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Alex Drain is a sportswriter who joined MLHS to cover the Toronto Maple Leafs in March 2022, writing analysis pieces as well as game reviews. You can follow him on Twitter at @AlexDrain_NHL or contact at alex.drain7@gmail.com.
Maple Leafs vs. Bruins handshake line

With one playoff series victory eight years into the Matthews era, where do the...

In some ways, the latest Maple Leafs vs. Bruins post-season battle was one of the toughest playoff series to analyze. Before the first game started,...
William Nylander goal celebration, Game 6

Game 6 Analysis: Pressure shifts Boston’s way after Woll, Nylander lead Maple Leafs to...

It was always going to come down to Game 7. Boston and Toronto at the TD Garden one more time.  The Leafs forced Game 7...
Matthew Knies, Maple Leafs vs. Bruins

Game 5 Analysis: Marner, Woll, and Knies keep the series alive for the Maple...

With their backs against the wall and without Auston Matthews, the Toronto Maple Leafs played their best game of the series in Game 5...
David Kampf, Maple Leafs

Game 3 Analysis: Familiar special teams failures doom the Leafs

It's pretty hard to win in the playoffs when you have the worse goalie and are massively outplayed on special teams.  For the second time...
Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs

Game 2 Analysis: Auston Matthews drives the Leafs to victory

In need of a big win to even the series, the Toronto Maple Leafs leaned on the brilliance of their best player and got...
Maple Leafs vs. Bruins, game 1

Game 1 Analysis: The song remains the same in another frustrating loss to Boston

For the second straight year, the Toronto Maple Leafs opened the first round of the playoffs with a near-worst-case scenario.  The Leafs allowed the first...
Ilya Samsonov, Maple Leafs

Game in 10: Maple Leafs’ injury scares, ugly first period make for suboptimal final...

Auston Matthews scored #69, but Maple the Leafs fell 5-4 in overtime to the Red Wings in a game that saw plenty of goals...
Jake Quillan, Maple Leafs

The 411 on new Maple Leafs prospect Jacob Quillan

With the NCAA Hockey season nearing its conclusion, the Maple Leafs snapped up one of the more coveted undrafted free agents in Quinnipiac's Jacob...
Tyler Bertuzzi, Maple Leafs

Game in 10: Maple Leafs turn in an “immature” performance in sloppy loss to...

The Maple Leafs lost 6-3 to New Jersey in arguably their worst defensive performance of calendar 2024. William Nylander and Auston Matthews both tallied for...
Auston Matthews fist bumps Max Domi, Maple Leafs vs. Capitals

Game in 10: Matthews’ five points, Domi’s four assists highlight Maple Leafs’ big offensive...

The Toronto Maple Leafs buried the Washington Capitals in a 7-3 win powered by a dominant effort from the Auston Matthews and Max Domi-led...
Cade Webber, Maple Leafs prospect

Who is Cade Webber? The 411 on the Maple Leafs’ new 6’7 defense prospect

Brad Treliving continued his spree of adding huge defenders by picking up a college prospect, Boston University's Cade Webber. Webber, a fourth-year player for BU,...
Ilya Samsonov, Leafs vs. Sabres

Game in 10: Maple Leafs emerge with two points from a sleepy night vs....

Auston Matthews put an end to one of the dullest Maple Leafs games of the season, capping a sleepy 2-1 OT win over the...
John Tavares, Maple Leafs vs. Golden Knighst

Game in 10: Ugly defensive lapses, quiet night offensively halts Maple Leafs’ winning streak

The Vegas Golden Knights exacted revenge with a solid 6-2 win over Toronto, snapping the Leafs' seven-game winning streak in the process. A sleepy first...
Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs vs. Coyotes

Game in 10: Auston Matthews, Bobby McMann keep piling up the goals as Maple...

The Toronto Maple Leafs finished the Morgan Rielly suspension 5-0-0 after a 6-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes in which Auston Matthews scored his...
Auston Matthews, Leafs vs. Flyers

Game in 10: Matthews’ natural hat trick, Nylander’s OT winner overcomes ugly first period...

Auston Matthews scored a second-period natural hat trick, but a late third-period collapse meant the Toronto Maple Leafs needed William Nylander's OT goal to...
Ilya Samsonov vs. Kyle MacLean, Maple Leafs vs. Islanders

Game in 10: Maple Leafs struggle to finish, shoot themselves in the foot defensively...

The Toronto Maple Leafs allowed a crushing late goal to former Leaf Pierre Engvall as they dropped a frustrating game by a score of...
Ilya Samsonov, Toronto Maple Leafs

Game in 10: Ilya Samsonov carries Maple Leafs to two points with statement first-star...

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Winnipeg Jets 1-0 in overtime on a night when Ilya Samsonov stole the show and Toronto's top power-play...
Morgan Rielly, Bo Horvat, Maple Leafs vs. Islandeers

Game in 10: Special teams sink Maple Leafs as winning streak ends on Long...

The Toronto Maple Leafs went to OT on Long Island for the second time this season and left with the same result: a loser-point...
Jake McCabe, Maple Leafs vs. Sharks

Game in 10: Maple Leafs take care of business, obliterate Sharks to win fourth...

Facing one of the worst teams of the modern era for the second time in as many games, the Toronto Maple Leafs throttled the...
Ilya Samsonov, Maple Leafs

Game in 10: Maple Leafs concede nine goals for the first time since 2014...

The Maple Leafs' sloppy and careless defensive effort was compounded by a goaltending catastrophe as they let an early 2-1 lead turn into a...

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