It was the first game the Maple Leafs have won without a Phil Kessel point this season. And it came in a five-goal game for the Maple Leafs.
Depth contributions were the key in this, the Leafs’ eighth win over the Senators in their last nine meetings. The Maple Leafs got an important contribution out of their third and fourth lines in a back-to-back situation, along with goals from each of their top-6 lines en route to a 5-3 win.
While the defensive play still makes it difficult to get too excited about this team, their forward depth is giving us legitimate hope they won’t...
After playing a wild game with the Rangers last night, tonight's game, the makeup for the postponement from the 22nd, was another exciting and goal-filled affair.
Unlike that game, though, the Leafs didn't have a major lull, as even as they fell behind three times in the first twenty-five minutes, the chances stayed pretty much even, and Toronto went into the final period even in chances and ahead on the scoreboard. While Ottawa did have the better of the third, as they chased the Leaf lead, James Reimer again stood strong to secure back-to-back wins for Toronto.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs (7-5-2) face off against the Ottawa Senators (7-3-3) in a makeup game that was rescheduled after the tragic shooting in the nation's capital on October 22nd.
Two division and provincial rivals separated by a point — and a place in the standings – renew hostilities tonight at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Both teams are playing the second game in under 24 hours. A shootout loss for the Sens to the Jets, a regulation win for the Leafs over the Rangers.
Bobby Ryan is a game time decision but could be back in the lineup after missing Saturday's game with an injury.
It was an entertaining Saturday night win by the Maple Leafs and, as the scoreline would suggest, not a banner night defensively for either team.
The game was both evenly played and pretty much wide open, which tends to suit the Leafs’ strengths just fine. Despite yet another early goal against, the first period was characterized by a definitive Leaf edge and it briefly looked like the Leafs were going to walk away with this game. While it left the ACC crowd throughly entertained (only thing the game was missing, on top of the nine goals and numerous odd man...
The Leafs had another dismal start, falling behind in the first minute, but ended up on top of a wild opening period, up 3-2 and even in ES close chances.
The second looked like it could be a serious problem for Toronto; they were outclassed in chances, but they managed to surrender only a single goal, leaving the teams level heading to the final 20 minutes. After Rick Nash put the Rangers ahead early in the third, the Leafs managed a pair of goals to get back ahead, and then did a very good defensive job, not allowing the Rangers...
Josh Leivo will make his season debut tonight versus the New York Rangers.
Two things to like about what the Leafs are doing with their lineup tonight: First, placing Leivo on the top line with Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel. It makes a lot more sense to put a skilled youngster with some legitimate top 6 potential in a position to succeed in his call up rather than playing him in spot duty on the fourth line. He's a better option there than Richard Panik.
Secondly, taking the extra precautions by giving the night off to Daniel Winnik; he somehow passed...
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are back at the ACC on Saturday night to face off against the New York Rangers and play again on Sunday vs the Ottawa Senators. In the mean time, here be your links.
Legal Look: Ashton’s 20 Game Suspension - Elliot Saccucci with a legal breakdown on the Carter Ashton PED suspension
Game in 12: Leafs 3, Avalanche 4 ~10 minute compressed version of last night's game.
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Toronto had another poor start, but unlike the Arizona game, they managed to keep the score close.
Despite being outchanced 10-3 at ES in the first 15 minutes, they were down only 1-0, and a late push, including Kessel's goal, got them level. The second period was similar, with Colorado superior until the last few minutes. A similar pattern played out in the third, with Colorado taking the lead through Duchene, after which the Leafs generated some chances as they pushed for the equalizer, eventually being rewarded with the goalie out. An entertaining and even overtime period ended scoreless, and...
With the announcement yesterday afternoon that Maple Leafs winger Carter Ashton has been suspended for violation of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program as a result of his use of a PED containing inhaler, many Leafs fans are wondering what impact this will have on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Article 47.7(a)(i) provides that a first positive test will result in a 20 game suspension without pay.
So what does this mean for the Leafs in terms of salary cap? According to Article 50.10(c):
Player Salary and Bonuses that are not paid to such Player shall not count against a Club's Upper Limit...
We shouldn’t have to spill ink on the head-scratching decision that was the Morgan Rielly scratch, but it ended up clearly affecting the game in a negative way, so here we are. In Arizona, Rielly did get caught on a bad pinch and coughed up the puck at his own blueline, one partially leading to a goal against (assist to JvR’s giveaway behind the net), but he also directed six shots on goal in that game and had recently been playing well.
Alas, Carlyle's decision was quickly exposed as a poor one in this game. Stuart Percy struggled jumping into...
The Maple Leafs' OT victory over the Avalanche in Game 4 of the season counts among the best possession games during the Randy Carlyle era, as the Maple Leafs owned 58% of the shot attempts in that game and came out on the right end of a 40-24 shot count.
The Maple Leafs will hopefully have a semblance of a blueprint as to how they went about dictating the game against this Avs team, especially over the final 40 minutes, when they outshot the Avs 31-12.
A 3-6-5 start with too much time spent in their own end inspired an early tweak by Patrick...
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Carter Ashton has been suspended for 20 games for violating the terms of the NHL/NHL Players' Association Performance Enhancing Substances Program.
Depending on how you see it, it's a tough break or a dumb mistake for a player trying to solidify his place in the lineup after getting a chance with the injury to Joffrey Lupul.
“I suffered an asthmatic spasm in late August while in a training session getting prepared for the 2014-15 NHL season. One of the other athletes I was training with gave me an inhaler in order to help open my airway, which provided me with immediate...
Despite the line blender going on full blast in the loss against the Coyotes, yesterday's practice lines were back to those of the previous couple of wins.
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Jonas Siegel: Time is now for Peter Holland to prove he belongs with Leafs (TSN)
James Mirtle: Latest loss a perfect example of what ails the Leafs (G&M)
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