Marlies close out ACC series with victory over IceCaps

Jeff Veillette
March 26 2016 02:50PM

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The Air Canada Centre has been a bit of an inconsistent beast for the Toronto Marlies, both this season and in years past. The same could be said for the St. John's IceCaps, who always put up a good fight against the future Leafs and in many ways, have been their kryptonite. Put the two together, and you have a recipe for a great game. Such was the case tonight, as the blue and white closed out the ACC series with a hard-fought 5-3 victory.

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How Toronto's systems shift unearthed a more impactful Tyler Bozak

Jeff Veillette
March 25 2016 02:00PM

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When Tyler Bozak stepped onto the ice at the Air Canada Centre last night, he wasn't quite sure what he was going to bring to the table. "It sucks watching and waiting and skating and not being ready to play, but it's nice to be ready, and hopefully I don't hold the kids back too much," Bozak said after the previous morning's practice. "I'm probably going to take a period to get everything back."

Four minutes later, the first of his team-leading five shots on net was placed firmly into the back of Anaheims's net; the first of two for him and six for the Leafs. Once again, it came from a spot that he would never have been in last season.

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Leafs Postgame: Career Starters & Closure

Jeff Veillette
March 24 2016 09:25PM

Some losses come harder than others. A three-goal collapse ranks right up there, but you know what? This is a very young team, and they'll be able to take the defeat as a learning experience. Maybe, in a few years from now, they'll be the type of team that puts their foot down, catches themselves slipping, and gets the job anyway.

Wait, did I say years? Minutes was the term I was looking for. After a mind-numbing collapse over the span of ten hockey minutes, the Leafs pulled together an insane 6-5 overtime victory.

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Anatomy of an Incident: Nazem Kadri vs. The World

Jeff Veillette
March 22 2016 07:00AM

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Last night's Leafs game was a fun one. The team was good, and William Nylander was even better in what was most definitely the best game of his young career so far. But there was a moment that almost distracted from the entire thing; a hit by Nazem Kadri that turned into some theatrics involving two Calgary Flames forwards. The full sequence can be found here, but let's break it down into chunks.

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Leafs Postgame: Welcome To The Nylander Show

Jeff Veillette
March 21 2016 09:50PM

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It took a few games, but he's arrived. William Nylander took over the ice tonight at the Air Canada Centre, and left with three points and a mark left on the entire crowd's personal hype train. Oh, and the Leafs themselves picked up a 5-2 win in the process.

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