Toronto Maple Leafs Nazem Kadri, The Young and The Unstoppable

By Anthony Sicilia
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

As a fan of hockey I have witnessed some great games. The sport of hockey has created memories for me that me that will last long into my golden age. It’s also a game that can be met with a lot of frustrations, especially when your beloved team is on a losing streak.

When your favorite team is on a losing streak, watching the hockey games day after day and week after week can be a difficult pill swallow.  I’m going to be totally honest with you and say that no sports fan likes to see their team in a slump.  All too often the Toronto Maple Leafs have had to deal with watching the NHL Playoffs from the sidelines.

The year the Leafs last won the prize of Lord Stanley Cup was 1967. That is equal to a 45 year drought. The ’67 Leafs included some of the game’s best players to ever lace up a pair of skates. Names like Johnny Bauer, Dick Duff, George Armstrong, Frank Mahovlich and many others are written on the NHL’s biggest champagne glass.    Now that we have looked back into the past, let’s look at the present day Maple Leafs.

Saturday night the Leafs were starting a home and home series with their rivals from Beantown in the Boston Bruins.  The Leafs have been unable to defeat the Bruins in eight games over the span of two years.  Also a troubling statistic for the Leafs is playing in front of their home crowd  hasn’t been a favorable task.  Toronto has had their success and failures this season. They have had terrific winning streaks and a positive sign is there has not really been a slump. That was until recently. Over the last six games, Toronto’s record has been a dismal one and five.

A bright spot in the Leafs lineup is the current play of Leafs forward, Nazem Kadri. The 22 year old from London Ontario seems to convert passes into goals every time he touches the puck.  In the last five games, he has had three goals and has  eight points. In recent games opposing teams just haven’t figured how to stop Kadri from getting to the net and scoring.    “Kadri isn’t a superstitious sort, but he noted that he is using the same stick has been responsible for all of those points. ‘I’ll keep that one close to me,’ he said. ” Sportsnets Chris Johnston reports.  One can only imagine what Kadri can really do inside of an 82 game season. But that’s another story for another year.  The Leafs series with Boston continues Monday night in the Bruins backyard.

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