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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.
Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs

Game in 10: Mitch Marner’s OT winner caps off Maple Leafs’ impressive late push...

The Toronto Maple Leafs brushed off a lackluster second period and put two goals by superstar goalie Igor Shesterkin late in the game, one...
William Nylander, Toronto Maple Leafs

Game in 10: Maple Leafs storm back to defeat Panthers in a game that...

In a game best summed up by Bob Cole's classic call, a valiant Maple Leafs comeback was completed by the OT heroics of William...
John Tavares, Juuse Saros, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators

Game in 10: Matt Murray earns first-star honours, plodding power play comes through late...

With Auston Matthews out of the lineup, the Maple Leafs struggled to figure out Juuse Saros until finally breaking through on the power play...
Mitch Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs

Game in 10: Matt Murray’s struggles, early missed opportunities sink Maple Leafs in sleepy...

In one of the more boring games of the 2022-23 Maple Leafs season, a lacklustre performance from Matt Murray and the power play sunk...
Ilya Samsonov, Toronto Maple Leafs

Game in 10: Missed opportunities, off-night from Ilya Samsonov consign Maple Leafs to second...

While they were able to prevent Alexander Ovechkin from scoring a history-making 801st career goal, the Maple Leafs' defense gave up too many high-danger...
Auston Matthews, Michael Bunting, Toronto Maple Leafs

Game in 10: William Nylander records career-high five-point night, Maple Leafs overcome off-night from...

For the first time in a while, the Maple Leafs did not receive good goaltending tonight, but they rode William Nylander's five-point game and...

Game in 10: Maple Leafs drop points to Arizona — again — in woeful...

The concerning trend of the Toronto Maple Leafs putting forth a poor effort against a cellar-dweller team continued on Monday as the Leafs dropped...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, WIlliam Nylander

Atlantic Division Preview: Storylines to watch for each of the Maple Leafs’ rivals entering...

A new NHL season is upon us. Tonight, the Lightning and Rangers, as well as the Kings and Golden Knights, kick off their 2022-23...
Toronto Maple Leafs, Auston Matthews, William Nylander, Alex Kerfoot

Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Preseason Game Review: Toronto’s power play takes care of...

With a lineup close to what is likely to be their opening night configuration, the Toronto Maple Leafs easily dispatched a Detroit Red Wings...
Calle Jarnkrok, Toronto Maple Leafs

Analysis: Calle Järnkrok signs a four-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs continued their offseason shopping on Friday by adding Swedish forward Calle Järnkrok on a four-year contract worth a cap hit...
Jordie Benn, Toronto Maple Leaf

Analysis: Maple Leafs sign Jordie Benn to one-year, $750k contract

The Toronto Maple Leafs have nabbed a depth defenseman in veteran Jordie Benn, signing him to a one-year, $750,000 contract.  The Maple Leafs' unsettled defensive...
Adam Gaudette, Toronto Maple Leafs

Analysis: Maple Leafs sign Adam Gaudette to a one-year, $750K contract

The Toronto Maple Leafs continued their free agency additions on Wednesday by signing a depth forward in Adam Gaudette. Gaudette, who will turn 26 in...
Matt Murray, Toronto Maple Leafs

First Reactions: Kyle Dubas takes a potentially make-or-break gamble in betting on Matt Murray

The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired goaltender Matt Murray (with 25% salary retained) from the Ottawa Senators on Monday night along with future third and...
Maple Leafs Lose

The Three Faces of Agony

It happened again. The Toronto Maple Leafs lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 7 and have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, Game 3

Maple Leafs vs. Lightning Game 6 Analysis: Good but not quite good enough

One of the main storylines entering Game 6 was whether the Toronto Maple Leafs would show up to another potential series-clinching game flat and...
Auston Matthews, Leafs legend

Maple Leafs vs. Lightning Game 5 Analysis: Toronto’s stars shine brightest

When a team finds itself in a playoff pickle -- in need of a few big plays to turn things around and regain momentum...
Justin Holl, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Maple Leafs vs. Lightning Game 4 Analysis: Burn the Tape

With a chance to put this first-round series in a stranglehold, the Toronto Maple Leafs were instead run out of the building 7-3 by...
Ilya Mikheyev, Pierre Engvall, Toronto Maple Leafs

Maple Leafs vs. Lightning Game 3 Analysis: Depth contributions and superb goaltending put Toronto...

It's not easy to win in the Stanley Cup playoffs, especially when you face the back-to-back defending champs. And winning ugly is always better...
Jack Campbell, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Maple Leafs vs. Lightning Game 2 Analysis: Toronto makes the bigger mistakes but reasons...

Whenever you get two great teams together for a playoff series, it often comes down to a few plays here or there. The Maple Leafs...
Mitch Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs

Maple Leafs vs. Lightning Game 1 Analysis: A Best Case Scenario

It had been 11 months since the Toronto Maple Leafs last played a postseason hockey game when the team took the ice last night...

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