Malik Under Fire

Wow.  Check out this article entitled, “George Malik is a Whiner” by the Toronto Maple Leafs blog, Pension Plan Puppets.  Apparently, they have some issues with one of the most consistent Red Wings bloggers out there…
George Malik knows so much about which teams won’t make the playoffs based on poor play in October because he’s a Red Wings fan and watched them only qualify for the playoffs twice between 1967 and 1983. When the Leafs are that bad feel free to come back and make fun of us Malik.
Of course, it’s always nice to point on the PAST struggling of the Red Wings when your team hasn’t made the play-offs in four straight years, eh?
Look I’m all for dissenting opinions here but when you’re the lone voice saying Gustavsson isn’t good and he stops the Red Wings 35 times on 36 attempts (7 on the penalty kill, 3 by Datsyuk, 7 by Zetterberg) you look like a @#$%-ing clown.

So I read the article by Malik and looked for the words “Gustavsson isn’t good”…guess what?  I never found it.  Malik suggested that the “legend of the Monster” may have been played up a bit.  Take that personal, did we?
On behalf of Toronto fans we apologize for being excited to watch our best player. We’ll work harder to ensure that no one is excited about Phil Kessel so that no one cheers so that the Red Wings can pretend they’re at home playing in front of a half empty stadium.
Average attendance for Toronto Maple Leafs: 19, 266
Average attendance for Detroit Red Wings: 19,243
**granted, Detroit is at 95.9% capacity and Toronto is 102.5%.  But, “half empty” you say?

Malik quote: Gustavsson himself made a telling comment about the Wings’ contentment with playing perimeter hockey:

PPP’s response: This is classic annoying fan of a team with recent success syndrome. Malik is implying that the Red Wings lost because they played poorly and that Toronto is a bad team.

Toronto’s not a bad team. The Leafs will probably finish behind Detroit in the points race when the dust settles on this season, but the Leafs will finish this season 1-0-0 against the Red Wings. They finished last year 1-0-0 against the Red Wings and they finished the year before that 1-0-0 against the Red Wings. I’m ok with that.

Recent success syndrome?  How about claiming that winning 3 straight games (year over year) against a single team is compensation for not making the play-offs in each one of those years?  THAT sounds like more of a syndrome to me.  Leafs aren’t a bad team, they just have the misfortune of only have three wins this season.