Toronto Raptors: Remembering Kawhi Leonard’s legendary Game 7 shot

Toronto Raptors: Remembering Kawhi Leonard’s legendary Game 7 shot

While he might have made the trip back home to Los Angeles after just one season, the Kawhi Leonard shot that won a playoff series remains one of the defining moments in Toronto Raptors history. Leonard was brought in to take the Raptors over the hump, and his game-winner in Game 7 of their second-round […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Marlies and Me: Toronto is 4-4-0-0 to finish off road trip

The Toronto Marlies had an interesting road trip to start the season. At some points they looked like the most dominant team on the ice, and at other points they looked like they could use a few practices. It’s obviously not ideal for Toronto because of the amount of games and how much practice time they’ve got, but right now in this time, that’s the circumstances they’ve had to play through.
And it’s not an excuse to say and even players on the Marlies have said that, though you do have to consider that to be part of the reason. Toronto played eight games in 12 days and with any of the days off that they had, it was used for rest.
Overall on this road trip, there were a lot of positives that can be taken away from it. The Marlies are such a young team this year with the likes of Nick Robertson, Adam Brooks, Joey Anderson and a few others. It’s going to take some time to not only get used to each other but to have a good idea of systems and special teams.
If I had to predict one aspect …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Travis Boyd will travel with the Leafs on the Alberta road trip

The Leafs are set to begin a four-game road trip in Alberta and made a roster move in preparation for it.

Forward Travis Boyd has been added to the Maple Leafs’ roster and will travel with the club to Alberta for its four-game Western road trip. #LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) January 23, 2021

It made sense why the Leafs are bringing Travis Boyd with them out west given all of the injuries they have had to deal with this past week, including losing two key forwards for a month and Auston Matthews sitting out Friday’s game.
While it’s unclear if Boyd will make an appearance in any of the games, he definitely played well enough in training camp and the scrimmage to earn the position he is in right now. After all, he was one of the last cuts after training camp and has been with the taxi squad so far this season.
He spent the past season with the Washington Capitals where he recorded three goals, seven assists, and 10 points in 24 games.
All stats unless otherwise noted are from Hockey-Reference.com.

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Here’s an early look at Sahlen Field in Buffalo decked out in Blue Jays colours

After a long, gruelling two-and-a-half-week road trip, the Blue Jays will finally play their home opener on Tuesday.

This home opener, of course, will be different than usual, as it’ll be the first time in 105 years that a Major League game (that wasn’t an exhibition) gets played in Buffalo. You have to go all the way back to 1915 when the Federal League’s Buffalo Blues hosted the Baltimore Terrapins to find Buffalo’s last big-league game.
But, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Canadian government’s reluctance to allow MLB teams to travel in and out of the country, here we are. Buffalo might not have been the Blue Jays’ first choice given the fact Sahlen Field doesn’t have the same bells and whistles of a Major League-calibre facility, but, after making some renovations and upgrades, it’ll be just fine for this strange season.
Over the past couple of weeks, the Blue Jays have upgraded the park’s lighting, made improvements to the field (surely it’s better than the turf!), expanded the clubhouse and dugouts, and have built temporary training facilities and workout areas. …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Rachel Doerrie’s 5 Thoughts From a Victory in Oil Country

Well, the road trip is over.
The Toronto Maple Leafs ended a stretch of 11 out of 13 games on the road. With 7 wins, they are now 7-4 under Sheldon Keefe. So, it was okay. Ideally, the Leafs needed to come away with 10 wins to make up ground, but anything less than .500 in this stretch would’ve been disastrous. On Saturday night, they finished strong in Edmonton against the NHL’s very best weapons.
Here are my five thoughts:
1) Shutting Down McDrai
Coming into the game, there was no doubt the Leafs had to shut down the Oilers top line to have any chance of winning. Mission accomplished, as the Leafs kept McDavid and Draisaitl to 27.74% and 24.15% xG, respectively.
Considering what those two have done to the NHL this year, keeping them at bay when they got favourable matchups was a huge positive. Now, McDavid did have a chance in the first period that would’ve been played on loop for the rest of the year, had he converted. Andersen stood tall, and from then on, it was a relatively quiet night from the Oilers’ dynamic duo.
Sheldon Keefe did a great job of making sure that Muzzin …

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Author: Rachel Doerrie / The Leafs Nation