Round three recap: Who scored the goal of the year for Toronto?

About two and a half weeks ago, I went through all 315 goals scored by the Toronto Maple Leafs this season and picked out the best ones. From there, I narrowed it down even further to the 16 best in my opinion that could possibly contend for “The Leafs Goal of the Year”. However, I wanted to include the followers in on this so I decided to make a bracket for this and post two goals daily and give you the chance to vote on a goal that you would like to see in the next round.
We started with eight matchups in round one and as the days went on, goals were being eliminated and we eventually got to round two, and round three. Now, we’re down to only two goals from the original 16 that were in the bracket, and today, you will yet again get the chance to vote on the goal you think deserves to move on, and in this case, be the goal of the year for Toronto.
Over on our Twitter (@TLNdc), we will be putting out a poll around 12:00 pm ET and you will click one of the two goals that you like best. With all of that out o …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

After near perfect Game 1, tough lineup decisions loom for Maple Leafs

Game 1 went about as perfect as anyone could have hoped for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Not only did they record a decisive 5-0 victory, but Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner got on the scoresheet after disappointing postseasons a year ago, the home crowd was incredible, and they appear to have gotten out of the game without any injuries.
With as successful a Game 1 as it was, it would be tough to fault Sheldon Keefe for running it back for Game 2. And if the 18 skaters that were dressed for Game 1 were Toronto’s best, I would imagine that’s exactly what we would see.
The only issue is that Michael Bunting was not part of that Game 1 squad and though his status for Game 2 remains up in the air, as soon as he is ready he’ll be back in the lineup. If that comes in time for Wednesday’s Game 2, then some tough decisions are ahead for the Maple Leafs.
So what could/should they change?
How a Michael Bunting return impacts the rest of the lineup
If Bunting is available, you would imagine he’ll slot in on the left wing with Matthews and Marner as he has for essentially the entire second half of the season. Though I wouldn’t hate trying a sec …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

Getting Jack Campbell ready for the playoffs was top ‘priority’ for Maple Leafs’, now he has to deliver

When the NHL trade deadline came and went on Mar. 21, the Toronto Maple Leafs elected not to upgrade what was seemingly a fragile situation in goal.
Their incumbent starter, Jack Campbell, was in the midst of a massive slide in his performance. Petr Mrazek, signed to three-year, $11.4 million contract to be his support system, also struggled.
“I promise I’ll get out of it,” Campbell said after a particularly poor performance against the Vancouver Canucks on Mar. 5. He allowed five goals on 28 shots, but it was the type of goals he was allowing at the time that made you suspect something was wrong.
Later in the month, Campbell suffered a rib injury and he played through it for a few games before the Maple Leafs shut down the goaltender for nearly a month.
The time away appeared to do the goaltender some good. Campbell went a perfect 7-0-0 in April while posting a .915 save percentage, far bette than the sub .900 numbers he had in the previous three months. It was play more reminiscent of the goaltender who was voted to his first NHL All-Star Game this season after a solid first two months of the season.
“Just play …

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Author: David Alter / The Leafs Nation

1 stud and 1 dud as Raptors stay alive vs. 76ers in Game 5 win

1 stud and 1 dud as Raptors stay alive vs. 76ers in Game 5 win

Scottie Barnes and the Toronto Raptors went into Game 5 of their playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers with their backs against the wall. Not only would Gary Trent Jr, Precious Achiuwa, and the rest of the squad be eliminated from the playoffs with one more loss, but they had to take on Philly without […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors blame game: Who is at fault for 3-0 hole to 76ers?

Toronto Raptors blame game: Who is at fault for 3-0 hole to 76ers?

The Toronto Raptors went from a feel-good underachiever punching above their weight class all season long to arguably the most disappointing playoff performer in the entire NBA after going down 3-0 against the Philadelphia 76ers. Murphy’s Law is doing a number on Toronto by throwing multiple huge obstacles in their path. Getting blown out in […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs 76ers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for NBA Playoffs Game 2

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs 76ers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for NBA Playoffs Game 2

The Toronto Raptors went from a lock to make some noise in the postseason to a team that is now on the verge of getting swept by a dominant foe in the Philadelphia 76ers. A Game 1 loss featured some scary injuries that will rob Toronto of their depth and make the latest Toronto Raptors […]
Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs 76ers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for NBA Playoffs Game 2 – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Could Chris Boucher see minutes cut in awful stretch for Raptors?

Could Chris Boucher see minutes cut in awful stretch for Raptors?

The Toronto Raptors went from one of the worst benches in the league to a team that was continuously getting enough production from their second unit to pull off some upsets. While Chris Boucher was a huge reason why the bench turned around, he’s been struggling mightily in the last few days. Ever since a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

How will Raptors handle Armoni Brooks-Malachi Flynn question?

How will Raptors handle Armoni Brooks-Malachi Flynn question?

The Toronto Raptors went from thin to alarmingly thin at guard when Malachi Flynn went down with a hamstring injury. After turning to 10-day signing Armoni Brooks, Toronto has been so pleased with his performance that he’s earned a new multi-year contract after just a handful of games. Brooks has averaged 6.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Celtics Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Mar. 28

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Celtics Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Mar. 28

The Toronto Raptors went from a team that appeared to be locked into the play-in tournament to the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference in a matter of weeks. In their most pivotal game of the season to date, the latest Raptors odds have them positioned to come out on top against a contender. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Pacers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Mar. 26

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Pacers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Mar. 26

The Toronto Raptors went from dreaming about potentially earning the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference to ending him just a few key wins away from making that dream a reality. The latest Toronto Raptors odds have them positioned as a huge favorite at home. Scottie Barnes will square off against Tyrese Haliburton and […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ