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Game Preview #43 - Leafs vs Rangers



The Toronto Maple Leafs (22-26-5) will get right back at it tonight following their loss in Buffalo last night as they host the Eastern Conference leading New York Rangers (27-10-4) at the Air Canada Centre. The Leafs have been one of the few teams that has had success against the Rangers this season going 2-0-0 thanks to a pair of 4-2 victories at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers will look to bounce back following a disappointing 3-0 loss Thursday night to the red-hot Ottawa Senators. New York has been consistently solid across the board and...

Freaky Friday - Sabres Defeat Leafs 3-2


Regardless of the standings, or how the teams are playing heading into the game, the Toronto Maple Leafs always struggle in Buffalo against the Sabres. The Leafs were coming in on a four game winning streak with an opportunity to really put the screws to a slumping Sabres team that entered the game on a 2-7-1 stretch. However tonight's game in Buffalo was similar to most Leaf games in the name of the month arena (it's now called the First Niagara Centre).

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Game Preview #43 - Sabres vs Leafs


For the second time this week the Toronto Maple Leafs (22-15-5) will take on the Buffalo Sabres (18-19-5), this time at the First Niagra Centre. Toronto easily defeated the Sabres 2-0 on Tueday night, and these two teams seem to be heading in opposite directions. The Leafs can continue to solidify their playoff positioning with a victory tonight, and should the Sabres lose once again this evening they will fall ten points behind the Leafs in the Eastern Conference standings. 

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The Monster is Scary - Leafs Shutout Sabres 2-0


For the second time in three starts Jonas Gustavsson shutout the opposition. Tonight's opponent was the Buffalo Sabres, and Gustavsson made two first period goals stand up for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs received goals from Nikolai Kulemin (5th of the season) and Mikhail Grabovski (13th) during a dominant opening 2o minutes in which the buds outshot Buffalo 14-10. Kulemin capitalized on a Leafs power play as he banged in a loose puck through Sabres goalie Ryan Miller. Grabovski followed that up by lifting a backhander over Miller following an ext...

Game Preview #42 - Leafs vs Sabres


Tonight will mark the first of two encounters this week between the Toronto Maple Leafs (21-15-5) and the Buffalo Sabres (18-18-5). In what will definitely be an important home and home series for these divisional rivals, the Leafs must continue their strong play at home (11-5-4 including three straight wins), while the Sabres are entering the ACC on a six game road losing streak.

Buffalo has certainly struggled of late going 2-6-2 ...

Dominance is Spelled L-E-A-F-S - Leafs Shutout Jets 4-0


After watching Saturday nights Toronto Maple Leafs loss to the Winnipeg Jets I ended the year in a foul mood. It was amazing to me that the Jets were able to beat the Leafs in that game since it is obvious - at least to me - that this Leafs team is significantly better than the former Thrashers. Of course I am well aware that the Leafs are not a juggernaut themselves, but over the last year they have become a team that is at least middle of the pack. Whereas when I see the Jets with Kyle Wellwood, Nik Antropov, Tim Stapleton and Eric Fehr I can't help b...

Leafs Blank Jets 4-0 - The Toronto Maple Leafs handed Winnipeg their second loss in as many days on Thursday night as the Jets faced off against the Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.

The Jets came out with some energy in the first period, but that was quickly countered by the Leafs as they generated some quality scoring chances. Just 4:49 into the opening frame, Phill Kessel jumped on a nice pass from Joffrey Lupul to put Toronto up 1-0.

Toronto continued to up the pressure in the first, but Chris Mason stood strong between the pipes. Prior to tonight, Mason had won his last four starts.

In the second period, it didn't take lon...

Game Preview #40 - Leafs vs Jets


For the second time in less than a week the Toronto Maple Leafs (19-15-5) and the Winnipeg Jets (19-15-5) will square off in a crucial Eastern Conference showdown.  On the final day of 2011, the Jets defeated Toronto 3-2 thanks in large part to their power play (and the referee's). Although the Leafs dominated the game and outscored the Jets 2-1 at even strength, Winnipeg capitalized on two of their six power plays as they squeaked out a one goal victory. Most people reading this though I'm sure must have watched that frustrating game, so it...

Burke will target Getzlaf, Ryan, Perry


The Anaheim Ducks are prepared for a roster overhaul, and its three star players in Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf are available for the right price, according to Ducks general manager Bob Murray.

The news is a minor surprise as the Ducks are two points removed from being the worst team in the National Hockey League. Moreover, Ryan was available barely a month ago before Murray removed him from the trade market and instead hired head coach Bruce Boudreau in hopes of providing his club with a spark.

Nothing changed.

"I thought they'd figure out when we changed coaches that time was running, the clock...

Off on the Right Foot - Leafs Handle Lightning 7-3


Having ended 2011 on a mini slump (0-2-1) the Toronto Maple Leafs were looking to get off to a solid start in 2012 as they took on the Tampa Bay Lightning last night. With the Leafs struggling heading into the game and the Lightning on a hot streak (5-1-1) it seemed like the script was written before the game began. Once Vincent Lecavalier scored just over a minute in, the fans at the ACC grew restless and most blue and white supporters' stomachs began to churn. However the script was flipped on the next shift when Nazem Kadri drew a penalty. Joffrey Lu...