reach when Alexandre Burrows tallied his 11th goal of the season with just under six minutes remaining in the third period to make it 4-2.

The scoring play was a result of the Canucks taking advantage of a lot of time and space which started when Henrik Sedin took the puck from Phil Kessel and was allowed to skate clear through the neutral zone before finding Burrows just over the blue line. From there, Burrows capitalized on soft coverage, skating in towards the middle of the faceoff circles before firing the puck in off the post. The goal sent the many Canucks fans in attendance into celebration mode.

“I thought we had lot of room all night to be honest, for some reason it seems when you play out east there is a little bit more room, it’s a little bit more entertaining, a little bit more fast paced and open then when you play some teams in the west,” said Burrows, whose game-winning goal along with an assist earned him first star honors.

“They turned the puck over in a bad area,” said Henrik Sedin, “If that happens usually you get a lot of room, we we’re up against a team that played the second day of a back to back and they looked a little tired, but we played well and didn’t give them a whole lot.”

Kessel scored his 19th of the season, taking Tyler Bozak’s tape-to-tape pass from the corner to cut the lead to 4-3 giving hope to the home-side and to their fans, but Jannik Hansen put an end to that by scoring his 10th for the Canucks back up by 2 with 1:40 left. Hansen by pounced on a loose puck in the neutral zone and outmuscled Dion Phaneuf to the net, going to his forehand and beat Jonas Gustavsson to make it 5-3.

“They had the puck in deep, nobody was out on the left point so I could skate out on it and their d-men had been on for long and maybe were tired so I tried to make it a race and cut in front of them and I fortunate to keep the puck on my stick and able to get the puck over the shoulder of the goalie,” Hansen said.

Gustavsson, who made 31 saves, many of them tough — especially through the first two periods — was particularly tough on himself regarding Hansen’s insurance marker.

“As long as you lose the game you can’t be happy, I needed to stop that breakaway to give the team a chance at the end but other than that I felt pretty good,” Gustavsson said. “We believe in ourselves (our recent losses) have been tight games, we could have won those games. We know we are a good team and we just have to show it.”

Goals in the first and last minute of the second period gave the Canucks a 3-2 lead heading into the second intermission.

Daniel Sedin knocked in his 13th of the season with 44 seconds left, taking a tremendous feed from Burrows through two Leafs to beat Gustavsson to give Vancouver a one-goal lead after two periods of play.

Saturday marked Daniel Sedin’s return to the lineup after a one game absence with back spasms. It was his first goal on the Canucks’ road trip and first since Dec. 6, when he had a hat trick at home versus Columbus. It was a tough way to end the period for Gustavsson, who turned aside 11 shots, many of which were good scoring chances.

Forty-nine seconds into the period, Ryan Kesler stole the puck in the corner to the left of Gustavsson and went to the net. His jam attempt bounded out in front to Mason Raymond, who had a wide-open net to shoot at. He buried his third of the season to put the Canucks up, 2-1. Chris Higgins got the second assist on the play, giving him his second point of the night as he earned third star honors.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault was impressed with the work of his second line.

“The line at the beginning of the game that was doing the best was Ryan Kesler’s line, those three guys had speed and were creating turnovers,” he said. “They created so many turnovers tonight, but we couldn’t make them (the Leafs) pay, we should have had that game put into our hands a little bit earlier than we did tonight.”

The Leafs drew even at two when Bozak scored at 7:33. After knocking a Kessel pass out of the air, Bozak charged down the middle of the ice towards Luongo. Alex Edler initially seemed to have to have Bozak in check, but he was able to corral the puck to his backhand and feather it over Luongo’s right shoulder for his seventh of the season. It was the first time he found the back of the net after seven games without a goal, the last time he found the back of the net before tonight was Nov. 27 in Anaheim.

The score was tied at one after 20 minutes of play. Vancouver wasted no time in getting the scoring started as Edler found Higgins wide open in front 62 seconds into the game. Higgins made a quick move to his backhand to beat Gustavsson for his ninth goal of the season.

The Leafs tied the game just less than three minutes later, when Joffrey Lupul scored on the power play. After Luongo stoned Bozak in front, Lupul was able to play the puck off his body, maintain position under pressure and get his stick on it. It was his 15th goal of the season.

Not long after the tying goal, Vancouver thought it had taken the lead, but it was ruled that Gustavsson was interfered with. Kesler argued, but to no avail.

Luongo made a spectacular save in near the midway point of the opening period, coming across on a 2-on-1 to rob Colby Armstrong on what looked to be a sure goal. Clarke MacArthur made a pinpoint pass to Armstrong, but Luongo got his glove on the puck for a dazzling save.

Luongo wasn’t done there, as he came up big again with just over five minutes remaining when Phaneuf set up Tim Connolly with a nice pass from behind the net. While Luongo anticipated Phaneuf to go around the net, he sensed the backdoor pass and came back to the near post to prevent a wide-open Connolly from scoring.
“When they needed a couple of big saves from him they obviously got them, and we never could get to a spot where we got ahead and felt good about ourselves, we were always chasing,” Leafs coach Ron Wilson said.

Vancouver returns home to face the Minnesota Wild on Monday, while Toronto will play L.A. at home on Monday in what could be Darryl Sutter’s coaching debut with the Kings.

Dec 21 2011

Sabres 5, maple leafs 4.

Win one, lose one. buh.

  • Wins: 14
  • losses: 16
  • shootout wins: 3
  • shootout losses: 1
  • points: 31

Have a recap.

Sabres hold off Maple Leafs 5-4
Saturday, 12.17.2011 / 12:02 AM
Thomas Vanek helped the Buffalo Sabres’ offense come alive.

The Sabres’ top gun scored twice and added two assists as Buffalo held off the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on Friday night before a full house at the First Niagara Center.

The Sabres had scored just 14 times in seven games before their Vanek-led outburst.

“We need to get our swagger back, especially when we have the lead,” said Vanek, who leads the Sabres with 16 goals. “Sometimes that’s all it takes. There’s no miracle to it. Everyone here is a good player, so when we get the lead we have to go for the next one and bury a team. We didn’t quite do that, but I think it was a step in the right direction.”

The four-point game was the fourth of Vanek’s career, but his first since April 10, 2010.

Tyler Ennis had a goal and an assist, Drew Stafford scored his 100th NHL goal and Andrej Sekera also connected for Buffalo, which finished a season-high five-game homestand with a 2-1-2 record. The Sabres (16-12-3) visit Pittsburgh on Saturday..

The Sabres trailed 2-1 midway through the second period before scoring three unanswered goals, two on the power play –for a 4-2 lead. Toronto took five penalties in the second, and all but six seconds of the final 7:03 of the middle period saw one team on the power play.

“Our power play was effective, and we were able to score on our opportunities,” Vanek said. “Sometimes that’s half the challenge for us.”

Nikolai Kulemin scored on a penalty shot in the third period, and Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul, and Mikhail Grabovski also scored for Toronto (16-12-3), which is 1-2-1 in its last four games.

Ennis’ power-play goal at 14:08 of the second broke a 2-2 tie. Sekera’s goal at 18:01 came after Phaneuf was handed a five-minute major for boarding and ejected for checking Zach Kassian into the end boards from behind.

“I didn’t mean to board him,” Phaneuf said. “I went in to finish my check and the puck got caught along the boards. He turned right at the last second.”

Kulemin converted his penalty shot at 9:56 of the third after he was tripped by Jordan Leopold on a breakaway to make it 4-3. But Vanek got his second goal of the night with 4:16 to go, and it turned into the game-winner when Grabovski scored 31 seconds later.

“It’s good that we had positive reaction to that penalty shot,” said goalie Ryan Miller, who made 29 saves. “To answer quickly keeps them out of their comfort zone.”

After a scoreless first period, the Maple Leafs struck first on Lupul’s 14th goal 1:49 into the second. On a 2-on-1 rush with Phil Kessel, Lupul took Kessel’s pass in the left circle before flicking the puck over Miller. Stafford tied it 2 1/2 minutes later when he tapped in Vanek’s passout for a power-play goal.

Toronto went ahead again on Phaneuf’s power-play goal at 9:03, but Vanek tied it 19 seconds later when he wristed in a shot from the lower left circle.

Ennis scored during a 5-on-3 power play before Sekera scored during Phaneuf’s major penalty.

“We’ve taken far too many penalties in the last two or three weeks,” Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. “Penalty-killers taking penalties doesn’t give you a chance.”

James Reimer made 24 saves in his fourth straight start for the Maple Leafs, who had their three-game winning streak against Buffalo snapped.

“I don’t think I made enough saves,” he said. “I feel like I let down the guys that worked their butts off. They scored four goals, and that should be enough to at least get a point.”

Dec 21 2011

maple leafs 2, hurricanes 1.

Hey, we can win! awesome!

  • Wins: 14
  • losses: 15
  • shootout wins: 3
  • shootout losses: 1
  • points: 31

Here’s the recap.

Leafs top ‘Canes 2-1 in OT
Tuesday, 12.13.2011 / 11:49 PM
TORONTO — Tim Connolly finally gave the Toronto Leafs the kind of offensive boost they’ve been waiting for.

Connolly, a free-agent signee this summer who’s been battling injuries all season, scored his second goal of the night 44 seconds into overtime Tuesday to give the Leafs a 2-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Connolly got his sixth goal of the season when he shoveled home a loose puck in the crease after Joffrey Lupul’s initial slapper squirted behind Cam Ward, who slammed his stick in disgust after the loss.

“I was just stretching along the far blue line and he did a great job of driving wide and shooting the puck. A lot of times in overtime that’s the best play, just to shoot it on net and then he crashed the net and I was able to pick up the loose change,” said Connolly whose last two-goal game came last Oct. 22 against Ottawa while he was a member of the Buffalo Sabres.

“Ward was doing a good job fronting pucks and stopping pucks, and we knew we were just going to have to grind it out and get a couple of ugly ones and that’s what we were able to do.”

Connolly’s heroics ended a game in which the 19,509 fans who packed the Air Canada Centre watched more than 55 minutes of scoreless hockey.

Connolly finally opened the scoring with 4:14 left in regulation. Clarke MacArthur shook off defenseman Derek Joslin by circling back to the blue line before firing a pass into a crowd to Ward’s right that Connolly deflected into the net.

Leafs coach Ron Wilson likes the depth that Connolly provides the club.

“Over his career, when he is healthy he has been a very good player, and that’s the goal here — to keep him healthy [so] he doesn’t have to play much, he plays 15 or 16 minutes,” Wilson said. “Having him [Mikhail] Grabovski and [Tyler] Bozak in the lineup and playing with different people, we’ve got a little bit of balance in terms of scoring

However, Wilson surely was not happy when Lupul was called for high-sticking less than a minute after Connolly’s goal. Carolina capitalized as former Leaf Alexei Ponikarovsky took a tape-to-tape pass in the crease from Eric Staal to score his seventh of the season at 18:06. Staal now has six points in his past four games and has only been held pointless in one game this month.

Eight of the past 10 goals scored against the Leafs have been on the power play while Carolina has converted on four of its past 12 opportunities.

Despite falling to 1-6-1 since taking over as coach, Carolina’s Kirk Muller remained upbeat after the loss as he explained why the power play seems to be turning the corner. “Sometimes when you’re not winning you press things and we we’re really forcing the power play. I was telling them too slow things down, you have two minutes to score, not 30 seconds and have the confidence that you can set up plays and you will get your goals.”

Ward was the reason the Hurricanes had something to show for their night. He finished with 36 saves on a night when his team was outshot by exactly a 2-on-1 margin — 38-19. Ward was particularly strong in the second period where he made several tough saves. He denied Phil Kessel’s attempt to go five-hole from 10 feet and stopped Matt Frattin’s individual effort in which he deked around Jamie McBain. Ward also came up big again on Bozak’s backhand chance in the slot and also on a point-blank opportunity by David Steckel.

“Wardo played well, I thought he was our best player, and he kept us in it,” Staal said. “He’s he is one of those guys that puts a lot of pressure on himself, it’s been a tough year, not only for him but for a lot of people here, it was a tough one in the end there, they got a bounce in front of the net and ended the game.”

While Toronto peppered Ward with shots, the Leafs also gave away the puck 22 times in a game that featured sloppy play from both sides.

James Reimer was tested sparingly and made 18 saves for his first win since returning from a concussion sustained Oct. 22 against Montreal. Chad LaRose provided the toughest tests for the second-year goaltender, forcing Reimer to come up big on a shorthanded rush in the third period and prior to that, on a wraparound attempt in the dying seconds of the second period.

The ‘Canes return home on Thursday to host Vancouver after a 1-2-1 road trip. The Leafs visit Buffalo on Friday for the first meeting of the season between the Northeast Division rivals, then return home for a Saturday night showdown against Vancouver.

“If we’re feeling pressure the second week of December, we’re in a lot of trouble,” Wilson said of the schedule. “There’s no pressure or anything like that. Our guys had a very professional approach to the game tonight — you wouldn’t know that we were one of the youngest teams in the League how poised we were right through the whole game.”

Dec 13 2011

wordpress apparently fails at accessibility in version 3.3.

For those who are tech savvy, *do not* upgrade to version 3.3 of wordpress if you value your sanity.
This goes for those who maintain blogs for others.
wordpress 3.3, has redesigned their dashboard, among other screens and these changes toss accessibility, straight out the window. James and myself are actively looking for fixes, etc. to resolve the broken, but for now stick with version 3.2X and far away from version 3.3 for the time being.
a forum topic exists over herethat we started, that topic, then directs youover herebut doesn’t address the concerns raised in the original forum topic.

Dec 12 2011

Capitals 4, maple leafs 2.

Apparently we can no longer win, buh.

  • Wins: 13
  • losses: 15
  • shootout wins: 3
  • shootout losses: 1
  • points: 29

recap.

Saturday, 12.10.2011 / 1:47 PM
Dennis Wideman had the greatest night of his NHL career on Friday. Just how great it was depends on whom you ask.

The official postgame scoresheet said the veteran defenseman scored three power-play goals for the first hat trick of his NHL career and assisted on another extra-man goal by Nicklas Backstrom as the Washington Capitals beat Toronto 4-2 for their third win in four games.

Wideman didn’t dispute that he had four points, but he contended that the third goal isn’t his.

“The third one went in off Brooskie [Brooks Laich]. I’m pretty sure that one’s going to come back,” Wideman said after the first multigoal performance of his 481-game NHL career. He set off a cascade of hats onto the ice when his screened slapper from the left point beat James Reimer with 1:19 left in regulation.

For his part, a laughing Laich wouldn’t say whether Wideman’s shot hit him.

“Don’t want to talk about that,” he said.

The NHL agreed a day later, switching the goal from Wideman to Laich and taking away what would have been the first hat trick by a Washington defenseman since Sergei Gonchar had one on Jan. 4, 2000, and just the third in the regular season by a Caps blueliner since the team entered the NHL in 1974.

Either way, it was the night of a lifetime for Wideman.

“Dennis is a smart player and he knows when to pass and when to shoot and he was bang on tonight with it,” said Caps coach Dale Hunter, who is now 3-3-0 in his NHL coaching career. “It’s all decisions to make for a good power play. You have to read the defense just like a quarterback does. So he shot some and he passed some, great decisions by him.”

The Caps (15-12-1) came into the game with the NHL’s 22nd-ranked power play at 15.2 percent and mired in a 3-for-51 slump, but took advantage of a Toronto penalty-killing unit that was 28th at 76.0 percent to win for the third time in four games.

Phil Kessel and Cody Franson scored for the Maple Leafs (15-11-3), who lost for the second straight game; they allowed six power-play goals on 10 tries in the back-to-back losses.

“We kind of shot ourselves in the foot tonight,” Reimer said. “I thought we really out played them. We just took a few too many penalties.”

The Caps appeared to be in control after Wideman’s perfect pass from the top of the right circle found Backstrom in front for an easy tap-in at 18:50 of the second period with one second left on a 5-on-3 advantage for a 3-1 lead.

“We were working it around pretty good,” Wideman said. “I had some opportunities on the 5-on-3 and I got that pass in the slot, I was thinking I could maybe get one, and then I saw Nicky open on the back door and I had to give it to him.”

But after the Leafs killed off an interference penalty to John-Michael Liles midway through the third period, they made it a one-goal game with 6:44 remaining in regulation when Cody Franson barely kept the puck in at the right point and slung a wrister at the net. The shot went through traffic and past a screened Tomas Vokoun, who finished with 26 saves.

However, Joey Crabb accidentally high-sticked John Carlson with 2:14 remaining, and the Caps answered with their fourth power-play goal in just six chances. It was Washington’s first game with four power-play goals since an 8-2 win against Philadelphia on Dec. 5, 2009.

But Wideman insisted — correctly, as it turned out — that the goal wasn’t his.

“I’ve never had one before. Still haven’t had one,” he said after the game when asked about getting his first hat trick.

Washington opened the scoring at 12:33 of the opening period on its first power play of the night. With rookie Jake Gardiner in the box for slashing, Wideman ripped a wrister from well inside the right circle past Reimer for his fourth goal of the season and first since Nov. 1.

It became 2-0 at 1:49 of the second period, 11 seconds after the Leafs were penalized for having too many men on the ice, when Wideman wound up for a straightaway 50-foot slapper that went through traffic and past Reimer.

Kessel regained a share of the NHL’s goal-scoring lead at 12:52 when he wristed a rebound off Vokoun and into the net for his 18th goal, tying him with Ottawa’s Milan Michalek for the most in the League.

Leafs coach Ron Wilson said the reason for the loss was simple.

“Five-on-five, I thought we controlled and at times dominated the game,” Wilson said. “We didn’t have much puck luck the way some of the things bounced around the net — but bad penalties, undisciplined penalties did us in tonight, simple as that.”

Dec 09 2011

devel’s 3, maple leafs 2.

no words.

  • Wins: 13
  • losses: 14
  • shootout wins: 3
  • shootout losses: 1
  • points: 29

recap.

Clarkson’s OT goal lifts Devils past Leafs

Wednesday, 12.07.2011 / 12:03 AM

TORONTO — The New Jersey Devils snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 overtime victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday evening, and it was the hometown kid — David Clarkson — providing the heroics with his second of two goals on the night.

Midway through the overtime period, Dainius Zubrus came into the Leafs’ zone on what seemed to be a harmless rush but wheeled around at the half boards and sent a cross-ice pass to an unmarked Clarkson, who was heading to the net. Clarkson made no mistake, beating James Reimer for his ninth of the season.

“It’s a win we needed. When you come home, you get that feeling,” said Clarkson, who ended what had been a seven-game scoring drought. “I don’t know what it is, but I love playing back here in Toronto. Coming back to my family, it’s one of those games where you get that little bit of jump in your step. I had a lot of tickets tonight, a lot of people here. It went pretty quiet in here when that went in. I had no idea it went in myself. I was just waiting for someone else to celebrate first, but it’s a great feeling. Zubrus made a great pass and Marty (Brodeur) played unbelievable for us tonight.”

In fact, Clarkson could have ended the game late in the third period had it not been for a terrific save by Reimer.

Martin Brodeur had one of his better outings of the season, stopping 29 shots for the Devils for his first victory since Nov. 23 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“It’s a win,” said Brodeur, who gave up three goals in the first 8:17 on Friday in Minnesota before being replaced in his last outing. “I’ve played a couple of good games. We needed to have a good performance. It’s been a rough ride for us on the road lately, and we’ve been on the road a lot also, so it’s kind of nice to finish it off on a good note.”

The Leafs, who were playing the second of back-to-back games, headed into the third period down 2-1, but a goal early in the third by first-year forward Matt Frattin tied the game. It was a good solo effort by the youngster, playing the puck off the boards and then outmuscling New Jersey defenseman Adam Larsson before firing a shot to the far side just over the pad of Brodeur. Frattin has points in back to back games for the first time in his brief 25-game career.

NHL scoring leader Phil Kessel banged in a loose puck in the crease at 11:29 of the second period to get the Leafs on the board as they cut a 2-0 deficit in half. It was his 17th goal of the season. The goal came on the Leafs’ 14th shot, the first time they took the lead in that department all night. Luke Schenn started the play by bringing the puck to the Devils’ blue line and making a quick pass to his left, finding Joffrey Lupul and narrowly avoiding being hit in the process. Lupul raced to towards Brodeur and from the side of the net flipped the puck into the blue paint. A well-covered Kessel managed to get his stick on the puck to make it 2-1.

Brodeur came up big in the first minute of the second, stoning Philippe Dupuis as he broke in alone shorthanded, one of 13 stops in the second period. Meanwhile, his squad only managed only five shots.

New Jersey scored on their first two chances with the man advantage in the opening period — not bad for a team that entered Tuesday’s game ranked 27th in the NHL on the power play.

With defenseman John-Michael Liles in the box for high sticking at 3:09, the Devils struck with just six seconds left in the man advantage. Ilya Kovalchuk unleashed a laser beam from the top of the faceoff circle to the right of the Leafs’ net and beat Reimer to the short side. Petr Sykora drew the first assist and rookie Adam Henrique extended his point streak to six games with the second assist.

Just before the midpoint of the period, the Devils went up 2-0 with Tim Connolly off for slashing. Clarkson scored his eighth, sweeping the puck past a helpless Reimer after Devils captain Zach Parise found Clarkson wide open at the top of the crease. Patrik Elias also assisted on the play.

“It’s nice for him,” Brodeur said of Clarkson’s performance in his native city. “Clarkie is a really fun guy to be around. Games in Toronto mean a lot to him and so for him to get the game-winner in overtime, and to get another goal, means a lot to him. He played well, he got bumped a few times, got hit hard, but he got up and competed really well.”

So did the rest of his teammates, who finally got things going on the power play.

“It looked nice tonight didn’t it?” Parise said. “Something clicked. We’ve been watching a lot of video on what we can do better. The last few games, it’s been good. Tonight we were able to capitalize. We’ve had those exact same plays before and they just haven’t gone in.”

Schenn pointed to Toronto’s inability to kill off the first two penalties one of the key factors in the outcome of the games.

“It’s not the end result we wanted,” he said. “We got off to a pretty bad start and our penalty kill wasn’t great off the start and it put us behind the 8-ball, but we fought hard and I don’t think the guys left anything in the tank. We earned the one point and we will take it, but it’s always better to have two.”

The Leafs managed just one shot on goal through the first 12:30 until Kessel won a footrace to the net and went to the forehand on Brodeur. The 39-year-old goaltender came up with a spectacular pad save to keep the Devils up 2-0. Toronto could only muster four shots through the first 20 minutes.

“It (to face so few shots in the first) was kind of hard especially since it was a bounce-back game for me after the last two starts, but I was faced with a breakaway and I was happy to make that save,” Brodeur said. “He stayed with it and knocked it out of midair and I got a little lucky finally, so I was kind of happy about that.”

New Jersey continues its road trip Thursday at Ottawa, while Toronto visits Washington on Friday.

Dec 07 2011

I…. can’t find words.

I get being angry, I get your stressed, irritated, what have you. But did you really have to shoot your own children, and kill yourself because you didn’t get foodstamps? This article now indicates the 12YO child is dead.
The article follows.

Laredo, TX Welfare Shooting Claims Another Victim

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The grandmother of two children shot by their mother inside a Texas welfare office said Wednesday her former daughter-in-law had a history of mental problems leading up to the standoff in a state building where the struggling family had been denied food stamps.

One of the children, 12-year-old Ramie Grimmer, died Wednesday night at a San Antonio hospital, Laredo police spokesman Joe Baeza said. The girl’s brother, 10, remained in critical condition.

Ramie appeared to post a chilling update on Facebook while her mother squared off with police Monday at a Laredo welfare office. Her profile was updated to read “may die 2day” just hours before authorities say her mother shot the girl and her brother, then killed herself to end the seven-hour standoff.

The family had moved this summer to the border city, where they lived in a rundown trailer. The state denied Grimmer’s application for food stamps in August, but Mary Lee Shepherd said her grandchildren’s mother had problems beyond trying to feed her family.

“My son knew she was mentally ill and tried to get her help,” said Shepherd, who lives in Helena, Mont. Shepherd said her son Dale Grimmer, the children’s father, was flying Wednesday from Montana to San Antonio hospital to be with the children.

Dale and Rachelle Grimmer divorced six or seven years ago, after Rachelle and the children moved from Montana to Ohio, Shepherd said. Dale Grimmer also moved to Ohio and was able to visit the children from time to time, but Rachelle Grimmer moved and did not inform him or the court, Shepherd said.

Shepherd said she or her son contacted social workers in Montana twice and in Ohio once because they were concerned that Rachelle Grimmer could harm the children. Shepherd declined to detail her former daughter-in-law’s mental problems or say what caused them to make those calls.

Shepherd’s claims could not immediately be verified Wednesday with state child welfare officials in Montana and Ohio. However, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services reported finding two cases Wednesday involving Grimmer and her children.

In the first case, reported Sept. 15, 2010, the department received a possible neglect report after Rachelle Grimmer and her two children were found living in a tent on a South Texas beach. Investigators found no evidence of neglect and closed the case, spokesman Patrick Crimmins said.

In a report made last June, Corpus Christi police said Rachelle Grimmer had come to police headquarters with her two children and reported that she had been a domestic violence victim. Caseworkers checked on her and the children, determined the children were not at risk and took no further action, Crimmins said.

The findings had been delayed until Wednesday because Grimmer’s surname had been spelled differently in the department database, and she was listed under a different first name, Crimmins said.

Rachelle Grimmer, 38, was found dead inside the building later that night, along with her two wounded children. She arrived around 5 p.m. and asked to speak to a caseworker about her rejected food stamps application. Officials said Grimmer was taken to a private room, where she then pulled out a gun.

About two dozen people inside the building were let go unharmed. Grimmer rattled off a litany of complaints against government agencies during the negotiations with police, Laredo police investigator Joe Baeza said.

The state rejected Grimmer’s request for food stamps because her application was incomplete, said Stephanie Goodman, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. She described Grimmer’s contact with the state as sporadic, including the mother not following up about her denied benefits until more than three months had passed.

Shepherd said the standoff and shooting never should have happened, but that she hopes this case will result in people
treating such intervention requests more seriously.

“They should have gave her the food stamps and followed up and then got the children out of there,” Shepherd said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, and my son is terribly distraught, but you know, something good can come out of this where somebody will start listening.

Goodman said an agency supervisor tried calling Grimmer on her cellphone five days before the shooting, but no one answered and the voicemail box was full.

According to further research, the 10yo is still alive, and in critical condition.
As I’ve read and researched this article for this blog, what crosses my mind is this.
If the 10year old survives? He’s gonna be rather pissed off.
I can’t find words, I’m reading this over and over again, the article above, has probably pissed a lot of people off, the comment boards await you.

Dec 04 2011

bruins 4, maple leafs 1.

really, we can’t beat these tools.

  • Wins: 13
  • losses:
    13
  • shootout wins: 3
  • shootout losses: 1
  • points: 29

. Recap.

Bruins spoil Reimer’s return with 4-1 win
Sunday, 12.04.2011 / 12:33 AM
BOSTON – Even the return of No. 1 goaltender James Reimer couldn’t help the Toronto Maple Leafs reverse their recent fortune against the Boston Bruins.

Reimer, who’d been out with concussion-like symptoms, made his first start since October 22 and looked sharp with 26 saves.

However, four shots got past him, and Boston backup goaltender Tuukka Rask took advantage of his only start of the week with 21 saves as the Bruins improved to 4-0-0 against the Leafs with a 4-1 win at the TD Garden.

The Bruins are now 13-0-1 since the start of November and lead the Leafs by three points in the Northeast Division. They have outscored Toronto 23-6 in the four games.

“It was good to get back in there, but it wasn’t exactly the result we were looking for, or I was looking for,” Reimer said. “I thought we played pretty well as a team. I thought we had a lot of good chances. The way I see it, Rask outplayed me today. That frustrates me more than anything. … But I thought the guys fought hard, they blocked a lot of shots for me, they worked their butts off.”

If the Leafs worked their butts off, the Bruins did so much more. During the third period, when they extended to a 4-1 lead from 2-1 up at the second intermission, the Bruins outshot Toronto 11-4. During one stretch that ended with a Leafs icing and a timeout, Boston pinned the Leafs in their own zone for more than two minutes with the line of David Krejci, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic doing work down low and the defensive pair of Joe Corvo and Andrew Ference keeping the puck in at the points and along the walls.

“It was a real good shift. I thought they did a great job,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “David eventually came off as the third man high and we were able to put a fresh guy [Patrice Bergeron] out there and sustain the pressure. That was a real good shift for us in the third period. (Horton) and (Lucic) are such strong individuals that they’re hard to knock off the puck. When they feel like they want to protect the puck and they want to be strong on it, we can certainly spend a lot of time in the offensive zone playing that way.”

Chris Kelly had given the Bruins the lead with 6:49 left in the second period. Johnny Boychuk’s blast from the high slot beat Reimer for an insurance goal 3:06 into the third. Horton, who along with Lucic and Krejci enjoyed a two-point night, provided the final margin with a goal with 5:34 remaining in regulation.

The Bruins’ defensive effort in front of Rask included keeping NHL leading scorer Phil Kessel off the scoresheet and limiting him to just five shots on net. Rask snuffed out Kessel’s lone Grade-A scoring chance – a second-period breakaway when the game was still just 2-1.

“The puck was kind of bobbling a bit. [Our defenseman] was doing a pretty good job skating in between and taking that passing lane away, so I had a good chance to challenge him a little bit,” Rask said. “He couldn’t get a real good shot off that, but it hit my stick or something I guess.”

Boston, which entered the game with the sixth-best home penalty kill in the League, also managed to stifle Toronto’s streaking power play. The Leafs had scored at least one power-play goal in eight straight games before getting shut out on four opportunities by the Bruins.

“They did a pretty good job on our power play. We took some ill-advised shots,” Toronto coach Ron Wilson said about the struggles of his second-ranked power play. “They rushed us into some things that we didn’t want to do. But if we had scored one goal on the power play it wouldn’t have made any difference.”

Julien said his team stuck to the game plan to keep the Leafs from gaining the special-teams edge.

“We talked about being very disciplined tonight. Those calls that were made — I’m not saying they were bad calls, but they were really borderline and they chose to call those, so I can’t criticize our team for lacking discipline,” he said. “But our PK came out there and did a great job and Tuukka made the saves when he had to. We put a lot of pressure up the ice and didn’t make it easy for them to enter our zone.”

Once winners of 10 in a row, the Bruins have now bounced back since their shootout loss to Detroit last Friday with three straight victories, including their home-and-home sweep of the Leafs.

“It’s a great feeling, it’s so much fun,” Krejci said. “There is nothing better than that, we are having fun. Everything is going our way right now.”

Nov 30 2011

Bruins 6, maple leafs 3.

2nd time the leafs took a hammering from Boston. I’m gonna sell them for a model that actually knows how to beat boston, k? lol.

  • Wins: 13
  • losses: 12
  • shootout wins: 3
  • shootout losses: 1
  • points: 29

. Recap:

Bruins close out brilliant November by beating Leafs
Wednesday, 11.30.2011 / 9:59 PM
TORONTO — The Boston Bruins closed out a November to remember by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3 on Wednesday night to finish the month undefeated in regulation.

Milan Lucic scored twice and David Krejci had a goal and a pair of assists for the Bruins. Tim Thomas stopped 37 shots for his 12th win of the season as Boston completed the month with a 12-0-1 record — only a shootout loss to Detroit on Nov. 25 kept the Bruins from a perfect month.

The Bruins broke a 2-2 tie at 15:30 of the second period when captain Zdeno Chara zipped a 15-footer to the short side past Jonas Gustavsson. Krejci set up Chara with a tape-to-tape pass, and Chara finished for his fifth of the season. He has goals in back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Benoit Pouliot scored 3:03 into the third period to give the Bruins a 4-2 lead. Pouliot went top shelf with his shot from the right circle after a passout from behind the net by Joe Corvo.

Matt Frattin got the Leafs within a goal at the six-minute mark when his shot from near the goal line to the right of Thomas went into the net off the goaltender. But Lucic finished off a feed from Krejci with 4:39 left in regulation, and Brad Marchand hit the empty net as Boston beat Toronto for the third time this month, outscoring the Leafs 19-4 in the process.

The Bruins went up 2-1 at 3:33 of the second period when Krejci put home the rebound of Nathan Horton’s shot. Gustavsson made the initial save off Horton’s soft backhander but John-Michael Liles and Tyler Bozak failed to clear Krejci from the crease, leaving him free to poke the loose puck into the net for his fourth of the season.

The Leafs got even at 7:00 on a 2-on-1 break, as Joffrey Lupul fired Phil Kessel’s pass behind Thomas for his 12th of the season. Lupul extended his point streak to seven games and finished November with 18 points in 13 games. Kessel, who leads the NHL in points, had failed to register a point against Boston this season until setting up Lupul.

Toronto opened the scoring at 7:29 of the opening period when Mikhail Grabovski finished off a nifty passing play by beating Thomas. Carl Gunnarsson started the play with a long lead pass to Clarke MacArthur at the blue line. MacArthur found a charging Grabovski with a pinpoint cross-ice pass, and Grabovski outskated Andrew Ference before beating Thomas for his sixth goal of the season and first since returning to the lineup after a five-game absence.

Boston tied the game at 15:08 when Lucic wired his ninth past an outstretched Gustavsson just as the first of back-to-back Leaf penalties expired. Lucic snapped an eight-game goal drought, his longest of the season.

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Nov 30 2011

maple leafs 5, ducks 2.

hey, 3 in a row? hot shit!

  • Wins: 13
  • losses: 11
  • shootout wins: 3
  • shootout losses: 1
  • points: 29

. Now, the recap!

Ducks’ woes continue in loss to Leafs
Monday, 11.28.2011 / 1:00 AM
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Toronto Maple Leafs don’t come to Southern California often, but they certainly look right at home at the Honda Center.

Tyler Bozak scored twice and Joffrey Lupul had two assists in his return to Anaheim as Toronto neatly ended a four-game road trip with a 5-2 victory against the Ducks on Sunday night.

The Maple Leafs finished the trip 3-1. They have won four of their past five games to jump back into the Northeast Division lead and can enjoy their extra night’s stay in Orange County, where Lupul maintains a residence in nearby Newport Beach.

“I’m on my way there right now,” he said.

Lupul was satisfied because, “Obviously it’s a big trip for us, and it’s nice to have three big wins. We were pretty solid tonight. It’s been a lot of travel, kind of all the way down the south coast swing. We were strong all the way through the third period, so that’s a good sign.”

It was only Toronto’s fourth appearance in Anaheim in the past 13 years. But it was the second time in three years that Toronto has come into Anaheim and extended the Ducks’ miseries.

Toronto notably beat the host Ducks to end an eight-game winless streak to start the 2009-10 season.
Sunday’s victory extended Anaheim’s winless streak to seven games (0-6-1). The Ducks fell to 2-12-4 over their past 18 games, and those two victories have come over a five-week span.

Lupul, who has voiced his displeasure over his trade from Anaheim to Toronto in February, downplayed his return, but obviously he’s familiar with the Ducks and their big line of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan, who finished a combined minus-6.

“We knew it would be a tough night tonight because we were going to go against Getzlaf, Perry and Bobby all night,” Lupul said. “We were prepared to do the job defensively and wait for our chances and we got them and made them count.”

Bozak scored on a putback off a pretty rush just 47 seconds into the third. Perry got Anaheim to 4-2 when he walked out from the corner and roofed a shot over Jonas Gustavsson at 5:38 but the Ducks rallied short.

Toronto improved to 9-0 when leading after the third period thanks to a late third penalty kill. It also fended off a 6-on-5 advantage in the final 90 seconds.

“Special teams got the job done,” Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. “And I thought we skated really well.
“We’re pretty comfortable. We know what we have to do going into the third period. We’re getting better at it.”

Toronto struck quickly in the first with goals by Bozak and Clarke MacArthur in a 19-second span for a 2-1 lead.

MacArthur beat Jonas Hiller on a slap shot from the left side that appeared to be deflected by Luca Sbisa at 14:29. Tim Connolly made the play possible when he took the puck from Toni Lydman near the blue line to create the turnover.

Bozak tapped in a nice backhand pass in the crease by John-Michael Liles for a power play goal at 14:10, the seventh straight game Toronto has scored with the advantage.

“It was big,” Lupul said of his team’s response to the 1-0 deficit. “After playing here and playing against Getzlaf and Perry and those guys, I know when they start to get some confidence at the start of the game and get rolling, they’re going to be a tough line to contain. They scored and then we came right back on the power play and scored. That kind of settled things down a little bit.”

Toronto held Anaheim to seven shots in the second period and was rewarded with a 3-1 lead thanks to an opportunistic play.

The Maple Leafs picked off Cam Fowler’s pass in the neutral zone and hemmed in Anaheim for a long sequence that ended with Joey Crabb deflecting Luke Schenn’s shot at 2:36.

Anaheim played with the puck for much of the last five minutes of the second but couldn’t generate many quality chances.

It was the same story for the Ducks, who are one loss away from equaling the franchise record eight-game losing streak last set in 2005.

The frustration was worn on the face of coach Randy Carlyle after he watched his team continue to have issues in its own end.

“We just seem to be dead between the ears,” Carlyle said. “We’re not thinking. We’re not reading. Then it seems we pile on extra work for ourselves from our lack of execution by making a pass to a guy who is covered or an ill-advised pass where the opposition has a player in a position to block the pass that we make. It turns into defensive zone coverage for 35-40 seconds. It’s mind boggling some of the plays we’re trying to make.”

Anaheim struck first with a power play goal by Francois Beauchemin. Teemu Selanne carried the puck behind the net and drew defenders to him before he found Beauchemin for a wrist shot from the high slot as Devante Smith-Pelly screened Gustavsson.

Mikhail Grabovski returned to the lineup after he missed five games with a lower body injury and Wilson said he gave them added speed.

The Maple Leafs recalled defenseman Keith Aulie and scratched David Steckel and Carl Gunnarsson with finger injuries.

Wilson said Gunnarsson probably could have played, but he wanted to wait until next week.

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Nov 27 2011

Maple Leafs 4, Stars 3.

Hey, we can win two in a row?awesome! even if it is a shootout win.

  • Wins: 12
  • losses: 11
  • shootout wins: 3
  • shootout losses: 1
  • points: 27

. Here’s the recap.

Leafs Beat Stars in 4-3 in shootout
Saturday, 11.26.2011 / 12:28 AM
DALLAS — Not all wins are pretty. But the Toronto Maple Leafs were more than happy to leave Dallas with two points on a night when they weren’t the best team on the ice for much of the night.

Joffrey Lupul scored in the third round of the shootout to give the Leafs a 4-3 victory against the Dallas Stars before the first sellout crowd of the season at American Airlines Center.

“It was a good win for us,” Lupul said. “We didn’t play that well in the second period, we let them back in the game, but we played really well in the third period and it was a hard-fought game right to the end.”

After the first four shooters failed to score in the tiebreaker, Lupul zipped a forehand shot past Kari Lehtonen. Leafs goaltender Jonas Gustavsson then denied Mike Ribeiro’s backhander for the win. Ribeiro deked Gustavsson, but the big goaltender got just enough of the shot with his pad to keep it from crossing the goal line.

“It was [a total team effort],” Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. “We lost a couple of guys in the second period and the bench got kind of short. But we had to weather a couple of storms. [Gustavsson] obviously came up big in the third period in a few of those situations. Then, [Gustavsson] came up big again in the shootout against some guys that are pretty good.”

The Stars outshot Dallas 14-6 in the third and controlled play for lengthy stretches, but flew to Phoenix for Saturday’s game against the Coyotes with only one point.

“We worked hard,” forward Radek Dvorak said. “It’s too bad we came up with just one point, but it shows that we can play the whole 60 minutes. If you want to keep putting points on the board and if you want to play our game, you have to work hard and we did that.”

Dallas took an early 1-0 lead when Eric Nystrom scored his sixth of the season, beating Gustavsson on his glove side with a 20-foot wrister 4:03 into the game. The sequence began when Jamie Benn dug a puck out along the right boards before laying it off to Michael Ryder, who got the primary assist.

Toronto got even at 10:55 when Joey Crabb fired home the rebound of Dion Phaneuf’s blue-line blast for the equalizer.

The visitors took their first lead of the evening at 14:53 when Phaneuf blistered a 55-foot power-play slap shot that trickled over the goal line for his third tally of the season. Lehtonen appeared to have stopped Phaneuf’s blast from the right point, which struck the Dallas netminder between his right arm and pad, but the puck came out and went over the line.

Nystrom tied it for a second time at 4:38 of the second period, capping a quick sequence with his seventh goal of the season, a wrister that beat Gustavsson to his right. Benn got his second assist of the night by feeding Radek Dvorak who set Nystrom up for the goal.

It was the third multiple-goal game of Nystrom’s career. The other two came during his time in Calgary and all three performances have come against Canadian teams.

The Leafs took a 3-2 lead at 6:55 of the final period when Clarke MacArthur scored his eighth of the season when a pass from Tim Connolly deflected off his left skate and ended up in the back of the net. But the Stars answered at 12:47 when Dvorak scored for the second time as a Star, beating Gustavsson top shelf on the left side with a 20-foot wrister after a solid pass from Mike Ribeiro.

“I don’t know what you can say about that line [that Nystrom and Dvorak play on],” Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan said. “They bring it every night. They have passion, they skate and they work. They’re all in every night and they’re a real effective group for us and they help us a ton. Dvorak’s goal was a big goal for us.”

Gustavsson stopped 26 of the 29 shots he faced while Lehtonen faced 23 shots from the Leafs, stopping 20.

Wilson specifically singled out two members of his defensive core for the solid performances they turned in against Dallas.

“Luke [Schenn] easily played his best game of the season and Jake Gardiner was right there too, skating the puck out of a lot of trouble. Those guys had a great game,” Wilson said.

The Stars’ improved play, a holiday weekend and a rare visit from the Leafs helped the Stars fill the building.

“That was a lot of fun,” Nystrom said. “It was a great atmosphere in there. It’s fun playing against a team like this. They have a lot of fans in the building, and they have a lot of skill up front. It’s a nice change from the monotony of the schedule.

“When it comes down to a shootout it’s chance, and those you kind of take with a grain of salt. We played really hard tonight, we did a lot of good things, and we have to continue doing that.”.

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Nov 25 2011

maple leafs 7, capitals 1.

back and forth it goes. lose, win, lose, win. nuff said.

  • Wins: 11
  • losses: 11
  • shootout wins: 2
  • shootout losses: 1
  • points: 25

. The recap.

Leafs cruise to 7-1 win over Lightning
Wednesday, 11.23.2011 / 12:24 AM
TAMPA — There’s nothing like an early goal to get a team going, especially on the road. Scoring in the first minute against the Tampa Bay Lightning did wonders for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Clarke MacArthur’s goal 41 seconds into the game triggered a three-goal first period and Tyler Bozak scored twice as the Leafs blitzed the Lightning 7-1 on Tuesday night.

MacArthur, returning to the lineup after missing three games with an upper-body injury, gave Toronto a quick lead by redirecting rookie defenseman Jake Gardiner’s shot from the blue line past Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson for his seventh goal of the season.

“Scoring the first goal on the first shift got us in the right frame of mind,” Leafs coach Ron Wilson said.

The Lightning (9-9-2) got even after allowing the first goal for the 13th time in 20 games played this season when Vincent Lecavalier converted on Tampa Bay’s second power-play opportunity of the game at 8:38. He beat Jonas Gustavsson on the short side to break an 0-for-10 power-play skid for the Lightning.

But Tim Connolly put Toronto (12-8-2) ahead to stay by beating Roloson on a deflection for a power-play goal at 17:56 with Victor Hedman serving a double minor for high sticking. Pavel Kubina joined Hedman in the box at 18:44 when he was called for interference, and Bozak got his first of the game by firing home a rebound with 16 seconds left in the period.

“Our power play did a great job tonight,” Wilson said. “We had two power-play goals and probably could have had a couple more.”

In the other locker room, Lightning coach Guy Boucher was upset with the penalties that led to the two power-play goals, and with his team’s inconsistency.
“Stupid penalties,” Boucher said. “We have to stay out of the box. Our attitude in the face of adversity wasn’t good. Right now, we’re like a leaky ceiling. When you patch one hole then you run over to the other hole that’s leaking and then you go back to the first hole that’s leaking again, and that’s what we have. We have to become consistent.

“The great thing about the game being over is that every moment after the game is a moment to change things.”

Rookie center Joe Colborne scored his first NHL goal at 17:45 of the second period, and Toronto put the game away with third-period goals by Bozak, Joffrey Lupul and Joey Crabb. Bozak’s goal came after Roloson’s pass behind the net landed right on his stick — the second time in as many games that a misplay by the 42-year-old goaltender wound up in the Lightning’s net.

“I was hoping he would fling it back,” Bozak said. “Then I just got lucky and had an open net.”

Boucher lifted Roloson after Lupul ripped a wrister from the top of the right circle past him at 4:28 of the third period — Toronto’s sixth goal on 21 shots. Crabb finished the scoring against Mathieu Garon.

Frattin and Gardiner both had a pair of assists. Gustavsson stopped 27 of 28 shots for his sixth win of the season, helping to disappoint a sellout crowd of 19,204 at the St. Pete Times Forum, which saw the Lightning allow seven goals at home for the second time this season and turn in a second consecutive sub-par effort after snapping a six-game home winning streak.

The Lightning wrapped up a three-game homestand in which they went 1-2-0.

“We’re just not as consistent as we want to be,” Lecavalier said. “To be a playoff team, you’ve got to be consistent and that’s something we have to get better at.”

The Leafs, who have another two games remaining in their four-game road trip, scored seven goals for the second time in three days. They beat the Washington Capitals 7-1 at home last Saturday.

Wilson said the Leafs succeeded in pushing the tempo against a team that likes to trap.

“We wanted to push the pace so we wouldn’t have to face that 1-3-1,” Wilson said. “I thought we were really effective at doing that.”

Nov 22 2011

hurricanes 3, maple leafs 2.

Um, apparently we can’t win 2 in a row. lol.

  • Wins: 10
  • losses: 11
  • shootout wins: 2
  • shootout losses: 1
  • points: 23

. and now, the recap.

Skinner scores in third as Canes edge Leafs
Sunday, 11.20.2011 / 9:04 PM
RALEIGH, N.C. — An air of tension has hung over the Carolina Hurricanes in recent weeks as the team has sunk to the lower reaches of the Eastern Conference standings. So when they beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Sunday night, the reactions ranged from cautious optimism to a bit of gallows humor.

“I get to get on the plane,” said coach Paul Maurice, referring to the Hurricanes’ flight to Philadelphia for Monday night’s game. “We’ll go from there. Just try to get on the plane, don’t assume anything.”

Maurice has been on the hot seat lately as the Hurricanes have fallen to 14th in the East, but a hard-fought win over the Leafs gave the coach and the team some momentary relief.

Jeff Skinner scored the decisive goal in the third period to seal a win that looked in doubt twice down the stretch. Phil Kessel scored both Toronto goals, each time cutting the Hurricanes’ lead to one. Kessel leads the NHL with 16 goals and 29 points.

Skinner finished with a goal and an assist, while Eric Staal added two helpers.

“Everyone (in the room) wants to win,” Skinner said. “That’s the biggest pressure — the pressure you put on yourself, especially when you’re going through something like we’ve been going through the last few games. It’s not fun.”

The Hurricanes had lost back-to-back games leading up to Sunday’s win. Wednesday night’s 4-0 loss at Montreal left general manager Jim Rutherford giving his coach only lukewarm support. A much better effort in a 1-0 home loss to Buffalo on Friday gave the Hurricanes a bit of hope.

“It was hard to keep (our momentum) after our last one,” Maurice said. “We knew we had played a solid game, but you have to have something good come from that.”

The Maple Leafs (11-8-2), playing the second of back-to-back games, didn’t have much jump for most of the night. The injury-ravaged Toronto roster was missing seven regulars.

With the Hurricanes (7-11-3) clinging to a 2-1 lead with less than seven minutes remaining, Carolina defenseman Bryan Allen sprung Staal on a breakaway. Toronto goaltender Ben Scrivens stopped him, but Skinner was there to finish the rebound.

“If you’re sitting at 2-1 and both teams have had 10 great chances to score, you’re not feeling very good, but we were really good to that point,” Maurice said. “The guys recognized that and they just continued to try to do that.”

Carolina goaltender Cam Ward, who had lost five of his previous six starts, recorded 23 saves.

Hurricanes defenseman Jay Harrison opened the scoring with 38 seconds remaining the first period. He fired a low wrist shot from the left circle to beat Scrivens for his second goal of the season. Staal also earned an assist.

The Hurricanes pushed the advantage to 2-0 in the second period on Jussi Jokinen’s power-play goal. Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk earned his first NHL point with a nice diagonal pass to Jokinen, whose shot deflected off Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn in front of the net.

“I saw (Chad LaRose) backdoor there,” Jokinen said. “Every time you put a puck to the net, it can go in off your guy or their guy. It was a big goal for us.”

Less than 24 hours after a dominant 7-1 win at Washington, Toronto looked like a tired team. The Leafs gave up 19 second period shots. The Hurricanes held a commanding 29-12 advantage through 40 minutes.

“I thought we were doing fine in the first period,” Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. “I don’t think they had very many scoring chances. But in the second period we didn’t have much energy and we didn’t work smart.”

Toronto showed some life early in the third period. Tim Connolly sent a wrister toward the top shelf, only to have Ward swipe it with his glove. But Kessel finally put Toronto in the scoring column after Carolina’s Alexei Ponikarovsky was sent off for elbowing. Kessel cleaned up the rebound of a Dion Phaneuf slap shot from the high slot at the 4:31 mark.

After Skinner extended the lead to 3-1, Kessel scored again with one minute remaining in regulation, with the extra attacker on for Toronto.

For Carolina, the win is a welcome breather after a 3-9-2 stretch. That’s why Maurice could have a laugh at his tenuous situation.

“Don’t answer your phone and just follow your routine,” he said. “That’s the key at this point.”

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Nov 19 2011

maple leafs 7, capitals 1.

lose three, and come back and deliver one hell of an ass kickin’. Nicely done!

  • Wins: 10
  • losses: 10
  • shootout wins: 2
  • shootout losses: 1
  • points: 23

. and now, the recap.

Leafs roll over Caps in 7-1 win
Saturday, 11.19.2011 / 10:00 PM
TORONTO — Joffrey Lupul had a goal and three assists to lead a scoring parade as the Toronto Maple Leafs routed the Washington Capitals 7-1 Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre.

The Leafs blew the game open with four goals in the second period, including three on the power play, as they handed the Capitals their third consecutive loss.

Jonas Gustafsson stopped 40 shots — 33 in the final two periods — for his first win since Nov. 2.

Toronto led 2-1 entering the second period, but scored 1:18 after the puck was dropped. With Matt Hendricks in the box for slashing, Lupul parked himself at the edge of the crease and set up Tyler Bozak with a nice backhand flip pass. Bozak’s second goal of the season put the Leafs up by 3-1.

The Caps thought they had pulled within one when Mike Knuble jammed the puck past Gustavsson at 4:35, but the referees ruled that the puck was frozen before crossing the goal line. It was one of several goalmouth scrambles generated by the Capitals in the second. Gustavsson stopped 15 shots in the period, including big saves on Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin on a late Washington power play.

Just over a minute after Washington’s non-goal, Toronto’s Phil Kessel scored his League-leading 14th of the season, prompting Washington coach Bruce Boudreau to pull Tomas Vokoun and replace him with Michal Neuvirth. Vokoun allowed four goals on 18 shots in just over 25 minutes.

Toronto made it 5-1 at 17:12 during another power play when Dion Phaneuf sent a pass into the crease to Lupul, who scored his 10th of the season and earned his fourth point of the night. It was the first four-point night for Lupul since Dec. 20, 2008, when he was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, coincidentally it came against the Capitals. Lupul also matched a career high with three assists.

Cody Franson’s power-play goal at 19:29 capped the outburst. Ex-Capital Dave Steckel added a shorthanded goal in the final minute of regulation.

The victory was extra special for an injury-riddled Leaf team that had lost five of six coming into Saturday. Mike Komisarek (broken arm), Mikhail Grabovski (lower body), Colby Armstrong (ankle sprain), and Matthew Lombardi (upper body) all were out of the lineup, as was starting goaltender James Reimer, who’s been sidelined for four weeks after being hit in the head during a collision with Montreal’s Brian Gionta. Forward Mike Brown also did not suit up.

Due to the injuries, rookie Joe Colborne was called up from the AHL Toronto Marlies. He made an immediate impact by setting up fellow rookie Matt Frattin for his first NHL goal on a lovely cross-ice pass in the Capitals zone at 19:16 of the opening period to break a 1-1 tie.

Tim Connolly opened the scoring at 1:39 of the first period, beating Vokoun with a wrist shot from the faceoff circle to the left of the Capitals net minder. Brooks Laich tied it less than a minute later by taking a drop pass from Jason Chimera and blasting a shot past Gustafsson.

Ovechkin, who entered the game with 14 goals in 12 career games at the Air Canada Centre, matched his season-high with eight shots on goal but was held without a point.

I’ll take that win, and now go enjoy my coffee and doghnuts.

Nov 19 2011

Predators 4, maple leafs 1.

did we leave our ability to play in the toilet? Apparently!

  • Wins: 9
  • losses: 10
  • shootout wins: 2
  • shootout losses: 1
  • points: 21

. Here’s the recap.

Rinne and Predators beat Leafs 4-1
Friday, 11.18.2011 / 12:40 AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs did almost everything right in Nashville on Thursday night — except win. For that, they can blame Pekka Rinne.

Nashville’s star goaltender made 38 saves and Martin Erat scored twice as the Predators (10-5-3) beat the Leafs 4-1 for their fifth win in seven games.

Sergei Kostitsyn assisted on three of the four goals, matching his career high for points in a game. He and linemates Erat and Mike Fisher are all healthy again after missing time with injuries — and not surprisingly, the Predators are showing more offensive spark.

“We are playing much better than before,” Kostitsyn said. “We have all come back from injury and needed a couple of games to get better.”

The Leafs, making only their fourth trip ever to Bridgestone Arena, lost for the fifth time in six games. They also lost two more players with injuries. Forward Matthew Lombardi, who played just two games last season with the Preds before suffering a season-ending concussion, left the game with an apparent shoulder or arm injury in the second period and did not return. Defenseman Mike Komisarek left early in the third after blocking a shot. With Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur lost due to injury in Tuesday’s home loss to Phoenix, the Leafs had just 11 skaters on the bench for much of the final 20 minutes.

Erat gave the Predators a 1-0 lead just 5:48 into the game with his fourth goal in four games, converting Fisher’s pass from the goal line to the right of Ben Scrivens.

John-Michael Liles tied it at 10:36 of the second. With the Maple Leafs on a power play and both teams on a line change, Liles picked up the puck at center ice and drove down the right side before beating Rinne with a wrist shot from the circle.

That was all the offense the Leafs could manage despite outshooting Nashville 39-22.

“That might be the best game we’ve played all season,” Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. “To be honest with you, start to finish, their goalie came up huge.

“He’s one of the best goalies, he was up for the Vezina, but we did our best and he was up to task.”

Nashville regained the lead less than two minutes later when Ryan Suter’s shot from the left side through traffic beat a screened Scrivens. It was his fourth of the season — matching his total in each of the past two seasons.

Suter and defense partner Shea Weber both went plus-4, but said much of the credit for the win belongs to Rinne.

“Tonight was one of those nights where they couldn’t get much going, and we took advantage of some of their turnovers and mistakes,” Suter said. “Everyone is playing better. Everyone is coming back hard and playing hard in the ‘D’ zone, and Pekks is standing on his head for us.”

Erat made it 3-1 at 2:05 of the third by firing a cross-ice pass from Fisher behind Scrivens to complete a 2-on-1 break.

“We are good on the forecheck and are just creating chances,” Erat said. “We are playing good defense against the other team’s top line and then getting pucks to the net.”

After rookie Craig Smith missed his chance at an empty-netter by firing high with the puck in the crease, Matt Halischuk hit the empty net with 23 seconds left to seal the win.

Wilson had no gripe with his team’s performance, especially considering the lack of available bodies.

“The bench was really short by the end of the game but I thought we played really well,” he said. “I thought we dominated most parts of the game. There is nothing you can do, just play on and whoever we bring up or guys who aren’t playing get in the lineup we’ll do our best.”

. Their’s a game being played as I type this so we’ll see what that comes out as when it’s all said and done.

Nov 17 2011

Coyotes 3, maple leafs 2.

apparently we fail at playing.

  • Wins: 9
  • losses: 9
  • shootout wins: 2
  • shootout losses: 1
  • points: 21

. recap.

Coyotes keep rolling on road with SO win over Leafs
Tuesday, 11.15.2011 / 11:53 PM
TORONTO — The weather may be nicer in Phoenix, but the Coyotes are just fine right where they are.

Dave Tippett’s club stretched its road win streak to 5 games with a 3-2 shootout win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night.

Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored in regulation and Patrick O’Sullivan notched the shootout winner. Mike Smith made 35 saves — plus another 2 in the shootout — to post his sixth win in 7 games.

Tippett praised his goaltender, who improved his record to 8-2-3 on the year.

“He’s really embraced the No. 1 goaltender role,” Tippett said. “Smitty has earned the confidence of the team. He’s been a very solid player for us a leader in the dressing room and his play has been as good as anybody in the League up to this point.”

Smith cited goaltending coach Sean Burke as a key factor in his strong start.

“Everyone knows goaltending is mental,” Smith said. “I know I have the physical ability to be a great goaltender in this League, but I’ve struggled with the mental aspect of it throughout my career. I have to find that consistency and Sean’s been very good for me. He’s a guy that played in this League and did very well. Now I’m fortunate to have him on my side.”

Smith’s heroics negated a spirited Toronto comeback in the third period that brought the Leafs back from a 2-0 deficit. Mike Komisarek got Toronto on the board early in the period with his first goal of the year, and Phil Kessel scored his League-leading 13th goal via the power play at 4:41 to tie the game and set the stage for a thrilling finish.

According to Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson, a patient approach keyed the rally.

“The important thing we talked about was we don’t want to go and try to tie the game in the first 4 or 5 minutes and yet we did by keeping things simple, not having the ‘D’ get caught pinching. You have 20 minutes and we were getting plenty of scoring chances in the second period and some shots, we needed a little more traffic and we got it — a little more patience with the puck in the offensive zone.”

After a slow start, Leafs goaltender Ben Scrivens starred late in the game, matching Smith save for save and sending the game to the shootout.

Wilson praised the youngster for keeping his composure.

“I was happy for Scrivs that he buckled down, he didn’t cave, then he came up with a lot of saves as the game went on,” Wilson said. “I think our team’s confidence in him grew as the game went on.”

For his part, Scrivens is getting acclimated to the NHL game, with a 2-2-1 record in the absence of injured number one goaltender James Reimer.

“I’m starting to feel more comfortable and get a bit of confidence,” Scrivens said.

Doan opened the scoring just 1:54 into the game when his counterpart — Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf — made a costly mistake. Phaneuf fell at the Coyotes’ blue line and coughed up the puck, springing Mikkel Boedker and Doan on a 2-on-1 the other way. Doan fired Boedker’s feed past Scrivens for his first goal in 7 games.

Scrivens was shaky on the Coyotes’ second goal, as his giveaway behind the net eventually led to an Oliver Ekman-Larsson floater from the blue line that hit the twine at the 5:18 mark.

Wilson looked to spark his team in the second period, moving Matt Frattin up to the second line with Clarke MacArthur moving down to the third. While the Leafs did come on strong in the latter half of the period, few of their shots got through the tough Coyotes’ defense – most were either blocked or deflected off target. With a 2-0 lead, the Coyotes were content to relieve pressure by chipping the puck out or icing it.

Toronto’s bottom six forwards keyed the comeback early in the third period, as MacArthur and Mikhail Grabovski were forced out of the game with injuries. Matthew Lombardi, David Steckel and Joey Crabb created pressure in the Coyotes’ zone, and Komisarek snuck into the slot to draw the Leafs within one at the 2:08 mark. Under a minute later, Mike Brown drew a cross-checking penalty from Martin Hanzal, setting the stage for Kessel’s tying goal on the power play off the rebound of a Nikolai Kulemin shot.

MacArthur suffered an upper-body injury in the second period and did not return. Grabovski left with a lower body injury in the third after a neutral-zone collision with Hanzal. Wilson had no update on either player following the game.

Despite the loss and the injuries, Phaneuf emphasized the positives.

“I thought it was a real character job by us, especially when your bench gets shortened like that,” Phaneuf said. “We lost a few key guys. I thought we really did a good job to come back and get the point.”

The Coyotes’ recent road streak has been impressive, but it will be put to the test as the Eastern trip continues. Phoenix faces Philadelphia on Thursday, followed by games in Buffalo and Washington.

Nov 17 2011

Senators 5, maple leafs 2.

gettin’ their asses handed to them by the team who’s city I live in, lol. glad I wasn’t out and about that night.

  • Wins: 9
  • losses: 8
  • shootout wins: 2
  • shootout losses: 0
  • points: 21

. Recap.

Sens spoil Leafs party with 5-2 win
Saturday, 11.12.2011 / 11:12 PM
TORONTO — The more than 19,500 fans inside Air Canada Centre roared for three of their favorite former Leafs who were being honored prior to the annual Hockey Hall of Fame game.

Once the game started Saturday night, they didn’t get many opportunities to bathe their favorite current Leafs in the same type of love.

The Senators spoiled the party here by snapping a five-game winless streak with a 5-2 victory in front of soon-to-be Hall of Fame members Doug Gilmour, Joe Nieuwendyk, Ed Belfour and Mark Howe. Gilmour, Nieuwendyk and Belfour all played in Toronto during their illustrious careers.

“This league is about results and we went and got that tonight,” Ottawa defenseman Chris Phillips said. “It was a big night with the Hall of Fame, and for us to come in on a back-to-back and find some energy to win the last two periods was big for this team.”

Ottawa didn’t look the least bit tired despite the fact that just 24 hours earlier it suffered its fifth straight defeat and played one of its worst games of the season in a 5-1 loss at Buffalo.

Craig Anderson, who was pulled after giving up two goals in the first two and a half minutes of Friday’s game, was sent right back into the nets by coach Paul MacLean. He made the coach look smart by stopping 31 shots for his seventh win of the season and first since Oct. 29.

Nick Foligno scored twice and the Senators got one each from Sergei Gonchar, Zack Smith and Milan Michalek.

Toronto goalie Ben Scrivens made 19 saves in the loss, the Maple Leafs’ third in a row at Air Canada Centre.

“It’s a huge confidence lift when the coach comes to you and says you weren’t very good the night before, we need more out of you, and you respond,” Anderson said. “It’s a huge emotional lift knowing that he’s got confidence in me and that makes my confidence go higher and higher.”

Toronto made it interesting when Joffrey Lupul scored with 2:50 to play in regulation. But, Foligno and Michalek each scored empty-net goals to seal the Senators first win since they beat these same Maple Leafs, 3-2, at Scotiabank Place on Oct. 30.

“We came to compete tonight, came to play,” Foligno said. “That’s the beautiful thing about this game, sometimes you get to play back-to-back, and right the wrong right away.”

The Leafs were guilty of coughing up a 1-0 lead that Tyler Bozak gave them late in the first period, in part because their power play was poor but mostly because they stopped trying to put the pressure on Ottawa.

Inconsistent play is an ongoing problem with Toronto, one captain Dion Phaneuf said comes when a team is trying to “build a winning culture” after years of losing, as the Leafs are attempting now.

“I think we’re on our way there, but we’re still learning and we’re going to have to learn how to win these one-goal games that seem to be slipping away from us,” Phaneuf said. “Not being negative, but when we’re up by a goal we tend to sit back. We’re going to have to learn to keep pushing and to win these kinds of games that we have leads in.”

The Leafs had their chances to step on the Senators. Bozak gave them the lead with his first goal of the season at 17:18 of the first period, but their power play went 0-for-5 with only six shots on goal.

MacLean said his team’s penalty-kill was the difference.

“Jesse (Winchester) did a good job in the faceoff circle, he was outstanding,” MacLean said. “I thought him and (Kaspars) Daugavins as a pair and Erik Condra and Zack Smith as a pair really were outstanding for us as penalty killers. They’ve really worked hard at learning how to do it here in the National Hockey League and it looks like they’ve taken big steps here in the last couple of games.”

The Senators erased Toronto’s 1-0 lead with goals from Gonchar and Foligno in the second period and Smith’s third goal of the season just 48 seconds into the third.

Gonchar scored during a delayed Toronto penalty and Foligno gave the Senators the lead with a 5-on-3 goal with 2:14 to play before the second intermission.

For Foligno, it was sweet revenge. Not long before, he left the ice bleeding after the blade of Philippe Dupuis’ stick caught him in the face, leading to a double-minor penalty and the Senators two-man advantage.

Bozak went to the box two seconds earlier for a holding minor.

Foligno had to start the power play on the bench with the trainers tending to him, but when he was ready he leapt over the boards with his left nostril stuffed with gauze and went right to the middle, where defenseman Erik Karlsson found him with a picture-perfect pass from center ice.

He was coming with so much speed that he easily split Toronto’s defense pair of Mike Komisarek and Jake Gardiner and then wristed a shot through Scrivens’ five-hole for the go-ahead goal.

“The adrenaline was pumping, I wanted to get back out there,” Foligno said. “It was a nice pass by Erik to get me that breakaway and I was just happy to make good on it.”

The Leafs started the third period with a pair of quick and quality chances by Phaneuf in the first 39 seconds. Anderson stopped both shots, and after the second nobody covered for Phaneuf at the point, leading to a 2-on-1 opportunity for the Senators.

Smith cashed in by sending a short-side wrist shot from the left circle past Scrivens.

“We’re going to have to figure out how to push the pace for 60 minutes,” Toronto coach Ron Wilson said, “and develop that kind of instinct to keep pushing the (other) team down.”

Nov 15 2011

The Fmeeping Stupids strike again, this time in student form.

Something happened to me today that has me inclined to write about it in the hope that doing so will prevent one more sighted person from pulling this same retard move.

Now, today’s Tuesday. It’s my long day at school, and if I wrote about every retarded thing someone did on a Tuesday, well, you guys would get sick of me real quick. Not that some of you already aren’t sick of me but that’s another story for another time.

So, I’m standing at the shuttle stop, texting, shooting the shit, waiting for the shuttle, as is my habit. I miss one, curse, continue texting.

All is normal here. Dee de dee de dee…Ooh! shuttle! *stuff phone in pocket, proceed to vehicle door*. Or… Rather., try to.

*insert sudden frightened scream and stream of obscenities here*.

I see a thought bubble over your head asking, “What, are you cursing at, now, Krista? Seriously?”

Behind me you see a guy, who we’ll call Grabby McHelperson. this fine example of an FSU student body member has decided, in his head, on the spur of the moment, “Oh my god! it’s a blind girl! She doesn’t know how to get onto the shuttle! she can’t find the door!”

So from there he’s decided, “I’ll simply grab her by the shoulders, not saying anything, and push her toward it!”
Because in Grabby McHelpersons world over there, apparently that’s just what you do when a blind person is slowly approaching a bus door so she doesn’t errantly cane anyone to death.

Now, I would’ve been alright if he’d asked me, “Excuse me, do you need help?”

Or even, “Yo! Need some help?” would’ve been nice! Seriously! I would’ve just told him I was fine and buggered off about my business, thinking nothing of it.

But, (and I say this for the benefit of sighted readers), blind people aren’t cattle! Don’t ever, EVER*, grab *anyone*, sighted, blind, or purple, for Christ’s sakes, and try and *herd* them somewhere. It’s degrading, undignified, and a stupid move if you wanna get out of a place unstared at.

Before someone jumps on my tits, because I know some asshole’s gonna go for it, I get wanting to help. But this guy didn’t even bother to say “Hi, how are you, need some help,” et cetera. He just walked silently up behind me and grabbed me by the shoulders and began pushing me forward. He was summarily disposed of by a flurry of screaming and cursing for the simple reason of, yes, I panicked. I mean come on, if you know me at all, or if you’re alive, breathing and in possession of a reasonable IQ, you know I’m not gonna stand there and let some silent stranger put his paws on me. Yes, it was a guy, I could tell once I could turn around enough to get a sideview on the dumb ass as he was backing away in embarrassment and fear of my cane which I had raised at a marginally threatening angle by that point.

So the question of the day is, who does that? How stupid do you have to be, or to think someone is, that you physically grab them and don’t say a damned word to them before doing so? Just… why? Why would you do that? Like I said. I get wanting to help. But if you wanna help someone, you open your piehole and *ask*, don’t just grab the person.

Nov 12 2011

maple leafs 3, blues 2.

Hey, it’s a win, in a shootout! nifty!

  • Wins: 9
  • losses: 7
  • shootout wins: 2
  • shootout losses: 0
  • points: 21

. No recap was posted for this game.

Nov 10 2011

panther’s 5, maple leafs 1.

missed this one. Good thing, apparently. stats:

  • Wins: 8
  • losses: 7
  • shootout wins: 1
  • shootout losses: 0
  • points: 19

the recap:

Panthers rout Leafs 5-1 to end three-game slide
Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 3:43 PM
TORONTO — For the second straight game the Florida Panthers jumped out to a 3-0 lead. This time they made sure that lead stood up.

Jose Theodore stopped 38 shots and five Panthers scored in a 5-1 defeat of the Toronto Maple Leafs in front of 19,414 at Air Canada Centre.

“The last game was a tough one but the good thing about this team is we have the character to forget about tough situations and just bounce back and that’s what we did tonight,” Theodore said. “We weren’t nervous, we played the same way we started against Tampa but we played for 60 minutes the same way.”

The win came two days after the Panthers led Tampa Bay 3-0 in the second period, only to allow the Lightning to tie the game in regulation and win 4-3 in a shootout.

This time, the Panthers led 3-0 after two periods and sandwiched third-period goals by Sean Bergenheim and Shawn Matthias around Phil Kessel’s 11th of the season for Toronto.

Coach Kevin Dineen liked what he saw from his offense, especially since the top line of Kris Versteeg, Stephen Weiss and Tomas Fleischmann was held off the scoresheet.

“We’ve relied fairly heavily on one group of guys and tonight when that gets spread out it not only makes everybody feel a part of it,” he said. “It makes us more energetic that you’re able to roll those four lines and not worry so much about the matchups.”

Jack Skille scored in the first period for the Panthers, and Marco Sturm and Tomas Kopecky beat Jonas Gustavsson 19 seconds apart in the second as the Panthers broke a string of three consecutive shootout losses. Theodore made 31 saves in the final two periods, including three huge stops in the third on Nikolai Kulemin with the score 4-1 and the Leafs trying to get back in the game.

“They came up with some more pressure at the end there, maybe caught us on our heels a little bit but we did a good job of just taking that pressure and continuing to make smart plays,” Skille said. “Obviously Theo played out of his mind back there and that always helps.”

Theodore stifled a Toronto club that has now lost back-to-back games at home by a combined score of 12-1. Kessel’s goal broke a scoreless drought of 137:59 as the Leafs, who had been near the top of the League in offense this season, have suddenly gone cold. To make matters worse, coach Ron Wilson had to pull his starting goaltender for the second straight game — Gustavsson was replaced by Ben Scrivens after surrendering back-to-back second period goals to give Florida a 3-0 lead.

Afterward, Wilson tried to focus on the positives.

“What I take out of is how well we played in the second and third period,” he said. “Their goalie made a number of big saves and unfortunately we didn’t get a save and that kind of sunk us. We’ve got to shore up our goaltending obviously and play the way we did tonight and more often than not the puck will go in the net. You’re going to win games that you shouldn’t and tonight we probably lost a game that we shouldn’t have.”

With starter James Reimer still sidelined after a collision with Montreal’s Brian Gionta more than two weeks ago, Gustavsson and Scrivens have to step up their play. Forward Joffrey Lupul is confident they are up to the task.

“I know those guys probably aren’t happy with the way they played, but a lot of us aren’t,” Lupul said. “You win as a team and lose as a team. So it kind of goes hand in hand. We all count on each other and we’re not scoring enough goals for them right now.”

see you next game.

Nov 10 2011

things that make you go, ow? but are still goddamn funny.

so scrolling through my tweetstream, I run across this tweet.

about 9 minutes ago, Squeaka posted You sociopathic son of a bitch. I hope your testicles fall off and get run over by your own vehicle.

. so of course I had to retweet it while cackling histarically because the imagery was amusing. I retweeted it like this.

about 5 minutes ago, …I *was* hungry? RT @Squeakle1323: You sociopathic son of a bitch. I hope your testicles fall off and get run over by your own vehicle.

. Then followed it up with the following two tweets.

about 5 minutes ago, I don’t know weather to laugh, or cry in pain after my last RT, god. I get crushed nuts. but shiiiiit! lol.

about 4 minutes ago, anyone want *nuts* for breakfast, anyone?

bet you won’t think of nuts the same again. lol.

Nov 09 2011

So apparently vodka’s an issue, while mold is not.

I’d been contemplating this post for about a week, and then I said, “Screw it. Let’s go”

So if you don’t remember that I lived in a filthy hellhole all year long last year, you live under a boulder. That’s ok, we’ll deal. To recap: Mold, for weeks on end, huge ass bins of dirty laundry, furniture hazards galore…

And no matter how much I bitched, nothing was ever done to produce a safer living environment.

So the other night I learn of a fire drill in my former dorm, wherein some kid got his ass chewed for leaving abig-ass thing of vodka out on his desk.

Buddy. that wasn’t smart. No. Really. It wasn’t. I promise. I mean, I totally get why that university makes you wanna drink yourself under the table but ya could’ve shoved the thing in your closet or something at least, and tried to save yourself!

So, my least favorite person over there finds this gentleman’s… libations. She gives him a bollocking, and rightfully so. So again, I gotta ask the question, where were those bollockings when we had fire drills last year, and people knew that there were safety violations hangin’ out the ass in that room?

You can’t tell me nobody knew, that’s no excuse. There were notes all over their metaphorical floor. So apparently allowing someone to live in filth is ok, but indulging someone whom you could very well be driving to drink is not.

Nov 05 2011

Bruins 7, maple leafs 0.

This game was horrible, buh!

  • Wins: 8
  • losses: 6
  • shootout wins: 1
  • shootout losses: 0
  • points: 19

. Now, the recap.

Seguin torches Leafs in Bruins’ 7-0 win
Saturday, 11.05.2011 / 9:50 PM
TORONTO — The Stanley Cup hangover may not be over, but the cobwebs are definitely clearing for the Boston Bruins.

Leafs-killer Tyler Seguin notched his first career hat trick and Milan Lucic scored twice as the Boston Bruins steamrolled the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-0 at Air Canada Centre on Saturday night.

Tim Thomas stopped 25 shots to record his first shutout of the season.

With expectations high due to the Maple Leafs hot start, the game was billed as “first vs. worst,” but the defending Stanley Cup champions served notice to the Maple Leafs that the road to the Northeast Division title still leads through Beantown.

For the second time this season, Seguin, 19, dominated the Maple Leafs. Seguin scored 3 goals Saturday, and now has 6 points in 2 games versus Toronto this season. In the process, Seguin overshadowed League-leading scorer Phil Kessel once again, the player he will forever be linked with through the Leafs-Bruins trade of 2009. Kessel was held in check by the Bruins team defense, and is pointless in 2 games against his former team this season.

Seguin opened the scoring on the power play 6:23 into the game on the power play, firing a one-timer past Ben Scrivens off a crisp pass from Rich Peverley. Seguin’s sublime skill was on display early in the second period, as he batted in a deflected puck chest-high on the backhand. The Bruins scored again just 8 seconds later, as Milan Lucic beat Scrivens on a breakaway after taking a great feed from Zdeno Chara.

With the two quick goals, the Bruins took control of the game and never looked back.

While the Maple Leafs held the edge in shots through the majority of the second period, they couldn’t beat Thomas, who looked sharp. With 5 minutes left in the period, Seguin struck for his third of the game, taking a Patrice Bergeron feed on the rush and beating Scrivens high to the short side. Just 14 seconds later, the Bruins struck again as Scrivens kicked a rebound right to David Krejci in the slot who fired into the open net to make it 5-0.The hook mercifully came for Scrivens in his second NHL start after Krejci’s goal, as he was replaced by Jonas Gustavsson.

Milan Lucic scored his second of the game at 5:44 of the third period, off the rush on a feed from Krejci, and Shawn Thornton completed the rout just 28 seconds later when he beat Gustavsson off a scramble in front of the net.

Dion Phaneuf provided the only excitement the third period with a big open ice hit on Chris Kelly, but the captain’s intensity was a lone bright spot for the Maple Leafs on a dismal night.

See you next game.

Nov 03 2011

maple leafs 4, bluejackets 1.

Welcome to handing out an ass kicking. Very nicely done. I was visiting someone in the hospital during this game, but hey, I like coming home to these types of wins.

  • Wins: 8
  • losses: 5
  • shootout wins: 1
  • shootout losses: 0
  • points: 19

. Have a recap.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Clarke MacArthur scored twice in his 300th career game, providing all the offense needed to make Ben Scrivens a winner in his NHL debut, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Thursday night.

Joey Crabb and John-Michael Liles also scored for the fast-starting Maple Leaps. Joffrey Lupul added two assists.

Scrivens stopped 38 shots, including a few early that allowed Toronto to build a 4-0 lead despite playing its second game in two nights.

Phil Kessel, with 10 goals and 10 assists in the team’s first 12 games, was limited to one assist.

Rookie Ryan Johansen scored his third goal of the season for the Blue Jackets.

The Maple Leafs scored four goals on 11 shots against Columbus goalie Steve Mason before he was pulled in the second period.

See you next game.

Nov 03 2011

maple leafs 5, devels 3.

I caught some of this game. but didn’t catch the end, but hey we won, and that’s all that matters.

  • Wins: 7
  • losses: 5
  • shootout wins: 1
  • shootout losses: 0
  • points: 17

. Here’s the recap.

Lupul’s hat trick leads Leafs past Devils
Wednesday, 11.02.2011 / 11:55 PM
NEWARK, N.J. — Martin Brodeur’s highway-robbery stick save on Phil Kessel in the third period will be played over and over on every highlight show. So, too, will Joffrey Lupul’s three goals on Brodeur in the second period.

Brodeur showed plenty of rust and only a small sampling of his Hall of Fame ways in his first game back from a shoulder injury he suffered nearly three weeks ago. The save on Kessel was spectacular and it gave him confidence that his right shoulder is indeed OK, but it couldn’t erase what had already transpired: Lupul’s hat trick in a span of 6:42 in the second period led Toronto over Brodeur and the Devils 5-3 on Wednesday night at Prudential Center.

Joey Crabb and Mikhail Grabovski also scored for the Maple Leafs. Kessel added to his NHL-leading point total with two assists to give him 20 points in 12 games.

The Leafs move on to play in Columbus on Thursday while the Devils will try to snap a three-game losing streak in Philadelphia with Johan Hedberg in net.

“Anyone, whether it’s Marty Brodeur or not, if they’re coming off an injury and haven’t played for three weeks, you want to test that guy,” Lupul said. “We thought in the first period he did look a little bit shaky like he’d been off for a while. We decided to throw as many pucks as we could at him in the second and it paid off. He seemed to settle in a bit more as the game went on, but definitely when you have a goalie coming back off a layoff like that you want to try to utilize it.”

The Leafs only tested Brodeur with 23 shots on goal, but they created several prime scoring chances off good puck movement and a soft Devils defense that looked far too disjointed at times.

“Marty has worked his butt off to rehab and I didn’t think we did a good job around him, supporting him considering the circumstances,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. “We didn’t give up a huge number of shots, but we gave up some quality chances. We left some people unchecked. Three goals should be enough for us to win a game and it wasn’t.”

Toronto coach Ron Wilson didn’t think his team was that much better in certain areas of the game, but he was pleased with how Jonas Gustavsson (19 saves) responded in his seventh straight start and he liked that the players were supporting one another.

“It’s a little harrowing at times,” said Wilson, who hopes No. 1 goaltender James Reimer will be able to start in Columbus. “It’s like you’re in one of those motorcycles and you’re in the sidecar and you have no idea which way the driver is going, but you get to your destination. That’s what it feels like at the end of the game. We make some decisions and other guys have to bail their teammates out. At least we were in good support positions (Wednesday night).”

Asked if that means the Leafs can’t take much out of Wednesday’s game other than the two points, Wilson replied, “No, I’m happy we won. Now we’re starting to get picky on how we win. We’re 8-3-1, started the month off on the right foot on the road, and now we put this behind us to get ready for (Thursday) night.

“Step on their head and climb a little higher, that’s what we’re trying to do right now.”

All Brodeur is trying to do is find some kind of rhythm. He admittedly fought his confidence in the first period and a half Wednesday night because he did not know if he could fully trust his balky right shoulder, which he hurt against Los Angeles on Oct. 13. Ironically, Brodeur finally realized that his shoulder was reacting just fine during the sequence that led to Lupul’s hat-trick goal with 6:47 left in the second period.

“I moved really quick, and that kind of gave me an idea that I was able to push,” Brodeur said. “From there I felt confident and played well.”

He stopped the final nine shots he faced, including all seven in the third period, but the Devils couldn’t get any kind of push going in the final 20 minutes. Toronto held them to five shots on goal while rolling all four lines and three D-pairs.

“We didn’t give up much obviously, but when you’re down two goals you have to keep pressing, keep throwing pucks at the net,” said Patrik Elias, whose power-play goal in the second period was the 93rd of his career, moving him into first place on the franchise’s all-time list. “I don’t know, what we’d have four or five shots, that’s not good enough.”

Neither was Brodeur in the first 40 minutes.

“I didn’t play well at all,” Brodeur said.

The Devils and Leafs traded goals until just before the halfway point of the game. Each time Toronto would take the lead, and New Jersey would have an answer, including twice on the power play.

However, Lupul scored back-to-back goals in less than four minutes to give the Leafs their two-goal cushion heading into the second intermission. He beat Brodeur with a soft shot from the right circle that appeared to tick off Henrik Tallinder’s stick — handcuffing Brodeur, who had the puck go through his left arm and his left side.

“Everyone seemed to leave me and I think my shot went off the defenseman’s stick, and that’s why it fooled him,” Lupul said. “Not the prettiest goal, but all night we were saying he hadn’t played in a long time so we want to get as many pucks to the net as we could. That was just lucky there.”

“Who cares if it hits the stick, it’s not a good goal,” added Brodeur.

Lupul didn’t need much luck on his hat-trick goal. Brodeur stopped Kessel’s shot off the rush from between the circles, but Grabovski gathered the puck and carried it behind the net, eventually feeding Lupul in the slot. Lupul’s first attempt was stopped by Brodeur, but the rebound came right to him and this time he stuffed it past Brodeur.

“It does mean a little bit more,” Lupul said of scoring a hat trick against Brodeur, the NHL’s all-time leader in wins. “I played a ton against this guy when I was in Philly and he seems to always have my number. So, it’s pretty cool to do it against him.”

See you next game.

Nov 03 2011

another reason I don’t want a mac.

browsing twitter, I ran across This article that annoys me. According to the article apple will be adding even more restrictions on their apps, in what they can access on the mac computers as of march 2012. Their calling it the “sandbox”. I have a sneaking suspicion we’ll soon be seing jailbroken mac OS lions soon to remove all these stupid restrictions, just like the iphone and IOS has.
We’ll soon see, but until then, sorry I’m not getting a mac, apple can ram it right up their asses.
I want complete, unrestricted access to my computer and it’s functions, and not be dictated to by a company on what my application or applications can or cannot access, thank you very freakin’ much.
I shouldn’t have to justify why I have to have access to the interfaces for the network cards, or the local folders to read and write to, it’s unnecessary and in my opinion uncalled for. Yes the app stores the only place people may go to get apps now, but just like the IOS app store, their will come out jailbroken versions of the OS that’ll remove the sandbox restrictions, and let non app store applications work again. In the beginning we won’t need it according to the article, because applications that aren’t in the mac app store will still work, but the sad fact is sooner or later apple will remove all ability to run applications not bought through the mac app store, and then it’ll be jailbreak time, kids. The comment boards await you.
Note to the appleheads, I don’t want to here wining that I don’t give mac’s a chance, I want constructive prooven with fact responses, not that I’m just a stupid windows user with absolutely no mac experience.

Nov 02 2011

Senators 3, Maple leafs 2.

we blew this one, but the season’s long from over.

  • Wins: 6
  • losses: 5
  • shootout wins: 1
  • shootout losses: 0
  • points: 15

. for your reading pleasure, the recap.

Power play sparks Sens past Leafs

Sunday, 10.30.2011 / 11:54 PM

KANATA, Ont. – The Ottawa Senators are on a six-game winning streak, yet they’re only just beginning to find their identity.

Colin Greening and Chris Neil scored via the man advantage and Kaspars Daugavins added his first career NHL goal as the Sens earned a 3-2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night at Scotiabank Place.

“Special teams are going to be big for us all year,” Jason Spezza said. “When you’re a young hockey club, if you can play 5-on-5 even up and win your specialty teams battles, you’re going to win most nights.”

Toronto’s Clarke MacArthur had two goals, and has now tallied four points in the last two nights after netting a goal and an assist during Saturday’s 4-3 win against Pittsburgh.

Ottawa currently has 12 goals on the power play, and leads the League at 31 percent. Greening has contributed a significant amount to the Sens’ success, and is happy with the opportunity to play 5-on-4.

“If they want to (put me in front of the net during the power play), that’s fine,” Greening said. “I’m a big body, I can make it hard for (the other team), I can screen goalies and I can make it hard for them to see the puck. When you have talented shooters like (Milan) Michalek, Spezza and (Sergei) Gonchar … obviously they’re able to shoot around me, which is nice. But I think it works. And as long as they want to put me there, I’ll stay there.”

With the exception of the first goal, the Senators dominated the Leafs for the majority of the game. The Leafs took the lead in the first, when MacArthur wired an easy feed from Mikhail Grabovski past Robin Lehner on the power play at 11:20. But when the Sens knotted things up on Greening’s goal at 16:16 (courtesy of a beautiful outlet pass from David Rundblad), Toronto coach Ron Wilson could sense trouble.

“The first goal they scored against us, we got caught napping,” Wilson said. “That had a big impact on that game. Up to that point, we had a 1-0 lead and I thought we were in pretty good control. We had our forecheck going. A team like Ottawa, they’re no different than us, if they can get a goal like that, it kind of lights the candle, and they played pretty well after that.”

Ottawa pulled ahead in the second on the power play when Erik Karlsson’s slap shot was tipped by Neil at 7:59. The Senators’ defenseman now leads all blueliners with 12 assists and 13 points.

Daugavins made it 3-1 when his wrist shot from just inside the blue line flew past Gustavsson at 7:08 of the third. The 23-year-old, who was recalled from Binghamton on Oct. 24, grinned as he described his first goal.

“I’m pretty excited tonight,” Daugavins said. “To finally get that feeling in my career was pretty awesome. Especially to help the team win, that was pretty nice. I got the puck in the neutral zone from Zack Smith, and I heard him screaming to get the puck to the net because (Bobby) Butler was there. To be honest, I tried to shoot for a rebound, but it went in, so that was fortunate.”

The Leafs pulled back within one when MacArthur banged home a rebound from Grabovski at 9:07. The Leafs would continue to press in the third, but failed to notch the equalizer.

“We just turned it on too late in the game,” MacArthur said. “We’ve got to give them credit; they had good back pressure tonight. In the first two periods, we didn’t make great first passes, and nothing was clicking through the neutral zone. They were log-jamming us. We had some good chances, but you can’t always expect to come back and win games like that.”

MacArthur came close to a hat trick tonight, when he nearly tipped a one-timer from Nikolai Kulemin that skidded across Lehner’s crease for the goaltender’s biggest save of the night. The Ottawa netminder, who made 23 stops in his first start of the season, was quick to deflect any praise towards him.

“I got to give the team a lot of credit because I didn’t have much to do,” Lehner said.

. We’ll do better next time.

Nov 02 2011

maple leafs 4, penguins 3.

and we have another win! stats.

  • Wins: 6
  • losses: 4
  • shootout wins: 1
  • shootout losses: 0
  • points: 15

.And now, the recap.

Kessel’s league-leading 10th leads Leafs over Pens

Saturday, 10.29.2011 / 11:58 PM

TORONTO — Phil Kessel is quickly cementing his status as a folk hero at the Air Canada Centre.

Kessel became the first player in the League to reach double figures in goals when he scored his 10th of the season midway through the third period to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

The Leafs improved to 7-2-1, and Kessel’s hot start is a big reason. He snapped the game’s third tie when he beat Brent Johnson at 10:08, finding the net with a quick release after Tim Connolly found his linemate on the rush.

“You could see that whole thing develop,” coach Ron Wilson said. “Phil’s eyes were as big as saucers when he saw the gap. Timmy didn’t even hesitate — he fired it right over with a perfect pass.”

The Leafs have taken a lot of grief for sending two No. 1 picks and a second-rounder to Boston for Kessel two years ago. But with League-leading totals of 10 goals and 18 points, any boos have turned to cheers as the Leafs chase their first playoff berth since 2004.

The injury-riddled Penguins (8-3-2) had their five-game winning streak snapped when they ran out of comebacks. Despite adding Jordan Staal (upper body) to their injury list and playing for the League-leading 13th time in 26 days, the Penguins overcame three one-goal deficits before coming up short.

“It was tough. To come back three times is a lot to ask,” forward Craig Adams said. “To come back a fourth time was too much to ask. We poured it on at the end and had some good chances, but couldn’t get another one past them.”

The Leafs improved to 5-0-1 at the ACC — Toronto, Chicago and Washington are the only teams without a regulation loss at home this season.

Toronto took the lead at 11:31 of the first period when Mikhail Grabovski tipped in a Dion Phaneuf point shot for a power-play goal

The teams went nearly a full period without scoring, then combined for three goals in less than five minutes.

Pittsburgh got even at 10:21 of the second when Matt Cooke snapped a shot past Jonas Gustavsson. Connolly put the Leafs back on top 70 seconds later with a power-play wrister that beat Johnson. But at 15:06, Evgeni Malkin — who was in the penalty box for Toronto’s first two goals — fed Chris Kunitz for a power-play goal that tied the game again.

Clarke MacArthur restored Toronto’s edge at 3:08 in the third off another assist from Phaneuf. But Malkin got the Penguins even for the third time when he picked up a loose puck and beat Gustavsson for a power-play goal at 7:59.

Gustavsson, starting his third game in a row in lieu of the injured James Reimer, stopped 34 shots — including the Penguins onslaught over the final minutes — for his second consecutive win. He’s likely to get his fourth consecutive start when the Leafs visit Ottawa on Sunday night.

“We can see this, he needed to play and because of this injury (to Reimer) he’s looking confident,” Wilson said.

Both teams converted two power-play chances, though Toronto arguably performed better with the man advantage considering Pittsburgh came in best in the League in PP kills.

“The most important thing is that we were able to win the faceoffs,” Wilson said. “We were able to get going real quick — get it down to the front of the net and make things happen. … Tonight it looked really good.”

Despite the absence of Staal and the continuing absence of Sidney Crosby, who has yet to play due to the concussion that has kept him sidelined since early January, the Penguins were making no excuses.

“We weren’t able to play 60 minutes the way we should,” defenseman Kris Letang. “That’s why we didn’t get a win tonight.”

. The points are piling up, folks. See you next game.

Nov 02 2011

maple leafs 4, rangers 2.

We can still win, awesome! stats.

  • Wins: 5
  • losses: 4
  • shootout wins: 1
  • shootout losses: 0
  • points: 13

. Here’s the recap.

Leafs spoil Rangers’ home opener with 4-2 win

Friday, 10.28.2011 / 12:00 AM

NEW YORK — Jonas Gustavsson’s unscheduled start Thursday had all the makings of disaster when he allowed a first-period goal that was so soft that injured goaltender James Reimer could have rested his injured neck comfortably on it.

Dan Girardi’s unscreened wrist shot from about 50 feet away skittered through Gustavsson’s legs to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead just 6:23 into their home opener at Madison Square Garden. Things could’ve been worse, as the Rangers applied relentless pressure and had two goals waived off due to incidental contact with Gustavsson in the crease

Instead of folding, Gustavsson turned in a rock-solid performance the rest of the way, backstopping the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-2 victory. The 27-year-old Swede, who allowed six goals on 25 shots in his previous start in this building on Jan. 19, made 28 saves only a few hours after the Leafs placed Reimer on injured reserve due to whiplash.

“We did a lot of good things. It was a good team effort,” Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. “The one shot, that was a shot the Monster (Gustavsson) should’ve had — then he stopped some ones that he shouldn’t have. I thought after that first goal, the Monster made some big saves for us and kept us going.”

With the Rangers still leading 1-0 in a first period they dominated, Ryan Callahan had a glorious chance to make it a two-goal lead. He had the puck at the right post with Gustavsson sprawled along the ice, but the Monster snared the shot with his catching glove to keep the Northeast Division-leading Leafs within striking distance.

“Saves like that always feel good,” Gustavsson said. “It’s not something you work on, it’s more just reacting out there. Sometimes you stop them and sometimes you don’t, but I got a chance to stop that one. I was trying to cover as much as possible by putting (my glove) as close as possible. He probably still had some room, but it’s less room when you get that close.”

The Rangers were playing their first home game of the season because of renovations taking place on their building. That forced them to play seven road games — including two in Stockholm and four in Western Canada — to start the season. They fed off the energy from their fans right from the start, but the Leafs weathered the storm and responded with one of their best periods of the season in the second.

Matthew Lombardi drew the Leafs even when a bad-angled shot eluded goaltender Henrik Lundqvist at 1:20. That was just the start of the onslaught, and things would have been much worse for the Rangers if not for Lundqvist, who stopped a pair of Phil Kessel breakaways and 15 shots in total during what the Leafs (6-2-1) called their best period of the season.

“I think it was,” said Clarke MacArthur, whose first goal of the season in the third period turned out to be the winner. “I don’t remember a minute in our own end that period. We rolled the lines pretty good. I thought we were moving pucks up and that’s how we have to play.”

The Leafs broke open the tie game with three straight goals to start the third period from Joffrey Lupul (his fifth of the season), MacArthur and Mike Brown.

Lupul jammed a rebound under Lundqvist after the goaltender couldn’t control a long shot from defenseman Jake Gardiner. That goal at 2:11 was followed by MacArthur’s first of the season less than five minutes later. MacArthur fired a long shot to the far side that beat Lundqvist, resulting in a look of relief after six goalless games to start the season.

“I was trying to just shoot it as hard as I could for the kickout,” said MacArthur, who was hoping to get the rebound onto the stick of teammate Nikolai Kulemin on a 2-on-1. “I was trying to get a rebound, but I’ll take it myself. I was like, ‘Finally.’ I was able to get something going. It was a good feeling.”

MacArthur’s goal was the result of a turnover by the Rangers’ Artem Anisimov at the attacking blue line. Coach John Tortorella said it was an “easy play” that Anisimov didn’t execute because he didn’t see a wide-open Michael Sauer on his right. Tortorella didn’t want to put the blame for the lackluster final 40 minutes on the air going out of the balloon after an emotional start, but there was a letdown.

“I thought we had a pretty good first and had some sustained pressure,” Callahan said. “In the second and third period, we just weren’t doing that. It was definitely disappointing, especially with all the anticipation. We wanted to start with a win in the new building. The crowd was great and definitely gave us a lift in the first period.”

The Leafs’ Mike Brown capped the three-goal third when he artfully used defenseman Steve Eminger as a screen following a Tim Erixon turnover and snapped a shot over Lundqvist’s catching glove to make it 4-1. Michael Del Zotto made the score more tolerable with a late goal to cut the lead to two, but it did nothing to take away from the monster effort from Gustavsson, who will be called upon to start Saturday against Pittsburgh with Reimer out until at least Sunday.

“He played great for us,” said center Tim Connolly, who logged 15:13 of ice time in his first game of the season. “With the way they started, he kept us in the game. Obviously they bumped him a few times, but he stood right in there and did a great job. It’s a big win for us, and he really kept us in there.”

. Another game, another win. Let’s keep it up.

Oct 27 2011

flyers 4, maple leafs 2.

a game I missed, and just forgot to post until now, whoops! Stats.

  • Wins: 5
  • losses: 3
  • shootout wins: 1
  • shootout losses: 0
  • points: 11

. Here’s the recap.


Jagr scores twice in Flyers’ win over Leafs

Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 12:14 AM

PHILADELPHIA — Jaromir Jagr said he wasn’t pressing to score his first NHL goal in three seasons, but said he was ready to try just about anything to put the puck in the net.

“I changed everything,” he said. “The skate, gloves. I got hit in the head during warm-ups, so that helped.”

After the game he had Monday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jagr should get a reinforced helmet.

Jagr scored his first two goals of the season on breakaways, and Scott Hartnell also had a pair of goals, as the Flyers snapped a two-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory Monday against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs at the Wells Fargo Center.

Claude Giroux and Kimmo Timonen had 2 assists each, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 24 of 26 shots in goal for the victory.

The goals were Jagr’s first in the NHL since April 6, 2008.

Overshadowing the victory was the loss of team captain Chris Pronger at 8:02 of the first period when he was hit in the right eye by the stick of Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski. Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren said Pronger likely will be out 2-3 weeks.

“He’s going to see the eye doctor every day for the next four days,” said Holmgren. “We think after that he’ll be … I don’t want to say out of danger, but if everything goes OK and the swelling goes down, he should start on an exercise program sometime after that and we’re hoping he could rejoin the team in 10 days to two weeks — skating-wise, not necessarily playing.”

Phil Kessel scored his League-high ninth of the season, and David Steckel also scored for the Leafs.

The multi-goal effort for Hartnell was his first since last season’s regular-season finale, April 9 against the Islanders. Just like that night, he had the game-winner against the Leafs on Monday.

With the score tied 1-1 late in the second period, the Flyers went on the man-advantage when Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek was sent off for interference. As the power play was winding down, Danny Briere came out from behind the goal line to the right of the Toronto net and sent a pass through the slot to Hartnell, who one-timed it, but Jonas Gustavsson stepped across and stopped it with his left pad. However, Hartnell lunged in for the rebound and shoved it under Gustavsson for his first of the season at 15:46.

“It’s nice to get one, even if I had to get on my knees and shovel it in under his pad,” said Hartnell. “It’s nice to help out, and a good feeling to get the win more importantly.”

Hartnell’s second of the game came at 8:34 of the third period. Jagr controlled the puck deep in the Toronto end and gave it to Giroux on the wall on the left side of the zone. Giroux backhanded a pass to Hartnell, who one-timed it from the inside of the left circle over Gustavsson’s glove.

After Steckel made it a one-goal game at 11:34 by batting a high pass from Matt Frattin off Bobrovsky and into the net, Jagr closed the scoring by burying his second breakaway of the game. Taking a long pass from Hartnell, he broke in alone on Gustavsson and beat him at 15:45 of the third. The last time Jagr had a multi-goal NHL game was April 3, 2008.

Jagr’s first goal came late in the first period, on a similar breakaway opportunity. With the Flyers trailing 1-0 but skating on a four-minute power play due to a Joffrey Lupul high-sticking double-minor, Giroux sent breakout pass to Jagr, who split a pair of Leafs defenders at the Toronto blue line and broke in alone on Gustavsson. Jagr beat him high over the stick at 16:22.

“I had three breakaways today,” said Jagr. “The first one I scored, the second one I tried to do something different. I thought maybe if I would shoot it, I would have a chance to score (Gustavsson denied him). The third one, I said, ‘Why change something that is working?’ And he was cheating a little bit. I think he lifted a leg there, but I kind of waited a little longer and I had a spot there.”

Jagr said the best part of scoring Monday meant he wouldn’t have to be asked about when he would score his first goal.

“Yeah, you guys aren’t going to ask me anymore,” Jagr said with a laugh. “I’m glad it was tonight.”

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette also was happy to see his two big power forwards find the back of the net.

“It’s nice to get those guys on the board,” he said. “Jaromir had a lot of chances in the early games and lots of opportunity and their line was good. (Hartnell) has now had two solid games in a row, tonight being his best one. It’s good to get those guys going, sure.”

Toronto took a 1-0 lead on its first shot of the game. Seconds after a Leafs power play came to an end, Flyers rookie forward Brayden Schenn turned the puck over along the wall in the Philadelphia end. John-Michael Liles sent it into the middle, where it hit off the skate of Flyers defenseman Matt Walker and went right to Kessel, who took a stride through the right faceoff circle and fired a shot that beat Bobrovsky high to the short side, over his blocker, at 6:11 of the period.

The game remained tied until late in the second, thanks to outstanding play by Gustavsson, who allowed four goals on 30 shots.

“I thought (Gustavsson) was really good for us,” said Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf. “He gave us a chance to win. He made some really big saves. If you look at the goals, he really didn’t have much of a chance on any of them, and I thought he was really good for us tonight. I just wish we could have helped him a little bit more.”

See you next game.

Oct 24 2011

maple leafs 5, canadians 4.

Hey it’s an overtime win I missed. I’m losing my touch I’m tellin’ you!

  • Wins: 5
  • losses: 2
  • shootout wins: 1
  • shootout losses: 0
  • points: 11

The recap will tell the story.

Leafs top Habs 5-4 on Grabovski’s OT tally

Saturday, 10.22.2011 / 11:46 PM

MONTREAL — The Toronto Maple Leafs avoided their first losing streak of the season, while the Montreal Canadiens continued their historic one.

Mikhail Grabovski haunted his former team by scoring the winner 1:23 into overtime as the Leafs extended the Canadiens’ misery by beating them 5-4 on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

The Canadiens loss, albeit in overtime, leaves them without a win at home in four tries and with only one win after seven games for the first time since 1941, when it took them 13 games to get their second win.

The overtime loss also leaves the Habs (1-4-2) dead last in the Eastern Conference standings.

Still, coach Jacques Martin insists it is not yet time to panic — although he admitted the rough start is concerning.

“We recognize it,” Martin said. “But the important thing is to continue working and try to get a win, and then string some wins together.”

At the other end of the spectrum, the Leafs are off to a fabulous 5-1-1 start and quickly snuffed out the bad memory of a 6-2 thumping they took at the hands of the Boston Bruins in their first road game
of the season on Thursday night.

“We played hard all game,” Grabovski said. “It was a good game for both teams. But for us, we try to win every game and keep going. We lost against Boston and we tried to win tonight. We listened to what the coach said to us and we played hard and we won.”

Grabovski pulled a beautiful move on the overtime winner, coming out from behind the Canadiens net and beating Carey Price with a shot to the far post as he was spinning around for his fourth goal of the season.

“It felt good,” he said. “I had my family here in town today from Toronto and I’m happy for them because they came and saw how we won the game and I scored the winning goal.”

David Steckel, Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf and Nikolai Kulemin also scored for the Leafs (5-1-1). However the news was not all good for Toronto as goalie James Reimer did not come out for the second period and was replaced by backup Jonas Gustavsson after making nine saves on 10 shots through 20 minutes.

Reimer’s mask was knocked off and he looked to be woozy when Brian Gionta hit him in the head while crossing in front of him at 1:15 of the first. The play was not whistled down as the puck went back towards the Montreal zone, but when the Canadiens touched up for the goaltender interference penalty on Gionta, Reimer looked to be laboring.

He allowed a shorthanded goal to Travis Moen on a partial breakaway 36 seconds after the penalty, but stopped the next eight Canadiens shots. “He just didn’t feel right,” Leafs coach Ron Wilson said, adding he had “no idea” when Reimer would play next.

Gustavsson, who allowed six goals on 43 shots in Toronto’s lone regulation loss of the season in Boston, gave up a goal on the first shot he saw in the second – a laser beam wrist shot by Andrei
Kostitsyn 29 seconds in that gave the Canadiens a very temporary 2-1 lead. Gustavsson, who surrendered six goals in Boston on Thursday, gave up three on 18 shots in two-plus periods of work to get the win.

“I don’t remember for the next seven or eight minutes Montreal even getting a shot, so we tightened up and helped the Monster get settled,” Wilson said. “It was probably two or three minutes that he
even knew he was going in, because we fully expected that James was going to be all right, so he might have been caught off guard a bit.”

Price was denied his 100th career win in his fifth attempt, allowing five goals on 27 shots.

But forward Lars Eller said the team let their goaltender down, much as they have all season, as Price’s save percentage continues to plummet.

“It’s not like us to give that many chances against, I think Carey stood on his head,” said Eller, who had two assists and was a plus-3. “It’s not like us. I can’t recognize us in our own zone right now.
We’re usually a lot better than this. I can’t give you an explanation why, we need to look at the video and look for solutions and then go out there and do it. I don’t think it’s for a lack of motivation or
lack of trying, I think everybody means well and works hard, but certain things are just not done the right way right now.”

Michael Cammalleri also scored and Moen added another for the reeling Canadiens, who host the Florida Panthers on Monday night before entering a tough stretch of three games against the Flyers and a home-and-home with the Boston Bruins.

“We have to be positive, that’s all you can do,” Moen said. “We’ve got a big week coming up and we need some wins. We need a little more desperation in our game, and if we do that we should be fine.”

The Leafs bounced back quickly in the second after falling behind 2-1 on Kostitsyn’s goal. Just 36 seconds later, Kessel picked Gorges’ pocket coming out from behind the Canadiens net and scored his eighth of the season at 1:05 before Phaneuf’s power-play goal at 4:19 put them up 3-2.

Just as they did in the second, the Canadiens scored on their first shot of the third when Cammalleri blasted one from the left circle over Gustavsson’s glove at 1:27 for his second of the season, and Moen
gave Montreal the lead 4-3 when he tipped a Gorges shot from the half boards home at 9:28.

That Moen goal came moments after Price made a miraculous save when he reached back with his paddle to pull a Joffrey Lupul shot off the goal line.

But the Canadiens lead was short-lived once again as Kulemin poked one home off a scramble in front at 13:07 to make it 4-4 and send it to overtime.

See you next game.

Oct 21 2011

bruins 6, maple leafs 2.

holy fuck that hurts. jesus christ. that is all. the stats.

  • wins: 4
  • losses: 2
  • shootout wins: 1
  • points: 9
  • The recap will tel this sad sad story. This thumping still stings as I publish this.

    Bruins shred Leafs in 6-2 win

    Thursday, 10.20.2011 / 11:23 PM

    BOSTON — After he juggled his forward lines for Wednesday’s practice, Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien was asked about his reasoning behind the maneuvers.

    Julien explained he didn’t know what he would get from the new combinations but that his old ones weren’t giving him enough.

    For one night at least, his offense provided plenty to work with. The Bruins got goals from six different players as they handed the Toronto Maple Leafs their first regulation defeat of the season with a 6-2 win at TD Garden.

    The Leafs dropped to 4-1-1, while the Bruins improved to 3-4-0.

    Tyler Seguin, who scored one of the Bruins’ goals and added two assists, enjoyed playing with new linemates Milan Lucic and Chris Kelly. He thought everyone benefited from the reconfigured top three lines.

    “I think it was definitely a good thing because no one really had too much chemistry,” the second-year center said. “When all the lines are mixed up, you kind of just focus on playing your best. And with that tonight everyone kind of just focused on your game and what they have to do in taking accountability and I think that’s why we were successful. Not thinking about the chemistry and just ‘I need to do my role’ and things will work out and that’s what happened tonight.”

    Coming off a disappointing 4-1 home loss to Carolina on Tuesday in which they accumulated 72 penalty minutes, the Bruins were determined to get back to playing hockey in order to make sure their early season dip in the standings didn’t last long.

    They showed their urgency by bouncing back from allowing Toronto to get the game’s first goal by scoring three times in the first period. The Bruins, who entered the game as the league’s lowest-scoring team, had scored more than two goals in a game just once in their first six games.

    “Obviously you want to get out of that hump I guess, as quick as possible so obviously there’s always urgency when things are going like that,” said Patrice Bergeron, who centered Brad Marchand and Nathan Horton for the first time and scored a goal on one of his game-high nine shots on net.

    “You want to get out of it [the slump], and we’re proud guys and we want to be on top every night obviously. So right now I think it is a good effort, but we’ve seen it too often in the past six games, that you have to be consistent and we need to have a good effort on Saturday as well.”

    The Bruins also put together a solid defensive effort by keeping NHL leading scorer Phil Kessel of the scoresheet. The former Bruin entered the game with 12 points in five contests but managed just one shot on net.

    “We know that he’s having a hell of a year so far, he is on top of the League and he is playing extremely well,” Boston captain Zdeno Chara said. “We were just trying to obviously play really tight and take away as much time and space for him.

    The Leaf, who played their first road game of the season after a 4-3 shootout win against Winnipeg in Toronto on Wednesday, got on the board first 7:29 in on a goal by Dave Steckel. However, their inability to shot down the Bruins’ slumping power play came back to bite them. Boston, which had been 2-for-24 on the power play, went up 2-1 on extra-man goals by Nathan Horton and Chara at 10:32 and 16:05. Chris Kelly added an even-strength goal before the period was through against Leafs goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, who finished with 37 saves on 43 shots in his regular-season debut.

    “The first 10 minutes we were OK and then when they scored the first goal we kind of … the air went out of the balloon,” Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. “We didn’t really give ‘The Monster’ [Gustavsson] much protection in front. We just didn’t have our legs. It was plain and simple.”

    The Leafs’ best chance to get back into the game came midway through the second period, when Mikhail Grabovski got behind the Bruins’ defense during a power play. However, Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas (26 saves) made a diving glove stop to keep the Bruins up by two goals.

    “It was 4-on-3, then 4-on-4, then 5-on-4, and I lost track of how many people were coming out of the box, so I didn’t bang my stick to give my D any warning,” Thomas said. “I kind of helped cause the breakaway, so I had extra motivation to stop that breakaway. I just really wanted to stop that one because I had kind of made a mistake beforehand.”

    At 2:08 if the third period, Lucic tapped in a feed on a 2-on-1 with Seguin. Bergeron and Seguin rounded out the Bruins’ scoring, while Grabovski added a late goal for Toronto.

    The Leafs have three more games left on their first trip of the season.

    “I think we had a few too many turnovers tonight, and weren’t tough enough in our own end, and the score showed because of it,” defenseman Luke Schenn said. “Like I said we’ll learn from it and, you know, we’re not going to dwell on this one too much. Obviously it would have been nice to beat the defending Stanley Cup champs, and you know, come in and start the road trip right, but we’re not going to dwell on it.”

    We’ll do better next game.

Oct 20 2011

maple leafs 4, jets 3.

Awsome! It’s a shootout win and on a Wednesday even! I’ll take the 2 points, thanks.

  • wins: 4
  • losses: 1
  • shootout wins: 1
  • shootout losses: 0
  • points: 9

. That was fun. For some reason their was no recap posted for Wednesday’s game on thenhl mobile websiteso their won’t be one here, either. See you next game.

Oct 18 2011

Avalanche 3, maple leafs 2.

This happened to be an overtime loss, but hey, I’ll take the point, I suppose. Here’s the stats.

  • wins: 3
  • losses: 1
  • shootout wins: 0
  • shootout losses: 0
  • points: 7

. Here’s the recap.

Avs keep rolling with OT win at Toronto Monday, 10.17.2011 / 11:00 PM TORONTO — It has been road sweet road for the Colorado Avalanche. After being shutout in their opening game of the season against the Detroit Red Wings, the Avs have rattled off 5 straight wins and are now perfect on the road after a 3-2 overtime victory against the host Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night. David Jones was the hero scoring his team-leading fourth goal of the season on a rebound off of a Kyle Quincy point shot 1:11 into the extra session. The goal came after former Maple Leafs goaltender Jean-Sebastien Gigure stopped a Phil Kessel chance with a glove save at the other end of the ice. “It feels good to beat your old team,” said Giguere, who finished with 27 saves. “As a team, we played extremely well. It was the last game of a long road trip and we managed a way to get some energy. We should be really pleased. We are a pretty young team and it’s good to start like this on the road and get some confidence.” The Leafs forced overtime with time ticking down in the third, as Nikolai Kulemin pounced on Dion Phaneuf’s rebound and backhanded it past Giguere to make it 2-2. “I thought it was a big point. We battled back,” Phaneuf said. “We’re were down 2-1 going into the third … I thought it was a big goal late in the game to get that point and to push it to overtime. We’re not happy with the loss, but we’ll take that point and move forward.” Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson pointed out that Kulemin carried out what he expects of his forward group. “He did what we’ve been encouraging our forwards to do — which is drive to the front of net and he got a rebound and score,” Wilson said. The Avs looked to be in control for the better part of the third before allowing the tying goal and entered the period with a 2-1 lead. Milan Hejduk broke a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal at the 14:14 mark, when his low shot from the top of the faceoff circle got by Leafs goaltender James Reimer thanks to a good screen by Jones, who was named the game’s first star. “This is really impressive after the loss at home,” Hejduk said. “We’ve come back with 5 straight (wins). It’s great for a young team. It builds up the confidence and we are looking forward to playing more games. We are getting the goaltending and scoring goals when we need them. It wasn’t our best game of the road trip, but we played a tough opponent and we did enough to win the hockey game.” Hejduk has now registered a point in four of Colorado’s first six games. Erik Johnson and Paul Stastny earned assists on Hejduk’s tally. Things are indeed clicking for Phil Kessel, who entered Monday’s game tied for the League lead in goals and points and he opened the scoring early in the second period, when he fooled Giguere with a wrist shot from 10 feet inside the blue line. The goal came just 19 seconds into the period. Toronto native Daniel Winnik evened the score just over 3 minutes later when he beat Reimer five-hole for his second goal in three games. The play was created by Ryan O’Reilly, who drove two Leaf defenders back towards their own goal as he made the pass, thus creating a screen for Winnik as he erased a 1-0 deficit. The Avs now return home and have a few days off before they host the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday at the Pepsi Center. Toronto hosts Winnipeg on Wednesday.

See you next game.

Oct 17 2011

maple leafs 3, flames 2.

Hey. It’s the 3rd win in a row for the 15th of october, yay! except for when it was 2 nothing middle of the 1st. We survived though and pulled out another win.

  • wins: 3
  • losses: 0
  • shootout wins: 0
  • shootout losses: 0
  • points: 6

. Let’s have the recap from that game.

Leafs stay perfect by beating Flames 3-2 Saturday, 10.15.2011 / 11:33 PM TORONTO — Both Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs are off to hot starts. Kessel completed a three-point night with his second goal of the game, putting Toronto ahead 41 seconds into the third period as the Leafs rallied to beat the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Saturday night for their third win in as many games. Kessel, who had a hat trick last Saturday in the Leafs’ 6-5 win against Ottawa, snapped a 2-2 tie when he took a pass from defenseman Cody Franson on a give-and-go and beat Miikka Kiprusoff with a backhand deke for his fifth goal of the season. Kessel nearly cost the Leafs when he flipped the puck over the glass with 1:15 left in regulation for a delay of game penalty. But goalie James Reimer made the best of his 30 saves when he robbed Rene Bourque from the left circle in the final seconds after some fine passing by the Calgary. “James made some great saves for us and fortunately we got the win, I’m playing with some good linemates that give me the puck and right now we’re just clicking,” Kessel said. Leafs coach Ron Wilson is pleased with Kessel’s play at both ends of the ice. “He’s winning battles on the boards,” Wilson said. “He knows if we’ve got a lead, I’m confident to put him out there in the last minute in an empty-net situation. He’s been in better shape than he’s ever been and now he just has to maintain it.” The Leafs, who hadn’t played since the win against Ottawa, improved to 3-0-0. But unlike their first two wins, they had to play from behind in this one. Calgary, coming off a 4-1 win at Montreal on Thursday, jumped in front just 4:18 into the game when ex-Leaf Lee Stempniak circled the net to Reimer’s stick side and fed a pass across the crease to Curtis Glencross, who was parked at the far post. Glencross beat Reimer for his third goal in four games. It became 2-0 just 1:42 later when defenseman Scott Hannan took a pass from Niclas Hagman, took a few strides and beat Reimer high to the short side from the top of the left circle for his first of the season. That prompted Wilson to call his timeout. Reimer said the early deficit was somewhat of a mental hurdle that he had to get over. “When you get off to a start like that, there’s a whole whack of negative thoughts just piling in, everything negative that you can think of and it’s your job as a goaltender to block that out and slowly but surely you make that next save and hope that your team can battle back for you and sure enough they did,” he said. Reimer made a pair of big stops on Stempniak in the first minute of the second period, and the Leafs scored on the return rush. Kessel raced into the Flames’ zone, pulled up and sent a pass to Joffrey Lupul who was streaking in towards the middle of the ice. Lupul snapped a hard shot just over the left pad of Kiprusoff at 1:15 to get the Leafs on the board. Flames forward Alex Tanguay was disappointed with the missed opportunities. “Tonight we let them hang in there and it’s our own fault,” he said. “We feel we are giving up too many odd-man rushes and they are a team that likes to skate, they are extremely fast in their transition and tonight they took advantage three times and that was the difference in the game. “For us, we’ve got to get back in the groove of things; 1-3 is certainly not getting it done. It’s been a tough start, but we have a homestand and now we can make up for it.” Things began to get a little chippy towards the midway part of the second period – after a skirmish at the Leafs bench resulted in offsetting minors between Calgary captain Jarome Iginla and Toronto defenseman Mike Komisarek. The Flames also had to kill off a four-minute minor when Olli Jokinen drew a double minor for high sticking Leafs defenseman John-Michael Liles. The Leafs tied the game at 16:38 when Carl Gunnarsson sprung Kessel, who beat defenseman Chris Butler and while going to his knees fired a shot that beat Kiprusoff.

. See you next game.

Oct 09 2011

their’s something to be gleaned from this post.

You learn interesting things from blogs. wesput an entry out on histwitterthat pointed tothis entry about anal sexand being a curious individual, I headed back to the blog’shome pageand was scrolling through entries, and ran acrossthis entry about infidelityand was impressed about what I read. I’m going to quote the entry in it’s entirety because I feel a few x gf’s of mine that read this blog can bennifit from this entries wisdom and it might help them in the future.

Can you overcome infidelity?
I had a question about this from a reader today and I have to say that I’m not a therapist or a marriage counselor..they would still be your first resource. However, I will give you my thoughts about this.

I think the the old adage of “once a cheater, always a cheater” isn’t true. I do believe that we are capable of monogamy. I also believe that women and men cheat about the same, although the stereotype is that men are always the ones committing the infidelities. I think that women cheating is on the rise, because women are out in the job market more than they have ever been. They are now encountering more men and interacting with other males in higher numbers…this has lead to an increase in women cheating. So, no longer can we point the finger at the men only!

I believe that almost every long term relationship will encounter infidelity at some point. The degree of infidelity may vary…maybe its a blow job…or a kiss..or sexting or full on sex. Maybe its emotional infidelity. We have reached a technological age that our grandparents didn’t have available, so the thought of a modern day marriage lasting 50 years without either partner cheating in some way seems almost inconceivable. However, do I think it has to be the kiss of death to the marriage? NO…

I think if your partner has cheated, be it the man or woman, the first thing to do is look at how you found out. Did they confess it to you, out of remorse and guilt? Did you catch them fucking in your bed? Was it a drunken night out that got out of hand, or was it serial infidelity that has been going on long term and repeatedly? The answer to those questions will clue you in on if your relationship can survive the infidelity or not. If your partner confesses to you, then I’d say there is hope for your relationship. If you catch them fucking in your bed, probably not. If its a one time incident where things got out of hand and alcohol was involved, again there may be hope. If they are a serial cheater and you’ve caught them numerous times..then its probably time to cut your losses.

I’m going to use the man as the cheater in my post, because the reader today was asking me about her husband..however, the advice applies to both sexes and I don’t want to imply that this article is to bash men.

So, lets look at the scenario where I think your marriage could survive and maybe even come out stronger in the long run. Say your partner has cheated…they confess the infidelity to you and tell you what happened. Okay, that is good that they are remorseful, it shows that they are aware their actions have dire consequences. The fact that they are willing to discuss with you how it happened, again shows that they are seeking your forgiveness. I think these all show that your partner made a huge mistake and is truly sorry for it. The one thing you need to do is get to the bottom of why it happened. This may mean you will hear things that you don’t want to hear…because cheating is almost never just about sex. Its about a lack of connection, communication, love, or affection…its about not feeling heard or appreciated…usually the last thing its about is gettin’ some strange cock or pussy.

Once you find out what the root of the problem is, then you can address how to fix that…in addition to the broken trust. Trust is such a hard thing to get back once its broken. Don’t expect to confess to your partner and then get pissed the next week when she grills you about where you’re going and when you’ll be back…trust has to be earned back once its broken and you have to realize that it will take time. That being said you also have to look into yourself and see if you can truly forgive. By forgiving, I mean letting go of the image of your partner with another person…letting go of your anger and resentment…of not throwing it up in their face at every fight. Forgiveness is truly more important for YOU than your partner, because holding onto those feelings will only bring stress and negativity into YOUR life. If you think you can reach that point where you have forgiven your partner then of course, move in the direction of healing your relationship. However, if you don’t think you can ever forgive them or see them the same way…then it may be time to realize that you can’t stay in an unhealthy relationship, and if your relationship continues under those conditions it WILL be unhealthy for both of you.

I think that there is a place for marriage counselors and therapists and if you want to truly mend your relationship then look into seeing someone that can be a neutral 3rd party to help you work out why it happened and help you release your feelings of anger and hurt in a productive way. I know that we all have a knee jerk reaction to someone cheating on us…its anger, hurt, jealousy and fear. You fear that you are going to lose your partner, that life will change forever…that is a big fear. It may or may not come true, but you can’t live your life based on fear. Fear freezes you in place…and if you are going to move beyond an infidelity and become a better couple then you have to take steps away from fear and towards healing.

One of the hardest things to overcome in a relationship…in my opinion…is a lack of respect. If your partner has no respect for you then they won’t care about hurting your feelings. They won’t care about your embarrassment or anger. They will feel that they can do as they wish and you’ll do nothing about it because they have the “upper hand” in the relationship. A lack of respect is worse than a lack of trust in my eyes. Trust can be rebuilt over time, someone that doesn’t respect you will probably never respect you. So, look at a partner that has cheated multiple times…why don’t they just leave you? If they want to behave like they are single then what is keeping them from being single? If you look at that you may see that you are being USED. You are being used to watch the children, or bring home a paycheck. You are being used and they could care less about anything but you serving their purpose.

This is a relationship that you should really consider if you wouldn’t be better off on your own than in a toxic and hurtful relationship. Again, don’t let fear freeze you in place…move forward toward what you deserve, a loving and committed relationship, but first you need to let go of the one holding you back. So, although it doesn’t seem like it…sometimes infidelity is a good thing, because it opens our eyes to what we try to not see. It is a catalyst that causes us to act when nothing else would.

I think that affairs/infidelity/cheating hurts. It hurts your true partner, it hurts the person you’re cheating with, it hurts your integrity and values. I think there is no good that comes from cheating and if you are ever on that edge, instead of stepping off, turn around and go back. Go to your partner and talk to them truthfully about what you need and what. Talk to them about what you’re missing in your relationship. Try to make the relationship you are in the one you want. Its easier to fix it now than it is after you’ve cheated. So, take a deep breath and realize temptation is all around us, but we don’t have to give in to it. We can rise above..we can stand our ground and realize that you can choose to make a good decision or a bad one. The consequences of that decision will reverberate through your life…so stop…STOP and really think if its worth it.

I want nothing more for any of my readers than to have wonderful, loving and happy relationships. I want you to get what you need, want and deserve from your partner. But, I know that life is rarely perfect and the road is never smooth that we travel. However, you can look within and see the person you want to be, and the relationship you want to have and strive towards it. It is within your reach, you just have to be willing to put in the work, the time, the communication and commitment to make it all you deserve.

That’s my wisdom for the night. later, all.

Oct 08 2011

maple leafs 6, Senators 5.

What a game for a saturday the 8th of october! I got the pleasure of listening to this entire game. Thanks am640.

  • wins: 1
  • losses: 0
  • shootout wins: 0
  • shootout losses: 0
  • points: 4

Here’s the recap from NHL’s mobile site.

Kessel’s hat trick helps Leafs hold off Senators 6-5

Saturday, 10.08.2011 / 10:35 PM

TORONTO — Phil Kessel’s third goal of the game with 2:19 remaining negated Ottawa’s third-period comeback as the Toronto Maple Leafs held off the Senators 6-5 on Saturday night to win for the second time in as many tries this season.

Kessel scored twice as the Leafs took a 4-0 lead after two periods, and Toronto led 5-1 when Colton Orr scored 2:52 into the third period. But the Senators got a pair of goals from Daniel Alfredsson sandwiched around one by Jason Spezza to cut Toronto’s four-goal lead to just one with 4:16 remaining.

Kessel completed his hat trick with what proved to be the winning goal when rookie Stephane da Costa beat James Reimer with 1:56 remaining.

It was the second time in as many nights that the Senators rallied after digging themselves a huge hole. They trailed 5-0 early in the third period at Detroit on Friday before losing 5-3.

After a sluggish start, the Maple Leafs opened the scoring at 12:58 of the first period when Mikhail Grabovski converted a slick pass from Nikolai Kulemin for a power-play goal. The Leafs gained momentum as the period went on, and added to their lead at 18:51 when Joffrey Lupul fed Kessel on a 2-on-1 and Kessel beat Craig Anderson.

Leafs’ captain Dion Phaneuf leveled Da Costa with a thundering open ice body check early in the second period, eliciting chants of “Dion, Dion” from the Air Canada Centre crowd. Chris Neil tried to rally the Senators by pummeling Luke Schenn, but received 17 minutes in penalties for his efforts.

The Leafs quickly capitalized on the power play, going up 3-0 at 7:56 when Lupul deflected John-Michael Liles’ point shot past Anderson. Kessel made it 4-0 on a fine individual effort at 18:49.

Colin Greening ended Reimer’s bid for a second straight shutout at 1:42 of the third, but Orr made a triumphant return to the ice with his 11th career goal, scoring in his first game back since suffering a season-ending concussion in January.

The winless Senators head home to prepare for their home opener Tuesday against Minnesota, while the undefeated Maple Leafs are off for a week before hosting the Flames next Saturday night. They will spend three days at Canadian Forces Base Trenton for team building activities and on-ice practice.

Oct 07 2011

maple leafs 2, canadians 0.

I missed this game because I fail at remembering things. This was a great game Last night, 10/06/2011 as a season opener. But we did win.

  • wins: 1
  • losses: 0
  • shootout wins: 0
  • Shootout losses: 0
  • points: 2

. as a service this year, I’ll post the recaps from the nhl mobile site site since I feel like being nice. but if you want to hit the above link and find them yourself. Enjoy. Here we go.

Leafs open season by blanking Canadiens 2-0

Thursday, 10.06.2011 / 11:10 PM

TORONTO — Matthew Lombardi had a lot of time to think about how his return to the National Hockey League and his first game with the Toronto Maple Leafs would turn out.

First and foremost, Lombardi was just hoping that game would one day come as he struggled to recover from a concussion and neck injury that has kept him on the sidelines since last Oct. 13. But that day did indeed come — and Lombardi couldn’t have scripted it much better if he tried.

Lombardi’s shorthanded goal in the opening minute of the second period proved to be the winner thanks to a 32-save shutout performance from James Reimer in a 2-0 opening night Maple Leafs over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

But even though Lombardi got the personal glory of a goal, he said that was not the most satisfying part of his night.

“It was real nice to get in there, and it’s great to win,” Lombardi said. “It’s just a good feeling in here, the guys are excited. To be a part of that win is pretty cool because I’ve been sitting on the outside looking in for a long time. It’s nice to be a part of that and be a part of a team. It’s awesome.”

Reimer’s shutout also came under somewhat strenuous circumstances.

Firmly planted as the Leafs No. 1 goalie, Reimer will be under a fair amount of scrutiny at the start of the season to see if his strong play down the stretch last season — when Toronto was essentially out of the playoff race — can continue when the points at stake are more valuable.

Thursday night was an excellent first step toward proving just that.

“James starts right where he left off last year,” coach Ron Wilson said.

Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf also scored and added an assist to give the Leafs an opening night win over Montreal for the second consecutive year.

Goaltender Carey Price was just about the only member of the Canadiens to truly excel, even though he gave up two goals on just 18 shots.

Defenseman P.K. Subban had a particularly rough evening as he was caught up ice on Lombardi’s shorthanded goal and coughed up the puck on Phaneuf’s goal, leaving him with a deserved minus-2 rating.

“We dominated the first period, but our mistake at the start of the second when they got their shorthanded goal changed our style of game,” Montreal coach Jacques Martin said. “They used that goal to take advantage of the period on our turnover.”

The Leafs penalty kill not only killed all five Canadiens power plays, they finished a plus-1 on the night thanks to Lombardi’s shorthanded goal. A big reason for that success was obviously Reimer, but recent acquisition David Steckel had a huge role to play in that as well.

Brought in earlier this week via trade from New Jersey for his faceoff prowess, Steckel did just that by going 18-7 in the dot, including a 13-4 mark in the defensive zone.

“He’s a 60 to 65 percent winner and that’s a huge advantage, especially killing penalties,” Wilson said. “Every faceoff in our zone, as long as he wasn’t winded on the bench, I put him out there. It’s an advantage I haven’t had since I’ve been here, to have a real go-to guy for faceoffs.”

Not only did the Canadiens lose the game, they also lost newly acquired defenseman Chris Campoli when he limped off the ice to the dressing room just past the midway point of the second period. The team announced he had a lower-body injury and would be re-evaluated Friday.

Both the Canadiens and Maple Leafs took turns dominating the game through the first two periods, except Toronto actually capitalized to take a 1-0 lead into the third period.

“In the first period we played a simple game, we had a lot of puck support, we attacked the net, we put pucks on net,” Martin said. “In the second, we tried to play individually, and the Leafs benefitted.”

The Canadiens were flying in the first, outshooting the Leafs 14-4 and controlling the play territorially but not really making life particularly difficult for Reimer. Andrei Kostitsyn had the two best chances of the period, once getting to a puck that had trickled past Reimer into the crease a fraction of a second late, and later hitting a post.

It was a completely different Leafs team that came out for the second period, asserting themselves physically and forcing the Canadiens into turnovers.

“There wasn’t any panic, it was 0-0 after the first,” Phaneuf said. “We came in and said we knew we had better, we got that first period out of the way and I thought we really settled in and played well for the rest of the game.”

Montreal began the period on the power play, but Subban lost the puck deep in the offensive zone leaving his fellow point man Tomas Plekanec to defend a 2-on-1 led by Lombardi. Plekanec did well to force Lombardi to keep it and shoot, but Mike Brown controlled the rebound after it seemed to sit in the slot for an eternity and slid a pass to Lombardi, who had wheeled around the net. Lombardi’s high slot beat Price 33 seconds into the middle period.

“It just stayed there for me, it looked real good in front,” Lombardi said. “I was just real excited to get that one.”

The Leafs very nearly made it 2-0 just before the two-minute mark of the third, but Joffrey Lupul couldn’t put the puck over the outstretched glove of Price, who picked it right off the goal line.

The Leafs did make it 2-0 a few minutes later, though, when Subban’s attempted stretch pass was picked off by Lupul in the neutral zone. The puck went to Phil Kessel, who teed up a one-timer for Phaneuf, and his cannon from the high slot ticked off the crossbar and into the net at 4:42 of the third.

Toronto hosts the Ottawa Senators on Saturday in the second game of their season-opening four game homestand. The Canadiens head home for practice Friday before flying to Winnipeg on Saturday to serve as the visiting team for the official return of the Jets on Sunday.

. Enjoy and see you after the next game!

Oct 07 2011

it’s hockey season again!

It’s time for hockey season again, and this category is the place for leaf scores and all things related.
enjoy and happy hockey!

Oct 04 2011

nice going, HTC.

Yep I haven’t been around in awhile. But today’s blogging starts out with this little ppiece of information about a security leak in HTC android phones. Here’s the article in it’s entirety. and all I gotta say is smooth move, HTC.

HTC Phones Suffer Major Security Exploit
Latest Update Provides Easy Access to Personal Data
by Karl Bode
The folks over at Android Police note that several HTC model smartphones suffer from a rather major security exploit that can give a hacker access to personal information, e-mail addresses, and your location. The vulnerability is part of HTC’s Sense UI and affects several popular HTC phones, including the EVO 4G, EVO 3D, Thunderbolt, EVO Shift 4G, MyTouch 4G Slide, and several more. The problem began with a recent HTC update that introduced a suite of logging tools that creates a HTCLoggers.apk file accessible by any app with Internet permissions. That provides easy outside access to:

•The list of user accounts, including email addresses and sync status for each last known network and GPS locations and a limited previous history of locations phone numbers from the phone log.

•SMS data, including phone numbers and encoded text (not sure yet if it’s possible to decode it, but very likely).

•System logs (both kernel/dmesg and app/logcat), which includes everything your running apps do and is likely to include email addresses, and phone numbers.

HTC was contacted on September 24th but has yet to comment on the vulnerability. “In my experience, lighting fire under someone’s ass in public makes things move a whole lot faster, which is why responsible disclosure is a norm in the security industry,” notes the website. Only stock phone firmware is impacted — users who have modified their Android HTC devices to run CyanogenMod are not impacted.

Update HTC is telling news outlets they’re “investigating” the security flaw.

according to further research, this issue only effects factory firmware for the android.
We’ll see what HTC does about this in the coming days.

Sep 29 2011

You find all kinds of neat things when you’re trying to plan your next move in life.

So tonight I’m bouncing around MWCC’s website and looking at their academic programs. You know, doing that whole planning what I’m up to after January, which is my family’s and my agreed upon point at which I’m done with FSU
I was looking at their Computer Information Systems associate’s degree program, and saw something that I really liked. I liked it so much I had to go point it out to both my parents because it was just the coolest thing I’ve ever seen any college do.
If you go to MWCC’s CIS Program description and requirements you’ll see that under the helpful hints section it says the following.

The college’s adaptive computer lab, providing assistive technology for students
with disabilities, is available. Technical standards must be met with or without
accommodations.

You don’t see that at Fitchburg State. The only mentions you see of their adaptive computer lab are those on the section of the website pertaining to disability services. Yes, I searched. I looked. The only other things I found were their computer usage policies.
I said this to my parents and I have no problem saying it here. The fact that MWCC mentions their adaptive technology lab on other sections of their website makes me feel a lot more confident in their abilities, and more welcome there as a student. They want us to get mileage out of their services, and they don’t stick it in a little corner of their website and hope people are going to find it. As you’ve seen, they come right out and say this is available, go use it.
As a future student of theirs, I’ll say that in my opinion, the fact that they publicize their assistive technology lab in multiple places on their website makes me feel welcome there as a student. It makes me feel more confident in their abilities to provide the services I require, and provide the required materials in whatever format I may happen to request.
There have been times when I have specifically asked for one format, and asked that another format not be used, and my requests were either ignored or denied for whatever reason. As much as MWCC publicizes their adaptive lab, I somehow doubt that this will be an issue there. Even reading their academic program descriptions has made me more confident than I have been since high school, because I’m starting to see already that I’ll get what I need whichever discipline I choose. I won’t be told “You can’t do that. there’s too much math involved.” or “It’s too visual.” (Except for photography, but blind person with a camera is automatically a bad idea anyway. :P)
Anyway, those were just my observations for the evening. Maybe some of you will find them enlightening, maybe some of you will just think “Ugh, she’s rambling again.”

Sep 26 2011

This can’t be happening again.

This morning I had to wake up and remind myself, “No, you’re not a freshman in high school.” I’m having flashbacks to my early days of simply not wanting to go to school because I’m not wanted there. I don’t want to be there. Don’t want to go. I want this nightmare to be over. I hate that place. It, obviously, hates me. There are only 1 or 2 people in there that’re worth my time anymore and they’re students. I can’t stand that place anymore. Hell, if my family didn’t want me to finish out the semester there I’d fill out the withdrawal forms, grab the remainder of my shit out of the dorm and get out of there and never turn back.
Who was I kidding, I wasn’t wanted there from day 1. I went from a high school that couldn’t help me, to a school for the blind, did awesome there, went to college and it all went to hell from there. I’m nothing to that place. A bug on their windshield. Something they want to persecute and get rid of. All I am to them is garbage. Nothing more, nothing less.
I want to be somewhere I’m wanted. I want to be somewhere that’s willing to help, and hell, maybe even find me a job in the bargain. I want to be somewhere I’m not just a pain in the ass. I want to be somewhere I know people are going to care about me as a person, not just a statistic or part of their job.
Yes, I’m frustrated, angry, annoyed, depressed, panicky, generally not fit for human company. I can’t wait to be done with that place. I feel like it’s holding a part of me hostage that I’ll never get back. I felt like this before I transferred high schools, too. I thought when you went to a university, you were supposed to be part of a community. I guess I was wrong.

Sep 23 2011

Read between the lines.

I wonder how this local community college treats its students? Come January, methinks we’re gonna find out.
4.5 hours, 2 screams, a walk in the rain and a caffeinated beverage later, I’m still seeing red. And yes I did actually go outside for a couple of screams. I think I need about 8 more by the time the red blur wears off my vision. Mom cooked a dinner she knew I’d eat, I only ate half a bowl if that.
I really hope these people realize eventually what they’re doing to my head. But oh…wait… I’m sorry… I mistook them for a second for people who actually care. I forgot they’re all droids that are preprogrammed. As long as it looks like the droids are working correctly, noone actually cares about the living, breathing people involved. And when those people have had to start medication and start seeking counseling, it doesn’t matter to them. It doesn’t matter at all because what they’ve done looks ok on paper and as long as they can go home and say they’ve put in a successful day of work, it doesn’t matter who they inconvenience.
It doesn’t matter that between now and the end of the semester, my family now has to shell out upwards of $1200 in gas. It doesn’t matter that in the winter, when we’ve got 2 feet of snow on the ground, but that campus is nice and clear, that I won’t be able to get to class because driving conditions are hazardous and nobody in my family should have to get in a car accident in order for me to get to class.
Yet, I still have no answers. Nobody can tell me how I fell through the cracks last year and why I lived in the filth I lived in. Nobody wants to take responsibility for that. Nobody can tell me why is it a girl got away with disrespecting my family the way she did. Noone can tell me why it was that people avoided me all semester last year because my clothes stank of mold no matter how many times I washed them. Nobody can tell me why the furniture safety violations I complained about weren’t looked into. Nobody can tell me why I sat there all of February with my window open praying for a breath of air that wasn’t contaminated. Best yet, noone wants to explain how and why the bacteria culture that was that room got so bad I actually got a UTI from it.
Yet, I’m the bad person here. Well, you know what? I’m tired of being the bad person. Fornicate this taurean dung, I capitulate!

Sep 21 2011

Cool! I didn’t know you could do that!

So after some minor corrective surgery on my 3 and a half year old cane this afternoon, (thank god my grandfather’s a mechanic right? I decide yep, time to get my ass in gear and make a new one appear. I was coming due for a new one any day now and I knew that, but one of the thingies between the joints of the cane decided falling off in the palm of my hand would be awesome. Grandfather replaced it, because he rules at fixing things on the fly.

So I’m digging around and I was gonna have Mom order a cane from Perkins or The Carroll Center just for the purposes of get one and get it here quick.

I use a particular cane tip that I prefer over anything else, and for the love of my sanity I couldn’t find it anywhere. So I mention this, and Mom busts out google. We grab my current cane, and I ask her to compare the visuals because I think most of my “I can’t find it” problem was coming from people who don’t know how to caption pictures. Sure enough, she finds it, and we start dancin’ through the order process.
“Ok, there’s a color chart here.
“A What? But why?”
“You can pick what color cane you want.”
“Do what? But why would you wanna…Ok, wait a minute, this sounds interesting.”
She reads off all the colors, describes them, and I do my typical…”Butbutbut…I don’t know…”
I don’t think my brain had still gotten over the fact that you could actually pick a color for your cane. So I bounce ideas around the house, call my grandmother, bounce ideas off her head, and eventually settled on a pink cane.
My grandmother’s worry was this: “But if you have a different color cane, will people be aware that you’re blind?”
My mother’s response which was precisely what I thought and didn’t say: “They’d have to be stupid not to figure it out.”
So, hey! You can pick colors for canes! Who knew? I’ve been a cane user since age 5 and always stuck with the same standard issue white cane, because it was always just handed to me. When we got free ones through school, it was always what was issued to us, and whenever I’ve bought them, I’ve never found that they could be customized by color. So that was my discovery for the day because I just thought it was like the niftiest thing I’d seen in ages.

Sep 20 2011

the demise of qwitter: put into perspective by a well spoken blind individual.

Hello all;
All of you may have heard about the demise of the
qwitter
project developed and maintained by
christopher
If not. I’ll simply quote the
qwitter_hg
twitter accounts last post.

Qwitter Mercurial: Q: Closing up shop, it’s been fun.: 13 hours ago 9/19/2011 11:08:07 AM Qwitter Client

after reading that, I got curious and poked around Q’s timeline and the thoughts that ran through my head were mixed.
I was composing in my head a response I was going to put up here, outlining my thoughts and views, but
JonathanMosen
did a much better job of it then I could ever do. So I’ll simply quote his ressitation who’s original can be found
over here.

Billy Joel once said, “I once believed in causes too, and had my pointless point of view, but life when on no matter who was wrong or right”. I was mindful of this as I saw the considerable volume of tweets exchanged over the apparent halt to development of the Qwitter client, the Twitter client for Windows designed specifically for blind people. I say apparent, because this is in my recollection the third time such a threat has been made, so I suppose only time will tell if this one is real or not. Initially, I felt compelled to comment, then I decided there was no point, and now finally, I’ve felt moved to write an extended post about this subject because I think the conduct of a number of people in the latest Twitter drama represents a pattern that is all too typical in the on-line blind community.

Although I have been using Twitter since 2007, I actually was a late adopter of the Qwitter client, beginning to use it in around November of 2009. My reason for this was because I felt uncomfortable with the aggressive online behaviour of its lead developer. A friend of mine convinced me that it was appropriate to separate the behaviour of the developer from the quality of the application, and there’s absolutely no doubt that the software is first class. It is a feature-rich, efficient means of interacting with Twitter. Without Qwitter, I am sure much fewer blind people would be using Twitter so regularly. The award given to Chris by ACB this year recognises all of this, and that recognition is richly deserved.

I have, however, remained very disappointed by the extraordinary rudeness, even contempt, that Chris has shown to many users who have made suggestions or come to him for advice. I am mindful that I am making these comments with around 20 more years on the planet than him, and in this case I think that does make a difference. I hope that if Chris is unfortunate enough to be able to review some of his tweets in 20 years time, he will do so with genuine regret. What makes our world so diverse and interesting, is that we all have different strengths and weaknesses. Some people can write code, others conceptualise great user interfaces, others struggle with very basic computer concepts that just come naturally to some. Abrupt, rude, confrontational replies, many of which give the impression that the program’s author is somehow superior to or better than his fellow blind people are hardly going to remain unremarked upon.

Developing software is of course a very different skill from supporting it. Chris is obviously superb at the former. With a bit more good will towards people, I’m very confident the Qwitter Support account could have had a large number of volunteers, and Chris could have politely directed users to that account. We can wish that users would RTFM all we want, some simply will not, it is the reality of software development, and nothing is going to change that. Nor does the fact that the software is free make it any more acceptable to treat end users with rudeness.

Chris is, of course, absolutely right that there is a high proportion of blind Twitter users who are unemployed, may have difficulty getting out and about due to financial or transportation issues, and who therefore have plenty of time to generate Twitter drama. We do have a very high unemployment rate. Just as with sighted people, there are those who have never tried to find a job, those who in the current climate have become demoralised and have given up, those who spend hours every day looking for that big break. We seldom know each other’s stories, and it is sad when we choose to make very personal, sweeping assumptions. We do tend to sew what we reap. If we dish out confrontation on Twitter, chances are very high that confrontation will come right back at us. And it has been rather like watching a school bully crying when one little kid finally plucks up the courage to hit back, to see the lead Qwitter developer complaining when some of the hurt he has caused others comes back to him.

Does that make the behaviour of those who’ve responded in that way right or justified? Of course not. The best response to confrontation is often no response at all. Various Twitter characters in the blind community who’ve come and gone, have thrived on the fact that they know which buttons to push to get a reaction. Stop responding to them, and they’d have become bored and gone away long ago.

Then there is of course what we in New Zealand call the tall poppy syndrome. There is no doubt that Chris has considerable talent. In the blind community, we are good at building people up, to tear them down. Confrontational behaviour notwithstanding, there are some people who have sought to make his life a misery, almost as if they resent what he has been able to achieve. More than that, they are jealous of it.

Developing an app such as Qwitter obviously involves a very significant commitment of time. It has not completely been a labour of love, however. I haven’t taken the time to go back and do the sums, but I know I’ve personally donated at least US$100 to Qwitter, and that many others have donated what they can. I don’t regret doing so for a moment, nor do I expect that donations have created any kind of contract, expressed or implied, that Qwitter’s development would continue indefinitely. I raise this to simply point out that while a few users may have been vexatious, some provoked, some not, the project hasn’t been totally without its financial compensation.

Whether a piece of software is commercial or not, there is no guarantee that its development will continue forever. There are many examples of software used by a large number of people where development has simply stopped. Microsoft Money is a case in point. The issue I have is the point in the development cycle at which Qwitter development is apparently ceasing. It is in beta right now. Because it is beta software, there are problems, as one would expect. Does Chris have a legal obligation of any kind to tidy up the critical bugs? Of course not. He can walk away whenever he likes, and apparently has. The question is one of moral obligation, and of his personal brand. Would I be as willing to support any future project, commercial or otherwise, by a developer who leaves a user base in the lurch like this? No, I’d think twice, because I don’t believe that this is an ethical way to treat people. Anything we do online impacts on our personal brand. If we’re abusive, people make a mental note of that. If we walk away because a few people, again some provoked, some not, have been abusive, even though the majority of us have been supportive with our praise and with our wallets, then that leaves a sour taste and a reputation that is hard to recover.

Whether you volunteer or not should not make a difference to one’s conduct. I’ve volunteered over many years for a range of positions, including leading New Zealand’s blindness consumer organisation which would be the equivalent of NFB and ACB, serving on various committees, and of course managing Internet radio projects like Mushroom FM. In all of those cases, the work involved has been considerable. It’s involved a huge investment of time and effort. And there are times when circumstances require you to walk away. But if you have to do that, you should do so by tidying up as many of the loose ends as you possibly can.

I don’t begrudge for one second the fact that Chris may have concluded that he has better things to do with his life, that it’s just not rewarding anymore. If you are copping a lot of abuse, especially when you’re younger, it’s hard to shrug that off, and easy to say, why on earth am I bothering. My only issue is that I hope he will recognise how his own conduct as contributed in part to some of the grief that has come his way, and that to protect his reputation, he at least get Qwitter 5 to a production release and make it clear that that’s the end of the project. If he does not, then I fear the bad taste the half finished Qwitter project has left in so many mouths will continue to haunt him. That would be a pity when he is clearly such a gifted young man.

As for the rest of us, maybe there’s a good number of us who might like to think twice before joining in the flame war. Most of us in the blind community are online in such a way that our interactions are filtered to us through a mechanical sounding speech synthesiser. It is easy for us to forget that the tweet we send in a quick burst of anger or sarcasm may be the one that tips a real human being with feelings over the edge. We don’t know what else is going on in their lives, how they may be feeling. If we showed a little more on-line empathy, just empathy in general really, imagine how much of a peaceful place the online world would be.

I urge Chris to reconsider wrapping up the project in this stage in the cycle, but regardless, thank him sincerely for a very significant contribution to bringing blind people around the world closer together, and assisting us to interact with equal efficiency with our sighted peers.

A few final thoughts.
Is qwitter the only accessible client on windows?
No, it’s not.
Their are others like
TWInbox
that can do the basics.
Yes, not as feature rich, but qwitter’s development cycle ending isn’t the end all of twitter for the blind community.
Would I, like Jonathan, think twice about supporting another project, weather free or paid put out by this individual if he doesn’t at least take qwitter 5.0 to a stable release before shutting down?
Yes, I honestly would reconsider ever supporting future projects developed by him because of the way he handled qwitter and it’s closure.
I understand open source, but leaving those in the blind community with extremely buggy code because your being a nazi and don’t want to at least head for a final release before giving up is insane, and rediculous.
What are others thoughts and views.
I’d love to here what you have to say on this, spoken in a constructive, adult manner.
No childish bashing.
Constructive critisisms and pieceful debate are the name of the game.
See you on the comment boards.

Sep 18 2011

and google has it’s uses. welcome a knew reader to the blog.

so in the insanity that has been people beatin’ the fmeep out of the blog of late, Krista’s mother was googlin’ away and landed over here.
Welcome to the blog, and thanks for actually helping krista get help where the rest of us couldn’t.
We don’t just spue brain vomit, if you browse around, you’ll find reviews, opinions on news stories, and more.
Enjoy the blog, Vanessa.

Sep 18 2011

You did what… why?

So, I get it that there are stories in the media that make disabled people look bad on at least a daily, if not weekly, basis. I’ve grown used to having news stories scroll across my screen that make me wanna slap someone not once, but twice. And ya know, that’s fine. But this dude belongs over there.
I get being in a hurry. I get needing to get somewhere 8 yesterdays ago, and you’ve got some slow ass, stupid ass person in front of you, talking on their cell phone, reading the newspaper and walking at the same time. It annoys me. It irritates me. There are some days it just plain pisses me off.
But to be stupid enough to slam your wheelchair into an elevator door several times, resulting in your death… What’s so important that you needed to get there so bad you were willing to die for it? Further, I’ve seen many a person crash into an elevator door in various ways, going to a Braille jail does that to ya, so there had to be structural issues with the elevator in question. I still say the guy was a dipshit for doing what he did, but am mildly confused as to how the hell he actually managed to bust through the door and fall down the empty elevator shaft. That had to be a power chair. That kind of damage can’t be done with a manual chair. Power chairs weigh upwards of 800 pounds. Having one of those run over your foot feels great. *insert oozing sarcasm right there*. Never have I seen what kind of structural damage can be produced, but I’m sure under normal circumstances they can’t possibly wreck an elevator and kill a person.

Sep 16 2011

Alcohol, now. give.

1. Clearly, now, I have a choice between purchasing $995.00 software with my looks, or paying someone to scan and convert proprietary file formats for me because I can’t be diplomatic and the next best thing to diplomacy is keeping your damn mouth shut. Also, clearly, the latter, i.e., paying someone to scan, is gonna cost um… that thing called money. which I don’t have.
2. Also, eye doctors, when I ask you to fix something the answer is not take it apart, and then confuse me for half an hour. Also on a random sidenote, you better have someone with good fashion sense helping me pick frames for my new pair of eyes next Thursday or I’ll scream.
3. Stalking me is not how this rolls, has rolled, or will continue to roll. I asked it to stop. It didn’t. The appropriate authorities are being notified shortly after this posts, and it *will*, be dealt with. I’m not calling anyone out specifically, but when I’ve almost gone to the hospital 3 times, because of you people over there, and you know who you are, there’s a problem.
4. That long and actually civil conversation I had with my mother about alternative roads, let me just say that putting a plan together for January is looking better and better. I get that there are a few people out there who wanna put me in the hospital, but this’s gotta stop.
I don’t wanna walk around certain areas and not know if I’m being followed or watched. I don’t wanna have to feel like somebody’s shadowing me constantly, even if they aren’t doing it physically, well, how the hell would I know? I feel like I’m being stalked. I feel unsafe. I want it ended.

Sep 15 2011

I’m alive

Alive, yes. Sane, uh…Not really. Brain’s still trying to do wonderful things. This morning I lost a chunk of time and forgot where the hell I was and thank Christ I wasn’t on a train when it happened. Then, to boot, I almost passed out in stats class. The almost passin’ out was sorta kinda my fault though as I wasn’t being very nice to my body, I admit. I hadn’t eaten anything between the hours of 3 PM yesterday and…we’ll call it… 5:15 pm tonight. Part of that was because I was still unamused/unhappy/panicky, part of it was a genuine lack of time and lack of wanting my shit to disappear off the university campus if I left it hiding somewhere and walked away. Just my luck, my shit would pull a shane’s shit in late January and pull a disappearing act if I left it somewhere. And it wouldn’t just be my tech, it would’ve been my clothes and shower thingies and the rest. So yes I forfeited lunch to watch my stuff.

Yeah that would’ve been a great call to make, “Uh, yeah, I’m on campus, my shit’s missing.”

Hey, at least I came home and my mother didn’t threaten to institutionalize me or something. I was waitin’ for that when I made the call to my cousin who works across the street from the college, “Yo, come get me.”

Totaly expected her to walk in the door and clock out on the nearest flip-a-shit-ometer. I expected to be stuffed in the local psych unit strapped down and hooked to an IV by now, no lie. Everyone remained calm, no flip-a-shit-ometers were overclocked or broken in the process, my cousin had an escape plan for me if it got to the point where I needed out right the fuck now. He told me straight. “if you need to get out of there, you text me. I’ve seen what your mother can do to your brain, it’s not good. You look like you’ve already had several brain meltdowns today.”

My dad didn’t flip out, but it was my mother’s reaction that ok, shocked the shit outa me. My mother hugged me and actually cried. Standard-issue wiseass me probably would’ve said something along the lines of, “Who are you and what’d you do with MotherZilla?”

Nobody flipped a shit, probably because they were warned that I’d flipped several recently and probably would’ve volluntarily committed myself if anyone else, including me, flipped their shit again. Shit’s still up in the air, I’m trying not to panic anymore because then I really will have to be hospitalized, and I’d really, really rather not, thank you. I mean, I get it that Murphy hates me, but this shit’s gotta stop somewhere, seriously. I shouldn’t wake up in the morning and immediately start thinking I don’t deserve to breathe. On that note, I know it’s before 9 PM, but methinks it’s time to punk out and go curl up with my kid. Unless she’s still mad at me for hanging out with my friend’s dog, well, then, don’t know what to tell her. :P

Sep 15 2011

If I had a dick, and today were a person, I’d force said person to suck it.

1. Shane’s on a bus heading back to Ottawa.
2. I’m emotionally fucking wiped right out.
3. As a result of the above, I’m ready to stuff my foot up the ass of the next person who anoys me.
4. For the love of whatever may or may not be holy, please don’t let it be one of you.
5. Packing in a holy fuck hurry results in you not nowing where in the hell half your shit is. don’t try it at… well…no, you won’t try it at home.
6. If something doesn’t go right soon, I’m gonna snap and probably end up in the hospital getting downers by IV until they can find something they don’t have to shoot me up with that won’t make me a spaceshot.
7. Related: Murphy, back the fuck off or I’m gonna die and go wherever you are just for the sole purpose of kickin’ your ass, then I’ll reincarnate as a cat. (Preferably a spoiled and well-love one like mine.)
8. The visuals I could provide you with if Shane doesn’t get a work visa for the states could curl your toes, make your eyes water and essentially make you cry like a little girl and run away.
9. Also, a note to whatever cabbie drove me to a friend’s place for the night, I can shut the door myself thank you, there’s really no need to shut it on me, no, really, I promise. You’re quite lucky you missed and didn’t nail me in the rib cage because I would’ve called your manager and he and I would’ve had a conversation.
In summary, now that I’ve been sitting here spewing brain vomit all over the place, I feel somewhat kinda sorta more human. Now, let’s not have anything else turn into a royal fucking clusterfuck please and thank you? Good thing flip-a-shit-ometers are not actually physical devices, I’d’ve had to replace about 10 over the last week.

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