Marlies turn emotional beginning into happy ending

Jeff Veillette
January 02 2016 05:46PM

Photo Credit: Mike Ivall / @M_IvallOJHLI

I don't think I've ever seen a pre-game line brawl outside of YouTube before. I'd assume that's the same for most of the crowd, but boy did we get close. The Toronto Marlies and Syracuse Crunch had their collective blood boiling before the opening faceoff, and it spilled over into a heck of a hockey game, which ultimately saw the Marlies skate away with a 3-2 victory.

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LGD: Leafs Kick Off 2016 Against Blues in Toronto

Justin Fisher
January 02 2016 02:01PM

Maybe this is the 2016 World Juniors Championships talking, but Toronto needs to stop winning against NHL teams that are better than them. I mean, the 3-2 shootout victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night not only pushed the Leafs higher up the league standings but they also sincerely need Pittsburgh to make the playoffs this year. Remember - Toronto doesn't get that Pittsburgh first round pick from the Phil Kessel deal this year if the Pens miss out.

Tonight, Toronto hosts the fourth-place St. Louis Blues; a team they've already beaten once this season. And Toronto needs to lose, damn it. I mean, did you see Patrik Laine this morning?

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WJC Canada Postgame: Marner's two third-period goals not enough as Canada crashes out of tournament

Adam Laskaris
January 02 2016 12:03PM


What a show from Mitch Marner- shame it didn't work out the way he hoped.

The Leafs' top Canadian prospect netted two third-period power play goals in the World Junior Championship in a 6-5 quarterfinal loss to host Finland.

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WJC Canada Pregame: The Quarterfinal

Tom Hunter
January 02 2016 08:55AM

Going into this year's World Juniors if you told a hockey fan in Toronto that Canada was going to be the underdog in their quarterfinal game they probably would have laughed at you. Believable a week ago or not, that is the exact situation Team Canada finds themselves as they prepare to face-off against Finland on Saturday morning.

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Lou Lamoriello heading to Helsinki to talk to Hockey Sweden vice-chair, William Nylander's health among key topics

Jeff Veillette
January 01 2016 07:01PM

If you thought that the Lou Lamoriello vs. Sweden saga was over after yesterday's botched media availability, you're sorely mistaken. According to Sweden's SportExpressen, who reported on the first half of this story yesterday, the Toronto Maple Leafs GM is on his way to Helsinki to speak with Peter Forsberg about several topics, including William Nylander's usage post-injury.

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