Leafs Postgame: Martin Marincin saves the day

After two big wins in the state of Florida, the Leafs looked to keep the streak rolling against the Vancouver Canucks on a rare Saturday night Leap Day showdown. While it’s not a four point game like it was in Florida, every point matters, so the Leafs look to get another win under their belt.
Another weak start, but strong finish for Freddie
Much like Thursday night, Andersen had us screaming at our TVs asking Sheldon Keefe to finally give him the mercy pull after allowing two goals on three shots.
But clearly we didn’t learn anything from the game against the Panthers, as Freddie stopped the remaining 24 shots he faced in the game. It’d be nice for him to finally start a game on time, but we’ll take even the slightest return to form over what we’ve had for the last three months.
He also made an incredible pass to Nylander, unfortunately not for a goal though.

What a pass by Andersen to Nylander pic.twitter.com/fSjNKYmFdV
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 1, 2020

The Matthews line continues to thrive defensively
It seems like just yesterday we gave up all hope …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Leafs Postgame: Big Swing for the Real Thing

Tonight, the Leafs were in sunny Florida to take on the team on their heels, the Florida Panthers. This game was a huge test for Toronto against an opponent just 2 points back with a game in hand in the battle for third spot in the Atlantic Divison heading into tonight.
The Leafs held on to win a close game 5-3, and below are some thoughts on just how this important contest went tonight for the Maple Leafs.
Bad, Bad Goaltending
It seems like this goes into every postgame lately, but Frederik Andersen has just not been himself this season. This really soft goal from a bad angle highlighted a terrible performance tonight in a huge game from the netminder.

Noel Acciari gets another one for Florida pic.twitter.com/wRhLt7VnFF
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) February 28, 2020

Thankfully, Toronto wasn’t the only team in this game that suffered from a poor showing in net. This powerplay goal for the Leafs simply shouldn’t be able to get through a goalie getting paid as much as Sergei Bobrovksy is.

Kapanen with a critical goal on the PP. 3-2. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/hTN1gzjqDx
— Maple Leafs Hotstove (@LeafsNews) February 28, 2020

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

News and Notes: The aftermath of one of the worst losses of the Leafs’ season

Having a bad time in Florida has become a trend for the Maple Leafs. But last night, the struggle in paradise reached a new level.

Though the Panthers haven’t exactly been a strong opponent in, well, forever, the trip to Florida always seems to be a daunting one for the Leafs. Their last win in Florida came all the way back on Dec. 28, 2016, when they edged the Panthers out 3-2 in the shootout. Since then, it’s been a disaster. They kicked this skid off with the infamous 7-2 loss in March of 2017, they lost both of their trips to Florida in 2017-18 and 2018-19, and extended the Sunrise losing streak to six games with last night’s lopsided loss.
The Leafs got pounded by the Florida Panthers by a score of 8-4 on Sunday night. The loss extended their losing skid to three games and it now has them just one point up on the Panthers for the third seed in the Atlantic Division. The eight goals were the most the team had allowed in a game, with the next-worst result being a 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning back in October.
Frederik Andersen …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation