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05-02-2013, 02:09 PM
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Kessel and Kostka had an off-ice workout with #Leafs strength coach, Anthony Belza.
Secretly Anthony Belza slips a plane ticket to Kostka to fly back to Toronto Kostka declines.

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No issue with Kessel, Carlyle says.
MASSIVE ISSUES with Kessel. Lets be honest for a second. He QUITS against the BRUINS. NO other way to slice it, he is Terrified, he will not even attempt to beat Chara one on one. He sees him and its shut down and pretend, he is thinking about protectin himself and NOT PLAYING HOCKEY. He is TERRIFIED. Kessel main goal against the Bruins? In my opinion , Survival.

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Mike Kostka broke a finger last night.


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I'm sad that Kostka has a broken finger because that will be the reason he's not in the lineup...not because he's terrible

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Mike Kostka broke a finger last night.
Awwww shucks.

Sucks for him but either way, he should not have been in the lineup. At all.

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I'm sad that Kostka has a broken finger because that will be the reason he's not in the lineup...not because he's terrible
Lol so true.

All the best to Kostka though, very nice guy but terrible hockey player.

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Mike Kostka broke a finger last night.
Would never cheer someone's injury, but this should force Carlyle to play someone else.

Hopefully, Kostka gets better.

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Chris Johnston ‏@reporterchris 2m

Mike Kostka broke a finger last night.
Am I supposed to feel sad?

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Kostka suffered a broken bone in one of his fingers and is out. One or both of Jake Gardiner and Ryan O'Byrne will step in.
This sucks. Who will log all those huge minutes for us now?

There goes the series.

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Mike Kostka broke a finger last night.
Shame.

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So O'bryne in for Kostka.

If Franson is unable to play, Gardiner in for him? I hope Franson's able to play though, and Fraser is scratched for Gardiner

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Am I supposed to feel sad?
The way he played, it might as well have been a broken fingernail

Seriously though, that's too bad even though he is the current whipping boy for the fans.

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If Gardiner doesn't play I think Carlyle is trolling us or his agent. He probably didnt like what Gards agent did on twitter... who knows, cuz it just doesn't make any sense that he had Kostka on. A big mystery that will probably never be solved.

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Apparently both Gardnier and O'Byrne could be in the lineup

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MASSIVE ISSUES with Kessel. Lets be honest for a second. He QUITS against the BRUINS. NO other way to slice it, he is Terrified, he will not even attempt to beat Chara one on one. He sees him and its shut down and pretend, he is thinking about protectin himself and NOT PLAYING HOCKEY. He is TERRIFIED. Kessel main goal against the Bruins? In my opinion , Survival.
It's taken so much to restrain myself and protect myself from an infraction at this point.

This post is ridiculous.

If, for the past 3 or 4 years, the Leafs beat up on the Bruins and beat them in 11 of the last 13 regular season games, and THEN Kessel was still going anonymous and invisible, then I would understand that criticism.

But to make out that he's the scapegoat and a quitter, etc., is just ridiculous. James van Reimsdyk, Colton Orr, and Jay McClement, were perhaps the ONLY 3 Leaf forwards to show up yesterday. That means you have 9 other forwards that you can criticize, but instead you pick on one...?

And it's not just you so don't think that I'm singling you out - it's this general negativity that surrounds Kessel that is ridiculous. Chara is a huge Dman and has neutralized many great players in this league. It's up to the other players around him to step up and help him too.

Ask yourself this - how many chances did Phil have last night? How many times did he get the puck in a position where he could attack? How many times did the Leafs have possession of the puck in a position where we could create some offence for Phil?

If you answered zero - you are correct.

He's had such little support in these games against Boston, yet people keep dumping on him.

Phil Kessel has been rendered useless, because the other 4 guys on the ice did very little. Bozak had a thoroughly pathetic evening, so Phil wasn't going to get any setups. JvR just went hard to the net every time he got the puck. The blue line couldn't break out of the zone. Reimer looked like a goalie with no playoff experience.

If the people around Phil can start doing their jobs, I'm sure Phil can start doing his. Ask yourself - if Kessel had the Penguins first line around him, do you still think he only manages 3 powerplay goals in 22 games against Boston?

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Apparently both Gardnier and O'Byrne could be in the lineup
Yep.

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Kostka suffered a broken bone in one of his fingers and is out. One or both of Jake Gardiner and Ryan O'Byrne will step in

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Apparently both Gardnier and O'Byrne could be in the lineup
We won't be sure until puck drop... literally.

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So O'bryne in for Kostka.

If Franson is unable to play, Gardiner in for him? I hope Franson's able to play though, and Fraser is scratched for Gardiner
Gunnarson - Phaneuf
Gardiner - Fraser
Liles - O'Bryne

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We won't be sure until puck drop... literally.
Yup.

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If Gardiner doesn't play I think Carlyle is trolling us or his agent. He probably didnt like what Gards agent did on twitter... who knows, cuz it just doesn't make any sense that he had Kostka on. A big mystery that will probably never be solved.
Gardiner is very good offensively. How is Gardiner going to handle Boston's Forecheck? Gardiner will be over-matched and exposed. It has nothing to do with agent. Gardiner didnt play this season for the Leafs based on ONE thing. His defense. Its not up too par yet. Whether u think his great skating is more of a factor than his lack of Defense, the coaching staff doesnt see it that way.

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And yeah - I'm pleased that Kostka won't be playing in game 2, but I won't "cheer" his injury. That's just small time and pathetic.

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I can actually see Franson playing and Gardiner in place of Fraser. A possibility, but less likely.

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Liles wasn't anything good to write home about either.

Gardiner and ROB actually had a great game when they were paired together.

Look on the positive side:

The Bruins own the puck possession with or without Koskta ruining our chances...why not help our chances by letting a creative young player like Gardiner.

I think he'll be at least a 100 times better than Kostka last night.

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It's taken so much to restrain myself and protect myself from an infraction at this point.

This post is ridiculous.

If, for the past 3 or 4 years, the Leafs beat up on the Bruins and beat them in 11 of the last 13 regular season games, and THEN Kessel was still going anonymous and invisible, then I would understand that criticism.

But to make out that he's the scapegoat and a quitter, etc., is just ridiculous. James van Reimsdyk, Colton Orr, and Jay McClement, were perhaps the ONLY 3 Leaf forwards to show up yesterday. That means you have 9 other forwards that you can criticize, but instead you pick on one...?

And it's not just you so don't think that I'm singling you out - it's this general negativity that surrounds Kessel that is ridiculous. Chara is a huge Dman and has neutralized many great players in this league. It's up to the other players around him to step up and help him too.

Ask yourself this - how many chances did Phil have last night? How many times did he get the puck in a position where he could attack? How many times did the Leafs have possession of the puck in a position where we could create some offence for Phil?

If you answered zero - you are correct.

He's had such little support in these games against Boston, yet people keep dumping on him.

Phil Kessel has been rendered useless, because the other 4 guys on the ice did very little. Bozak had a thoroughly pathetic evening, so Phil wasn't going to get any setups. JvR just went hard to the net every time he got the puck. The blue line couldn't break out of the zone. Reimer looked like a goalie with no playoff experience.

If the people around Phil can start doing their jobs, I'm sure Phil can start doing his. Ask yourself - if Kessel had the Penguins first line around him, do you still think he only manages 3 powerplay goals in 22 games against Boston?
Great post.

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I can actually see Franson playing and Gardiner in place of Fraser. A possibility, but less likely.
I was thinking this as well

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