December 30 2015 02:42PM
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It's ten minutes into the second period at the Xcel Energy Centre in Minnesota. The Toronto Maple Leafs are trying to win just their third game in their last eight showings, and at this point, things could go either way as the game has yet to see its first goal.
Suddenly, Phil Kessel goes to support Roman Polak in a board battle, and while he thinks he's come out with the puck, he's actually done more harm than good. Nino Niederreiter strips it off of Kessel and chips it in, allowing Charlie Coyle to pick the puck up. Coyle throws it to the front of the net, Jared Spurgeon is there to redirect it in with his skate the puck goes past Jonathan Bernier to put Minnesota in the lead.
That was Bernier's first goal against in 2015. Unsurprisingly, it wasn't the last. More surprisingly, though, it was the beginning of a wild ride and fall from grace throughout the calendar year.
December 30 2015 10:42AM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have pulled a member of their opening right roster back into the fold, calling up 27-year-old Mark Arcobello from the AHL's Toronto Marlies this afternoon.
December 29 2015 11:51PM
I'm going to be upfront with you; this game between the Toronto Marlies and the Lake Erie Monsters wasn't exactly one to phone home about. It was pretty low-event, nobody did anything particularly special, and ultimately, the Marlies lost 2-1. But truthfully, I wanted an excuse to point out the absurdity of a free coffee (Iced, no less) for a home victory, which apparently is a thing in Cleveland, so we may as well talk about the game.
December 28 2015 08:11PM
It's the last mailbag of 2015! We have a few great questions for you, but more than anything else, I'd like to thank you for putting up with me to the point of encouraging me with talking points over the last 52 weeks. Here's to 52 more in 2016!
December 28 2015 10:39AM
Team Sweden played their second game of the World Junior Hockey Championships today, and while William Nylander was out of the lineup as a result of his upper-body injury, fellow Leafs prospect Dmytro Timashov returned to the box score with an assist on the game's lone goal.