December 18 2015 09:21PM
The thing about this year's Toronto Marlies team, above all else, is that you have to accept that every single night will provide an opportunity for you to be dumbfounded by them. Of course, I mean that in the most positive way possible. But tonight? Tonight took that to a whole new level, as they gained first place in the American Hockey League in inexplicable fashion.
December 17 2015 06:37PM
Leafs fans have been more than happy to give Garret Sparks as much ice time as he wants until he proves undeserving, and after Jonathan Bernier's less-than-stellar last start, Mike Babcock was more than happy to give him a shot. In a twist of fate that screams "typical Toronto", however, the 22-year-old left tonight's game against the San Jose Sharks with a lower body injury.
December 16 2015 08:32PM
Antoine Bibeau needed to have himself a great game tonight. Not because the staff was going to put pressure on him, not because the players needed his support, but for his own confidence. Bibeau looked pretty solid in his appearance that slotted in between Jonathan Bernier's shutout streak but really needed a second good showing. Tonight, he got that; at least for the first 58 minutes against the Binghamton Senators.
December 15 2015 08:13PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs are in the midst of a nailbiter at the moment, about to head to overtime against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Battle for Steven Stamkos. In the meantime, two of the goals have special significance to Tyler Bozak, who picked up his 100th goal and 250th point.
December 15 2015 06:28PM
We all had a little bit of a chuckle at the "Sign Stamkos" posters that a Toronto Radio station printed out to give to fans tonight, but it looks like the team understood the questionable optics of allowing a campaign to woo an opponent to go on, especially when the bosses of the radio station are also the bosses of the hockey team. The Leafs responded before tonight's game by banning the signs entirely; though ones like the sign you see above were by and large allowed.