Maple Leafs Swat Sabres - Tavares & Matthews With 2 Each

Maple Leafs Swat Sabres - Tavares & Matthews With 2 Each

March 21st, 2019 BUFFALO, N.Y. — John Tavares and Auston Matthews each had a goal and assist, and the Toronto Maple Leafs won for just the second time in six games, beating the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on Wednesday night. Mitchell Marner and Zach Hyman, into an empty net, al...
Predators Blank Stumbling Maple Leafs - Rinne Gets Shutout

Predators Blank Stumbling Maple Leafs - Rinne Gets Shutout

March 20th, 2019 NASHVILLE — Pekka Rinne shut out Toronto for the second time this season and Brian Boyle, Wayne Simmonds and Filip Forsberg scored goals to give the Nashville Predators a 3-0 win over the slumping Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. Nashville won its third s...

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March 17th, 2019
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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Andreas Johnsson is currently producing a breakout performance in his first full season in the NHL. Johnsson has played on each of the Maple Leafs' lines this season and has had fairly consistent success. He currently has 20 goals and 20 assists for 40 points in 64 games played this season. Needless to say, he has drastically outperformed his seventh round draft selection expectations. He was drafted 202nd overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Far from a sure-thing prospect, he spent three more seasons playing in Sweden before arriving with the AHL Toronto Marlies for their playoff run in 2016. He then continued to play with the Marlies, putting up 47 points in 75 games in 2016-17. However, it was the next season where Johnsson truly established himself as one of the Maple Leafs' most promising prospects. In 54 games with the Marlies, he had 54 points and erupted for 24 additional points in the Marlies' 16 playoff games. Johnsson Goes From a...
March 17th, 2019
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If Scott Wheeler of The Athletic is correct, the answer to whether Jake Gardiner or Connor Brown will be with the Toronto Maple Leafs next season is a solid “no.” Jim Parsons, in his most recent The Hockey Writers’ podcast, interviewed Wheeler and what he had to say about Maple Leafs’ salary cap next season woes was interesting. Wheeler reported that, although the Maple Leafs would like to keep both players, they will be forced to make some difficult salary-cap decisions that will result in these two players’ likely departure from the team. Related: Maple Leafs’ Lessons From the Last 8 Games Basically, it comes down to dollars and cents, or perhaps dollars and sense. As Parsons and Wheeler discussed how the Maple Leafs would handle next season's salary cap issues, Wheeler noted that there was little choice except to move these two players. Two Looming Maple Leaf Problems Wheeler, who covers the Maple Leafs for The Athletic, spoke matter-of-factly about the move. He...
March 16th, 2019
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Call it destiny. Or call it a recurring nightmare. Your name for it completely depends on what side of the puck you’re sitting on - the Boston Bruins or the Toronto Maple Leafs. Either way, it looks as though both teams will likely be staring each other down once again when the Stanley Cup playoffs kick off in just over a month. While there’s still time for things to change, it seems fitting that the Bruins and Maple Leafs hold down the second and third spots, respectively, in the Atlantic Division - with the Maple Leafs trailing by two points through 71 games. Their final standing far from set - Toronto sits 10 points up on the next Atlantic Division team (the Montreal Canadiens) which makes a Boston-Toronto first-round matchup even more likely. Destiny. If the Bruins are to make another strong playoff run they will have to beat the Maple Leafs again if they want to move on, while the Maple Leafs will need to slay their playoff demons - the Bruins - to have a look at the...
March 16th, 2019
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Trailing 5-2 in the latter stages of the second period to the Philadelphia Flyers, the Toronto Maple Leafs looked destined for a third straight home loss Friday night. Then, something changed. Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin notched two goals in quick succession, cutting the deficit to 5-4 heading into the intermission. Although neither goal will make the “plays of the week,” they were the turning point of the game. During the second intermission, Muzzin shared some words of wisdom with TSN’s Mark Masters on the wild finish to the second period: https://twitter.com/markhmasters/status/1106721397873786880 Perhaps Muzzin offered this same innovative advice during the intermission team-talk as the Leafs picked up where they left off in the third period, equalizing less than three minutes into the final frame. Once again, Toronto got contributions from their backend, this time from Martin Marincin, whose shot was deflected on its way into the Flyers net. Ultimately, the Leafs...
March 16th, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

About halfway through Friday night's back-and-forth affair between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers, TSN play-by-play man Gord Miller summed up my thoughts perfectly: "Not sure if it's a winning recipe in the playoffs, but it's sure fun to watch." There were so many goals in the second period (seven, to be exact), that I'm not entirely sure what the exact score was when he said it. 5-2 Flyers, perhaps? Maybe 5-3? Regardless, the Maple Leafs overcame a three-goal deficit to win the contest 7-6 in regulation, avoiding a third straight loss (they've only lost three or more consecutive games once this entire season). Miller is absolutely right. With all the goals for and all the goals against, Friday night was fun. So was Wednesday, when the Leafs nearly came back from a 5-0 deficit against the Chicago Blackhawks. Monday wasn't fun, when they were hammered 6-2 by the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning -- but the west-coast swing before that, where the club picked up...