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“At least the food was free” – Leafs crush Pens 5-2

That was one hell of a game. The Toronto Maple Leafs played Pittsburgh tough four times last season, but didn’t string together a performance like this one playing at Hockey’s Mecca. The Leafs came out strong, and despite falling down 1-0 in the first on a bit of a softie past James Reimer, battled back…

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Jake Gardiner to make season debut tonight

We knew yesterday that Jake Gardiner, now certified concussion-free, was going to be tagging along with the Toronto Maple Leafs to Pittsburgh, but unclear as to whether or not he’d play. Gardiner, who had been skating on his own for about a week, took some contact in Tuesday’s practice and said he felt fine. The…

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Preview: Game #3 Leafs @ “Hockey Mecca”

The Pittsburgh Tribune woke us up this morning, apparently, to tell us that Hockey’s Mecca is no longer any of the towns connected by the traffic-infested Southern Ontario freeways converging unto  the region professional hockey grew out of, once upon a time. For those of us who grew up with the sport, we also grew…

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Advertorial: Free Fantasy Contest

    Every so often someone approaches the Nations with offers or partnerships because they think we’re great and all. A lot of the time this stuff is pretty lame so we don’t bother you, our valued readers, with it. Sometimes something good comes along though (kinda like a trade with the Calgary Flames, for instance)….

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Is Gillis playing the media game with the Leafs?

  Mike Gillis is either trying to help along a Roberto Luongo trade that isn’t quite there yet, or is possibly the most honest human on the planet. I’ll take the former.   Yesterday an interview with the Canucks’ general manager emerged where he was quoted as saying he has a potential deal in place with…

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The Kulemin-McClement combo, and an early scoring chances update

Photo credit: Abelimages via MapleLeafs.com. A note or two before getting to our inaugural scoring chances data dump of the 2013 season… I’ve been paying not as much attention as intended at the way Randy Carlyle is matching up his lines just yet in the season. I’ve been pre-occupied with counting scoring chance events, so…

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Miller time in Toronto: Leafs lose home opener to Sabres 2-1

Well… that was some game. Down 2-0 to the Buffalo Sabres late, the Toronto Maple Leafs nearly came all the way back against a red-hot Ryan Miller and a strong Sabres’ defensive performance. After Nazem Kadri made it 2-1 with 1:42 to go on a 6-on-4, Joffrey Lupul had a goal waved off after batting…

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Preview: Game #2 Sabres @ Leafs

Photo credit: David Sandford/Getty Images via NHL Holy moly, is it really time to write another game preview? Toronto have their home opener tonight, against another Northeast Division team, the Buffalo Sabres. Ben Scrivens is slated to start in net again, and he’ll look to build on a first game performance where he stopped 21…

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Toronto re-signs Joffrey Lupul for five years

Not a bad weekend for Joffrey Lupul. A win on opening day, and a $26-million payday. Toronto was rumoured to be in discussions with Lupul last night, and today they inked him to a five-year extension. Lupul was slated to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Joffrey Lupul has some offensive talent and bounced…

Best of the Nation – 1.20.13

It’s been a crazy week here at the Nations. With the end to the lockout, every team around the league scrambled to get their clubs ready to go in just a week; we saw some trades, some buyouts and a whole mess of low-end free agent signings. Today, we recap the week that was.