October 17 2016 07:00AM
There was a lot of excitement in Leafs Nation heading into the 2016-17 NHL season, with a crop of top prospects that included 1st overall pick Auston Matthews, Memorial Cup MVP Mitch Marner, and Swedish wunderkind William Nylander. It took just one game for that excitement to pay off when Matthews put in an incredible four goal performance, setting an NHL record as the only player to score four times in their NHL debut. Matthews' performance is even more impressive when you realise that only one player (Sam Bennett) had a 4-goal game last year, and only 13 players have matched that total in the past five seasons.
Scoring four goals in one game is quite rare; doing it in your first NHL game even moreso. But how long does it normally take for a star to score their first four career goals? For that matter, how long does it take someone who isn't as skilled as most first overall picks? Let's delve into some history and find out.
October 16 2016 09:31PM
Photo Credit: Christian Bonin/TSGPhoto.com
No, we're not stuttering. Hot off the heels of their 5-2 win over the Utica Comets at the Ricoh Coliseum, the Toronto Marlies decided to change the game completely, by defeating the Utica Comets 5-2 at the Ricoh Coliseum. While the net result was the same, the process wasn't, so let's take a look at what happened.
October 16 2016 05:04PM
Rookies Renata Fast and Michela Cava with the pucks from their first goals as Toronto Furies. (Photo credit: Chris Tanouye / CWHL)
The Furies Opening Weekend came to a close with the Furies taking two points in a decisive 6-1 win over the Boston Blades in their Sunday afternoon game at MasterCard Centre.
October 16 2016 04:04PM
Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY SPORTS
The next time we do a historical look back on the Toronto Maple Leafs, it's very likely that we'll look back on Saturday night, it wouldn't be a surprise to have it up there as one of the, if not the most important night for this team in a very, very long time. What happened off the ice was just as important as what happened what happened on it. Combine the two, and you have what could be a turning point moment for the franchise.
October 16 2016 02:49PM
Welcome to Marn's Barn, hockey world! The new-look Leafs win their first game of the seasons in front of the team's largest legends.