Tavares, Nylander end droughts, Matthews extends point streak to 15 in 7-3 blowout vs the Sens

After a blown lead on Monday and a game that was closer than it needed to be last night, the Leafs finally had the kind of game we expected against the Sens, as all of the big guns would show up in a 7-3 blowout. There were a lot of goals to cover, so let’s get right into it.
It was a high scoring first period as the Leafs made sure to get a quick lead to support Hutchinson’s season debut. They got a couple powerplays to start the game, and capitalized on the second one with another Auston Matthews goal, who gets his 15th of the season, and extends his point streak to 15 games as well.

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The Sens ran into a bit of goalie trouble after that, as Marcus Hogberg got hurt and Matt Murray, who played last night. Don’t worry, there was no David Ayres in this game to give the Leafs any trouble.
The Matthews goal was the only goal for most of the first, but the floodgates opened up late. First, the Leafs made it 2-0 as Joe Thornton deflects a Jake Muzzin a slap …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Scott’s Thoughts: The Leafs stepped up, can they finish the job?

To end my last column, I said that the blown lead only coming in Game 3 provided the Leafs with an opportunity to step up and prove to us and themselves that this team was different.
With Game 7 against Boston in 2013, it was over for the Leafs, that was it. They didn’t get that second opportunity to prove themselves until four months later with an entirely different team.
The difference is that it isn’t over for this Leafs team. They have a chance tonight, and if they play it well, they have another one on Sunday. This is where they prove to themselves and to everybody that they have what it takes.
They have an opportunity with their backs against the wall to step up, and overcome this heartbreak. Or, they’ll sit back, let the Blue Jackets beat them in Game 4, and it’s over.
The choice is theirs.
And for a while, it looked like it was the latter. While the Leafs weren’t getting dominated in the game as far as possession goes (it was pretty even in the first, and the Leafs dominated the second, even when you factor in …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

It’s time to get hyped for the playoffs

Every moment. Every heartbreak. Every blown lead. Every unclosed series. Every overtime loss. Every Game 7. Every loss in Boston. Every time a head coach didn’t play their star players a lot in a crucial game. Everything, leads to this moment.
Because with every mistake, every heartbreak, all the pain we’ve dealt with, has led to this moment. It’s what makes us grow. It’s what makes us stronger. It’s what makes us become who we are today.
And it makes it so much more worth it when we finally win the damn thing.
Let’s get hyped.

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Pre-season Post-game #8: 5 Thoughts of the Leafs’ domination over Red Wings

The final whistle of the pre-season has been blown. For the next several months, it’s only games that matter in the standings and trying to win a playoff series. The Toronto Maple Leafs demolished the Detroit Red Wings in their last exhibition game, 5-0.
Everyone was able to chip in with some points and goals. Auston Matthews with a goal and two assists, Tavares with a goal and an assist, Tyson Barrie with two assists, and Johnsson, Nylander and Moore with a goal each. What a night for the offensive production to get rolling.
As Babcock mentioned in his post-game, the moves that they made this summer and the “main pieces that you’ve been thinking about for a long time, are way better.”
This is going to be an interesting, but exciting season for Toronto. So let’s go over some thoughts from their final exhibition game before this significant regular season.
1) William Nylander should be William Nylander more
Nylander had himself a game. Highlighted by an immense goal that was hit so hard that it first appear to be a rebound, just because it hit the net and bounced right back out.

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation