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So Much For The Leafs So Much For The Leafs

This was its own collapse, in its way. Sure, it was not as shocking or brutal as 2013, but few things in sports history are. In 2013, the Leafs entered the third period of Game 7 against the Bruins with a lead and surrendered four unanswered goals to lose 5-4. In 2018, the Leafs entered the third period of Game 7…

Bruins Crush The Maple Leafs In Game 7 Once Again Bruins Crush The Maple Leafs In Game 7 Once Again

A whirlwind of a Game 7 between the Maple Leafs and the Bruins was slowly but surely taken over by the home team, as Boston reversed a two-game losing streak and erased multiple deficits to beat Toronto 7-4 and win their first-round series.

Toronto Wins Toronto Wins

Ten people were killed and 15 others hospitalized on Monday when a man drove a rented van onto the sidewalk and plowed through pedestrians for more than half a mile on one of Toronto’s busiest streets. It feels almost rote by this point to transition from tragedy to sporting event, but it makes sense. Where else but…

Tuukka Rask Ruined The Maple Leafs' Best And Maybe Last Chance Tuukka Rask Ruined The Maple Leafs' Best And Maybe Last Chance

This was the Maple Leafs’ chance, and it was probably their season.

This Save Is Bonkers

It doesn’t take much imagination—“if he’d been just a centimeter out of position there” or “if that had been just half an inch to the right”—to imagine most blocked shots as goals. But, goddamn, this one below is almost easier to imagine as the hypothetical goal that it wasn’t than the actual save that it was.…

The Bruins Whupped The Leafs, But The Ugliness Is Just Beginning The Bruins Whupped The Leafs, But The Ugliness Is Just Beginning

Despite one truly beautiful goal from Toronto’s Zach Hyman, the Bruins easily dispatched the Maple Leafs at home in the first game of their opening-round series tonight, winning 5-1. Boston looked good doing it, too—they closed the night with four straight goals, including this third-period highlight tap-in from Sean…

Thank God, Auston Matthews Is Back

Young Maple Leafs sensation Auston Matthews returned to the team Thursday night after a month-long layoff due to a shoulder injury, suiting up for a 5-2 win at league-leading Nashville. It didn’t take long for Matthews to satisfy our cravings for some pretty, self-assured stickhandling.

Nazem Kadri and Rasmus Ristolainen Fight, Also Debate Basic Math Nazem Kadri and Rasmus Ristolainen Fight, Also Debate Basic Math

Nazem Kadri and Rasmus Ristolainen dropped gloves in the Sabres’ 5-3 win over the Leafs Monday, but the fight wasn’t as entertaining as the math argument that followed. Here’s the amateur wrestling match:

Auston Matthews Can Stickhandle His Way Out Of Any Peril Auston Matthews Can Stickhandle His Way Out Of Any Peril

Auston Matthews announced his NHL arrival last season by taking on the entire Senators line single-handedly and winning, thanks to his unreal stickhandling, and he gave us a near-reprise tonight against the very same team. Matthews started with his back to the net in the offensive zone, then maneuvered the puck away…

Nazem Kadri And Joe Thornton Get Mad, Get Thrown Out Of Faceoff Circle, Fight  Nazem Kadri And Joe Thornton Get Mad, Get Thrown Out Of Faceoff Circle, Fight 

The Leafs’ Nazem Kadri and Sharks’ Joe Thornton got chippy with each other about as fast as possible tonight—sniping at each other in the faceoff circle to the point of getting kicked out of the circle before dropping gloves to start fighting, all of two seconds into the game.

Leafs Troll Calgary By Honoring Grey Cup Champs Before Game Against Flames Leafs Troll Calgary By Honoring Grey Cup Champs Before Game Against Flames

The Toronto Argonauts handed the Calgary Stampeders their second successive Grey Cup loss last week in heartbreaking fashion, returning a Calgary fumble 109 yards for a game-tying touchdown with five minutes remaining, then clinching with a late winning field goal. It was the kind of win that will fuel cruel taunts…

Matt Martin And Mitch Marner Bond By Huffing Smelling Salts

Maple Leafs linemates Matt Martin and Mitch Marner indulged in smelling salts during Wednesday’s 6-3 win over Detroit, because huffing chemicals with a teammate is one of hockey’s most intimate moments.

Capitals Fans: Ohfuckohshitfuckfuckfuck Capitals Fans: Ohfuckohshitfuckfuckfuck

Capitals fans: Now that you’re down a game to the eighth-seeded Leafs, in a series that was just supposed to be a warm-up for the real opportunities to choke, how’re those sphincters? Are they so desperately clenched that not even a molecule can pass through, giving you that familiar tummy ache of despair? Or have you…

Leafs Draw Series Even With Double-OT Win Over Capitals

A back-handed pass from Brian Boyle to Kasperi Kapanen set up the game-winning goal 11:53 into the second overtime period, evening the Toronto-Washington series at a game apiece.

The Capitals Can Unclench  The Capitals Can Unclench 

Weird things happen in the playoffs. After just two days we’ve seen game-winning goals from the unlikeliest players, including Tanner Glass, Joel Edmundson, Melker Karlsson, and Tom Wilson. And last night, with the Cup-favorite Caps facing the pressure and desperately needing an OT winner against Toronto, they got one…

Tom Wilson Overtime Goal Gives Capitals 1-0 Series Lead

The much-anticipated Toronto-Washington first round matchup is meeting expectations, as tonight’s Game 1 went to overtime after the Capitals erased a 2-0 first period deficit and eventually prevailed after Tom Wilson knocked down a clearance attempt and fired it past Frederik Andersen 5:15 into OT.

Maple Leafs Go Crazy, Score Three Goals In 43 Seconds Maple Leafs Go Crazy, Score Three Goals In 43 Seconds

The Maple Leafs are locked a tight race down the stretch of the season to secure one of the last three Eastern Conference playoff spots still in the balance. The team got off to the best possible start this evening against Buffalo, scoring three goals in 43 seconds in the first period to chase Sabres goalie Robin…

Maple Leafs Kill Five-Minute Penalty For Seven Minutes Because Of An Obscure Rule

Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak received a five-minute major and game misconduct for boarding in Wednesday’s game against the Blue Jackets. Since Polak was ejected, Toronto would usually have another player serve the penalty in his stead. Head coach Mike Babcock decided to gamble, but it didn’t work out for him.

Roman Polak Is Not Impressed Roman Polak Is Not Impressed

In last night’s 5-2 Rangers win, Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak laid a questionable hit on Mats Zuccarello, New York’s diminutive leading scorer. At the next break, TSN’s Ray Ferraro, stationed between the benches, broke down the hit for viewers, and as luck would have it, Polak was right there peering over his…

Auston Matthews Pulled Off A Video Game Assist In Real Life  Auston Matthews Pulled Off A Video Game Assist In Real Life 

You know that Auston Matthews can score. The Leafs center is on pace for 44 goals, which, if you throw out the guys who started in the WHA, would tie him for seventh all-time among NHL rookies. He didn’t score last night in a wild 6-5 loss to Washington, but one of his two assists was every bit as highlight-reelworthy.

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