TLN Three Stars: Jack Campbell steals a point, but Leafs cough up the extra point in OT

Up until the 59th minute in tonight’s game, it looked like the Leafs would finally goalie their opponent for the first time this season. Alas, it was not meant to be.
The Leafs opened the scoring early in the first period when a Morgan Rielly wrist shot found its way through a crowd in front and past a screened Jake Allen. If you could give two assists to the same player on a goal, Alex Galchenyuk would have deserved both. His through-the-legs pass back to the point is what lead to the Rielly shot in the first place, and the chaos he caused as he went to the front of the net is what prevented Allen from tracking the puck.
In what would become a theme during this game, the referees called three consecutive penalties against the Leafs that were weak in nature. Within the spirit of the rules? Probably. But within the standard that we’ve seen these types of calls made? Probably not. The Leafs weathered the storm with two straight penalty kills, but the Habs capitalized on their third try with a Nick Suzuki cross-seam pass to Tyler Toffoli that everyone at home saw coming. Toffoli …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

TLN Three Stars: Battle of the Goaltenders

The Leafs entered tonight’s game looking to extend their division lead over the Winnipeg Jets by five points (They got it to four points which is good enough).
Unlike last game, the Leafs and Jets were scoreless through the first period. Early in the second period, Travis Dermott opened the scoring, floating a point shot through traffic past Connor Hellebuyck. Andrew Copp would respond for the Jets midway through the second.
In the third period, the Jets took over the game, spending the majority of the period in the Leafs zone. Jack Campbell however, held down the fort and kept the Jets from taking the lead.
Three Stars
24th Star: The Powerplay
Zero for the last 24 powerplay attempts. Oh boy, you are not going to win a lot of playoff games with a powerplay operating at zero percent.
3rd Star: Travis Dermott
It’s been a weird season for Travis Dermott. He’s had to fight for his NHL job since the beginning of the season, fighting off Mikko Lehtonen and briefly Rasmus Sandin. Dermott has also had to fight for ice time this season. Last game, Dermott recorded a mere eight minutes and change of ice-time. Dermott gets …

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Author: Brendan Mori / 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.

Cuts the Sens lead in half
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 14, 2021

Zach Hyman
Nylander faked him out with the pass
— 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
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 15, 2021

Unfortunately, no comeback was to …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

Leafs look to add to division lead vs. Habs

Going into tonight’s game, the Toronto Maple Leafs have an eight point lead over the Montreal Canadiens for the division title, but the Habs have three games in hand. This game could be the difference between having a 0 point lead if the Habs win their games in hand or having a four point lead if they do, and any chance to help cement your chance as the division winner should hopefully be capitalized on.
The Leafs head into tonight’s game after a three game series against the Ottawa Senators, where they took five of a possible six points, and did it in the most frustrating way possible, blowing a 5-1 lead on Monday night, barely squeaking by on Wednesday night, only to finally blow them out on Thursday night. They’re currently on a two game win streak as a result, and have managed to only lose in regulation once in their last 13 games, going 10-1-2 in the process.
The Habs have had the week off after last Saturday’s game against the Leafs, which saw them get the tying and go ahead goals in the third period on route to a 2-1 win. That ended a …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Goal Analysis – Maple Leafs vs. Blue Jackets Play-In Game #2

Tonight’s game against the Blue Jackets might have been the Leafs first or second best playoff game in the Shanaplan era. The Leafs thoroughly outplayed the Blue Jackets from start to finish, outshooting the Blue Jackets 39-20. Joonas Korpisalo was stellar once again, but the Leafs stuck to their game plan and were finally rewarded.
Link to the post-game highlight package can be found here.
Maple Leafs 1st Goal – Auston Matthews (Assist Hyman)

Let’s goooooo #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) August 4, 2020

The Leafs gather up the puck in their own end after a scoring chance by the Blue Jackets and Matthews leads the three-on-two fast break the other way. As Matthews approaches the blueline, he sends the puck over to Hyman and then books it towards the front of the net. Hyman makes a hard pass back over to Matthews, who redirects the puck past Korpisalo’s blocker.
This was one of the rare times where Seth Jones was not on the ice against the Matthews line. The Blue Jackets instead had Murray-Werenski out, but on this goal, Oliver Bjorkstrand (#28) ends up having to play defense after Werenski pinched …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

Revisiting the Nazem Kadri-Tyson Barrie Trade

Heading into tonight’s matchup against the Colorado Avalanche, which will be Nazem Kadri’s first playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto, it seems prudent to take a look at the trade to see how it’s shaking out early on for both teams.
The Leafs swapped Nazem Kadri and minor-league Swedish defender Calle Rosén to the Colorado Avalanche for both Tyson Barrie and Alexander Kerfoot. The prominent sentiment at the time was that the Leafs won this deal by a healthy margin. It seemed that both teams got something they needed. Generally, though, Toronto came out ahead.
Let’s take a first pass at how this trade worked out for both sides.
Colorado’s Take
Kadri got off to a slow start in Colorado, with no points in his first four games, but has gotten mostly back to normal now. In 26 games, he’s on a 63-point pace for an 82 game season. In his only 82 game year in Toronto, Kadri finished with 61 points, but in each of the other years, he was on pace for somewhere between 45 and 50. So, he’s generally producing at a higher level than he did in Toronto, which is what the Avalanche …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

The fourth line is a hill I refuse to die on

Tonight’s roster seems like it’s setting up to be bottom of the roster battle ground, if not completely a cut day preview. With the top three lines sitting out this game, as well as the top two defensive pairings, it seems like this is an opportunity for some players to make their final cases to continue with the Leafs.

#Leafs lines for game group in Montreal:
Indeterminate goalie
Neuvirth is absent
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) September 23, 2019
Tonight’s game is critically important for Nic Petan, Nick Shore, Kenny Agostino, Pontus Aberg, and Matt Read, although this can’t be looking too good for Pontus Aberg. The same holds true of the defense as they are likely competing for the 7th D position, but for now we’ll focus on the forwards.

Leafs practice lines:
Johnsson – Matthews – Nylander
Kapanen – Tavares – Marner
Mikheyev – Kerfoot – Moore
Timashov – / Spezza
Extras: Baptiste, Clune
Muzzin – Barrie
Rielly – Ceci
Sandin – Marincin
Extras: Kivihalme – Duszak
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) September 23, 2019
In contrast to tonight’s roster, the practice lines like they could be an opening night roster. The Timashov, Gauthier, Spezza, and Moore pieces may still …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

What can we expect from Cavan Biggio?

Tonight’s Blue Jays lineup will somewhat resemble that of an All-Star team from the early 2000s. I mean, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it’ll be funny to see a Guerrero and Biggio take the field for the Blue Jays tonight.

Cavan Biggio, of course, is the second Hall of Fame son to join the Blue Jays this season. First, it was Vlad Jr., baseball’s best prospect and next big thing. Now it’s Biggio, the son of Houston Astros legend Craig Biggio. There obviously isn’t as much hype around baseball about Biggio Jr.’s debut as there was for Vlad, but still, within hardcore Toronto baseball circles, there’s a lot of interest.
Biggio was selected in the fifth round of the 2016 draft out of Notre Dame as a four-year college senior. He put up some whatever results in his first two professional seasons but then burst onto the scene as a key prospect in the Blue Jays’ system after a breakout year in New Hampshire.
Biggio made a slight adjustment to his swing, as he explained in an interview with Shi Davidi last season…
“I knew that I needed to get a …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation