TLN Three Stars: The losing streak is over!

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 on Thursday night. The win snaps a five-game losing streak for the Leafs and increased the lead for first place in the North to six points over the Jets. Matthews, Simmonds, Spezza, Thornton and Marner (x2) scored for the Leafs, while Scheifele, Copp and Connor responded for the Jets.
In the first period, Auston Matthews got the ball rolling for Toronto just 27 seconds in. Matthews scored his league-leading 34th goal of the season past Connor Hellebuyck. Shortly after, Wayne Simmonds scored his seventh goal of the season to give the Leafs a 2-0 lead.

#⃣3⃣4⃣ for #⃣3⃣4⃣#LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 22, 2021

— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 22, 2021

The lead would be short lived, as Mark Scheifele and Andrew Copp responded for the Jets to tie the game up at 2-2. On a delayed penalty, Jason Spezza redirects the Joe Thornton point shot to give the Leafs the lead once again and ending Hellebuyck’s night.

Let ‘er rip Jumbo!#LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 22, 2021

In the second period, Mitch Marner ripped home …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

Why this Leafs loss wasn’t close to the David Ayres game

Should the Toronto Maple Leafs have won that game? Sure, but they didn’t. A lot can be said about how the Leafs should’ve thrashed the Vancouver Canucks since they’re coming off their bout with COVID-19. Really though, the Canucks played a hell of a game.
Braden Holtby stood on his head (playing like a Vezina-winning goaltender), Bo Horvat scored two key goals for the team, and the Leafs just were unlucky. I’m okay with this loss because Toronto played good. They were not bad at all. Sometimes losses like this just happen.
Here are more of my thoughts — in video form. I hope you enjoy the video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

William Nylander removed from NHL’s COVID list

Maple Leafs forward William Nylander has been removed from the NHL’s COVID list and is now eligible to rejoin his teammates. Nylander has been out of the Leafs’ lineup since April 6th after coming in contact with a potential positive case but it was reported by Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston earlier this week that, to his knowledge, Nylander had not returned a positive test result of his own.

William Nylander is officially out of COVID Protocol. He’ll dictate his own return to the #leafs lineup based on fitness, according to Sheldon Keefe, and the team has just gained an extra practice day before playing Vancouver.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 16, 2021

Head coach Sheldon Keefe stated on Friday that it will now be up to Nylander to determine when he is ready to return to game action following his absence. The Leafs were originally scheduled to face off against the Canucks on Saturday but that game has been moved to Sunday, giving Nylander another day to get back on the ice with his teammates before taking part in an actual game.
Read more about the changes to the Leafs schedule here:
Changes to the Leafs schedule announced

The Leafs have gone …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

TLN Three Stars: Onto the next one

The Toronto Maple Leafs lost 5-2 to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.
Alex Galchenyuk opened the scoring tonight for the Leafs, after some nifty passing from Mitch Marner and John Tavares. The goal was originally waved off, as the puck went in and out super fast. However, the NHL corrected and Galchenyuk got his second of the season.

W W#LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 15, 2021

After the Jets scored three unanswered goals, chasing Jack Campbell from the net, Tavares responded for the Leafs, bringing the score to 3-2 after two periods.

Heeere’s Johnny #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 16, 2021

The Leafs pushed hard in the final frame, but could not mount a comeback, falling 5-2 at the final horn.
Three Stars
The F Star: The Powerplay
At this point, I hope Manny Malholtra lurks the powerplay needs some serious help and we talked about what we would do to fix it earlier today. This powerplay is on life support.
Third Star: David Rittich
Rittich came into the game, relieving Jack Campbell. Rittich stopped 16/17 shots he faced and tried his best to keep …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

Welcome to the Toronto Maple Leafs: 2020 Top Pick Rodion Amirov Signs his Entry-Level Contract

The long rumoured signing of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ top pick in the 2020 draft has finally happened. Winger Rodion Amriov has put pen to paper and signed his entry-level contract this morning. His season in Russia came to an end recently as Tolpar Ufa was eliminated from the playoffs earlier this month. In 39 KHL games this season, the silky winger had 13 points – nine of which were goals – and looked more mature as the season went on, continuing to develop his game away from the puck. He also added three points in five games in the MHL playoffs after joining the junior club for the postseason.

We’ve signed forward Rodion Amirov to a three-year entry level contract for the 2021-22 season. #LeafsForever
Details »
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 15, 2021

To give a quick summation of what Amirov brings to the table, he is one of the best skaters from the 2020 draft class when you take all factors into consideration from speed, edge work, agility and every other aspect of mobility. His ability to generate speed through the middle of the ice with crossovers and quick feet is impressive as it often …

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Author: Tony Ferrari / The Leafs Nation

Why this was the Leafs best trade deadline in a long, long time

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Kyle Dubas made a few moves in the last 24 hours. They acquired Nick Foligno, David Rittich, and today, Ben Hutton. All in all — a solid trade deadline.
But why was this one of their best deadlines in the past? In my latest video, I try to explain that, plus, my thoughts on the Leafs trade deadline as a whole. I hope you enjoy it!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

TLN Three Stars: Name a better duo than Jack Campbell and winning

Apr 7, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner (16) congratulates goaltender Jack Campbell (36) on setting a franchise record with 10 straight wins after a win against the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Count em out Mitch!
10 wins in a row for Jack Campbell
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) April 8, 2021

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 tonight, extending their winning streak to five games.
Auston Matthews, TJ Brodie and Zach Hyman scored for the Leafs, while Corey Perry scored both goals for the Habs. Jack Campbell improves to 10-0-0 on the season and extended his season-long win streak to 10 games, setting a new record for the Leafs.
The Leafs came out of the gate quickly to start the game. Matthews scored off a fade-away wrap-around just 54 seconds in to give the Leafs the early lead. The goal was Matthews’ 28th of the season, giving him a five-goal lead over second place Connor McDavid. Corey Perry responded just under 2 minutes later to even the game up at 1-1.

Around and in #LeafsForever #NextGenGame
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 7, 2021

𝘊𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘺 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘣𝘪𝘨 𝘨𝘰𝘢𝘭𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘭𝘪𝘦. #GoHabsGo …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

Can the Leafs make it a 5-game win streak tonight against the Canadiens?

At 7:30pm tonight our beloved Maple Leafs will take on the storied rival Montreal Canadiens. Having won their last 4 games out in Alberta and Manitoba, they return home tonight to face Montreal at the start of a short 2-game home stand.
The Canadiens have held their own this year, but haven’t been the second-best team in Canada as seemingly everyone had projected. Instead, they sit in 4th in the division, but with a healthy lead over the faltering Canucks and Flames. The Leafs have cleared their way through the division so far, as expected, but a fair set of challenges still remain, including a race for the President’s Trophy, where they currently sit tied for 3rd with the Carolina Hurricanes behind the Florida Panthers and the Colorado Avalanche.
Tale of the Tape
Let’s see how Toronto and Montreal stack up against each other, using our own Mark Norman’s “Tale of the Tape” visualization:

The Habs are boasting a pretty solid set of 5-on-5 stats, but haven’t found that success translate to the winning column as much as Toronto has.
Toronto’s Lines
Here’s how Toronto’s team will look tonight:


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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

TLN Three Stars: The power play? Yes, the power play!

Coming off an exciting win, the Toronto Maple Leafs were looking to take it back to back against the Calgary Flames and make a clean sweep on their road trip. With tonight’s 5-3 win, the Leafs remain first in the Scotia North Division with a four point lead in the standings. Tonight’s game started off pretty slow and quiet, and it looked like it was going to be one of those boring, ‘why did I stay up for this’ type of games, but that quickly changed as the puck dropped for the second period. From a 2-0 lead, to a 3-3 tie in the third, and then a power play goal (Yes, the power play drought is over!), the Leafs managed to hold on and take the W against the Flames.
Three Stars
3rd Star: Travis Dermott
Okay, Travis Dermott’s save on what would have been the first goal of the night, was quite the play. Just as the puck was about to make its way into the net, Dermott scooped it out, keeping the game at 0-0, and watching it in slow motion and in replay, I know we all took a sigh of relief. Dermott …

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Author: Roxanne Khasow / The Leafs Nation

Will the Leafs be able to re-sign Zach Hyman?

After another great game by the Toronto Maple Leafs, I decided to dig a little bit deeper on the player that is Zach Hyman. How good has he really been? How good could his play be in the future? The numbers are both exciting, and scary.
He’s an incredible player, and someone who can change the way a team plays every night. However, his play is going to be worth a lot of money and I’m not sure the Leafs will be able to afford it next season.
Which is why I’ve posed the question — Will the Leafs be able to re-sign Zach Hyman?

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation