November 03 2016 09:07PM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs played a bizarro-world game today, at least if your previous world was wrapped around last week. They grabbed a lead early, they held it throughout, the goaltending support was brilliant and they won despite bad fancy stats. When the narratives flip, they flip hard, it seems. Here's what went down.
November 03 2016 12:04PM
The entire sports world (minus Cleveland, I guess) is running off the high of watching the greatest drought in the various lands vanish last night, so I guess it's fitting that tonight's most important hockey game involves two perennial losers from cities that have felt sports helpless for the past little while. The Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Buffalo Sabres tonight at KeyBank Center; here's what's going down.
November 02 2016 01:17AM
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When it was realized that the line of Connor Brown, Nazem Kadri, and Leo Komarov was going to be the one that was tasked with shutting down super-phenom and all-around greatest player on earth Connor McDavid, many had their concerns. Sure, all three are hard workers, but what was Kadri going to be able to do to a player that's bigger, faster, and younger than him?
Sure enough, he had what could be argued to be the best game of his NHL career. The quintessential Nazem Kadri game. Much to the delight of the Leafs, of course; without that, they don't win this game.
November 01 2016 02:54PM
With the Edmonton Oilers in town, led by best player on earth, teenager, and all around super phenom Connor McDavid, a slew of loaded questions pointed towards the kid were inevitable. After all, a clavicle injury took away his chance at making his Air Canada Centre NHL debut last year. While he's technically played in the World Juniors for Team Canada and the World Cup for Team North America in the 18,800 seat barn, this will be his first chance to play against the team he grew up loving.
With that in mind, today he was asked about his first game that he went to as a Leafs fan. Out of curiosity, we went back to find it.
November 01 2016 11:38AM
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