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.
January 11 2016 02:55PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs have made a pair of roster moves this afternoon, sending Goaltender Garret Sparks and forward Mark Arcobello to the Toronto Marlies.
Morin scores first goal in the Leafs organization as Marlies finish first half of season with victory
January 10 2016 01:18AM
Before we even talk about the game, I want to devote a moment to the jerseys you see in front of you. These are the Manitoba Moose. The thing on the front of the jersey is not a Moose. It is decidedly a polar bear.
I don't even mind; it's a great polar bear. Supposedly, this was the branding, under the Manitoba Polar Bears name that True North would have used if the NHL didn't let them take back the Winnipeg Jets branding. So, with a sponsorship deal in place with a local zoo, they brought them out for the night.
As it happens, the Moose not only didn't show up as a crest, they didn't exactly show up as a team either, making tonight a very easy night for the Toronto Marlies, who easily walked away with a 4-1 victory.
January 08 2016 11:27PM
The World Juniors are over, but the Toronto Marlies' teenage wunderkinds still aren't around. Kasperi Kapanen is presumably busy being a national hero while William Nylander is back in Toronto getting rest and evaluation from team doctors as they find a way to best address his upper-body injury.
Thankfully for the team, there are a ton of roster players willing to keep those spots for another game or two, including a new face. Jeremy Morin, acquired a few days prior from the Chicago Blackhawks, made his debut for the team and found his way onto the scoresheet of a 3-0 victory.
January 08 2016 12:06AM
If there's one thing that this year's Leafs will be remembered for, it's the fact that they absolutely couldn't give less of a <expletive> about the challenge ahead of them. Last year's team couldn't either, but they were more about curling into a ball at any sign of adversity rather than shrugging it off and pushing even harder in response.
Tonight was a great example of that. The Los Angeles Kings are a much better team, with two days rest, on home ice. The Leafs were hours removed from playing in a different city, albeit a nearby one, but both are thousands of kilometres away from home. They also probably have a weaker first line on paper than either trio in the Kings' bottom six.
But they pushed. Even when the Kings outclassed them, they pushed. They ultimately lost, but they never stopped pushing.