Hyun Jin Ryu tosses a gem, Vlad stretches and flashes leather, Rowdy finally smashes a dinger, and the Blue Jays down the Yanks

After a frustrating loss on Monday, the Blue Jays were facing what low-key felt like a must-win game with ace Hyun Jin Ryu taking the mound. And, oh boy, he delivered.

Things worth mentioning…

For the third time this season, Ryu put together a very nice start. The bats actually showed up this time around so he was also able to earn his first win of the season. Ryu went six-and-two-thirds innings, allowing one run (unearned) on four hits and one walk while striking out seven. He’s allowed just four earned runs over 19 innings so far this season. It was impressive to see Ryu just carve up New York’s righty-heavy lineup, especially given the fact they saw him just a couple of weeks ago. The Yanks only managed to put 17 balls in play, and only about half of those balls were hit particularly hard. All told, it was a gem for Ryu, who had New York just totally confused and off-balance all night.

Things got sort of weird pitching-wise after Ryu left the game. David Phelps came in to finish off the seventh inning and then came out for the eighth but got drilled in the back by …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Twitter reaction to buzzer-beater from Gary Trent Jr. proves fanbase loves him

Toronto Raptors: Twitter reaction to buzzer-beater from Gary Trent Jr. proves fanbase loves him

The Toronto Raptors looked destined for another loss in their apparent quest to tank against the Washington Wizards, but a furious fourth-quarter comeback led by Malachi Flynn and Aron Baynes, of all people, was capped off by the first signature moment in the Raptors career of Gary Trent Jr. After an all-time flop from Raul […]
Toronto Raptors: Twitter reaction to buzzer-beater from Gary Trent Jr. proves fanbase loves him – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

TLN Three Stars: First Line Magic

Coming off a tough OT loss to the Edmonton Oilers, and battling for the top spot of the Scotia North Division, the Toronto Maple Leafs were looking to get back in action as the puck dropped against the Winnipeg Jets for tonight’s game. The Leafs came in hot and heavy as they ended the first period with lots of good chances, outshooting the Jets 14-6, and a 2-0 lead with goals by Auston Matthews and Zach Hyman. The second period was a lot more even as the Jets started to get some scoring chances, but not much to show for it. Alexander Kerfoot managed to get a shorthanded goal as Josh Morrissey lost a puck battle, but answered right back as Morrissey got one past Jack Campbell less than a minute later. The period ended as the Jets were outshooting the Leafs 22-21, but the Leafs held on with a 3-1 lead. As the puck dropped for the third, you could tell that both teams wanted to keep the energy going. The Leafs had a few SOG, but weren’t able to get anything else past Connor Hellebuyck, or capitalize on yet another powerplay. The period ended as Paul …

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Author: Roxanne Khasow / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Brooklyn Nets among teams interested in Norman Powell

Toronto Raptors: Brooklyn Nets among teams interested in Norman Powell

Last night’s loss to the Houston Rockets proved that is time for the Toronto Raptors to reboot, with a Kyle Lowry and Norman Powell trade potentially on the table. Plenty of prospective buyers, like the Brooklyn Nets, are interested in getting a deal done. Powell is averaging 19.5 points per game this season while shooting […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs give up four goals to the Ottawa Senators – Rate That Leafs Game

I’m not going to sit here and blame the loss of this game on the fact that the Toronto Maple Leafs flew to Ottawa on the day of a game. To say that that was the reason they lost is just preposterous. The Maple Leafs lost because they’re in a rut, of all things. And what they need to do is get out of it before it’s too late.
A little adversity won’t hurt a team, and yes, the Maple Leafs weren’t going to win every game this season. But it’s time they put the foot down, play like they did prior to this slump, and win some games.
I hope you enjoy tonight’s video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs head into much needed week off after losing 5 of last 6

Following tonight’s 4-3 loss, the Toronto Maple Leafs don’t play again for another five nights – a break that is no doubt appreciated for a team that has lost five of its last six contests. Playing their third game in four nights, the fatigue was on display from the onset with Toronto allowing two goals against in the first three shots that starting netminder Michael Hutchinson faced before Keefe decided he had already seen enough and pulled Hutchinson for Frederik Andersen who backstopped the team for the remainder of the game.
Toronto’s first two (allowed) goals tonight both came from Zach Hyman, showing Darcy Tucker-like qualities refusing to ever give up and crashing the net hard to bang in a goal on the doorstep.

ZACH HYMAN
Cuts the Sens lead in half pic.twitter.com/d53YG4ngnG
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 14, 2021

Zach Hyman
Nylander faked him out with the pass pic.twitter.com/n1TS83HGcs
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 15, 2021

With desperation in the air, Nylander brought the Leafs within one after Keefe pulled the goalie with over four minutes remaining.

William Nylander
Brings em’ within one pic.twitter.com/IuIIFBphxc
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 15, 2021

Unfortunately, no comeback was to …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

Thornton returns as Leafs look to regroup against struggling Senators

Coming off a 2-1 loss to Montreal, which ended a 10 game point streak for the Toronto Maple Leafs, they look to regroup and start another streak tonight against the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa handed the Leafs their first loss of the season back in January, when they went down 5-3 with a shaky Frederik Andersen in net. However, their next matchup the following night ended with a Leafs win in front of a strong Jack Campbell. With Campbell still out injured and not likely to return in this Toronto – Ottawa series, Andersen will have to stand stronger in net than his first meeting with the Sens.

Jack Campbell is still more than a week from returning to the #leafs lineup, per Sheldon Keefe.
They’ve got a back-to-back Wednesday/Thursday vs. Ottawa.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 15, 2021

Toronto also made some transactional moves ahead of tonight’s game, sending Alexander Barabanov, Nic Petan, and Travis Boyd to the taxi squad, while adding Scott Sabourin to the roster. This is likely due to the one and only Jumbo Joe Thornton coming off injured reserve and back into the lineup tonight:

Sheldon Keefe said Joe Thornton will play tonight, knocking Nic Petan from the lineup.


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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Auston Matthews continues point streak in Leafs loss – Rate That Leafs Game

Not often do you hear the words ‘loss’ and ‘leafs’ in the same sentence anymore, but here we are. The Toronto Maple Leafs lose to the Montreal Canadiens in a game that they could’ve won. Sure, they slowed down halfway through the game and the Canadiens came back but the Leafs could’ve capitalized on a lot of chances in the first half but didn’t.
Auston Matthews continued his point streak after an assist on Mitch Marner’s first-ever goal against the Habs. Unfortunately, that’s really it. A close game, and to me, it’s a loss that’s okay. I mean, it’s better than getting blown out by Ottawa or Vancouver, right?
Anyways, here’s my video on the loss. I hope you enjoy it!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Roster power rankings after one quarter of 2020-21 season

Toronto Raptors: Roster power rankings after one quarter of 2020-21 season

Wednesday night’s 115-108 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks takes the 7-11 Toronto Raptors a quarter of the way through this shortened 72-game season. With that in mind, it seems like a good time to check in with how the club is doing relative to the expectations set heading into the 2020-21 campaign. Clearly, this hasn’t […]
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Author: Ben Fisher / Raptors HQ

Alright, let’s try this Battle of Ontario thing again

The Leafs look to rebound from a disappointing loss to the Ottawa Senators last night, with a win from this home-and-home series. Ottawa surprised Toronto and took control of the game from the Leafs in the second period, and got themselves a win out of it. Tonight, the Leafs will want to prove why a majority of people have them winning the North division this year, especially against a Sens team that many had finishing last.
It was a tale of two teams last night, as the Leafs were playing like an elite team playing a lottery team for the first half of the game, as they had 71.58% of the expected goals in the first, and at one point had 85% in the second. However, in the second half, they just gave up, as they finished the second with 46.98% of the expected goals, and had only 8.4% of them in the third. That’s right, 8.4%, a grand total of 0.08 expect goals. They played really bad.
They also didn’t get much help from Frederik Andersen in net. He let in a couple of stinkers again, and looked like he was swimming in his crease for quite a bit of the game. He …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation