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THW Podcast – Ep. 16 – Maple Leafs, Blues, and NHL News

On the 16th episode of The Hockey Writers Podcast, Brandon Share-Cohen stops in to chat the news of the week in the NHL and we take a few minutes with The Old Prof and Stephen Ground to talk Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues respectively. Don’t miss as each walks us through what to expect with a couple contenders as they finish off the regular season. On This Week’s THW Podcast We start by visiting with regular guest Brandon Share-Cohen to talk all things NHL news...
Tags: Usa, News, Podcasts, Toronto, Sport, Hockey, NHL, St Louis, Detroit, Stephen, Sparks, Don, Islanders, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs

Game #74 Review: Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. Buffalo Sabres 2

After getting shutout out the previous night, the Toronto Maple Leafs bounced back with a strong 60-minute performance against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night. First Period From the drop of the puck, the Leafs took control of the game in a big way. Frustrated from their 3-0 loss to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday […] The post Game #74 Review: Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs. Buffalo Sabres 2 appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.
Tags: Sport, Nashville, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Leafs News, Game Reviews

The Mike Babcock/Kyle Dubas Relationship

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, It’s not difficult or unreasonable to speculate about the state of the team and maybe more importantly the state of the relationship between general manager Kyle Dubas and coach Mike Babcock. Dubas was 4 years old when Babcock won his first coach of the year award. These are men of different styles, different philosophies, different generations, really, and that’s not uncommon for any coach-GM combination in any sport — except in this case the age fa...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Gm, Babcock, Leafs, Kyle Dubas, Dubas, Steve Simmons, Mike Babcock Dubas, Mike Babcock Kyle Dubas

Maple Leafs Swat Sabres – Tavares & Matthews With 2 Each

BUFFALO, N.Y. — John Tavares and Auston Matthews each had a goal and assist, and the Toronto Maple Leafs won for just the second time in six games, beating the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on Wednesday night. Mitchell Marner and Zach Hyman, into an empty net, also scored and the Maple Leafs inched to within four points of the idle Boston Bruins in the race for second place in the Atlantic Division standings. Garret Sparks stopped 22 shots for Toronto, which was playing on consecutive nights after a 3-0...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Atlantic, San Jose, Rochester, Buffalo, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Babcock, St Louis, Sharks, Ottawa, Sparks, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens

Fire Mike Babcock

from James Tanner of Editor in Leaf, The Toronto Maple Leafs are not playing well, and in my opinion, all of their problems stem from terrible decisions made by Mike Babcock, which I will list shortly. The precedent for firing coaches late in the season was set by Kyle Dubas mentor and previous Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello fired head coach Claude Julien with three games left in the season, while on a winning streak, and leading their division. Claude Julien remains one of the most resp...
Tags: Sport, NHL, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Lou Lamoriello, Claude Julien, Mike Babcock, Kyle Dubas, James Tanner

Predators Blank Stumbling Maple Leafs – Rinne Gets Shutout

NASHVILLE — Pekka Rinne shut out Toronto for the second time this season and Brian Boyle, Wayne Simmonds and Filip Forsberg scored goals to give the Nashville Predators a 3-0 win over the slumping Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. Nashville won its third straight and Toronto lost for the fourth time in five games. Rinne made 22 saves and Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen made 17 stops. Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne stops a shot by Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares (AP Ph...
Tags: Boston, Toronto, Sport, Nashville, Philadelphia, Defence, Hockey, NHL, Pittsburgh, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Nashville Predators, Winnipeg, Brian Boyle, Rinne

Leafs Play Better But Can’t Score Against The Predators

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, Needing some kind of answer following the ugliest four-game stretch of their season, the ill and injured Maple Leafs showed that they’re capable of playing an air-tight, playoff-friendly style of game. Forget for a moment that they lost 3-0 to the Nashville Predators here on Tuesday. That’s very much secondary to getting their game into some kind of shape to match up with the Boston Bruins three weeks from now, and this was a forceful step in the righ...
Tags: Sport, Dallas, Babcock, Boston Bruins, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Nashville Predators, Chris Johnston

Mike Babcock Post Game, Predators 3 vs. Leafs 0: “It’s a game you’d like to win because you thought the team put in the effort and did things right and stayed patient”

Mike Babcock addressed the media after his team’s 3-0 loss to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night, the Leafs’ fourth loss in their last five games. On the team’s performance and effort level: I really liked our game. I thought we worked hard. I thought we played well defensively. I thought we tracked. I thought […] The post Mike Babcock Post Game, Predators 3 vs. Leafs 0: “It’s a game you’d like to win because you thought the team put in the effort and did things right and stayed patient” a...
Tags: Sport, Nashville, Leafs, Mike Babcock, Leafs News

The 50 Goal Season

On Mar. 18, 1945, in the final game of the 1944-45 season, Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard of the Montreal Canadiens becomes the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in one season. In honor of that NHL record-setting accomplishment (one of many for The Rocket) we have pulled this great piece from the THW Archives. Written by former THW contributor Mike Moore and originally published on Jan. 9, 2011.   The Rocket did it first. I don’t believe in astrology, so pardon me when I borrow the expre...
Tags: Boston, Toronto, Sport, Chicago, Canada, Rocket, Detroit Red Wings, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Archives, Richard, Hall of Fame, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens

When Toronto’s Backup Goalie Speaks

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet, So, after getting blown out by a very good Belleville squad on Hockey Night in Canada Saturday in prime time, their fourth consecutive soft effort before a partisan crowd, one could see how a spurt of raw Garret Sparks honesty could rankle those with more seniority. “We need more emotion from everybody. We need people to get angry. We need people to step up and get mad and take it personally,” said the backup goalie, after appearing in all three of the week...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Canada, Sparks, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Fred, Belleville, John Tavares, Morgan Rielly, Garret Sparks, Luke Fox, Leafs Nation, Jake Gardiner Travis Dermott Kasperi Kapanen

Chicago Blackhawks Keep on Rolling

What do you know?! The Chicago Blackhawks have won five consecutive games and secured 10 more important points in the standings. It’s not always pretty, but they’re getting it done. They still have a rough road ahead to make the playoffs, but they’re taking care of business on their end with wins. The Blackhawks currently sit five points outside of the final wild card spot, but guess what? Other teams are right there with them, and they keep winning, too. The Hawks can’t afford to rest on their ...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Blackhawks, Hawks, Patrick Kane, Coyotes

Toronto Maple Leafs Musings: Bracco is NHL Ready, Sandin’s in Brannstrom Territory, Liljegren’s Strong Stretch, and Playing a Heavier Style

In this week’s Leafs Musings, we will cover Jeremy Bracco’s NHL readiness, Rasmus Sandin’s rapid progression, and the type of ‘heaviness’ the Leafs need to incorporate into their lineup. We also have a few extra notes on Timothy Liljegren, Michael Carcone and Adam Brooks. Let’s get right to it. Jeremy Bracco Is NHL Ready When […] The post Toronto Maple Leafs Musings: Bracco is NHL Ready, Sandin’s in Brannstrom Territory, Liljegren’s Strong Stretch, and Playing a Heavier Style appeared first on M...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Analysis, NHL, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Bracco, Jeremy Bracco, Leafs News, Sandin, Adam Brooks, Liljegren, Rasmus Sandin, Brannstrom Territory Liljegren, Timothy Liljegren Michael Carcone

Maple Leafs Gardiner & Brown: Will They Be Back in Blue & White?

If Scott Wheeler of The Athletic is correct, the answer to whether Jake Gardiner or Connor Brown will be with the Toronto Maple Leafs next season is a solid “no.” Jim Parsons, in his most recent The Hockey Writers’ podcast, interviewed Wheeler and what he had to say about Maple Leafs’ salary cap next season woes was interesting. Wheeler reported that, although the Maple Leafs would like to keep both players, they will be forced to make some difficult salary-cap decisions that will result in thes...
Tags: Usa, Minnesota, Toronto, Sport, Wheeler, Hockey, Jim Parsons, White, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Lou Lamoriello, Brown, Parsons

Evening Line- Chris Johnston

We have now entered the most critical and urgent juncture of the Babcock era. The head coach with the Hall of Fame bonafides must find a way to refocus his players, to bring his group together, to have his message heard and to keep this from turning into another 18-wheeler off the cliff with three weeks to go before the playoffs. -Chris Johnston of Sportsnet where you can read more on the Leafs, plus other topics like more video review.
Tags: Sport, Babcock, Hall of Fame, Leafs, Chris Johnston

Senators Upset Maple Leafs – Paajarvi Scores 2 Goals

OTTAWA — Magnus Paajarvi scored two goals to lead the last-place Ottawa Senators to a 6-2 win over the slumping Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Cody Ceci, Brian Gibbons, Anthony Duclair and Oscar Lindberg also scored for Ottawa (25-41-6). Anders Nilsson made 35 saves. Morgan Rielly and John Tavares scored for the Leafs (43-24-5), who have lost three of their past four games. Garret Sparks stopped 38 shots. Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Garret Sparks makes save as Ottawa Senators left wi...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Ottawa, Gibbons, Sparks, Nilsson, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Bobby Ryan, John Tavares, Tavares, Oscar Lindberg, Morgan Rielly

Last-place Ottawa Senators upset provincial rival Toronto Maple Leafs

OTTAWA — The best thing the Toronto Maple Leafs can say about this week is that it's over.The Leafs lost 6-2 to the last-place Ottawa Senators on Saturday night, concluding a week that saw Toronto lose three of four while giving up 23 goals.With just 10 games remaining in the regular season, the Leafs know they must improve. "A little adversity is not a bad thing," said Toronto defenceman Morgan Rielly, whose team fell four points behind the Boston Bruins for second in the Atlantic Division...
Tags: News, Toronto, Atlantic, NHL, Smith, Ottawa, Gibbons, Sparks, Nilsson, Boston Bruins, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Bobby Ryan, John Tavares, Tavares

Video- Kelly Hrudey On The Toronto Maple Leafs

The Leafs are down 4-1 after two periods tonight. via Sportsnet,  
Tags: Sport, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Kelly Hrudey

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators – Game #72 Preview & Projected Lines

Heading to Kanata for the first time this year, the Toronto Maple Leafs have an opportunity to catch the Bruins tonight as they hope to replicate the pace and intensity of last night’s big win (7 p.m, CBC). Despite being a back-to-back game, the Leafs will not continue their rotation on the back end and […] The post Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators – Game #72 Preview & Projected Lines appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.
Tags: Sport, Cbc, Game Day, Bruins, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Kanata

Maple Leafs Learn Valuable Lesson

Trailing 5-2 in the latter stages of the second period to the Philadelphia Flyers, the Toronto Maple Leafs looked destined for a third straight home loss Friday night. Then, something changed. Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin notched two goals in quick succession, cutting the deficit to 5-4 heading into the intermission. Although neither goal will make the “plays of the week,” they were the turning point of the game. During the second intermission, Muzzin shared some words of wisdom with TSN’s Mark ...
Tags: Boston, Office, Toronto, Sport, Chicago, Hockey, Tampa, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, Flyers, Bruins, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Maple Leafs, TSN

Maple Leafs, Bruins Set on Collision Course

Call it destiny. Or call it a recurring nightmare. Your name for it completely depends on what side of the puck you’re sitting on – the Boston Bruins or the Toronto Maple Leafs. Either way, it looks as though both teams will likely be staring each other down once again when the Stanley Cup playoffs kick off in just over a month. While there’s still time for things to change, it seems fitting that the Bruins and Maple Leafs hold down the second and third spots, respectively, in the Atlantic Divis...
Tags: Usa, Toronto, Sport, Hockey, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Bruins, Patrice Bergeron, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Atlantic Division, Milan Lucic, Andersen, James Reimer

Breaking Down the Maple Leafs’ Defensive Woes

About halfway through Friday night’s back-and-forth affair between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers, TSN play-by-play man Gord Miller summed up my thoughts perfectly: “Not sure if it’s a winning recipe in the playoffs, but it’s sure fun to watch.” There were so many goals in the second period (seven, to be exact), that I’m not entirely sure what the exact score was when he said it. 5-2 Flyers, perhaps? Maybe 5-3? Regardless, the Maple Leafs overcame a three-goal deficit to win the...
Tags: Usa, Toronto, Sport, Kings, Hockey, NHL, Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, Miller, Boston Bruins, Flyers, Bruins, Auston Matthews

Maple Leafs Rally From 3-Goal Deficit to Beat Flyers

TORONTO — Auston Matthews scored with five minutes left in the third period as the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied from a three-goal deficit to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-6 on Friday night. A one-handed pass from William Nylander in front found the the Leafs centre, who buried his 33rd goal of the season to snap a 5-5 tie inside a raucous Scotiabank Arena. Matthews added his 34th — matching his jersey number — with 2:39 to go on a rebound off the rush. Former Leaf James van Riemsdyk scored his...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Chicago, Atlantic, Philadelphia, Hockey, Tampa, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh, Scotiabank, Boston Bruins, Elliott, Philadelphia Flyers, Flyers

A Look at the Maple Leafs Coach Beyond the 2019 Playoffs

As the 2019 NHL Playoffs draw near, head coach Mike Babcock and the Toronto Maple Leafs appear set to face the Boston Bruins in the first round for the second season in a row. Last season’s first-round matchup between the two was momentous and led to yet another dramatic Game 7 encounter. Old demons resurfaced and the Bruins were able to crush the Leafs in the third period to win the game 7-4. Since the announcement of the Leafs rebuild in 2015, this series against the Bruins has stood as the te...
Tags: Usa, Washington, Boston, Toronto, Sport, Nba, Hockey, NHL, Babcock, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Kings, Raptors, Boston Bruins, Bruins

2019 NHL Draft Lottery – What You Need to Know

While many teams are jockeying for position and looking forward to the NHL playoffs, others have resigned themselves to early tee times. The only thing they can look forward to is the NHL Draft Lottery, set for April 9 in Toronto. The NHL announced that the 2019 #NHLDraft Lottery will be held Tuesday, April 9, in Toronto. The results of the Draft Lottery will be revealed live by national rightsholders NBCSN, Sportsnet and TVA Sports during a one-hour show beginning at 8 p.m., ET.
Tags: Usa, US, Toronto, Sport, Finland, Blues, Rangers, Lightning, Dallas, San Jose, Jets, Vancouver, Hockey, NHL, Announcements, St Louis

2011 NHL Entry Draft: Five Forgotten Picks

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul is notable for a number of reasons. First, it was the second of three straight drafts the Edmonton Oilers picked first overall, selecting Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Second, it’s notable for being where True North Sports & Entertainment, which bought the Atlanta Thrashers a month earlier, revealed they would call their team the Jets and made their first-ever pick, selecting — controversially at the time — Mark Scheifele over Sean Couturier. Third, it’s notable for t...
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THW Podcast – Ep. 15 – Maple Leafs, Oilers, Scott Wheeler The Athletic

On the 15th episode of The Hockey Writers Podcast, Brandon Share-Cohen stops in to chat the news of the week in the NHL. We talk with Scott Wheeler of The Athletic about the Toronto Maple Leafs and visit with Eric Friesen of THW to talk Edmonton Oilers and more.  On This Week’s THW Podcast We start by visiting with regular guest Brandon Share-Cohen to talk all things NHL news. From the Morgan Reilly investigation to Carey Price’s record-setting 315 wins in Montreal to injuries on key team...
Tags: Podcasts, Toronto, Sport, Wheeler, Gm, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, Edmonton, New Jersey Devils, Don, Edmonton Oilers, Oilers, Leafs, Maple Leafs

No Structure In Toronto’s Loss To Chicago

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, The dressing room was open and silent and empty, a mirrored version of this rather pathetic, more than troubling night of Maple Leafs hockey. No one was at their stalls. No one was undressing by their nameplates. Only the individual players forced to stand by the Leafs banner were dragged out to face the music on a night when no music played in the dressing room. It is hard to know where to begin as the Leafs imploded for the second consecuti...
Tags: Boston, Toronto, Sport, Chicago, NHL, Babcock, Chicago Blackhawks, Bruins, Leafs, Maple Leafs, John Tavares, Mike Babcock, Toronto Continue, Steve Simmons

Then and Now: The Maple Leafs All-Time Centres

From time to time The Hockey Writers’ editors look back on old articles that generated some buzz. Today, Mar. 14, marks the anniversary of Hockey Hall of Famer Darryl Sittler becoming the all-time leading goal scorer in Toronto Maple Leafs history, we’re re-publishing this great piece by Andrew Forbes recounting the best centres in Leafs history. – originally published on Aug. 31, 2015 With Legends Row continuing to grow in Toronto, it only seems right to take a look back at some of the great...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Bower, Quinn, Hockey, NHL, Archives, Kennedy, Cbc, Mvp, Boston Bruins, Brian Burke, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Andrew

Perlini, Blackhawks hold off late charge by Maple Leafs for wild 5-4 win

The Maple Leafs were encouraged by a chaotic comeback attempt that fell just short. Brendan Perlini had a goal and two assists as the Chicago Blackhawks jumped out to a big lead before fending off a furious Toronto rally for a 5-4 victory on Wednesday. The Leafs had a built-in excuse in the immediate aftermath of Monday's listless 6-2 home loss to the first-place Tampa Bay Lightning — the players got just one day off following a three-game road trip through Western Canada — but only had the...
Tags: News, Toronto, NHL, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Western Canada, Brendan Perlini, Perlini Blackhawks

Blackhawks Survive Maple Leafs Late Charge

TORONTO — Brendan Perlini had a goal and two assists as the Chicago Blackhawks held off a furious Toronto comeback to defeat the Maple Leafs 5-4 on Wednesday night. Brandon Saad, with a goal and an assist, Duncan Keith, Dominik Kahun and Alex DeBrincat also scored as Chicago (31-30-9) jumped out to a 5-0 lead before being forced to hang on. Dylan Strome added two assists for the Blackhawks, who have won four straight and crept within four points of the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild-card sp...
Tags: Usa, Toronto, Sport, Chicago, Hockey, NHL, Bronx, Montreal, Tampa, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks, Sparks, Kane, Keith, Auston Matthews, Leafs