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                                      TORONTO -- Just over a month ago, right here at Air Canada Centre, Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock made a comment that now carries prophetic irony. Kenny Wiggins Jersey .While wearing his Team Canada hat in the midst of another unbeaten run in a best-on-best tournament, Canadas head coach was asked, following a round-robin victory on Sept. 21, about Team North Americas kids getting more love from fans and media than his juggernaut side.I like watching that team because theres tons of skill, Babcock said of the 23-and-under squad. I like winning more, though. I just want to win ...It was telling, perhaps, because 30-odd days later, he has one of the most entertaining, youthful sides in the NHL so far -- but one that has registered just one win in six games despite leading in five of those matches.Even when they found themselves down 5-1 in the third period on Tuesday night to the Stanley Cup contender?Tampa Bay Lightning, the baby-faced Leafs scored twice in the third period to make it interesting before eventually losing 7-3 -- all the while outshooting the Bolts 43-24.Win or lose, these Leafs arent going to be boring this season.Its fun to watch them, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said a day before his team faced Toronto. I think its ... the new NHL, where teams have gone a bit younger. These guys just possess a ton of skill. Its almost akin to the North America team that I had a pleasure of being a part of [as assistant coach] -- just a lot of young guys who have a lot of skill and have a lot of fun playing the game. You can see it when theyre on the ice.The challenge ahead for Babcock is to groom these kids into a more consistent, polished outfit -- something like the offensively talented Lightning team thats been knocking at the championship door for a few years now.Imagine telling a Leafs fan before the season started that on the morning of Oct. 25, Auston Matthews, 19, would be leading the NHL in scoring, with 10 points (6-4); linemate William Nylander, 20, would be right behind with nine points (4-5); and Mitch Marner, 19, would already look like a polished, two-way NHLer because his overall game was so impressive. And then telling that same Toronto fan that his team was controlling the puck much of the time, too.Yeah, that Leafs fan would have taken it. And imagine that fans surprise when you told him or her that -- despite all that -- the team would have only one win in six games.The crux of the matter, of course, as evidenced by?Toronto newspaper reports?on Wednesday morning, was that offseason goalie acquisition Frederik Andersen has fallen on his face so far during his brief Leafs tenure.After Torontos?Jonathan Bernier?experiment did not work out (although I still believe no goalie would have looked good behind that Leafs roster the last few years), the Leafs went back to Southern California for a second consecutive time in an attempt to fix their goaltending woes. They traded to get Andersen from the?Anaheim Ducks?-- and then signed him to a five-year, $25 million contract the same day.Andersen has given up 22 goals in five games and sports a .851 save percentage. A few of those seven goals he gave up on Tuesday night were as much a result of the brutal defensive coverage -- or lack thereof -- in front of him. But it has still been a disaster of a start to the season for the 27-year-old.Babcock has staunchly defended Anderson publicly -- what else is he going to do? But you know that, behind the scenes, management has to be nervous to some degree, even a grizzled veteran such as GM Lou Lamoriello. Theres a lot riding on this investment in goal.I liked him in Anaheim, said an Eastern Conference goalie coach via text message of Andersen. Was always concerned with his durability. Or his desire to play. Anaheim protected their goalies well. But he still made saves, won the Jennings [Trophy] by a goal and he was excellent in the last game [last season] against the Caps to clinch [the Pacific Division]. Its one thing to not make big saves. Its another to do uncharacteristic things and give up goals a junior could stop.I always say you dont lose your skills overnight, the coach continued. It will turn if [Andersen] has any mental toughness at all.Added a Western Conference goalie coach via text message: What I have seen [with Andersen] is busy feet. When hes not set, he has a tough time. I think he is one of the best. He has struggled, though.And finally, from an NHL scout: He looks really active in the net right now. Hes not allowing the play to come to him.Two things to ponder here with Andersen:1) He was always the 1B guy chasing the 1A guy in Anaheim, pushing Jonas Hiller and then John Gibson. He was the pursuer. Now, for the first time in his career, hes been handed the No. 1 job. Theres a mental adjustment with that.2) The Denmark native comes from a non-hockey market in Anaheim, where he played without too much fanfare, to the NHLs biggest market in Toronto, where the lights are shining bright.I asked Andersen after Tuesday nights game about point No. 2.Definitely an adjustment, he said of his move to hockey-crazed Toronto. But youve just got to keep doing what youre doing, dont try to change too much. I think thats something that Ive got to be better at, just play my game and then the results should come.I think they will come. Andersen showed too much promise in Anaheim not to be that guy again. But this is an awful way to get it going here in Toronto. And its a narrative that wont be easily discarded until Andersen really bears down. Every postgame loss analysis from here on out will begin by examining his performance.In the meantime, the Leafs should have more than one win this season. How that will affect the psyche of a young team remains to be seen.Yeah, its frustrating, for sure, Matthews said. But its a long season. Well stay positive in this room. Theres no doubt in our minds well get out of it. Hayes Pullard Jersey . -- The boos poured down on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at the end of a horrible first half. Mike Williams Jersey . Andrew Luck lost his favourite target and the Indianapolis locker room lost one of its most revered leaders when Reggie Wayne was diagnosed Monday with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that will cost him the rest of the season. http:///...omlinson-jersey.html . Two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line of the April 15 race in an area packed with fans cheering the passing runners. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured, including at least 16 who lost limbs. RIO DE JANEIRO -- Denis Gargaud Chanut stepped to the top of the podium and watched as the medal presenter made his way across the deck.The French paddler never expected to earn a medal and now Tony Estanguet, the greatest slalom canoer in his countrys history, was about to drape a gold around his neck.There was only one chance in one million that I could win a medal and that would already be good for the French legacy, Gargaud Chanut said after earning gold in mens slalom canoe at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday. That Tony was able to give the gold to me was an historical moment for both of us.Estanguet and Slovakias Michal Martikan had dominated canoe slalom over the previous five Olympics, winning every gold since Atlanta in 1996. Estanguet captured gold three times and Martikan twice, adding two silver medals and a bronze.But the Rio Games were without the power duo after Estanguet retired and Martikan failed to make the Slovakian teams.That left the gate open for a new champion.Great Britains David Florence was expected to be the favorite, but never had much of a chance once in the final. He made a mistake early in his race and never recovered, finishing 10th.Gargaud Chanut was an unlikely contender.The 29-year-old had some strong finishes through the years, including a world championship in 2011, but had never competed in the Olympics.Gargaud Chanut qualified third in Rio and put together a strong run in the finals, topping Slovakian Matej Benus time by 0.85 seconds.Gargaud Chanut let out a yell after setting his name atop the leaderboard at 94.17 seconds, but then had to wait; Spainss Ander Elosegi and German Sideris Tasiadis still had to make their runs. Brandon Mebane Jersey. No worries.Elosegi was three seconds slower and Tasiadis finished more than a second behind, sending Gargaud Chanut to top of the podium to meet Estanguet.It was difficult to wait for the race to finish, Gargaud Chanut said. I was already happy to be on the podium and after the Spanish went; I saw that I was silver, so the gold was just the cherry on the cake.Gargaud Chanut wasnt the only one to make history.Benus, who led the finals until Gargaud Chanuts run, earned silver to stretch Slovakias run of medals in mens slalom canoe to six straight Olympics.Bronze medalist Takuya Haneda of Japan had an even bigger distinction: He became the first paddler from an Asian country to win an Olympic in canoe/kayak.Haneda knew the significance while he was on the water, too.He qualified fifth, so had to wait out four paddlers to see if his run of 97.44 seconds was good enough for a medal. When it was, Haneda broke down on his boat in the water, cupping hands to face as he openly wept for several minutes.Several competitors paddled over to pat Haneda on the back as he cried, but the tears quickly turned to smiles.We have been working to be the first medalist from, of course, Japan and from Asia, he said through an interpreter. This is the first time for a Japanese, an Asian to win in a boat and for me it is great.American Casey Eichfield was seventh for his best finish in three Olympics. Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China Cheap Nike Basketball Jerseys Wholesale Hockey Jerseys China Nike Baseball Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys China Cheap Football Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Canada Wholesale NHL Jerseys Canada Wholesale Nike MLB Jerseys Canada Cheap NBA Jerseys Authentic Canada Stitched Soccer Jerseys Canada Cheap Jerseys Canada NFL ' ' ' 
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