TLN Three Stars: Leafs win in regulation with late goal, but it didn’t count, so Canucks win in OT

This had to be one of the most talked about games going into the game that had absolutely no playoff implications, as the Canucks were playing their first game in almost a month after dealing with one of the COVID variants that went through most of the team. It was going to be interesting to see how the Canucks would handle their first game back from a disease that would probably affect their stamina and endurance, and how the Leafs would respond to that.
Somehow that wasn’t the biggest story of the game, as the Leafs would finally end the power play slump after almost 9 minutes, and Zach Hyman would leave the game early after a knee on knee hit from Alex Edler.
Also Marner might have scored a goal late in regulation to win it, but it just wasn’t quite conclusive enough so it stayed tied, and went to overtime, where Bo Horvat scored his second of the game to win it for the Canucks.
Not David Ayres level embarrassing considering the Leafs were the better team, but it’s still not the best look for the Buds.
Three Stars
3rd Star: Nick Robertson
Robertson got his …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Fred VanVleet and Nick Nurse call out NBA for shoddy play-in tournament

Toronto Raptors: Fred VanVleet and Nick Nurse call out NBA for shoddy play-in tournament

This Toronto Raptors season is a rarity for an innumerable number of reasons, but one of the strangest happenings from this campaign is the fact that Nick Nurse, Fred VanVleet, and the rest of the squad might be better off trying to miss the postseason for the first time in almost a decade. The Raptors, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Could the Raptors help create a Toronto WNBA team?

Could the Raptors help create a Toronto WNBA team?

The 2021 WNBA Draft concluded not too long ago, and this was an event where a dozen teams had a shot to improve their rosters immediately. The issue is, several players who play in women’s college basketball don’t end up earning the opportunity to be selected by a WNBA franchise, and none of those draftees […]
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Author: Jelani Goodridge-Reid / Raptors HQ

How did the Leafs do at the Trade Deadline? — Staturday Weekly Column #15

Going into the Trade Deadline this year, the Leafs appeared to be singly focused on getting a depth middle six winger. However, it slowly came to light that, despite a lack of cap space, they had their sights set on a number of different roster improvements.
At the end of the day, Toronto added two forwards, one defender, and one goaltender, whose averaged annual salaries are a combined $11.95M, but costing the Leafs only $6.45M against the cap. To add such value for such a good financial cost, Dubas had to pay some draft pick premiums, but no assets that the Leafs couldn’t afford to spend.
This post will dig into the statistics of each of the acquired players, and figure out just what they add to this already powerful Toronto team.
The Columbus Duo
Interestingly, the Leafs made two separate trades with the Columbus Blue Jackets for injured defensive forwards. THe first was Riley Nash, and the second was Nick Foligno. As the biggest acquisition the Leafs made, Foligno carries with him a certain expectation to really move the needle when it comes to the Leafs’ success this season. As an energetic middle-six winger, Foligno will drive opponents …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

TLN Three Stars: Leafs get caught in a trap game and lose in OT

TLN Three Stars: Leafs get caught in a trap game and lose in OT

The Leafs entered this game coming off one of their sloppiest performances of the season where they were unprepared to face a struggling Canadiens team. Twenty-four hours later, they had a new goalie make his first start with the team and it just so happened to be against his old club. David Rittich played well enough to keep Toronto in a game that proved to be a defensive slugfest where neither team was getting many quality chances. Aside from the Leafs botching yet another power-play and allowing the first goal of the contest, they played much better than the previous night.

#Leafs Power Play: Last 16 Games
Goals: 1Opportunities: 38Ice Time: 67:44Shots on Goal: 51Shot Attempts: 104
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) April 14, 2021

The game went into overtime where it took the Flames just 36 seconds to end it off a tally from Johnny Gaudreau. That equates to just one point out of a possible four during the back-to-back games.
Three Stars
3rd Star: Scott Sabourin
Sabourin has been with the Leafs’ taxi squad for the last few weeks getting in practices with the team and his hard work was finally rewarded as he made his season debut. Boy did he leave a good first …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

TLN Three Stars: There’s always tomorrow, right?

Where do I begin with this one? As always, I was excited to watch a good ol’ hockey game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens, what really gets better than this match up? Well, it turns out a lot of things. I think the Leafs got the start time of this game mixed up, because they ended the first period trailing 0-2, and got outshot by the Canadiens 11-3. The Leafs woke up in the second and managed to bounce back with goals by Auston Matthews and John Tavares. But that didn’t last long as Josh Anderson helped his team regain the lead less than two minutes later. The Canadiens managed to hold on and score another in the third as they ended the game 4-2, and the Toronto Maple Leafs took the L.
Three Stars
3rd Star: John Tavares
Oh captain, my captain! John Tavares managed to tie the game up tonight after a very rough first period by the Leafs. His goal put some much needed energy and enthusiasm into the team, and it looked like the boys were going to make a comeback. They didn’t, but Tavares still had a decent game. …

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Author: Roxanne Khasow / The Leafs Nation

Why are so many quality Raptors 905 players not getting called up to the Toronto Raptors?

Why are so many quality Raptors 905 players not getting called up to the Toronto Raptors?

The Toronto Raptors haven’t done a ton of winning this season, but Raptors 905 streaked out to the best record in the G League bubble before crashing out in the postseason. Behind the rebounding of young studs like Alize Johnson and Donta Hall as well as the perimeter play of Gary Payton II, 905 looked […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Auston Matthews hat-trick, Jack Campbell makes NHL history

We are so lucky to have a Leafs team like this right now. Auston Matthews scored three goals last night and now has 31 on the season. It looks like he’s ran off with the Rocket Richard race and will likely win it.
Jack Campbell makes NHL history as the first goalie to win 11-straight games to start an NHL season, passing Carey Price at 10 games won.
We are witnessing one of the best Leafs teams in a very long time and we should be thankful. I sure am.
And if Kyle Dubas goes out today, or tomorrow, and gets Taylor Hall — the team will be even better. If it’s another player, it’ll still be a good trade for Toronto, but for me, I want Hall.
I hope you enjoy today’s video. I think it’s one of my best, ever.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Expectations for the Leafs at the trade deadline

Expectations for the Leafs at the trade deadline

At the time of posting this we are 33 hours away from the trade deadline, and as fun as the Riley Nash trade was, it would certainly be nice to see the Leafs make another move. That’s the low bar of what I want out of the trade deadline, but I put the question out to the TLN crew, “what do you want out of the trade deadline for the Leafs?”
Michael Mazzei:
This season represents the Leafs’ best shot at making a deep playoff run for the first time in nearly two decades. So they should be looking at any possible method to improve the team because despite their solid record to this point, they could surely be even better That’s what their focus should be at the deadline, add another piece to make the existing team even better.
Mark Norman:
Taylor Hall.
I don’t think the Leafs need to do anything with their defence, but adding a gamebreaking top-6 forward at a discount into the mix to compliment Matthews-Marner or Tavares-Nylander is the stuff dreams are made of. Acquiring Hall has a dual purpose: acquiring him for our own needs AND keeping him from going to …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Jack Campbell goes for NHL record as Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Ottawa Senators

So this is what having a top tier goalie feels like?
Since arriving in Toronto, Jack Campbell has given Toronto Maple Leafs fans a feeling they haven’t felt in nearly 20 years, a sense of trust in the ability to win low-scoring games as much as they can win high scoring ones. Tonight he’ll be looking for his 11th straight win to start the season which would set the all-time NHL record, breaking a current tie with Carey Price.
Standing in his way are the Ottawa Senators who despite their position at the bottom of the North Division have refused to roll over against the Leafs, winning three of seven games between the two Ontario rivals. In a year where the draft lacks a clear franchise player, there’s been less of a push for bottom feeding teams to tank, so the young Senators have been playing for pride and developing their future stars in Thomas Chabot, Brady Tkachuk, and Tim Stützle.
If Toronto wants to prove to the rest of the league that it deserves a position at the top of the standings, they will have to show that they can dominant games when necessary. A game against …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation