Toronto Maple Leafs

In praise of Randy Carlyle (and we’re as shocked as you are)
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“Carlyle’s issues in Toronto were tactical, not personal. The crash-and-bang style the Ducks won with nine years ago wasn’t high on x’s and o’s, and with a weaker roster in Toronto, Carlyle was exposed as a poor systems coach.

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Stanley Cup Jersey Fouls: Da Biebz in Toronto; Church of Alfie in Ottawa
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Jersey Fouls During the first-round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Toronto Maple Leafs superfan known as Dart Guy became a viral story. In fact he became such a big deal, that it appears someone decided to immortalize him on a No. 99 Toronto jersey

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Eulogy: Remembering the 2016-17 Toronto Maple Leafs
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Note: As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue, we’re bound to lose some friends along the journey. Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello wipes the sweat from his brow and steps back to observe his latest creation. This pleases Lou.

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One move that set up Toronto Maple Leafs’ playoff magic
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Some of that is because this team of rookies, one year removed from a tank, was as unburdened of expectations as they burdened the Capitals. Some of that is because Auston Matthews plays like he’s 29. Had the Maple Leafs gotten a bounce or two – OK, a bounce or two on top of the […]

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Prediction recap: Braden Holtby finally shines in Game 5
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The Caps are headed to the second round thanks to their 2-1 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6. Here are three key observations from Game 6. 1. Overtime domination There were stretches of this game in which Toronto was the better team, but when it mattered the most, Washington delivered. The […]

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Johansson's OT goal gives Capitals series win at Toronto
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Marcus Johansson came through to help the Washington Capitals get another big overtime win in a series that had five go games go beyond regulation. Johansson stuffed his second goal of the game past Frederik Andersen at 6:31 of overtime, lifting the Capitals to a series-winning 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game […]

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Leafs are down but not out of tight series against Capitals
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Mike Babcock didn't say goodbye to Verizon Center. The highest paid coach in the NHL has a Stanley Cup ring and has been around the block a few times. ''These games are good,'' Babcock said after an OT loss in Game 5 Friday night.

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Q&A with Brandon Prust: Young Leafs, Tortorella, and Habs-Rangers
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Just like you and me, Brandon Prust is home watching the Stanley Cup playoffs. The big difference between us and him, though, is that Prust has more than 500 games of experience playing in the NHL, including 53 in the postseason, and we, well, do not. After an extended tryout with his hometown Toronto Maple […]

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Pressure mounts for Caps, Leafs ahead of Game 5
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In a fun, fast and freewheeling series that has signaled the rise of the Toronto Maple Leafs and stirred up unpleasant memories of previous Washington Capitals playoff failures, both teams will skate into Game 5 on Friday at Verizon Center with the goal of grabbing the elusive momentum. By dint of their 5-4 victory Wednesday, […]

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Calder Trophy Finalists: Matthews vs. Laine vs. Werenski
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JUNE 24: Auston Matthews, left, selected first overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Patrik Laine, right, selected second overall by the Winnipeg Jets, pose for a portrait during round one of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York.

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Stanley Cup playoffs three stars: Ducks state case as team to beat, Caps level series
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The Anaheim Ducks completed a series sweep over the Calgary Flames, as the Washington Capitals drew level with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Anaheim asserted their claim to the top with a 3-1 win in game four to progress from their opening-round Western Conference playoff tie on Wednesday. Patrick Eaves, Nate Thompson and Ryan Getzlaf scored for […]

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Tom Wilson among mounting concerns for Maple Leafs
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Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson played an integral role in Wednesday’s Game 4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. How could Tom Wilson resist? Announced as one of the three stars after recording his first ever multi-goal game – the pest’s performance keying the Washington Capitals’ essential 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in […]

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