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Can we close this thing out please?

They just never make it easy, do they. In the salary cap era, the Leafs have played six playoff series’, and have played in six games where they can eliminate their opponent and move on to the next round. They have lost all six games. Four of those six are in game sevens, so the…

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TLN Three Stars: Rie-demption

It’s definitely not an exaggeration to say that Morgan Rielly has garnered his fair share of critics. And to an extent, rightfully so. With the improvements the blueline has seen over the last few years, Rielly has become arguably the worst defenseman in his own end, which is a problem for a player playing a…

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Win it for JT

It still feels weird getting ready for a game. I think I can speak for a lot of Leafs Nation when I say that it feels like there’s stuff much bigger than the game going on. Tavares’ injury made me lose all interest in game 1, and for the most part, that’s carried into the…

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William Nylander should take over the 2C role

It feels weird to be writing this article. When that collision happened last night, it took me right out of the game. I just didn’t really care about the result anymore, all I cared about was how John Tavares was doing. That was so much bigger than this game. I can’t even get mad at…

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Playoff Preview: The Montreal Canadiens

For the first time in over 40 years, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens are meeting in a playoff series. One of the league’s biggest rivalries finally gets a chance to show it’s true colours again after years of one team being good while the other one was not. But, how do the Leafs…

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Playoff Preview: What makes this Leafs team different? The defense

The forwards are what gets the attention and can break a game open, especially with the Leafs elite talent up front. The goaltending can singlehandedly win and lose you games, something we learned with Andersen and Campbell this season. But, that’s always been a trait of past Leafs teams in this era. So, why is…

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Playoff Preview: What to expect from the Leafs forward group

For the last five years of the Leafs making the postseason, the forwards have always been their strong suit. Between that first wave of young talent in 2016 with Matthews, Marner, Nylander, and Hyman, the big fish free agent signing of Tavares in 2018, and the veteran depth of Spezza, Thornton, Simmonds, and Foligno acquired…

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How we should probably react to losses at this point of the season

It’s that time of the season, where the Leafs have a playoff spot all but secured, and the games are absolutely meaningless aside from seeding. And yet, we still find ourselves getting worked up over losses, particularly on this five game losing streak the Leafs find themselves in. We look back on it and laugh…