TLN Three Stars: Maple Leafs fall victim to a couple of Ryans and strong goaltending

Ryan Reaves scoring two goals tonight probably tells you everything you need to know about this game.
Much like a lot of this road trip, four out of the five games actually, the Toronto Maple Leafs found themselves with a multi-goal lead before blowing it. Twice they found themselves holding on for the win, and now twice they would eventually lose it. There’s a lot of other circumstances involved, what with Jack Campbell’s play somewhat falling off and him likely getting fatigued, the Leafs now being almost two weeks deep into this road trip, an injured blueline, and also score effects are usually a thing that comes into play when you take a lead. And a lot of the goals the Rangers scored, including Reaves second and Ryan Strome’s, were some pretty weird bounces. But, it’s also not the best thing to see happening over and over again.
The game also saw Auston Matthews road goal streak come to an end right before tying the NHL record, despite a goal that got waived off for a kicking motion that almost started the Leafs comeback.
Three Stars
3rd Star: William Nylander
It wasn’t his best game defensively, or even his line’s, but Nylander mostly gets the third star for there not being a ton of options from this game …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

WATCH: Leafs score two shorthanded goals 27 seconds apart

Shorthanded goals are rare enough. How about two on the same penalty kill?

The Toronto Maple Leafs struck twice with Morgan Rielly in the penalty box during the first period of Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Senators, with a pair of players breaking lengthy goalless droughts to put the Leafs up 2–0.
Justin Holl got the party started just 29 seconds into Rielly’s cross-checking infraction, taking a pass from David Kampf on a Leafs 2-on-1 rush before depositing the puck past Matt Murray.
Holl, 29, has struggled at times to make an impact at either end of the ice this season. His goal on New Years’ Day was his first since Toronto faced the same Ottawa Senators on Mar. 25, 2021.
TJ Brodie picked up the secondary helper on Holl’s drought-ending marker, which came at the 14:06 mark of the first period.

First @MapleLeafs scorer of 2022: Justin Holl!
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) January 2, 2022

It took only 27 seconds for the Leafs to double their lead.
This team, Ilya Mikheyev broke in all alone against Murray after taking a pass from Alexander Kerfoot in the neutral zone. Playing in just his second game of the year after suffering a thumb injury in …

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Author: Mike Gould / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: NBA Draft Combine star Joe Wieskamp could be a solid addition

Raptors: NBA Draft Combine star Joe Wieskamp could be a solid addition

The Toronto Raptors need to work on accomplishing two goals simultaneously over the next few weeks. While they need to narrow down their preferences with regards to who they want to draft with the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, they also need to see if a player like Iowa’s Joe Wieskamp would […]
Raptors: NBA Draft Combine star Joe Wieskamp could be a solid addition – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Bounces favour the Maple Leafs in 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames

In a game full of wild bounces and messy goals, luck fell in favour of the Toronto Maple Leafs who handed the Calgary Flames their first regulation loss of the season in a 3-2 win. Jake Muzzin opened up the scoring seven minutes into the first period with a shot from the blue line that deflected off a Calgary skate before sneaking past Jacob Markstrom.

First of the season!
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 24, 2021

Sean Monahan tied the game halfway through the second period with a scramble in front of the net where he was left free to shovel a rebound past Jack Campbell who had been playing steady in net all night while giving Frederik Andersen a needed night off during this condensed schedule. The tie wouldn’t last too long as Wayne Simmonds scored his milestone-filled first goal as a Maple Leaf, 500th career point, and 100th career playoff goal with only 32 seconds left in the period. It was yet another ugly goal in a game that was becoming full of them, but as the broadcast suggested, no one asks how you got them, just how many you’ve got.

500TH POINT!! …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

Leafs by the Numbers: John Tavares

John Tavares scored 26 goals in 63 games in what is largely being treated as a down year for him. Somehow 60 points in 63 games is a cause for concern, and we are now questioning whether he is the right player to captain the Leafs, and if this is part of a steeper decline in his game now that Tavares has hit the magic 3-0 age milestone, and with an $11M annual cap hit the panic seems to be starting early on JT.
Given the panic, Tavares’ number is 5. There are five years remaining on John’s contract with the Leafs, and it’s entirely possible we’re going to hear about more and more about Tavares for the next five years with an increasing number of people painting this as a bad contract, or bad signing.
So let’s start off with one universal truth, Tavares isn’t a bargain, and as an unrestricted free agent he certainly cashed in at his maximum value. Tavares is going to be a great player for the Leafs, but expectations about living up to $11M contracts are better focused on players like Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner who received those deals as restricted free agents …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs recall Sandin, we rejoice

Nothing like letting in eight goals in a game to remind you that your defense could use a little upgrade. Thankfully the Leafs have a couple of pretty good internal upgrade options kicking around the AHL and one of them was recalled today…

The @MapleLeafs have recalled defenceman Rasmus Sandin from the @TorontoMarlies (AHL). #LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) January 13, 2020
Thank goodness.
Now there are plenty of good reasons to recall Rasmus Sandin, most of them being based on the fact that he’s very good, but it seems that being the top defenseman at the World Juniors tournament was a nice exclamation point on the need to see him with the Leafs again.
It should be worth noting that the Leafs still have three games of Sandin remaining before the first year of his entry level deal would kick in, so this is a bit of a try before you buy situation, and it’s also the first look at Sandin on the Sheldon Keefe Leafs.
Here’s how the first six games under Babcock went…
Game #
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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Carcone hat trick wins Game 4 for Marlies, ties Eastern Conference Finals at 2-2

With three goals, including the overtime winner, and an assist in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, 23-year-old prospect Michael Carcone’s performance was the driving force of the Toronto Marlies’ 4-3 win on Thursday evening.
“It’s big time. That’s the only words,” Jeremy Bracco, Carcone’s linemate, said post game. “It’s playoff hockey. This is why you put on the gear when you’re five, six-years-old.”
After Marlies defenceman Timothy Liljegren interrupted a Charlotte zone-entry near the midway point of overtime, the puck went upward like a pop-fly. Carcone caught the puck, streaked down the right side of the ice and then ripped a shot right through Alex Nedeljkovic’s five-hole, erupting the Coca Cola Coliseum.
“I think I kind of blacked out there,” said Michael Carcone. “Sometimes you don’t believe it but, it was definitely a good feeling.”

Michael Carcone scores in OT (his third of the game) to win it for the #Marlies. Series tied 2-2. Game 5 will take place tomorrow, in Toronto. #MarliesLive @TLNdc
— Jacob Stoller (@JLStoller) May 24, 2019

After being silenced by Charlotte in Game 3–with Nedeljkovic stopping all but one of the 34 shots he faced …

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Author: Jacob Stoller / The Leafs Nation

Everything goes well, Leafs win 3-2 at home to takes series lead

Thanks to massive goals from Andreas Johnsson, Auston Matthews and Trevor Moore, the Leafs take Game 3 and the series lead over the Boston Bruins.
Although the Leafs lost the shot battle 36-34, they were able to keep the pressure on the Bruins all-game-long. Scoring two important powerplay goals and actually getting some penalty calls were able to keep the Leafs in the game.
To set up the first goal of the game, the fourth line had a massive play and continued it throughout the game. Gauthier, Ennis, and the goalscorer Trevor Moore had important roles to play and did them well.
Matthews had a goal and an assist as well — hopefully to start his hot streak to pull the series out for the Leafs.
The Leafs win 3-2 and have the chance to take a two-game lead in the series at home on Wednesday.
The Leafs had a red-hot start to the game, controlling the play right from the beginning. A key shift to set the mood from start came from the fourth line, appearing almost like a powerplay shift and hemming the Bruins into their own zone.
Through the first eight minutes of even-strength hockey, the Leafs were …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation