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08:26 AM ET 03.07 | It was a hat trick of sorts Tuesday night for Phil Kessel. [Kessel] scored, picked up an assist and likely drove new Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle crazy. Carlyle is known to be a strict taskmaster, a coach who demands a solid effort from his players in all three zones of the ice. He expects his scorers to check and to skate hard for quick shifts and then get the hell off the ice. That being said (and not always being done in Kessel's case), it's going to be interesting to see how the working relationship between Carlyle and Kessel develops. ... [On Tuesday, Kessel] scored his team-leading 33rd of the season and picked up an assist (both points coming on the power play), and was awful defensively, finishing the game a minus two.

Toronto Sun

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March 7, 2012  08:43 AM ET

Nobody helps a team pull themselves out of a slump like the Leafs do.

March 7, 2012  08:45 AM ET

Am I am the only predicting the Leafs make the playoffs? ;)

March 7, 2012  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Am I am the only predicting the Leafs make the playoffs? ;)

nope...I said it the other day when the "Irk Pool" was started (Canuck has the days)

March 7, 2012  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Am I am the only predicting the Leafs make the playoffs? ;)

Actually I think you are.

I think that they will show a little more effort, for the next dozen games, and then tune the new coach out.

March 7, 2012  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

nope...I said it the other day when the "Irk Pool" was started (Canuck has the days)

really?

There were so many ready to dump on the leafs that day I must have missed it.

March 7, 2012  09:08 AM ET

If my math is correct, Kessell was on the ice for 4 of Boston's goals. That is great!

March 7, 2012  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Am I am the only predicting the Leafs make the playoffs? ;)

They'd have to go on a serious run to make up the 5 points and overtake 4 teams to sneak in. Personally, I am hoping they get into 7th place and have to play Boston in the first round. The B's have owned them this year.

March 7, 2012  09:29 AM ET

Carlyle is known to be a strict taskmaster, a coach who demands a solid effort from his players in all three zones of the ice.

It would help if Stay Puft knew there was three zones.

March 7, 2012  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Nobody helps an opposing team pull themselves out of a slump like Kessel does.

Fixed

March 7, 2012  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

nope...I said it the other day when the "Irk Pool" was started (Canuck has the days)

I have you for the 7th Spiny. And here's what I have to date -

10th - Daffy Duck
14th - Wink
15th - Clem
16th - POTF
17th - Harry
18th - 3riverbabe
19th - Canuck
20th - Krunchy
21st - Danny
22nd - Kev316
23rd - Moseby
24th - Schad
25th - Hank
26th - Swampy
27th - Slappy
28th - Phantom
29th - Stranger
30th - Rex
31st - Bishop
1st - Nardo
2nd - Bruins6988
3rd - Fast
4th - Al
5th - Durk
6th - BGDave
7th - Spiny
* - DWI

* - they actually make it and pigs fly.

March 7, 2012  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I have you for the 7th Spiny. And here's what I have to date - 10th - Daffy Duck14th - Wink15th - Clem16th - POTF17th - Harry 18th - 3riverbabe19th - Canuck 20th - Krunchy21st - Danny22nd - Kev31623rd - Moseby24th - Schad25th - Hank26th - Swampy27th - Slappy28th - Phantom29th - Stranger30th - Rex31st - Bishop1st - Nardo2nd - Bruins69883rd - Fast4th - Al 5th - Durk6th - BGDave7th - Spiny * - DWI* - they actually make it and pigs fly.

Get ready to duck pig ****! ;)

March 7, 2012  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Get ready to duck pig ****! ;)

So you're predicting a Laffs win tonight are you? lol

March 7, 2012  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I have you for the 7th Spiny. And here's what I have to date - 10th - Daffy Duck14th - Wink15th - Clem16th - POTF17th - Harry 18th - 3riverbabe19th - Canuck 20th - Krunchy21st - Danny22nd - Kev31623rd - Moseby24th - Schad25th - Hank26th - Swampy27th - Slappy28th - Phantom29th - Stranger30th - Rex31st - Bishop1st - Nardo2nd - Bruins69883rd - Fast4th - Al 5th - Durk6th - BGDave7th - Spiny * - DWI* - they actually make it and pigs fly.

I actually said something like , 'If they get eliminated at all"

March 7, 2012  09:51 AM ET

We get to see the new look leafs tonight.

March 7, 2012  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

So you're predicting a Laffs win tonight are you? lol

Don't be silly. Love messin' with you guys and all your Laffs hatin'.

Although, the Laffs always give us a hard time.

March 7, 2012  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I actually said something like , 'If they get eliminated at all"

QUOTE(#12):
Originally posted 09:01 AM ET 03.02 by Spiny Norman
Put Spiny in as the dark horse....last game if it all.

Sorry the astute panel of judge has given you the 7th. lol

March 7, 2012  09:55 AM ET

Kessel gets 2 points and still finishes as a minus ? That will drive any coach nuts. Rotten Randy has his hands full.....next year

March 7, 2012  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

We get to see the new look leafs tonight.

Meet the new Leafs....same as the old Leafs. (for now)

March 7, 2012  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Don't be silly. Love messin' with you guys and all your Laffs hatin'.Although, the Laffs always give us a hard time.

Well good luck to you tonight. I figure after Boston, Pitt, and Philly even the Caps will have a shot on Sunday. Sucks to be Danny. ;-)

 
March 7, 2012  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Well good luck to you tonight. I figure after Boston, Pitt, and Philly even the Caps will have a shot on Sunday. Sucks to be Danny. ;-)

Thanks. Mario's statue gets unveiled today too. More excited about that, although I heard it was stupid and doesn't do him justice.

Idiots!

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