Capitals fans: Now that you’re down a game to the eighth-seeded Leafs, in a series that was just supposed to be a warm-up for the real opportunities to choke, how’re those sphincters? Are they so desperately clenched that not even a molecule can pass through, giving you that familiar tummy ache of despair? Or have you…
A back-handed pass from Brian Boyle to Kasperi Kapanen set up the game-winning goal 11:53 into the second overtime period, evening the Toronto-Washington series at a game apiece.
Weird things happen in the playoffs. After just two days we’ve seen game-winning goals from the unlikeliest players, including Tanner Glass, Joel Edmundson, Melker Karlsson, and Tom Wilson. And last night, with the Cup-favorite Caps facing the pressure and desperately needing an OT winner against Toronto, they got one…
The much-anticipated Toronto-Washington first round matchup is meeting expectations, as tonight’s Game 1 went to overtime after the Capitals erased a 2-0 first period deficit and eventually prevailed after Tom Wilson knocked down a clearance attempt and fired it past Frederik Andersen 5:15 into OT.
The Maple Leafs are locked a tight race down the stretch of the season to secure one of the last three Eastern Conference playoff spots still in the balance. The team got off to the best possible start this evening against Buffalo, scoring three goals in 43 seconds in the first period to chase Sabres goalie Robin…
Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak received a five-minute major and game misconduct for boarding in Wednesday’s game against the Blue Jackets. Since Polak was ejected, Toronto would usually have another player serve the penalty in his stead. Head coach Mike Babcock decided to gamble, but it didn’t work out for him.
In last night’s 5-2 Rangers win, Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak laid a questionable hit on Mats Zuccarello, New York’s diminutive leading scorer. At the next break, TSN’s Ray Ferraro, stationed between the benches, broke down the hit for viewers, and as luck would have it, Polak was right there peering over his…
You know that Auston Matthews can score. The Leafs center is on pace for 44 goals, which, if you throw out the guys who started in the WHA, would tie him for seventh all-time among NHL rookies. He didn’t score last night in a wild 6-5 loss to Washington, but one of his two assists was every bit as highlight-reelworthy.
The hockey buzzer-beater is a rare event, but the Red Wings pulled it off as Anthony Mantha poked in Detroit’s second goal of the final two minutes—and the seventh of the third period—to force overtime at today’s outdoor Centennial Classic at Toronto’s “Exhibition Stadium.”
The Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs spent most of the third period hitting, grabbing, shoving, and fighting each other Saturday. The anger eventually boiled over into a line brawl.
It’s appropriate that the happiest and most hopeful Maple Leafs fans have been in exactly three seasons and 15 minutes is after a game they lost. But though the Senators prevailed 5-4 in overtime of the season opener, it’s obvious that Toronto—and, hell, the rest of us—should be very, very excited. Auston Matthews is…
Auston Matthews took the ice for the first time in his NHL career tonight against Ottawa, and immediately started scoring. Ten minutes into the first period, he popped up in the right place during a goalmouth scramble, and slipped his shot in.
It’s Frederik Andersen, late of the Ducks. The Leafs announced the deal today, the 26-year-old Danish netminder in exchange for a 2016 first-rounder (the Penguins’ pick, 30th overall, acquired in the Phil Kessel trade) and a second-rounder next year. Seems like a fine deal for both teams.
Excellent reaction by Bernier here.
Former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore despises Mike Babcock. The pair’s relationship consists of Commodore publicly talking about how much he hates his two-time ex-coach, particularly the time he signed a one-year deal with the Red Wings, only to be scratched and traded away after 17 games. With the Maple Leafs playing…
Ryan McDonagh, the Rangers’ captain and best defenseman, could miss more time after taking an elbow to the head from Toronto’s Leo Komarov and leaving the game—just 12 days after suffering another concussion.
It went from rumor to official real quickly: the Toronto Maple Leafs have sent captain Dion Phaneuf to the Ottawa Senators in a nine-player deal, and I’m about to hit a heretofore unprecedented sequence of keystrokes here, but the Leafs seem like they have a plan and they’re pulling it off real well.
When the present is grim and the future dim, there’s not much choice but to sell the past. That’s exactly what the Maple Leafs are going with their new logo, unveiled last night: in multiple ways it hearkens back to the glory days when the team, you know, won stuff.
The Columbus Blue Jackets lost 6-3 to the Toronto Maple Leafs last night, in part because goalie Sergei Bobrovsky couldn’t track the hockey fuck on this play. I’m surprised this transposition doesn’t happen more often.