Leafs day after thoughts: Is Pierre Engvall for real?

The Toronto Maple Leafs returned to a sold-out Scotiabank Arena with a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.
And it featured a lot.
To start the game, you had the Leafs come out with new white chinstraps on their helmets. I like. Toronto also had a new helmet sponsor in TikTok. I like this too.
With a packed arena of fans, one of the things expected for the Leafs was to start on time. They didn’t, but that’s not a bad thing. They still got the win, and that’s all that matters. Maybe not to Sheldon Keefe, though.
It was still a great night with goals from both William Nylander and Pierre Engvall. And we can’t forget about Jack Campbell, who made almost every stop in Wednesday night’s game.
But I’m most interested in Engvall because he had three goals in two preseason games and now is on pace for 82 this year. It’s not going to happen, but, interestingly, Engvall is scoring at this rate. With his lineup spot in jeopardy once Auston Matthews returns, he’s likely playing with his back against the wall.
And that’s a good thing.


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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Matthews invisible against Montreal once again as Leafs win season opener

On May 31st, the Leafs showed up to the Scotiabank Arena to play an all-important Game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens, only to not show up at all, and lose the game.
Four and a half months later, they started off tonight’s game with the exact same effort, but at least learned from their mistakes and managed to win their first game of the season for the fifth season in a row.
Like I said, the Leafs came out flat, but that seems to be a common recurrence in this current era of the Leafs, so I don’t think too many people were concerned just yet. And of course, the Montreal Canadiens opened the scoring as well, as Jonathan Drouin scored a feel-good goal that I don’t think any fan was too mad at after returning from his leave of absence to improve his mental health. But, that’s also pretty common for the Leafs, so once again, fans weren’t too concerned.
Once the halfway point of the first period was reached, the Leafs seemed to find their feet and put in a much stronger effort for the remainder of the period, even getting a couple opportunities …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 bench players with the most to gain in preseason

Toronto Raptors: 3 bench players with the most to gain in preseason

The Toronto Raptors returned to Scotiabank Arena for the first time in almost two years, and they punctuated an emotional night by handling the rival Philadelphia 76ers. This would’ve been impossible without some standout performances from some of the prospective bench players. While Scottie Barnes stole the show, and OG Anunoby helped lead the Raptors […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic is back for Induction Weekend

Toronto Maple Leafs hockey is returning to Scotiabank Arena, and with that comes other hockey events, too!

A reunion of legends! Niedermayer, Modano, Iginla, St-Pierre, Lindros, St. Louis, Clark + more.
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The Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic is back in Toronto on Sunday, November 14th.
It’s part of Induction Weekend, which is when a few of hockey’s legends are inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. The class of 2020 will feature Doug Wilson, Kim St-Pierre, Kevin Lowe, Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa, and Ken Holland.
Throughout the weekend, there will be a number of events. The first, on Friday, November 12th, is the Hockey Hall of Fame game where the Leafs take on the Calgary Flames. This game is a part of the NHL’s 2021-22 season.
Then, on Saturday, November 13th, will be the inductee Q&A, where you’ll be able to ask questions to the Class of 2020.
After those events is the Hockey Hall of Fame …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Leafs glide back into the W column with a 4-3 OT win over the Jets

As the puck dropped at Scotiabank Arena for the second game in the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets series, you could tell that the Leafs were waiting to get this game going and break their losing streak. With an early chance by Mitch Marner, and a breakaway by William Nylander, the boys in blue were clearly ready to go. A good look by Joe Thornton and Auston Matthews, and then by Pierre Engvall, but nothing was able to make it past Connor Hellebuyck, just yet.
With just under four minutes to go in the first period, the Leafs turnover the puck, as Pierre-Luc Dubois tipped it out of the air, held on, and passed to Nikolaj Ehlers, who got it past Frederik Andersen, which gave the Jets a 1-0 lead.
As the puck dropped for the second period, the Leafs were buzzing around the ice. Just over three minutes into the period, the Leafs made a play around the boards, from TJ Brodie to Matthews, who tried to get the puck through the traffic at the front of the net. Marner picked up the rebound and got the puck to the back of the net, tying the game, at 1 …

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Author: Roxanne Khasow / The Leafs Nation

Before The Tip: Sixers @ Raptors, Jan. 22nd

The Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers square off at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday night (7 pm EST). Both teams bring win streaks of four games into tonight’s divisional clash, so something’s gotta give. The Toronto Raptors hold a one-game lead over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers and will be looking to give themselves a little bit […]
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Author: Jordan Skuse / Raptors HQ

Why the Toronto Raptors succeed but the Toronto Maple Leafs struggle

The tenants of Scotiabank Arena have had remarkably different seasons. There are distinct reasons why the Toronto Raptors have succeeded when the Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t. The Toronto Raptors on-court play has been a pleasant surprise as they defend their title. Though many fans counted the team out when Kawhi Leonard packed his bags for […]
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Author: Jeff Borsuk / Raptors HQ

Welcome to the Jurassic Kingdom, America

Scotiabank Arena hit another level last night for Game 1 of the NBA Finals. And it’s time everyone realized Toronto is a basketball city like no other. The crowd in Scotiabank Arena was on-point the entire game. Deafening chants of “Let’s Go Raptors” — at one point mercifully overwhelming Game Ops’ asinine insistence of trying to make “This is Our House” happen — shook the building.
The cries of “De-Fense” came at exactly the right moment. Chants of “Danny”, “Freddy”, and “Lowry” rocked down from the upper bowl. The inevitable ‘M-V-P’ for Kawhi was heard too. Really all that was missing was a bespoke celebration for Pascal Siakam (I humbly suggest “Spi-cy, P!” to the tune of “Let’s Go Raptors”).
Even the “Ref, You Suck!” chants were on point, in that, for a game that was pretty damn well-officiated, they were largely left out of the proceedings.
It was a pump your fist, pound the railing, bounce-on-the-balls-of-your-feet-for-the-eternity-it-takes-a-Danny-Green-corner-three-to-splash-through-the-bucket, high-five your neighbour, and tell-the-guy-behind-you-who-was-bringing-the-bad-energy-into-the-building-to-stop-being-a-jinx kinda night.
It was sublime. It was breathtaking. It was also familiar.
For anyone who has been in the ACC/Scotiabank Arena, or hell even the old Skydome, during a big game it was something you had heard …

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Author: ConorMcCreery / Raptors HQ