The Toronto Maple Leafs are hot, hot, hot

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Leafs wins their sixth straight against the Avalanche.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are on a hot streak right now, winning six in a row.

Going into the game against Montreal, both the Leafs and Canadiens were coming off wins.

The Leafs were  looking to expand their winning streak to four and the team got the victory.  Toronto defeated Montreal 5-3.

Nazen Kadri got two assists and Jonathan Bernier made 30 saves during the game.

Joffery Lupul was awarded the empty netter when Montreal’s Lars Eller hauled Lupul down on the break away.

Despite the win, Leaf’s head coach, Randy Carlyle still feels that his team needs some improvement.  “We are still so guilty of over passing and trying to be cute,” said Carlyle after the game.

Despite winning 4-2 against the Phoenix Coyotes, the Leafs were mediocre in the final two periods.

“We did a lot of good things early in the game then we reverted to some of the old habits,” said Carlyle.

It was a good thing the Leafs were playing Phoenix, instead of the Chicago Blackhawks.  The Leafs probably would’ve lost the game for sure.

Kadri, Phil Kessel, and Jake Gardner all got two points during the game.  Bernier made 39 saves.

I had my reservations when I heard the Leafs next game was against the Colorado Avalanche.  The Avalanche is a good team and the Leafs put James Reimer in net.  Reimer hasn’t been stellar this season.

To my surprise, the Leafs jumped out to a 4-1 lead after two periods of play.

Colorado cut Toronto’s lead to 4-2, but an empty netter sealed the deal as the Leafs won their six straight game 5-2.

Carlyle noted that his team played much better.

Both Joffrey Lupul and Tyler  Bozak got two assists.  As for Reimer, he had a good night, making 35 saves.

I got a couple of news items to pass along.

Dave Bolland is skating again, but no target date has been set for his return to the Leaf’s lineup.  Bolland severed a tendon in his left  ankle in a game two months ago by Zack Kassian’s skate blade.

The Leafs have also made a minor trade.

The Leafs have acquired Brandon Kuzun from the Los Angeles Kings for Andrew Crescenzi.  Kuzun is going to report to the Leaf’s  American Hockey League affiliate the Toronto Marlies.

Leafs try for the seventh straight victory tonight against the Dallas Stars.

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