On Morgan Rielly, helmets, and the blame game

Jeff Veillette
January 17 2016 02:14AM


Morgan Rielly lost his helmet along the boards with about two and a half minutes left to play. It happens. He changed, the Leafs moved into the offensive zone, the helmet stayed in the corner. He prayed for a stoppage in play, or a helmet he could wear. He got neither, and Brad Marchand soon scored the game-winning goal.

The Hockey Night in Canada broadcasting crew immediately placed the blame on him.

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Brendan Leipsic scores Hat Trick in Eventful Marlies Victory

Jeff Veillette
January 17 2016 12:02AM


Brendan Leipsic has been described by some as "the most annoying prospect in hockey". He's small, he's skilled, and he gets in your face; the combination has people hoping for a Brad Marchand type of player once fully developed. I'm not sure if the description or the comparable are totally fair to him, but to the St. John's IceCaps, he was probably more annoying than Marchand was to the Leafs tonight. Leipsic scored not one, not two, but three goals in a runaway 6-3 victory for the Toronto Marlies.

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Leafs Postgame: Worse Luck Next Time

Jeff Veillette
January 16 2016 09:15PM

Photo Credit: Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins bring out the worst in every Leafs fan. No, they don't make us angry; anger would just be a release for the long-suffering. They are the gasoline that fuels the depression. Whether it's a memorable loss, bad trade, or awkward, the Bruins are always there to do it to you, and then add it to the list of reminders for next time.

Tonight, they'll add another crazy game to that list as the Leafs dropped a heartbreaker by a 3-2 score.

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Bibeau, Soshnikov impress in Marlies shootout win

Jeff Veillette
January 13 2016 11:25PM


After a few weeks of disappearance, Kasperi Kapanen is back in blue and white. The Finnish teenager made his way to Helsinki to play in the World Juniors a few weeks ago and stayed back a few days later than expected to take advantage of his deity-like status in his native land. But the fun and games are now over, and it's time for him to, well, play games and do fun things.

With that said, he was far from the star player in tonight's 3-2 result against the Utica Comets. Few of the skaters had nights to phone home about, really; Antoine Bibeau kept the Marlies in this one as long as they needed him to before the game was won in a shootout.

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Leafs Postgame: Korpisalowned

Jeff Veillette
January 13 2016 08:52PM

We should have known that this night was going to be one for good intentions with poor results at this very moment. Just look at Josh Leivo. He works his tail off for months with the Marlies, plays well above expectations, puts on the jersey of the big club for the first time this season, and almost kills himself on the net before the game even starts.

Great omen, Josh. The Leafs lost this one 3-1 to the Columbus Blue Jackets, in a game where Toronto's systems shined, but their skill level didn't.

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