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Bluelines: Why not us?

I wonder if second round elimination games are as stressful as first round ones. I hope we get to find out soon. Right now this feels all too familiar and while the story has consistently played out one way, today I’m betting on the script being flipped. Emotional hedging is over Sure, the payout is…

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Auston Matthews named a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award

Wow! I can’t believe the guy nominated for the Hart is up for the Ted Lindsay. Shocking but true but the guy who was nominated for the NHL’s MVP Award is also up for the most outstanding player. That player, of course, is Auston Matthews. The Ted Lindsay is slightly different in how it operates…

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Bluelines: Is tonight the night for the Leafs?

It’s been 18 years since the Leafs have won a round. I know this because anytime our Twitter account shares something remotely positive about the Leafs we receive a flurry of uninspired responses from around hockey twitter reminding us of exactly this fact. Maybe, just maybe, tonight is different. IT’S GONNA HAPPEN!!! vs. emotional hedging…

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Maple Leafs’ Michael Bunting nominated for Calder Trophy

It’s officially official, Maple Leafs’ rookie Michael Bunting is one of three players nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy. Michael Bunting (@MapleLeafs), Moritz Seider (@DetroitRedWings) and Trevor Zegras (@AnaheimDucks) are the three finalists for the 2021‑22 Calder Memorial Trophy. https://t.co/8wJDlyEP6a #NHLAwards pic.twitter.com/gPozfm6tQ5 — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 11, 2022 Bunting finished with the most…

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Bluelines: The last non-elimination game of the series

The Leafs are back home, and thankfully the final minutes of Game Four provided a lot of hope for their return. They aren’t the team that was getting shelled 5-0. They are now the team that rallied to 5-2 and picked up another in between a pair of empty net goals. It’s progress, but another…

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Bluelines: A chance to take a commanding lead

POWERED BY POINTSBET CANADA The Leafs have a chance to do something they have only achieved twice since 1987: take a 3-1 series lead. It will be easier said than done since the Lightning will try and do everything in their power to force an additional game, but it is an opportunity that is attainable…

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Bluelines: Looking for luck on the road

It’s a clean slate. The Leafs have a best of 5 series with Tampa having the home advantage. Toronto will need to pick up at least one on the road to get to the next round, and tonight is as good a night as any. Leafs at +100 For the first time in the series,…

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Bluelines: Keep the good times rollin’

Jon Cooper thinks the Lightning didn’t play well on Monday night. He’s right there. He also didn’t think it took much effort from the Leafs to beat Tampa. Let’s hope he’s right there too and that the Leafs have more effort to give in order to face a likely more determined and prepared Tampa team….

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Maple Leafs nominate Wayne Simmonds for King Clancy Trophy

It appears that Wayne Simmonds has gotten the vote to be Toronto’s nominee for the King Clancy Trophy. Congrats, Simmer 👏 pic.twitter.com/Z17fm5VYj3 — Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) May 4, 2022 A King Clancy Trophy nominee is someone who “best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in…