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

Nick Robertson will play in exhibition game vs. Montreal

During an appearance on TSN OverDrive, Sheldon Keefe dropped a bombshell that Leafs fans have been longing to hear.

Sheldon Keefe on OverDrive now on Nick Robertson’s lineup status for their exhibition game versus the Canadiens:
“He’ll be playing tomorrow”
— OverDrive (@OverDrive1050) July 27, 2020

With this announcement, Nick Robertson is now one step closer to appearing in the lineup for Game 1 of the play-in round against the Blue Jackets. While a lot can change between now and Sunday’s contest, this announcement has to feel good for him regardless.
It’s a well-deserved reward for what has been an impressive training camp for the 18-year-old, who made an appearance on the Leafs top line alongside Auston Matthews and William Nylander at one point. Based on the lines shared by Leafs PR, Robertson is projected to play on the third line with Alexander Kerfoot and Kasperi Kapanen.

Let it rip @nickrobertson01 #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/dZWUe3MMgU
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 27, 2020

If you would like to hear the full segment on OverDrive with Keefe, click here.

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

OG Anunoby’s career night wasted as Nuggets defeat Raptors 133-118 in Mile High City

OG Anunoby dropped a career-high 32 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Toronto Raptors fell 133-118 to the Denver Nuggets. The loss was Toronto’s third in a row. Sunday’s game, at altitude against the second-place Denver Nuggets, was always going to be a tough one to win for the Toronto Raptors. And that would’ve […]
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Author: Jordan Skuse / Raptors HQ

Teams are trying to trade defencemen to the Leafs, Jake Muzzin is in the early stages of extension talks

Bob McKenzie dropped a few interesting Leafs-related tidbits on Insider Trading yesterday, reporting that other teams around the league are offering them defencemen via trade and that the team and Jake Muzzin have opened up talks on a contract extension.

“Lots of teams around the NHL are calling the Toronto Maple Leafs and saying, ‘Hey, would you like one of our defensemen? We can make you a real sweet deal.’
I expect the Leafs are making some calls of their own on that front.
The short-term strategy is just to get through their next three games — Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday are all home games, and then they get their All-Star break. Jake Muzzin could be back in the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup coming out of that break in the Nashville game on Monday, January 27.
The idea of trading for a defenseman is not entirely out of the question, but here is where it gets complicated: The short-term need for the Leafs is left side, where Jake Muzzin and Morgan Rielly are out. But beyond the season, it is more on the right side. The question the leafs have to ask themselves: & …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Takeaways from Toronto Raptors distressing loss vs Portland Trail Blazers

The Toronto Raptors dropped a home game to the Portland Trail Blazers in a contest they absolutely should have won. What did we learn from the game? Looking to steady the ship during a period of turbulence caused by a myriad of injuries to their important players, the Toronto Raptors took on the Portland Trail […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Grades from Toronto Raptors tough overtime loss to Miami Heat

The Toronto Raptors dropped their first home loss of the season in a tough game against the Miami Heat. How did everyone grade in the defeat? At long last, the King has returned for the Toronto Raptors. After Serge Ibaka returned against the Utah Jazz in a game the Raptors absolutely dominated, Kyle Lowry made […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Three takeaways from Toronto Raptors loss to a tough Dallas Mavericks

The Toronto Raptors dropped the final game of their West Coast road trip against the Dallas Mavericks. What did we take away from the game? One game left on their West Coast road trip and the Toronto Raptors were already cruising to a winning record. Wins against the Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, and […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Three takeaways from Toronto Raptors grueling loss to LA Clippers

The Toronto Raptors dropped a game to the LA Clippers in a contest where they maybe deserved more. What did we take away from the game? On the second night of a back-to-back, and their third game in four nights, the Toronto Raptors stuck around at the Staples Center for one more night, this time […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ