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The NHL’s Department of Player Safety – A Model of Inconsistency

Personally, I think it’s been one of the best years in a while when it comes to supplemental discipline handed down from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety (DoPS). For the most part, they’ve been consistent and relatively fair in terms of who they suspend and for how long. Players like Evgeni Malkin and Connor McDavid even had their names brought before the board as they, too, were culprits in breaking the rules of the game at times this season. But like the NHL’s officiating, thhat seems ...
Tags: Column, Washington, Boston, Sport, San Jose, Hockey, NHL, Sharks, CBA, Tampa Bay Lightning, Commentary, Boston Bruins, Bruins, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Carolina Hurricanes


Maple Leafs’ Key to Winning: The Battle of the Top Lines

The Toronto Maple Leafs, after losing both their composure and Game 2 in Boston, came back to beat the Boston Bruins by a score of 3-2 in Game 3. I believe that Game 3 is a mirror to how the Maple Leafs can win this series. The Maple Leafs now lead the series two games to one, and they have home-ice advantage. Importance of Home-Ice Advantage In the NHL, home-ice advantage is important for three reasons. First, a rabid home crowd can create a huge source of energy during games, espe...
Tags: Boston, NFL, Toronto, Sport, Nba, Mlb, Ken Campbell, Hockey, NHL, Babcock, Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins, Bruins, Auston Matthews, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand


Suspension of Kadri has Trickle-Down Effect for Maple Leafs

Nazem Kadri’s aggressive play in Game 2 of the first round matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins resulted in him being suspended for the remainder of the series. Because of his absence, other players on the Maple Leafs’ roster are being given opportunities they might not otherwise be given. After watching Game 3, Kadri’s suspension appears to have had a trickle-down effect. In response coach Mike Babcock made changes to the original plan he had for the deployment of hi...
Tags: Sport, Hockey, NHL, Boston Bruins, Bruins, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Brown, Tyler Ennis, Patrick Marleau, Nazem Kadri, John Tavares, Tuukka Rask, Mike Babcock, Marleau, William Nylander


Maple Leafs Down Bruins to Take 2-1 Series Lead

TORONTO — Auston Matthews scored his first goal of the playoffs and set up another as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Monday to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal. Andreas Johnsson, also with a goal and an assist, and Trevor Moore provided the rest of the offence for Toronto. Frederik Andersen made 34 saves. David Krejci and Charlie Coyle replied for Boston. Tuukka Rask stopped 31 shots for visitors in front of a crowd of 19,611...
Tags: New York, Boston, Toronto, Sport, Hockey, Boston Bruins, Bruins, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Marcus Johansson, David Krejci, Moore, Coyle, Tyler Ennis, Krejci


Suspended Nazem Kadri to miss rest of Maple Leafs' series against Bruins

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been suspended for the rest of his team's opening-round playoff series against Boston after he took a major penalty for a vicious cross-check to the head of Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk on Saturday night.The NHL came down hard on the veteran forward for the incident that took place at 14:03 of the third period in a 4-1 loss at Boston.Toronto rebounded to win its first game without Kadri as it defeated Boston 3-2 in Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead in the ...
Tags: New York, London, News, Minnesota, Boston, Toronto, NHL, Babcock, Detroit, Edmonton, Bruins, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, East


Maple Leafs Need to Regroup With Kadri Likely Out

TORONTO — Nazem Kadri was actually doing a decent job of keeping his cool. There was the on-ice wrestling match that ended with the Toronto Maple Leafs centre getting punched in the face by Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk. Kadri was then felled by a knee-on-knee hit — again from DeBrusk — that resulted in him limping off before he eventually returned to the fray. But a third incident in the Bruins’ 4-1 victory inside a deafening TD Garden on Saturday night that knotted the...
Tags: New York, Boston, Toronto, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Babcock, Boston Bruins, Bruins, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, David Pastrnak, TD Garden, Patrick Marleau, Nazem Kadri


Six Lessons From the Maple Leafs Game 2 Loss

Well, it was too good to last from the Toronto Maple Leafs’ perspective. They should have known, and probably did, that the Boston Bruins would have reverted to the form that beat them during the regular season. The Bruins did just that, and the result was a stop-in-your-tracks 4-1 reversal of the Maple Leafs’ Game 1 win. Boston Bruins Karson Kuhlman slides through the crease after a save by Toronto Maple Leafs Frederik Andersen. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) With the series tied one ...
Tags: Usa, Boston, Toronto, Sport, Hockey, Babcock, Boston Bruins, Bruins, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Jake, Patrick Marleau, Nazem Kadri, David Backes, John Tavares


Sean Avery suggests Auston Matthews fight at center ice in bizarre, profane rant

The 10-year NHL veteran unloaded a profane rant on Instagram outlining his thoughts on Jake DeBrusk's hit on Patrick Marleau and Nazem Kadri's retaliation. Here's Avery's take slide-for-slide on his Instagram story: Slide 1: “That f—ing hit that Jake DeBrusk threw on Patrick Marleau in the Leafs-Bruins game was a dirty f—king hit. That's not a particularly hot take.
Tags: News, Instagram, NHL, Sean Avery, Auston Matthews, Patrick Marleau, Nazem Kadri, Jake DeBrusk, Leafs Bruins


Bruins Outmuscle Maple Leafs and Even Series 1-1

BOSTON — Brad Marchand and Charlie Coyle scored during a raucous first period as the Boston Bruins downed the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Saturday to even their first-round playoff series at one game apiece. Danton Heinen and Patrice Bergeron had the other goals for Boston, which flexed its muscle following a lacklustre effort against the speedy Leafs in Thursday’s opener. Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots, while Marchand added an assist. Nazem Kadri, who could be facing another suspension after...
Tags: Boston, NFL, Toronto, Sport, New England Patriots, Hockey, Boston Bruins, Bruins, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Marcus Johansson, Coyle, David Pastrnak, Zdeno Chara


Maple Leafs Beat Bruins in Game 1 – Mitch Marner Tallies Two

BOSTON — Mitch Marner scored twice, including one on a short-handed penalty shot, as the Toronto Maple Leafs downed the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Thursday to grab a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven first-round playoff series William Nylander and John Tavares, into and empty net, had the other goal for Toronto, which got 37 saves from Frederik Andersen. Patrice Bergeron replied for Boston. Tuukka Rask stopped 29-of-32 shots for the Bruins. The victory was the first for the Leafs in a Game 1 si...
Tags: Boston, Toronto, Sport, Atlantic, Hockey, Boston Bruins, Bruins, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Bruce Bennett Getty, David Pastrnak, TD Garden, Matthews, Patrick Marleau, Andersen


Maple Leafs Need to Learn From Past Mistakes

Game 1 of the Toronto Maple Leafs-Boston Bruins series is tonight with fans from both sides waiting for puck drop with bated breath. Last season’s Game 7 loss is still fresh in everybody’s mind. Toronto hopes that the acquisitions of John Tavares and Jake Muzzin will be enough to tip the scales in their favour this time around. But it is still hard to shake that uneasy feeling that comes when facing the Bruins. The Maple Leafs have played the Bruins four times this season and won only one of...
Tags: Boston, Toronto, Sport, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Sparks, Bruins, Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, David Pastrnak, Matthews, Patrick Marleau, Andersen, John Tavares


‘Good Luck!’ Lightning Carry Burden of Presidents’ Trophy

Jon Cooper and Todd Reirden were coaching at the All-Star Game in January when the topic of winning the Presidents’ Trophy came up. With Cooper’s Tampa Bay Lightning cruising toward winning it as the NHL’s best team, he asked the Washington coach how to handle it. Reirden was less than helpful. “I said: ‘Good luck! I don’t know what you’re talking about,'” Reirden recalled with a grin. Finishing at the top of the league comes with expectations, but only two of 13 Presidents’ Trophy winn...
Tags: Usa, Minnesota, Washington, Toronto, Sport, Williams, Nashville, Philadelphia, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Braydon Coburn, SAP Center


NHL Playoffs: Atlantic Bracket a Brutal Path to East Final

Three of the top seven teams in the NHL are packed into a four-team murderers’ row playoff bracket and only one can reach the Eastern Conference Final. The Tampa Bay Lightning’s reward for finishing 21 points ahead of the rest of the league during the regular season is a first-round matchup against Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky and the all-in Columbus Blue Jackets, while the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs meet for the second consecutive year in the other Atlantic Division series. ...
Tags: Usa, New York, Washington, Boston, Sport, Ap, Philadelphia, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Long Island, Calgary, National Hockey League, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh


Time Running Out for NHL Veterans Still Chasing First Stanley Cup

TORONTO — Time is running out for some NHL players that have yet to win a Stanley Cup over a lengthy career. Here are 10 NHL veterans still chasing their first Cup: 1. Calgary Goaltender Mike Smith – 37 13 seasons (2018-19: 42 games played, 23-16-2, 2.72 goals-against average, .898 save percentage) Calgary Flames goaltender Mike Smith (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Gene J. Puskar) Smith arguably has his best chance at a Cup with Calgary after years in Dallas, Tampa Bay and Arizon...
Tags: Usa, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Boston, Toronto, Sport, Arizona, Finland, Rangers, Dallas, Nashville, San Jose, Jets, Vancouver, Hockey, NHL


Searching For Their First Cup

from the CP at Sportsnet, Here are 10 NHL veterans still chasing their first Cup: 1. Calgary goaltender Mike Smith — 37, 13 seasons Smith arguably has his best chance at a Cup with Calgary after years in Dallas, Tampa Bay and Arizona. He has played just 19 career playoff games with 16 of those coming in the Phoenix Coyotes’ run to the 2012 Western Conference Final. Things weren’t looking good for the Kingston, Ont., native early in the season when he got injured and lost his start...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Arizona, San Jose, NHL, Smith, Sharks, Calgary, Pittsburgh, Mike Smith, Patrick Marleau, Phoenix Coyotes, Marleau, Kingston Ont, Sportsnet Here, David Rittich


Leafs vs. Bruins: Rivalry Renewed

This season seems like last season in at least one aspect, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins will meet again in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In this post I want to offer a bit of history for hockey fans from either team about the rivalry of these two Original Six teams. Here is the Maple Leafs vs. the Bruins, and the building of this recent rivalry. About the Boston Bruins The Bruins are an Original Six team and were the first American team to join the NHL in 1924...
Tags: Usa, Washington, Toronto, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Stanley Cup, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, Bruins, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Leafs


Lightning Down Maple Leafs to Reach 60-Win Plateau

TORONTO — Steven Stamkos scored once and also set up Alex Killorn’s winner with under six minutes to go in regulation as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Thursday. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 29 shots for Tampa (61-16-4), which became just the second team in NHL history to win more than 60 games in a season. NHL scoring leader Nikita Kucherov added his 40th goal of the season into an empty net. Mitch Marner replied for Toronto (46-28-7). Frederik Andersen made...
Tags: Boston, Toronto, Sport, Atlantic, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, Tampa, Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins, Canadiens, Bruins, Auston Matthews, Washington Capitals, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs


Bruins Are the Dragon the Maple Leafs Must Slay

It’s official: the Toronto Maple Leafs will face the Boston Bruins in the first round the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. It’s up to the Leafs to make it so a loss in that first round isn’t quite as set in stone. Maple Leafs vs. Bruins Truth be told, the Maple Leafs hold an 8-7 all-time series edge over the Bruins. Still, the Leafs have lost their last five meetings, dating back to the first round of the 1968-69 postseason. Coincidentally, that was the Leafs’ first series after their 1967 Sta...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Atlantic, Hockey, NHL, Seattle, Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins, Bruins, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Patrick Marleau, Andersen, John Tavares


Hurricanes Beat Maple Leafs to Continue Playoff Push

TORONTO — Justin Williams and Dougie Hamilton each banked in goals from behind Toronto’s net as the Carolina Hurricanes picked up a big two points in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 4-1 victory over the listless Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Jordan Staal also scored for the Hurricanes, while Hamilton added an empty netter. Petr Mrazek stopped 22 shots for Carolina (44-29-7), which came in having lost three of its last four in regulation as the franchise looks to make the post-season f...
Tags: Boston, Toronto, Sport, Atlantic, Williams, Hockey, NHL, Columbus, Tampa, Hamilton, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Sparks, Montreal Canadiens, Bruins, Auston Matthews


Senators Knock off Maple Leafs for 2nd Time in 2 Weeks

OTTAWA — The Toronto Maple Leafs can’t seem to solve the last-place Ottawa Senators. The Leafs lost 4-2 to Ottawa on Saturday night, Toronto’s second loss in the nation’s capital in two weeks. The Canadian Tire Centre game operations staff appeared to troll Toronto in the final minute, playing the Leafs’ goal song — “You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates — as the Senators put the final touches on a victory. Senators goalie Craig Anderson was superb, making 42 saves. With the loss, the ...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Hockey, Anderson, Ottawa, Sparks, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Craig Anderson, Brown, Matthews, Patrick Marleau, Cody Ceci


Last-place Senators knock off Maple Leafs for second time in two weeks

OTTAWA — With the playoffs just over a week away, the Toronto Maple Leafs know they're running out of time to clean up their game. The Leafs missed a chance to clinch a playoff spot after falling 4-2 to the last-place Ottawa Senators on Saturday night. It was Toronto's second loss in the nation's capital in two weeks and continued a run of inconsistency for the club."I thought we had lots of looks, lots of opportunities and did lots of good things," said Toronto’s Mike Babcock. "I...
Tags: News, Toronto, Backup, Craig, Anderson, Ottawa, Sparks, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Craig Anderson, Brown, Matthews, Patrick Marleau


Flyers Sneak Past Maple Leafs in Shootout

PHILADELPHIA — Sean Couturier scored in regulation and provided the only goal in a shootout as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 Wednesday night. Radko Gudas, Travis Konecny and Ryan Hartman also scored for Philadelphia, which remained mathematically alive for a playoff berth. The Flyers moved within eight points of idle Montreal for the final playoff spot with five regular-season games remaining. Auston Matthews, Connor Brown, Nazem Kadri and William Nylander scored...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Philadelphia, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, Ottawa, Philadelphia Flyers, Flyers, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Brown, Shayne Gostisbehere, Matthews, Patrick Marleau, Andersen


Maple Leafs Beat Panthers – Tavares Scores 4 Times

TORONTO — John Tavares recorded the first four-goal game of his career as the Toronto Maple Leafs downed the Florida Panthers 7-5 on Monday night. The star centre, who signed a seven-year, US$77-million contract with the Leafs in free agency on July 1, now has 45 goals on the season — the most ever by a player in his first season with the franchise. Tavares, who also has nine three-goal games since being drafted first overall by the New York Islanders in 2009, jumped into second in the NHL...
Tags: Florida, US, Toronto, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, Times, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Ottawa, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, Auston Matthews


Penguins Make March a Month of Milestones

Evgeni Malkin has been the talk of the town in Pittsburgh since reaching the 1,000-point marker with two assists in a 5-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Mar. 12. Evgeni Malkin was honored before today's game for his impressive 1,000 point milestone. Geno, It has been our pleasure watching you play all these years. The quest for another 1,000 starts now.#Ma1Kin pic.twitter.com/HQz10euvP3 — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 16, 2019 However, Malkin is just one of seven Pittsburgh ...
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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


Maple Leafs’ Johnsson Proving Draft Position Doesn’t Matter

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Andreas Johnsson is currently producing a breakout performance in his first full season in the NHL. Johnsson has played on each of the Maple Leafs’ lines this season and has had fairly consistent success. He currently has 20 goals and 20 assists for 40 points in 64 games played this season. Needless to say, he has drastically outperformed his seventh round draft selection expectations. He was drafted 202nd overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Far from a sure-thi...
Tags: Sweden, Sport, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Babcock, San Jose Sharks, Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Marlies, Matthews, Pavel Datsyuk, Sportsnet, Patrick Marleau, John Tavares


Evgeni Malkin: The Superstar That No One Notices

PITTSBURGH — The cameras crowd around Sidney Crosby’s stall, parting only to let the Pittsburgh Penguins captain slip through and tug on a baseball cap before the lights flip on, the microphones close in and the questions come. Fifteen feet away, Evgeni Malkin goes about his business quietly as part of his game-day routine, consulting with a staff member about a piece of equipment before ducking out, a star hiding in plain sight. In another era or in another NHL city, it wouldn’t be this way. Ye...
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Penguins Rally Past Capitals – Malkin Hits 1,000 Points

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby scored twice during a furious second-period rally and Evgeni Malkin picked up two assists to reach 1,000 career points as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Washington Capitals 5-3 on Tuesday night. Crosby picked up his 32nd and 33rd goals during a three-goal outburst over a span of 1:48 as Pittsburgh erased a two-goal deficit to take the lead on its way to snapping Washington’s seven-game winning streak. Jake Guentzel started Pittsburgh’s comeback with his team-leading...
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Maple Leafs’ Lessons From the Last 8 Games

On Saturday, March 9, the Toronto Maple Leafs finished a three-game western road trip, taking five of a possible six points. Prior, beginning with the Feb. 23 game against the Montreal Canadiens, they had completed a five-game stretch of four home games punctuated by the team’s memorable trip back to play John Tavares’ former New York Islanders on Feb. 28. It was a good eight-game stretch, with the team emerging with a 6-1-1 record and 13 of a possible 16 points. However, the Maple Leafs d...
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Canucks Rally to Beat Maple Leafs in OT

VANCOUVER — Alex Edler scored 3:11 into overtime as the Vancouver Canucks rallied past the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Wednesday night. Vancouver was down 2-0 heading into the third period but battled back to force the extra time. It was the first time this season that Toronto has lost when leading after two periods. Loui Eriksson and Josh Leivo scored for the Canucks (28-30-9) in regulation, and Adam Gaudette had a pair of assists. Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen lets one in. (THE ...
Tags: Usa, Toronto, Sport, Vancouver, Hockey, Edmonton, Oilers, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Canucks, Luke Schenn, Patrick Marleau, Andersen, Eriksson