TORONTO – The punishment would seem to be worth the toll it takes on the body of 31-year-old Tim Gleason. Tyler Thornburg Jersey . "I shouldnt even say anything," said Gleason with a touch of good humour after the latest Leafs win, "but Ill knock on some wood because the pucks are hitting me. Id rather them hit me than go in the net or have (the goaltender) save 75 shots or whatever the case is." "I guess its being in the right spot or sometimes I think its the worst spot to be." Seemingly numb to the physical destruction his play seems to entail, Gleason blocked five more shots on Thursday night, also dolling out six hits in nearly 24 minutes – a team-high – en route to his teams eighth win in the past 10 games (8-1-1), a 6-3 topping of the Panthers at home. A hard and even nasty presence on a defence that lacked such an element previously, Gleason has been a welcome addition in Toronto, finding a new lease on life with the Maple Leafs. "Gleas has been a guy thats come in and been a heart and soul guy for us," said head coach Randy Carlyle after the win against Florida. "Blocking shots, physical, hard to play against – thats his game. And we dont expect him to do anything more." Just as hed hoped when waiving his no-trade clause to come to Toronto, Gleason has quickly re-energized his career with the Leafs. A member of the US Olympic team in 2010, he was averaging less than 16 minutes for the Hurricanes before being dealt for John-Michael Liles and a prospect earlier this month. Grappling hold of minutes that previously went to the struggling duo of Paul Ranger and Mark Fraser, Gleason, averaging more than 19 minutes, has offered precisely the type of defensive force the Leafs, and more specifically Carlyle, have been searching for. The physical toll hes absorbed in his brief tenure as a Leaf has, at times, been almost excruciating to watch. Notable were the two bruising shots he blocked to protect a one-goal lead and eventual victory in Boston earlier this month. Earlier this week, in a win over Tampa, he endured one painful puck to the nether regions, another to the face, later sustaining a thunderous check into the end-boards by Teddy Purcell, one that briefly injured his left shoulder, but apparently did little to affect his status for this most recent game against the Panthers. "Hes an animal that guy," Nazem Kadri said of the Clawson, Michigan native. "Hell stand in front of anything. Thats important for a team to have, those defencemen, those players who would do anything for the team and thats exactly what Timmy is." Five Points 1. Success at Home Thursday marked the fifth consecutive win at home for the Leafs and 19th in 30 games this season (19-10-1). Toronto owns the fourth-highest winning percentage on home ice (.633) in the Eastern Conference, trailing only Pittsburgh, Boston and Tampa. "I think that as a coach you think you should win every game at home," Carlyle said before the win over Florida. "I think if you look at teams that are winning championships and winning division titles and going deep into the playoffs that they have a little bit of an edge when the opposition comes in. They know that this is going to be a tough place to play. I think were still working towards that." Large in the teams success at home is the offence theyve been able to provide. The Leafs have scored three goals per game at the ACC, half-a-goal per game more than theyve managed on the road. A big part of that attack is the leagues no. 1 ranked home power-play (28.4%), which clicked for a pair against the Panthers, including the 22nd this year for James van Riemsdyk – a career-high – and the 16th of the season for Joffrey Lupul. "I played in the west for a lot of years and I know there were some rinks that you went into that were tough and definitely tough to go into," said Mason Raymond, who has 10 of his 14 goals and 23 of his 32 points this season in Toronto. "I think any team is going to tell you they want to make their home rink a tough one to come into and play hard in." 2. En Fuego – Still Tallying three assists in a night for the first time this season, Nazem Kadri had what Carlyle described as "probably the best game that hes played in a long time at both ends of the rink". Kadri dug pucks free in the Panthers zone on goals from Cody Franson and Nik Kulemin before dishing to Lupul for a late power-play blast. "Offensively, Nazzie was a difference-maker tonight," said Carlyle. The 23-year-old has amassed 12 points in the past eight games and is on pace for 57 points this season. He spent seven of those eight games alongside Kulemin and Lupul, the former joining the pair against Montreal on Jan. 19. With Kulemin – a left shot – playing the right wing and Lupul – a right shot – playing the left wing, the line has gradually come alive. "It seems like Kulie is a better right winger, Lupul is a better left winger, which is kind of mind-boggling at times – ones a right shot and ones a left shot – but thats where they fit," said Carlyle. 3. Bolland Edging Closer Not looking anything like a player who has endured three months of rehab, Dave Bolland continues to push toward a return for the Leafs. Bolland missed his 41st game of the season on Thursday night, but could make it back before the Olympic break – Toronto plays its final game on Feb. 8. "I would think that theres a 50-50 chance," said Carlyle of Bollands prospects on Thursday morning. "He looks like hes moving quite freely out there and for the better part of the skates he doesnt seem to be affected by it. But obviously theres things going on that are inside that are taking a little bit more time." "Youve got to learn how to work that tendon again and work with it," the 27-year-old said recently. Out since Nov. 2, Bolland still has yet to participate in a full practice with the team – an important first step – joining the group at various points for the first time this week. "Its a dramatic injury," Carlyle said. "Its a difficult place to heal. It takes time. And were asking a guy to do something and his body is telling him another and thats when the push and shove becomes where he can take it." 4. Steve Spott Despite losing a slew of veteran players – Mike Zigomanis, Ryan Hamilton, Greg Scott, Will Acton among them – and their head coach Dallas Eakins to the NHL, the Toronto Marlies have remained an AHL force, winning seven of their past 10 games and leading their division once more this season. The man charged with steering a young, mostly inexperienced and overachieving ship is first-year head coach Steve Spott, formerly of the Kitchener Rangers. "I think Steves really good at getting the most out of his players," Troy Bodie told the Leaf Report, the 29-year-old spending 17 games with the Marlies this season. "Hes really patient with them. He knows its a young group and he has the patience to deal with them properly. They have to learn the pro game so theres a lot of teaching involved. I think hes just good at handling them." The Marlies continue to be led in scoring by defenceman T.J. Brennan and boast only two forwards with 10 goals – Spencer Abbott and the now NHL-bound Carter Ashton. Busting with youth, their roster includes 20-year-olds Josh Leivo, Stuart Percy, and Tyler Biggs along with 21-year-olds Greg McKegg, Sam Carrick, Brad Ross, David Broll, and Petter Granberg. And yet they stand atop the North division with 25 wins in 42 games. 5. Hollands Quest for Consistency From a pure production standpoint Peter Hollands second tour of duty with the Leafs hasnt gone quite as well as the first go around. Dealt to Toronto in mid-November, Holland had a string of eight points in one 10-game span, but has just one point in nine games since being recalled from the Marlies earlier this month. Maintaining consistency at the games highest level is a challenge most young players, the Caledon native included, have to overcome. "In the American League you can kind of have nights off and still end up with a goal or two assists or whatever, you can still end up on the point-sheet," Holland told the Leaf Report earlier this week. "But I think the challenge with this level is doing things that may not show up on the score-sheet but that are effective." Holland spoke of the subtler elements of the game, winning one-on-one battles in the defensive zone, grasping the teams defensive system, wearing down the opposition defence with extended offensive zone time and winning faceoffs. "Just all little things that go into having the team overall feel better out there on the ice," he said. With Trevor Smith due back shortly and Bolland pushing the pace en route to recovery (see above), Hollands spot in the lineup would seem to be in impending jeopardy. Still quite young in his NHL career – 60 games – further seasoning with Spott and the Marlies would not be a bad thing. Stats-Pack 22 – Goals for James van Riemsdyk this season, a career-high. 20 – Points for Phil Kessel in January, the highest total for any one month in his NHL career. 7 – Times in the past eight games that Nazem Kadri has recorded at least a point. 4 – Goals in the past 28 games for Mason Raymond, who scored his 14th this season against the Panthers. 12 – Points for Kadri in the past eight games. 28.4% – Power-play success rate for the Leafs at home this season, tops in the NHL. 5 – Blocked shots for Tim Gleason against the Panthers. 8-1-1 – Leafs record in the past 10 games. 8-8 – Toronto penalty kill in the past two games. Special Teams Capsule PP: 2-3Season: 22.8% (3rd) PK: 5-5Season: 77.7% (28th) Quote of the Night "A few weeks ago it felt like the sky was falling in Toronto. We understood that it was nothing to panic about. We just rallied around each other."-Nazem Kadri, on the Leafs winning eight of the past 10 games. Up Next The Leafs host the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night. Xander Bogaerts Jersey . The photograph shows Parker and a French comedian making a gesture known in France as a "quenelle," which critics describe as inverted Nazi salute. Parker said in a statement released through the Spurs that the photograph was taken three years ago. Parker, who was born in Belgium but raised in France, said he didnt know at the time that "it could be in any way offensive or harmful. Hanley Ramirez Jersey .C. -- Ryan Sproul scored the winner late in double overtime to lift the Grand Rapids Griffins to a 2-1 win over the Abbotsford Heat on Friday in Game 1 of their American Hockey League playoff series.Everton and Arsenal played to a highly entertaining 2-2 draw on Saturday with the Gunners scoring twice in the last six minutes to rescue a point. Here are three key observations Kristian Jack took away from Arsenals performance. 1. Another slow start for Arsenal away from home at a big club Last season Arsenal conceded four at Anfield, four at Stamford Bridge, two at Goodison and two at the Etihad - all in the first half. Each time post-match, Arsene Wenger talked at length about preparation and mental strength improving in these situations, dealing well with adversity and responding well when they concede. In their first significant test of the new season, they failed once again in these areas. The Gunners started the game brightly. Their defensive line wasnt as high as it has been in games like this in the past and they seemed to have a good balance in attack. Then Everton scored from a set play and Arsenal crumbled. They lost all momentum in midfield and couldnt generate any serious threats in attack. Everton are a tough side to break down, particularly at home, and no one was expecting the visitors to dominate the match, but their performance in the last 25 minutes of the first half was not good enough. Another poor start ultimately forced their manager into a change, yet removing Alexis Sanchez seemed strange. Arsenal needed Olivier Giroud as a reference point up top, but they seemed to take off the wrong man. The game opened up more in the second half and Arsenal desperately needed someone with the Chileans creativity to take a hold of it. Thankfully for the Gunners, they had Santi Cazorla on the bench to do exactly that. Had they not started slowly, Arsenal would have won at Goodison. Wenger may feel they still should have won, highlighting the offside goal and Olivier Girouds miss just after half-time, but the French boss must now look at starting his fellow countryman. Many feel he isnt good enough to start for them, but Wenger does not subscribe to this and has always been a fan of his exceptional link-up play. Against Everton, he wanted to start Sanchez to bring a new dimension to their attack and just because it failed, it doesnt mean he shouldnt do it again, but their slow start means Sanchez up top on his own from the start will have to be put on hiatus for now. 2. Arsenal still vulnerable against quick transitions The second goal they conceded was offside and should never have been allowed to stand, yet it still highlights Arsenals major issue in defending against transitions. Chelsea and Liverpool, in particular, tore the Gunners apart in these areas last season and the moment Per Mertesacker pushed up and lost a gamble on winning the ball, Arsenal were stretched and were easily torn apart on the transition. Full-backs Mathieu Debuchy and Nacho Monreal started their first game together and it showed. There was llittle understanding between the two when they made advancing runs. Johnny Pesky Jersey. Both were out of position for the goal and, while the Frenchman tracked back, he failed to recognize the run by goalscorer Steven Naismith. Mesut Ozil, once again, had a fine view of the goal as he casually ran back with the ball ahead of him. The German is what he is defensively and shows little appetite for that aspect of his game. He was hardly the main culprit for the second goal, like the first, but Wengers decision to hand him his first start since the World Cup final, out on a flank against Seamus Coleman, looked very naive. 3. Arsenal experience growing pains with their young stars Unlike other title contenders, Arsenal seemed content at allowing young players to develop with them at the highest level. This strategy has many positives, but it does mean consistency will always be a struggle. At 19-years-old, Calum Chambers wasnt even in the discussion for Englands World Cup squad after just 18 senior appearances at right-back for Southampton. A few months later, he is now starting significant league games for a club like Arsenal at centre-back. Chambers will make mistakes as he matures and had a couple of different moments against the pace of Kevin Mirallas, but overall he showed confidence on the ball, was commanding in the air and read the game very well. His ball out to Aaron Ramsey for the second goal was exceptional. Already Chambers, who will benefit immensely from games alongside Per Mertesacker, looks like a future England regular. When he does reach that level, he will likely be alongside teammates Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in that squad. Wilshere played in a three-man midfield against Everton, alongside Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini, but had a poor game. When the game is not going his way, there are strong questions that have to be asked about his temperament and he was fortunate to get just a yellow card after an atrocious challenge on Gareth Barry. Wilshere remains a real talent, a player who can ignite attacks from deep, but as the number seven between the two other players, he still struggles to dictate the tempo of a game the way a club like Arsenal needs. Perhaps, his development would blossom once a real number six is brought in alongside him. Just imagine how different Arsenal would be if, for example, Sami Khedira played where Flamini or Mikel Arteta usually does. Oxlade-Chamberlain was bright and has an exceptional ability to find space when not in possession. 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