7:28 A.M. What say the Toronto sports media people now ?!!! …

Well , I didn’t want to watch the Leaf season end last night so I stay up here and checked in every now and then on the score … Maybe that’s what I have to do for the next little while to help ’em out !!! … They came out flyin’ and they won … Boston tried to come back but Freddie Anderson stonewalled ’em again and this time the Leafs managed to put enough rubber behind Tuukka Rask …

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In all, Rask faced 13 shots. He allowed four goals … ‘ Sometimes you track pucks better than the other days ‘ Rask said … ‘ Today , as you probably could tell , I wasn’t tracking the puck very well … It happens sometimes … Too bad it happened today ‘…

The first goal came at 6:36 of the first period , when Maple Leafs forward Connor Brown knocked a rebound out of the air after Auston Matthews tried a wraparound attempt that Torey Krug blocked with his stick … The second came at 10:12 of the first , when Andreas Johnsson slipped behind the Bruins defense , allowing him to take a feed from Nazem Kadri and beat Rask glove side … But it was the third goal that crushed Rask and the Bruins … That came at 10:36 of the second period , from Tyler Bozak , 51 seconds after Bruins forward David Backes had cut the Maple Leafs lead to one with a power-play goal … Rask had a clear view of Bozak on the play , but he could not get his glove on the puck …

Suddenly , the Bruins were down by two again , and the game felt like it was slipping away …’ I didn’t have too many shots out there, ‘ Rask said … ‘ But just one of those , you’re fighting it … Those first two goals were nothing to do with tracking , but it’s just , never got into the game , really , and couldn’t make those stops that I should have made to keep the game tight , especially that third goal … We scored … We had the momentum going , and then they get a chance , and I couldn’t stop the puck ‘…

Then , another 1:19 after that came the van Riemsdyk goal , and the exit for Rask , who was replaced by Anton Khudobin.He ran off , toward the Bruins dressing room , and grabbed a bottle of water … As he said … ‘ Had to burn the energy somehow … ‘ I didn’t think he had it tonight ‘  coach Bruce Cassidy explained ‘… ‘ So we went with Anton. Clearly , if I thought he was on , then he wouldn’t have got pulled ‘…

The loss left Rask 5-11 in Stanley Cup Playoff games when the Bruins have a chance to end a series. He has a 2.94 goals-against average and .895 save percentage in such situations. But the game was far from all about the goaltender.

‘ Not a good effort from us ‘ defenseman Charlie McAvoy said … ‘ That’s not indicative of how he played … A couple unfortunate goals … Some odd mans … Definitely not his fault tonight. Whenever he gets pulled , we know that we didn’t do our job … He’s got our backs, and we’ve got his ‘…

The Bruins did not come out the way they had intended , especially for a team that got top-line center Patrice Bergeron back and was hoping to close out the series and avoid a trip back to Toronto for Game 6 … By the end , they looked far better , buzzing at the Maple Leafs , and finishing with 45 shots on goal , 20 of them in the third period … The Maple Leafs had 21 shots on goal , in total …

MORBNOTE ; Hmmm … Let’s do the math … Rask faces 13 shots … Let’s 4 go by him … That’s a .692 save percentage … Anderson , on the other hand , faced 45 shots … 20 !!! in the third period alone ! … And 3 went by him … That’s a .933 save percentage …

Why then is the press , after some disappointing play by the ENTIRE Leaf team , in the first two games , going on and on about Toronto needing a ‘ hot playoff goalie ‘ like Tuukka Rask and Anderson isn’t up to it ?!!! … SHIT !!! … Look at some of those replays on at least three of those bizarre saves he made in game three !!! …

Source: Rask takes blame, but plenty to go around for Bruins in Game 5

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7:09 A.M. Profiting from the mindless …

In 2011 Microsoft purchased Skype for 8.5 billion …

At the time , Skype shifted ownership around numerous times … Each time successive owners making a ridiculous , profit based on ‘ paper value ‘ ( NO actual money , but bottom line LOSSES !!! ) … With the real cash flow coming from all the crap 99.9 % of us would rather rid ourselves entirely of in the first place … BULLSHIT ADVERTISING !!! …

Last week, Reuters reported that Google (yet again) and Facebook were in talks with Skype, involving either a partnership or an acquisition. There was no mention of Microsoft. One of Reuters’ sources said a deal for Skype ‘ could be valued at $3 billion to $4 billion ‘ … One of the few reports in all of Skype’s history that was lower than previous reports or actual valuations. Not surprisingly, it turned out to be way low.It is open to question whether any of Skype’s valuations ever made sense. Not only is it still losing money (net loss last year: $7 million, though it reported an operating profit of $286 million on $860 million in revenues ) , it’s saddled with $686 million in debt , representing 8% of Microsoft’s purchase price. And as Marc Andreessen , partner in Andreessen Horowitz , told Fortune , ‘ The only actual deal negotiation was with Microsoft. There were no other companies that we ran a process with. No other companies put an offer on the table like Microsoft did ‘…

Source: Skype’s long history of owners and also-rans: At an end? | Fortune

7:47 A.M. Andersen’s ridiculous stick save on Pastrnak can’t be explained …

Mr. Andersen made a save straight out of ‘ The Matrix ‘ …

While Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen may spell his last name differently from the hero of the sci-fi movie classic , his sprawling save save near the end of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round Series against the Boston Bruins recalled some of the action moves. Andersen had moved to his left as the puck was sent out to the point , nothing to see there , but as the puck was quickly shifted back to Bruins forward David Pastrnak near the net , Andersen somehow dove to his right and stopped the puck clearly ticketed for the wide open , gaping net with the blade of his stick …

How Andersen was able to stop the shot remains a mystery … This is one of those Stanley Cup Playoff plays that no matter how many times you watch it , you still won’t be able to understand the outcome …

 

It was that type of an effort … Freddie  … AGAIN … Stopping 40 shots !!! … With at least another 2 highlight reel worthy stops under his belt AND Auston to become … Well Austin again ! …

 

 

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I said to myself that I’d watch the first period only and if I didn’t see a 180 difference in the Leafs ‘ play I won’t put myself thru the whole agony of watching them sink to a 3 – 0 whole ( .. that would be pretty much impossible to climb out of against this Bruin team … ) …

Fortunately , they did … And we now have a series … One that has finally broke the ice for Austin Mathews …

BUT !!! … They have to do it again Thursday … And from here on in … A good test for a good , young team …

Source: Andersen’s ridiculous stick save on Pastrnak can’t be explained

8:59 P.M. Good one from Mad Jack’s Shack …

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Grandmothers and Grandfathers ?… Well , here it is :

There was this loving grandfather who always made a special effort to spend time with his son’s family on weekends. Every Saturday morning he would take his 5-year-old granddaughter out for a drive in the car for some quality time … Pancakes , ice cream , candy … Just him and his granddaughter …

One particular Saturday , however , he had a terrible cold and could not get out of bed. He knew his granddaughter always looked forward to their drives and would be very disappointed. Luckily , his wife came to the rescue and said that she would take their granddaughter for her weekly drive and breakfast …

When they returned , the little girl anxiously ran upstairs to see her grandfather who was still in bed …

‘ Well , did you enjoy your ride with grandma ? ‘ he asked … ‘ Not really , PaPa , it was boring … We didn’t see a single asshole , queer , piece of shit , horse’s ass , socialist left-wing Obama lover , blind bastard , dip shit , Muslim camel humper , or son of a bitch anywhere we went ! … We just drove around and Grandma smiled at everyone she saw. I really didn’t have any fun ‘ …

Source: Mad Jack’s Shack: Joke Time: Unsafe at Any Speed

5:12 P.M. Barring a 180 … It’s toast for the Leafs !!! … ( updated 04 / 14 ) …

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Yesterday I said Game 2 was … Basically a ‘ must win ‘ scenario … Well , they didn’t … And despite comin’ out of the gate hard and fast … Boston contained them and their first line had a feast ! … If the Leafs don’t look drastically different in the first 10 minutes of Game 3 … I’ll be retiring from the livingroom and resign myself to reading their obituary in the morning …

Here’s how the post was last night …

Kadri had that unfortunate brain fart in the third period and now the Leafs are without their ‘ in your face ‘ guy that’s usually on the ice against the opposition’s best line , but also their third most goal scorer !!! … He deserves his 3 game suspension , but at 27 he should be able to control himself far better than that …

But like coach Babcock says  … ‘ We’ve been missin’ guys all year … So what ?! … Get out there and play ‘…

I hope his teammates just add this to their resolve to play a good , hard sixty minutes and come out with a win …

I’ll update later …

Well , so much for this update … 3/4 into the first period the Leafs were down 3 – 0 !!! … I stopped watchin’ !!! … Last I checked up here … It was the end of the second and they were down 5 – 2 … 

Better be a different team at home or it’s golf season !!! … And it’s a good thing y’all make millions ’cause ya ain’t playin’ golf up in this neck of the woods !!! … Winter decided it wasn’t time to leave yet !!!… I’ll take a few shots tomorrow …

NOTE ; Let’s forget that last sentence in the first Leaf post on the 12th … ( Y’know … About it being a long series ) …

MORBNOTE ; On Monday April / 23 ; I stand corrected as the Leafs win two straight and force a seventh and deciding game Wed / Apr / 25 !!!…

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11:19 A.M. You WILL deal with this the rest of your life …

The former college student who drunkenly crashed her car , killing a Bryan man and his unborn child has received a 14 year prison sentence … However , her punishment does not stop there …

Shana Elliott , 22 , was found guilty on two counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault last month. The crash happened in August of 2016 and killed 23-year-old Fabian Guerrero from Bryan. His pregnant wife survived the crash , but she did lose their unborn baby …

At the trial in March , Elliott admitted she was guilty and the jury decided she should serve seven years for each death she caused … But it was up to a judge if those years would be stacked or served at the same time.Judge Jack Robinson chose to stack the time for a total of 14 years … With parole however , Elliott could be free from prison as early as 2023 but the judge made it clear that her punishment will not end when she leaves prison … The judge has ordered her to turn herself into the Hays County Jail every year during her probation on the anniversary of the crash where she will stay for two days , one for each victim …

While still being forced to remain inside the , sometimes  questionable , parameters of the law … This Judge made an excellent decision to force this individual to not let her piss poor judgement escape her mind … I hope she spends 48 hours of misery realizing she has ended the life of a young father and not allowed another young life to begin …

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Source: Drunk driver who killed Bryan man, baby gets additional punishment