The Biggest Maple Leafs Stories of 2015

Justin Fisher
December 31 2015 04:09PM


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You probably don't realize just how big a year it was for the Toronto Maple Leafs - I certainly didn't when I began putting this article together. Big changes to the roster, the coaching staff, and the front office all made for an exciting 365 days, but perhaps most importantly, it all points to a brighter 2016.

So here you have it... the biggest Leafs stories of 2015.

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Leafs Postgame: Isles Exact Revenge

Justin Fisher
December 29 2015 09:10PM


Dan Hamilton - USA TODAY Sports

Whatever mojo Jonathan Bernier had going a couple days ago when he stumped New York Islanders shooters in a 2-1 victory... Well, he lost it. 

The Isles came right back at the Leafs tonight with the fury of 20 or so mildly angry dudes, putting just a handful of pucks on net and still coming out the other side with a lopsided 6-3 victory. Here's the rundown...

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LGD: The Islanders Again

Justin Fisher
December 29 2015 03:44PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs took to the New York Islanders on Sunday night in a 3-1 road victory, but you have to imagine that John Tavares and Co. will be looking for a little revenge when they visit the Air Canada Centre just over an hour from now.

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The Twelve Leafs of Christmas

Justin Fisher
December 25 2015 10:32AM

Merry Christmas! We at TLN wish you and yours a wonderful holiday, and we hope you found a bunch of amazing gifts under the tree this morning! This is a guest post from friend-of-the-blog Mike Commito. Mike is a hockey historian, and writes for the Royal Half as the Preview Professor and contributes NHL history for the Canadian Encyclopedia. You can follow him on Twitter @mikecommito. - Justin Fisher

What could be better than a cold beer on a hot Christmas morning? A cold beer and some holiday hockey, that’s what. Up until 1971, the National Hockey League scheduled games on Christmas, much to the delight of fans, but probably to the chagrin of players and their families. When the practice was phased out after the 1971-72 season, the Leafs had played in thirty-three Christmas matchups dating back to 1920. 

Enjoy as we draw inspiration from a holiday classic and take a look back at some notable Christmas Leafs games.

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Leafs at the World Juniors: Pogge vs. Rask

Justin Fisher
December 21 2015 06:00AM

With the 2016 World Junior Championships just days away, TLN will be revisiting some of the best performances by Maple Leafs prospects during past WJC tournaments. Today, we kick things off with one of the more controversial (and painful) stories.

Almost every year, one goaltender makes a name for himself on the world stage of the IIHF U20 World Junior Championships. Sometimes, we're lucky enough to see two excellent young netminders lock horns and go save-for-save, even when they're not playing against each other. Carey Price versus Semyon Varlamov in 2007 stands out as a great one, as well as John Gibson against Andrei Vasilevski (and Andrei Makarov) in 2013. We can also think way back to Dominik Hasek versus everyone in 1983 - a tournament that also featured Mike Vernon, John Vanbiesbrouck and Tom Barrasso.

Or, you know, 2006's Justin Pogge versus Tuukka Rask. 

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