April 05 2015 10:55AM
The Ottawa Senators kept their playoff hopes alive last night in dramatic fashion, with Kyle Turris scoring on a breakaway in overtime to secure a huge two points in the nation's capital. The Leafs got what you might consider a win of their own last night, albeit in much less exciting fashion. Falling to the Boston Bruins 2-1 in the shootout, Toronto was able to keep themselves in contention for 4th last in the league heading into the final week of the season. The games are critical now. Every single point matters. Tonight's two teams in the Battle of Ontario may be fighting for two very different things, but the stakes have never been higher. Tonight, the Sens and Leafs put it all on the line in what is the biggest game of the season for both teams.
April 05 2015 09:30AM
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As another wasted and difficult to watch Toronto Maple Leafs season stumbles zombie-like towards the finish line, general manager Dave Nonis' job security remains something of an elephant in the room.
Will the veteran executive be back with the club next season? It's impossible to know and there isn't much in the way of confident reports or credible rumblings out in the ether to help guide us. What's left is expectations, conjecture and tea leaves, and perhaps that's by design.
April 04 2015 08:06PM
When you think about it, the Boston Bruins are a huge part of the reason that the Leafs are where they are today. If a certain game doesn't go down the way that it did, you likely don't see Leafs management go on a mental pilgrimage to find "character" and whatever other things they thought would make them better in the summer of 2013. Wouldn't it be great if the Leafs held on? Hell, it may even have been better if the Bruins got their crap together sooner and won in five games. But here we are, hoping that they, as they usually do, beat the Leafs.
Tonight, they, as they usually do, beat the Leafs, though they certainly took their time to make it happen.
April 04 2015 07:58PM
I mentioned in the recap for last night's game that the Marlies have spent a good chunk of this stretch playing against teams that were near them in the standings. When you look at the games that weren't, most of them were against bottom-feeders who were in Toronto's range a few months ago, but rarely have they taken on teams in the top class.
Tonight was an exception to that rule, for they took on the fifth overall Grand Rapids Griffins. For a while, it seemed like anybody's game, but as things progressed, the wheels completely off.
April 04 2015 01:31PM
It's the last week of the 2014-2015 season for the Leafs. What could possibly be going through their heads today as they suit up in Boston? Is it that they really need to bring it because they're playing a team with a better than 50% win record, 11 more wins than their own? Or is it that the weather is starting to get warmer and pretty soon those golf greens will be looking shiny and new? I guess we'll know once we survey the extent of the damage later tonight. Game time is 7 p.m.