Leafs glide back into the W column with a 4-3 OT win over the Jets

As the puck dropped at Scotiabank Arena for the second game in the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets series, you could tell that the Leafs were waiting to get this game going and break their losing streak. With an early chance by Mitch Marner, and a breakaway by William Nylander, the boys in blue were clearly ready to go. A good look by Joe Thornton and Auston Matthews, and then by Pierre Engvall, but nothing was able to make it past Connor Hellebuyck, just yet.
With just under four minutes to go in the first period, the Leafs turnover the puck, as Pierre-Luc Dubois tipped it out of the air, held on, and passed to Nikolaj Ehlers, who got it past Frederik Andersen, which gave the Jets a 1-0 lead.
As the puck dropped for the second period, the Leafs were buzzing around the ice. Just over three minutes into the period, the Leafs made a play around the boards, from TJ Brodie to Matthews, who tried to get the puck through the traffic at the front of the net. Marner picked up the rebound and got the puck to the back of the net, tying the game, at 1 …

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Author: Roxanne Khasow / The Leafs Nation

Why the Toronto Raptors succeed but the Toronto Maple Leafs struggle

The tenants of Scotiabank Arena have had remarkably different seasons. There are distinct reasons why the Toronto Raptors have succeeded when the Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t. The Toronto Raptors on-court play has been a pleasant surprise as they defend their title. Though many fans counted the team out when Kawhi Leonard packed his bags for […]
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Author: Jeff Borsuk / Raptors HQ

Listen to That’s A Rap #36: Post-Game 2 vs. Warriors Reaction

Before shifting the focus to Oracle Arena, listen as the boys break down Game Two of the NBA Finals. We’ve seen this before.
Golden State fans will point to the 18-0 run to start the second half. Raptor fans have several reference points. Whether it’s Game 1 in Milwaukee (outplaying the favourite for three quarters) or Game 1 vs. Orlando (defensive lapses + incredible comeback + back-breaking three in the final seconds), the Raptors have some recent history of bouncing back.
Before looking forward to Game Three, we broke down what went right and what officiating call went wrong.

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Horrible officiating is often the scapegoat for a losing team. However, as is usually the case with games refereed by Tony Brothers, the questionable calls happened to both teams. Where the game was really lost, was the third quarter. A combination of turnovers and missed open shots conjured up memories of recent playoff losses.
It wasn’t all gloom in Scotiabank Arena, as it was Toronto that played with more urgency. Most hustle stats favoured the home team — offensive rebounds, turnovers, and, very obviously, second-chance points.
The 18-0 run was deflating and the Warriors used their championship mettle to …

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Author: JayRosales / Raptors HQ

Welcome to the Jurassic Kingdom, America

Scotiabank Arena hit another level last night for Game 1 of the NBA Finals. And it’s time everyone realized Toronto is a basketball city like no other. The crowd in Scotiabank Arena was on-point the entire game. Deafening chants of “Let’s Go Raptors” — at one point mercifully overwhelming Game Ops’ asinine insistence of trying to make “This is Our House” happen — shook the building.
The cries of “De-Fense” came at exactly the right moment. Chants of “Danny”, “Freddy”, and “Lowry” rocked down from the upper bowl. The inevitable ‘M-V-P’ for Kawhi was heard too. Really all that was missing was a bespoke celebration for Pascal Siakam (I humbly suggest “Spi-cy, P!” to the tune of “Let’s Go Raptors”).
Even the “Ref, You Suck!” chants were on point, in that, for a game that was pretty damn well-officiated, they were largely left out of the proceedings.
It was a pump your fist, pound the railing, bounce-on-the-balls-of-your-feet-for-the-eternity-it-takes-a-Danny-Green-corner-three-to-splash-through-the-bucket, high-five your neighbour, and tell-the-guy-behind-you-who-was-bringing-the-bad-energy-into-the-building-to-stop-being-a-jinx kinda night.
It was sublime. It was breathtaking. It was also familiar.
For anyone who has been in the ACC/Scotiabank Arena, or hell even the old Skydome, during a big game it was something you had heard …

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Author: ConorMcCreery / Raptors HQ