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 #
Home/Away?
Result
GF
GA
CF
CA
CF%
CF Rel
xGF
xGA
xGF%
xGF Rel
TOI
Partner
1


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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 pic.twitter.com/3W367Wa7Kc
— 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.
Recap
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