Marlies and Moose split mid-week matchups

Jeff Veillette
January 04 2017 08:51PM

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Photo Credit: Jonathan Kozub/Manitoba Moose

The Toronto Marlies and the American Hockey League standings haven't exactly been best friends of late. In the 19 games prior to this week, they had just five wins, which is one of the single worst stretches they've had in franchise history. Needing a spark, they headed to Manitoba to take on the Moose in a pair of games at the MTS Centre. The end result? A one-goal loss on Tuesday, and a 4-3 win on the night that followed.

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Examining the circumstances of Toronto's third period collapses

Jeff Veillette
January 04 2017 04:03PM

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Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY SPORTS

You know the story. The Leafs score a bunch of goals, pull ahead in the third period, and then everybody holds their breath. They're going to cough it up again, of course. In 37 games this year, Toronto has led in the third period 23 times and won 15 of them, losing one in regulation and seven in overtime or the shootout. That's still 80.4% of possible points, but if they had the nine that they gave up, they would be just a single point back of Montreal for the Atlantic Division lead and right near the top of the standings, likely tied or a point ahead of Washington for sixth overall.

So that really stings, especially when sitting two points back of a playoff spot. It stings even more of late, too, seeing as Toronto has pulled this act in 3 of their last 4 games; winning against Florida after conceding two early in the third period and narrowly winning the Centennial Classic after falling from 4-1, but losing to Washington last night made the issue glaringly obvious once again.

Why does this keep happening? Here are a few thoughts.

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CGD: Canada Faces Biggest Test Yet in Game Against Sweden

Jacob Stoller
January 04 2017 04:00PM

Here's all that you need to know ahead of Canada's semi-final tilt against Sweden tonight. 

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Thomas Drance Steps Down as Editor in Chief, Takes Position With The Florida Panthers

Nation World HQ
January 04 2017 05:00AM

The Nation Network is pleased and proud to announce that our Editor in Chief, Thomas Drance, has stepped down to take a position with the Florida Panthers. 

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How did Leafs prospects fare during Day 8 of the WJC?

Jess Pincente
January 04 2017 01:15AM

So... Latvia lost.  It's officially over. Finland was victorious against the Latvians in the second relegation game this evening, defeating Latvia 4-1 and staying alive in the WJC's top division.  It was an unfortunate ending to a hard fought tournament for Latvia, as the team will return to Division I Group A for the 2018 World Juniors.  

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