The Biggest Maple Leafs Stories of 2015

Justin Fisher
December 31 2015 04:09PM

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Aaron Doster - USA TODAY Sports

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

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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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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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LGD: Kings In The North

Justin Fisher
December 19 2015 12:26PM

If you thought the Leafs had trouble hosting the last California team to swing through Toronto, wait 'till you get a load of these guys. The Kings are one of the hottest teams in the league right now, with a 7-1-2 record in their past 10 games. They are, once again, looking like a serious Stanley Cup contender.

Oh, and the Leafs are tied for dead last. Yikes.

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