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Everything you need to know about last night's Leaf game is broken down into 10 cogent points of analysis by an MLHS writer within minutes of the final buzzer.

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Jake Gardiner dazzled in his best game of the season, David Clarkson FINALLY scored his first goal of the season and Jonathan Bernier was good when he needed to be as the Toronto Maple Leafs dropped the New York Islanders 5 – 2. Trevor Smith, Phil Kessel (2), Mason Raymond and Clarkson all scored for the Leafs, who won their second straight game.  Smith (1G, 2A) and Joffrey Lupul (3A) tallied 3 points apiece as the Leafs cruised to a pretty easy victory. Bernier made 35 saves for his eighth victory of the season.  Kevin Poulin struggled for the...

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Less convincing than it should have been thanks to an atrocious third period, the Leafs grabbed a much-needed two points and split their home and home with the lowly Sabres. It was the Leafs' first multi-goal game since October 30th vs. Calgary. Let’s never speak of these two games again. 1 - The Leafs were in good shape from puck drop after a good couple of shifts by Trevor Smith, Joffrey Lupul and David Clarkson. Five minutes into the game, a faceoff win by new guy Peter Holland, his second consecutive in the offensive zone, drew the puck back...

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Not unexpected, the Leafs couldn't score and lost the game. Tough one to watch. 1 - The Leafs controlled play at even strength throughout much of the period, but the better quality chances went to Buffalo. The Sabres had the shot edge; two penalties of the period went against the Leafs, and they got caught twice on the fast break against the flow of play leading to the Sabres hitting a pair of posts. The Leafs were putting in the effort to try to grind this one out, with a committed cycle game and good work rate, but they...

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Game in 6 Highlights | Randy Carlyle Post Game | Kadri's Controversial Hits The Leafs move to 11-6-1 with a 2-1 shootout loss after giving up the lead late in Minnesota. The Leafs have only scored three goals in their last four games, only one of which has been at even strength. Let’s hope a back-to-back home and home with the lowly Sabres is the tonic to the offensive woes, but the Sabres will have good first impressions to play for with new head coach Ted Nolan behind the bench. It was a pretty boring start to this road game, but...

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Returning to the scene of the catastrophe, this game was in some ways a microcosm of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series last May. The Leafs were badly overmatched at first, started to figure the Bruins out as the game wore on, but ultimately fell short. In the end, the Leafs fell 3-1 and move to 11-6-0 on the season. The offense has dried up on the Leafs as of late, scorers of just two goals in their last three games. Loss aside, this is a fun if frustrating rivalry (we all know the Bruins have mastered the art of...

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The win wasn't aesthetically pleasing, and that’s par for the course against the New Jersey Devils, but this is an important two points for the banged-up Leafs before they head into Boston. The Leafs move to 11-5-0. 1 - The Leafs played a good first overall, but they needed to come away with a goal considering their double minor powerplay which included 50 seconds of 5 on 3 time. On the upside, the Kadri, Clarkson and Raymond line had several positive shifts, with Clarkson nearly scoring (rejected at the goalline by Zidlicky) and putting in good work down low...

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The Leafs visited the Vancouver on Pavel Bure night for the first of two seasonal meetings with the Canucks. In other news, Luke Schenn was a healthy scratch for the Flyers as Paul Holmgren saw fit to reward the former Leafs defenseman on his birthday. More importantly, but certainly less amusing, Liles, Bodie and Ashton were healthy scratches for the Leafs and Mason Raymond was in the lineup against his old team. Anyway, see how this one turned out... or don't. Your choice. I'd prefer the latter. 1 – The Leafs are 10-5-0 and the Leafs still haven't beaten the Canucks...

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The Leafs are the first team in the East to hit the 10-win mark thanks to a 4-2 win in Calgary. It was far from pretty, but in second leg of a back to back on the road, these are two points the Leafs will happily pocket before hitting the road further West to Vancouver for what will be their stiffest test of the road trip. The Leafs will remain top of the East thanks to two shorthanded goals (JvR, Ranger), David Clarkson's first point as a Leaf (on Raymond's goal), and a powerplay (basically) goal from Joffrey Lupul. Game...

Phil Kessel

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The Maple Leafs started their western road trip on the right note, putting away the Oilers 4-0. It was an impeccable road game, and possibly Toronto's best work over sixty minutes this season. James Reimer tightened his grip on the starter's role with a shutout and Phil Kessel moved into a tie for second in league scoring with four points. 1. One minute into the game, Raymond chips it up along the boards to Kadri, who almost immediately sends it to Kessel streaking down the middle of the ice. As the Edmonton defender falls to the ice behind him, Kessel...

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Toronto bounced back from a defeat in Columbus last night in a big way with a win against the Penguins. The Leafs found their physical game and put forth a strong effort across the board on their way to a 4-1 victory. 1. The Leafs came out with one of their best first periods of the season. The reason? It could be playing up to the level of their opponents, or the absence of a certain defensively-capable, offensively-culpable center. But the jump in their game was in large part due to their renewed physicality. 2. Toronto lost a hitting machine in...

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Randy Carlyle speaks to the media after Toronto's 4-1 win over Pittsburgh.

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Leafs' best performance of the season, injuries be damned? Yup.

David Clarkson

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Ugly start to the first leg of the weekend's back-to-back, and a spoiled debut for David Clarkson, as the Leafs drop to 7-4-0 with a 5-2 loss in Columbus. The local broadcast crew in Columbus called the first period the Blue Jackets‘ best of the season. Columbus had a huge edge in both shots (16 to 6) and, more importantly, a significant edge in quality scoring chances. It didn’t start out that way, as the the Leafs were playing at a great pace and moving the puck pretty well in the first couple of minutes, really dictating the flow for...

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Things certainly looked grim 25 minutes into this game, but four unanswered goals including a hat trick from our star, our moon and our sun, Phil Kessel, saw the Leafs get back into touch with their offensive side en route to 4-2 win over Anaheim. The Leafs will have earned some goodwill with their coach after snapping Carlye's former team's seven game winning streak. 1 - The first period featured a lot of commentary on the Sportsnet broadcast about a lack of shots from the Leafs. It also featured a derisive cheer from the crowd when Paul Ranger took a...

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Game in Six Minutes - 10/22/2013 Anaheim Ducks at Toronto Maple Leafs 10/22/2013 5:59 Mins

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Phil Kessel scores three goals, two of them assisted by James Van Riemsdyk, for his first hat trick of the season. 10/22/2013 1:20 Mins

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Randy Carlyle speaks to the media after facing his former team for the first time in Toronto's 4-2 win over Anaheim.

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Phil Kessel speaks with the media after recording a hat trick including the game winner in Toronto's 4-2 win over Anaheim.

Dave Bolland vs Patrick Kane

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Simply outclassed by the league’s premier team, the Leafs fell to 6-3-0 after a 3-1 loss in Chicago. 1 - It started off not so bad for the Leafs. It was a well played opening 20 minutes by both teams, without many mistakes. The Leafs were moving the puck a little better coming out of their zone than in recent games, but this didn’t last much longer than the first. 2 - The Leafs came out looking dreadful to start the 2nd, puck chasing for the majority of the first seven minutes of the period. After all of Bozak, Kessel and...

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A bizarre loss for the Leafs in game eight of the regular season. The bigger concern may be who the Leafs lost. 1 - We were one shift into a low-key first period before next thing you know, Reimer is down hurt. On a routine play, Reimer came out a few feet to his right to smother his own rebound, while Leivo was backchecking with his head down and was late to see the whole thing develop. He came crashing into Reimer and caught him with a knee in the worst place possible - jarring Reimer’s helmet loose. What a horrible...