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FLORHAM PARK, N. Ashley Williams Jersey .J. -- Add yet another chapter to the long-running saga that is the New York Jets-New England Patriots rivalry. But, heres a new twist: Rex Ryan actually defended Bill Belichick. Wait. Say what? Well, it started Thursday when a profile on Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine published on Sports Illustrateds theMMQB.com site included a revelation from the former Jets defensive co-ordinator that suggested New England might have obtained a copy of New Yorks playbook a few years ago. Pettine said Ryan, his longtime buddy, once gave Alabama coach Nick Saban a playbook -- and Pettine warned that Belichick and Saban are close friends. At the wedding of then-Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker a few years ago, Tom Brady bragged to former Jets assistant Mike Smith that New England might have gotten its hands on one of its rivals playbooks. "It didnt shock me," Pettine told the site, "because Rex would give them out like candy anyway." After the Jets completed their final minicamp practice, Ryan became agitated at times when asked about the story. The Jets coach refuted the suggestion that Saban -- who is also friends with Ryan -- might have given Belichick and the Patriots a sneak peek. "One thing I know for a fact, No. 1, I think its disrespectful to New England to say, Oh, they did this," Ryan said. "I can tell you every single game weve ever had with New England has been decided on the field. Nobodys had a competitive advantage. Nobodys had anything else. And thats a fact." The Patriots have won seven of the 11 games against the Jets since Ryan became New Yorks coach in 2009. Ryan said in the Jets losses, Belichicks bunch simply "outperformed us." So, this is, of course, not quite a scandal such as Spygate. Then, came the bombshell moment. "To discredit somebody like Belichick, who is a real coach, studies his butt off," Ryan said, "is ridiculous." Ryan explained that every team frequently changes its playbooks, tailoring plans to specific opponents. Theyre also coded in ways that would be difficult for opponents to completely decipher. "To me, I think its ridiculous," Ryan said. "But I think it sounds like everybody needs to talk to Pettine, because apparently hes got all the information." Alabama associate athletic director Jeff Purinton confirmed that Saban has a copy of the playbook Ryan gave to him -- and it has remained in his office at the school. Belichick opted to not comment after the Patriots practice. "Talk to Mike Pettine," Belichick said. "I dont know." In the interview, Pettine used the anecdote to explain why he doesnt have thick playbooks -- just in case they end up in the wrong hands. Ryan acknowledged he wasnt sure if Pettine was just displaying his dry sense of humour, but was clearly irked by the whole situation. "I dont understand what hes trying to gain by it," Ryan said. "Thats up to Mike and hes certainly free to do whatever he chooses." Pettine and Ryan have been friends for years, dating to their days together in Baltimore. Pettine was Ryans defensive co-ordinator in New York before he left to take the same position in Buffalo in 2012. Cleveland hired Pettine as its head coach this off-season. Ryan was asked if a first-year head coach such as Pettine might consider staying out of the spotlight. "Yeah, he needs to learn to be quiet," said a smiling Ryan, whose mouth certainly has gotten him in trouble over the years. "Absolutely." The Jets coach then continued to lighten the mood, saying the story was being "a bit overblown" and analyzed his relationship with Pettine. "Its in a bad spot right now," a laughing Ryan said. "Like, really dude? Seriously?" Ryan later praised Pettine for his work by his side for so many years and acknowledged that he was proud of him for becoming a head coach in the NFL. So, will Ryan reach out to Pettine to smooth things over? "I dont need to," Ryan said with a grin. "Im going on vacation." Hmmm. Picture it: Ryan and Belichick having fun in the sun on Cape Cod. Now that would be some plot twist. NOTES: The Jets signed a pair of "camp legs" -- K Andrew Furney and P Jacob Schum -- and released TE Terrence Miller, putting their roster at 90 players. ... LB David Harris sat out with a hamstring issue that isnt serious. Ryan joked that Harris absence was a result of "the playbook issue." ... Ryan said hes "pretty optimistic" that RB Chris Johnson will be ready to participate in training camp next month. Johnson is coming off off-season knee surgery. Ryan suggested the Jets could use "pitch counts" for Johnson to limit his practice days. Joe Ledley Jersey . -- Miguel Angel Jimenez quickly shifted his focus back to the Ryder Cup after winning his first Champions Tour event. Wales Jerseys . Hes recovered from a scary injury and cleared to play. Mingo, who was hospitalized with a bruised lung he sustained in an Aug. http://www.soccerwalesshop.com/blank-wales-UEFA-EURO-jersey/ . Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas appeared to be on track to gain election from the Baseball Writers Association of America on Wednesday, and Craig Biggio could join them.TORONTO – The fire was stoked on the plane ride back from Ohio late Friday evening. “I think a lot of guys were embarrassed and disappointed with the Columbus game,” Carl Gunnarsson told the Leaf Report 24 hours later. Mortified by their performance in an unseemly loss to the Blue Jackets, the Leafs deemed a response necessary with the imposing Penguins in town the following night at the Air Canada Centre. That response was a thorough 4-1 victory over Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and company, one that featured contributions from a wide range of sources. “We had to respond off our effort [Friday] and thats really what we asked of our group,” Randy Carlyle said after the win, the Leafs eighth this season. “We werent happy with what we brought to the table as far as our effort and our commitment to playing a game and being tough on the puck and winning the 1-on-1 battles. We didnt have that [Friday] night in Columbus and we were bound and determined that we were going to make amends...” The Leafs became just the second team in 11 games this season to hold Crosby off the scoresheet, the best player in the world slowed by a line featuring Dave Bolland, Mason Raymond and David Clarkson as well as the top defensive pairing of Gunnarsson and Dion Phaneuf. Hard on Crosby and linemates, Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis, in all three zones, they were determined to keep the daunting trio in check. “We seemed to have that drive to win every battle,” said Gunnarsson, noting the efforts of the Bolland line on the back-check and in slowing Crosby through the neutral zone. “Of course Reims was good tonight too.” Making his first start since Oct. 17, James Reimer kept all but one of 38 shots from the back of the Toronto net, the 25-year-old improving to 4-0-2 lifetime against the Penguins. He was at his best – and needed to be – in the second frame, the Leafs outshot 16-4 in 20 minutes dominated by the Penguins. Midway through the period, Reimer made what proved the save of the night, sprawling out with a right pad stop on Pascal Dupuis to keep the game even at one. “You dont win in this league without goaltending that gives you a chance and Reims gave us a chance,” Carlyle said. “We didnt have a very good second period obviously – we were hemmed in our zone and they had a lot more energy than we did.” Held in by Reimers effort in that middle frame, the Leafs surged in the final frame. Filling in for the injured Tyler Bozak alongside Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk, Nazem Kadri scored the eventual game-winner moments into the third. The 23-year-old took a dart pass from Kessel before dancing around a lunging Marc-Andre Fleury with a skillful backhand. In addition to his work opposite Crosby, Bolland would also break free for a shorthanded goal in the opening frame, the first of two from the 27-year-old. With additional contributions from the likes of Colton Orr (10 sturdy minutes), Jay McClement, David Clarkson (seven hits), and the recently recalled Carter Ashton, the Leafs managed what was truly a team victory. The persistent, speedy, and determined identity that was so lacking one night earlier was evident throughout, just as it was earlier in the week against the Ducks. “We didnt want to lose two in a row and we wanted to show that we could go back to playing how we played against Anaheim, especially when were at home too,” said Gunnarsson. Five Points 1. Reimers Evening Reimer improved to 3-0-0 on the year with the 37-save performance, his save percentage rising to .933 in the process. Under considerable pressure in the second frame, he was also sturdy throughout a busy opening period. Though he was beaten far-side by Kris Letang on the games opening goal, Reimer did halt Malkin moments before Bolland knotted the score at one. “With an offence like that, I mean theyre gifted plain and simple and as good as you play, as good defensively and as sound defensively as we play I think theres going to come a time where theyre going to hem you in; whether it be one shift or five shifts in a row or half a period you name it, thats just the kind of team they are; and as a team, youve got to just be resilient and ride out the storm. “Youve got to fight and find a way to ride it out,” he continued. “Thats part of what good teams do.” Jonathan Bernier had started the previous three games for the Leafs. Reimer hadnt played since he was knocked out 32 seconds the Leafs Oct. 17 game against the Hurricanes. 2. Kadri Emerges Opposite Malkin With Bollands trio squaring off against Crosby, it was up to Kadri, Kessel and van Riemsdyk to slow Malkin. Slow him they did. Malkin was held to just two shots, registering an assist on Letangs power-play goal. “Hes a world-class player,” Kadri said of Malkin. “Its definitely hard to cover him, especially with how big and how skilled [he is] and he can skate too.” Kadri was feisty and often electric in nearly 20 minutes against the Penguins, providing the kind of sizzle and skill that Bozak ultimately does not possess. Unlike the injured top centreman, though, he has yet to prove that he can withstand the defensive rigours of playing in such a high-profile position. Aaron Ramsey Jersey. His determined effort against Malkin was a baby step in the right direction. And with Bozak out the next little while (more on his status below), Kadri will have a solid opportunity to prove his worth alongside the Leafs two first line wingers. “Nazzie played hard,” said Carlyle of Kadri, who also had four shots and four hits. 3. Face-offs The Leafs left Fridays game in Columbus as the second-worst faceoff team in the NHL. A night later they topped a Penguins squad that entered the night as second-best overall, winning 53 per cent of the draws. Without Bozak, the teams most trusted faceoff man, the Leafs turned most prominently to Bolland, who struggled badly against the Blue Jackets one night earlier (3-15). Finishing 17 of 31 against the Penguins, Bolland topped Crosby on 12 of 22 draws. “Weve been off a couple games so thats big, starting with the puck and not just giving it to them,” Gunnarsson said. Jay McClement was tops on the night, winning 12 of 19 for a 63 per cent mark. 4. Clarksons Power-Play Opportunity David Clarkson was a first unit power-play contributor during his final two seasons with the Devils. The 29-year-old averaged 3:03 per game on the man advantage two years ago, tallying eight goals and 16 points. Last season, he saw that opportunity rise to 3:33 per game with totals of six goals and eight points. But in spite of the considerable expectations he brings to Toronto, Clarkson is unlikely to garner the same quantity of opportunity with the Leafs. Kessel, van Riemsdyk and Bozak typically man the top power-play group and save for injury, are likely to remain together. Carlyle kept the trio aligned all of last season and once again this season. That leaves Clarkson with fewer minutes on a second unit, likely to include Kadri and Joffrey Lupul when healthy. Worth monitoring is the level of opportunity he manages moving forward and how that affects his overall production. Teamed with Kadri and Mason Raymond on Saturday, Clarkson garnered two minutes on the man advantage against the Penguins. 5. Bigger Minutes By the final month of last season, Cody Franson was averaging nearly 22 minutes nightly for the Leafs, up considerably from the 13-plus he garnered just months earlier in January. Picking up right where he left off, the 26-year-old is drawing the second most minutes on the Toronto defence so far this season. “Im enjoying it,” he said of the opportunity, remaining at what would be a career-high of 22 minutes per night. “This is what Ive tried to work towards my whole career is being a guy that they lean on.” Of the differences heavier minutes require, Franson listed the personnel hes charged with facing – Malkin on Saturday – among other things. “Its just a matter of trying to be physical for 22 minutes rather than 13,” he said. “It takes a little more out of you, but thats what we train through the summers for is to be ready for that. You have to be very focused going into games knowing that youre going to go up against guys like Malkin and Crosby and those talents. Theres a lot of different factors that play into it, but thats what we work for. Im happy that Im able to do that and Im looking forward to doing it more.” After leading the team in ice time against Columbus, Franson actually had the fewest minutes of his season against Pittsburgh. He played just under 17, mostly opposite the Malkin line. Bonus Point – Injury Updates Already down Nikolai Kulemin, Mark Fraser and Joffrey Lupul, the Leafs were without Tyler Bozak against the Penguins. The 27-year-old suffered a lower body injury against the Blue Jackets and will miss at least the next 7-10 days. Trying to determine if the injury to Joffrey Lupul was more serious than suspected – he has missed the past two games with a bone bruise on the right foot – the Leafs sent the 30-year-old for a CT scan on Saturday. The results came back clean with no fracture. Lupul will make the trip out west and could be available to play when the Leafs visit his hometown of Edmonton on Tuesday. Kulemin (right ankle) and Fraser (left knee) continue to skate – both have missed the past 10 games – with early November as the soft target time-frame for return. Both are expected to make the trip out west. Stat-Pack 4-0-2 – Career record for James Reimer versus Pittsburgh. 10:04 – Minutes for Colton Orr on Saturday. 12-22 – Mark for Dave Bolland in the faceoff circle against Sidney Crosby. 19:46 – Minutes for Nazem Kadri on Saturday. 6 – Number of times the Leafs have come from behind to win this season. 53 – Faceoff percentage against Pittsburgh. 7 – Hits for David Clarkson. 7 - Goals for Phil Kessel in 12 games this season. Special Teams Capsule PP: 1-3 PK: 2-3 Quote of the Night “Not many guys can go in and make that play that he made to score the goal.” ¬ Randy Carlyle on the game-winning goal from Nazem Kadri. Up Next The Leafs depart on a three-game swing to Western Canada, landing in Edmonton on Tuesday night. 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