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Round 1, Game 6 Postgame: …there will be a game 7

Just as we all knew. The Leafs will be playing another game 7 in Boston. They fell apart for long stretches in the game…. and it cost them. Final score 4-2. Here’s how we got there, in the Leafs’ ugliest loss of the playoffs: First period Thing got off to a decent start, with the…

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The Time Is Now (for John Tavares to take over the series)

Let’s get one thing out of the way here: Hockey isn’t wrestling. There’s no predetermined heroes and villains and losers and winners. The storylines are fluid and weird and heartbreaking and confusing and emotional. If you want Gary Bettman to be the NHL’s Vince McMahon, it doesn’t work like that. Sure, you can talk about…

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Can the real Auston Matthews please stand up?

OKAY. OKAY OKAY OKAY. Let’s get a couple things out of the way. Auston Matthews is a saint. Best Leafs forward in, well, maybe ever. Without freaking out too much, he’s behind just Rick Vaive and Dave Andreychuk in terms of goals per game by a Leaf (min 100 games) since, well, the 1930s, in…

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Three things the Leafs taught us last night

Do you remember what it’s like to be up 1-0 in a series? It’s been literally 16 years since the last time. Here are three things we learned from last night, a very fun night, where the Toronto Maple Leafs were markedly better than the Boston Bruins and beat them by a hilarious 4-1 score,…

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It’s time for William Nylander to silence his critics

When you look back on this season, you’ll remember a lot of things, both good and bad. You’ll recall the meaningful wins against Montreal. The mostly meaningless loss against Montreal. The trips to Long Island. The many nights where the Leafs dominated a team and just put up goal after goal after goal. The emergence…

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The Garret Sparks Conundrum

A couple thoughts. Garret Sparks let in six goals last night. The Leafs did not lose because of Garret Sparks, but he pretty much killed their chances of winning. The Leafs got 35/36 shots to the net, and converted on one/two of them, depending on how you feel about offside reviews. But this is not…

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Better Know a Seller: Ottawa Senators

The Leafs’ push for the playoffs is gearing up, with the trade deadline now officially under one week away. In Ottawa, it could be the most important deadline in team history, as they figure out if they can navigate trading away yet another cornerstone piece or two and somehow come out on top this time. …

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LGD: Can Matthews avoid an offer sheet?

The Leafs get going in just a couple of hours. A few things to know! Auston’s homecoming. Auston scored last time he played at this arena, way back in December of 2017. Arizona sits fifth in the Pacific Division, which isn’t great, but they are ahead of the team who has Connor McDavid, which is…

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Leafs win big in Vegas but lose Andreas Johnsson to injury

You know, the Leafs scored six goals past our bedtime and looked every bit the part of “Cup contender” in a victory over a Vegas team who’s now lost seven out of their past nine. We don’t want to bury the lede… so here’s the potential injury of the Swede. Brayden McNabb with a knee-on-knee…

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Better Know A Seller: The Colorado Avalanche

The Leafs took on the Colorado Avalanche last night and won pretty easily, in a matchup that would’ve been much scarier in the earlier months of the season. After a hot start to the year, the Avalanche have been mostly figured out by their opposition, having lost their last eight games. Since December 1, the…

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Leafs announce Auston Matthews 5-year, $11.634 AAV contract extension

After a few days of speculation, we’ve finally got the deal done. Auston Matthews has committed his next five years to the Toronto Maple Leafs. From the team’s official release: The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Auston Matthews on a five-year contract extension. The average annual…