Should Wayne Simmonds have fought Alex Edler?

Should Wayne Simmonds have fought Alex Edler?

The Leafs defeated the Vancouver Canucks last night. It was a game, where Toronto really dominated most of the play. But a lot of discussion after this one was regarding Wayne Simmonds and Alexander Edler’s fight and whether or not it should’ve happened.
I discuss that in today’s video, along with my thoughts on Rasmus Sandin higher in the Leafs lineup, plus who should start in game one of the NHL playoffs — Frederik Andersen or Jack Campbell?
Enjoy the video!

And if you missed last night’s game and didn’t see the Simmonds/Edler fight — here it is:

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

TLN Three Stars: Load Management

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Vancouver Canucks by a final score of 4-1 on Thursday night.
William Nylander, Auston Matthews, Pierre Engvall and Mitch Marner scored for the Leafs while JT Miller scored for the Canucks. David Rittich recorded his first win as a Toronto Maple Leaf tonight, stopping 16 of 17 shots.
In the first period, Wayne Simmonds got revenge for Zach Hyman…

Simmonds fills Edler in pic.twitter.com/RLG7wx8JHQ
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) April 29, 2021

Kudos to Alex Edler for “fighting” and answering the code.
The man they call Willy Styles opened the scoring for Toronto off of a Quinn Hughes turnover. Alex Galchenyuk fed Nylander off the turnover and Willy was able to sneak his shot five-hole on Braden Holtby.

Willy Styles finishes off a sweet feed.#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/LZYwymr3NM
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 30, 2021

In the second period, Matthews continued his quest for a 40-goal campaign and also his first Rocket Richard. Matthews created a turnover in the defensive zone and chipped the puck to a streaking Marner for a 2on1 rush. Marner made a sweet saucer pass over to Matthews who rockets home his 36th goal of the season to make it 2-0 …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

TLN Three Stars: The losing streak is over!

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 on Thursday night. The win snaps a five-game losing streak for the Leafs and increased the lead for first place in the North to six points over the Jets. Matthews, Simmonds, Spezza, Thornton and Marner (x2) scored for the Leafs, while Scheifele, Copp and Connor responded for the Jets.
In the first period, Auston Matthews got the ball rolling for Toronto just 27 seconds in. Matthews scored his league-leading 34th goal of the season past Connor Hellebuyck. Shortly after, Wayne Simmonds scored his seventh goal of the season to give the Leafs a 2-0 lead.

#⃣3⃣4⃣ for #⃣3⃣4⃣#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/BYTt9e5X2D
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 22, 2021

#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/z0nT1cWU3z
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 22, 2021

The lead would be short lived, as Mark Scheifele and Andrew Copp responded for the Jets to tie the game up at 2-2. On a delayed penalty, Jason Spezza redirects the Joe Thornton point shot to give the Leafs the lead once again and ending Hellebuyck’s night.

Let ‘er rip Jumbo!#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/pgjfuyzCKA
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 22, 2021

In the second period, Mitch Marner ripped home …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

Should Auston Matthews win the Selke this season? – Rate That Leafs Game

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Ottawa Senators and Pierre Dorion is upset about it. In a game with not many goals, it went down to the wire. And the Maple Leafs almost lost.
Thankfully, Auston Matthews was there to save the day and cut off the pass in overtime, which he then came the other way and helped set up the game winner — scored by Justin Holl. Jack Campbell also gets another win, but had some tough plays outside of his crease handling the puck. Finally, Ilya Mikheyev — he scored, which means he is back, and eating more soup than ever. All-in-all, a great night for hockey.
How would you rate this game?

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Nylander cracks the Rittich code, Maple Leafs defeat Flames 2-1 in OT

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Calgary Flames by a final score of 2-1 in OT on Wednesday night. William Nylander scored both goals for the Leafs, while Andrew Mangiapane scored for the Flames.
Flames goaltender David Rittich was the star of this two-game set. Rittich turned aside 71 of 73 shots fired on goal, including a 34 save shutout on Monday night and stopping 37 of 39 tonight. After a scary game Monday night, Michael Hutchinson had a very nice rebound performance, stopping 21 of the 22 shots he faced.
Tonight’s game looked like it was headed that way as well. Rittich stole the show throughout the game, making highlight-reel stops on John Tavares and Ilya Mikheyev in close. Hutchinson wasn’t tested as often as Rittich, but he was able to close the door when called upon.

What a chance by Tavares from Matthews pic.twitter.com/M6p5C32RpR
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) February 25, 2021

Mikheyev with another shorthanded scoring chance pic.twitter.com/RIWMzhtKdB
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) February 25, 2021

The scoring didn’t start until the final three minutes of the third period. The Leafs failed to get the puck out of their own end, causing them to scramble defensively. Tkachuk found Mangiapane all alone in …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

Depth scoring shines as Leafs defeat Canadiens 4-1

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 tonight, extending their winning streak to four games in the process. Travis Dermott, Justin Holl, Ilya Mikheyev and Zach Hyman scored for Toronto. Mikheyev’s goal was his first of the year, ending a season-long slump and a drought that lasted over 400 days. Auston Matthews extended his point scoring streak to 11 games, but saw his goal-scoring streak end at eight games. Mitch Marner also saw his points streak end at 8 games.
Just 1:16 into the first period, Josh Anderson ripped home his ninth goal of the season. It was the Habs first shot on goal and one that Frederik Andersen definitely wants back.

JOSH ANDERSON1-0 #GoHabsGo @Sportsnet pic.twitter.com/uzSQwYCgIx
— Here’s Your Replay (@HeresYourReplay) February 11, 2021

The Leafs struggled to mount a response for the remainder of the first period and for the better part of the second period, looking much like they did last game against the Canucks. Not sure if it’s the schedule, but the team’s overall intensity has dropped a bit recently.
15:38 into the second period, the Leafs and Habs are playing some good ol’ four-on-four hockey. Travis Dermott gets the puck and does his best …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

Jason Spezza Hat-Trick in 7-3 Win over Vancouver

Toronto defeated Vancouver 7-3 today in a dominant display of offense.
The Leafs scored early, scored often, and most importantly, scored at even strength. That is a formula for success in any game, especially when you cannot always rely on consistent officiating. I will limit this to one gripe, and that is the uncalled boarding on Kerfoot:

No call for this hit by Chatfield on Kerfoot. Directly into numbers on a vulnerable player into boards pic.twitter.com/RiK7ZOVZkm
— NHL Safety Watch (@NHLSafetyWatch) February 5, 2021

On to the positives though, this is Jason Spezza’s world and we are all just living in it.
V I N T A G E

Spezza snipe #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/TTuxL5N2Yl
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 5, 2021

What is so deceptive about this goal is that Spezza constantly uses the fake slap pass, building up his reputation just to lower opposing goaltenders guards.

Sauce and snipe #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/afLKyXePY4
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 5, 2021

Nic Petan made a case for himself staying in the lineup, showing his hockey IQ by passing to ‘free points’ sign, Jason Spezza.

THE SCORING SPEZZALIST #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/PthxwsfBIU
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 5, 2021



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Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation

Grades: Toronto Raptors pick up eighth-straight in milestone-filled matchup

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Takeaways from Toronto Raptors revenge win vs Boston Celtics

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Grades from Toronto Raptors superb win vs Philadelphia 76ers

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in a high-octane game. How did everyone grade in the win? A moment that has been replayed and recounted in dozens of languages around the world was “The Shot.” Kawhi Leonard’s series-winning Game 7 buzzer-beater was the last time we saw the Toronto Raptors take on the Philadelphia […]
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