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Takeaways - Leafs vs. Blues - 10/20/18

Producing offence a tough task for Leafs, who fall 4-1 to Blues

by Adam Proteau / MapleLeafs.com

LEAFS HOLD BLUES SCORELESS THROUGH FIRST PERIOD, BUT SURRENDER THREE IN SECOND FRAME

 

Toronto was aiming to get back on track after losing 3-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday, but on this Saturday night, they were taking on a St. Louis Blues squad that was on a three-game losing streak and looking for its second win in six games this season. So the Blues came out focused and determined to keep the Buds' skaters to the outside of goaltender Jake Allen, and for two periods, they did a solid job of it, limiting the Leafs to only eight shots on net and no goals through 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, the Leafs did much of the same work at the other end of the ice, keeping the Blues' scoring opportunities to a minimum: they allowed St. Louis to get only 13 shots on goaltender Frederik Andersen in the first two periods and prevented the visitors from scoring in the first. But as the game went on, the Blues began to take control of the middle of the ice in front of Toronto's net, and when St. Louis scored at 4:45 of the second frame, the Leafs didn't respond with offence of their own.

That led to the Blues getting two more goals - one from Zach Sanford at 13:05 of the second; and the other from Ryan O'Reilly at 16:37 of the period - and taking a strong hold on the game heading into the second intermission.

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As Leafs prepare for STL, Kadri continues to stay positive, push forward

by Adam Proteau Proteautype / MapleLeafs.com

With the Maple Leafs coming off a 1-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday at Scotiabank Arena, centre Nazem Kadri could've allowed the fact he's still seeking his first goal of the season get to him mentally. But, in a huge credit to the type of professional Kadri has become, he did the exact opposite.

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Proteau: Leafs vs. Penguins Recap

Leafs run into hot goaltender, fall 3-0 to Penguins

by Adam Proteau proteautype / MapleLeafs.com

LEAFS PUT TONS OF SHOTS ON PENS' MURRAY, BUT HAVE WIN STREAK SNAPPED AT FIVE GAMES

The Leafs were riding a five-game win streak entering Thursday's game, but had their work cut out for them against a difficult Pittsburgh Penguins squad. And so, despite goaltender Frederik Andersen returning to action from a lower-body injury and stopping 35 of 36 shots faced, Toronto's offense was plugged up in front of netminder Matt Murray.

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Maple Leafs Loan Eamon McAdam to Marlies

by Staff Writer MapleLeafs / MapleLeafs.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the club has loaned goaltender Eamon McAdam to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

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Kapanen making most of opportunity as win streak continues

by Adam Proteau Proteautype / MapleLeafs.com

When he started this season's training camp, winger Kasperi Kapanen wasn't assured of anything. But the 22-year-old has made the most of the opportunities Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock has extended to him - posting four goals and eight points in Toronto's seven games this year - and although he's happy for his individual success, he's most pleased to play a role in the team's strong start to the campaign.

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Takeaways - Leafs vs. Kings - 10/15/18

LEAFS GET GOALS FROM MARNER & MARLEAU, HOT GOALTENDING FROM SPARKS, EXTEND WIN STREAK TO FIVE IN 4-1 VICTORY OVER KINGS

by Adam Proteau / MapleLeafs.com

KAPANEN NETS LEAFS' FIRST GOAL FOR SECOND STRAIGHT GAME WITH EARLY FIRST-PERIOD MARKER

 

The Leafs were carrying a four-game win streak heading into Monday's match against the Kings, and, just like he did in Toronto's 4-2 victory over Washington, winger Kasperi Kapanen had the Buds' first goal of the night:

Video: LAK@TOR: Kapanen scores, Matthews extends streak

 

This time, Kapanen netted the goal just 46 seconds into the game, finding a way to bank the puck in off the back of Kings goaltender Jack Campbell for his third goal of the season. It was a creativ-minded marker that instantly gave Toronto and the crowd at Scotiabank Arena energy and confidence, and had the visiting Kings on their heels right off the hop.

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Maple Leafs Recall Eamon McAdam on Emergency Basis

by Staff Writer MapleLeafs / MapleLeafs.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Eamon McAdam from the Newfoundland Growlers (ECHL) on an emergency basis. Frederik Andersen is listed as day-to-day with a knee injury.

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3 Takeaways - Leafs at Capitals - 10/13/18

Matthews, Andersen shine as Leafs extend win streak to four games, beat Capitals 4-2

by Adam Proteau / MapleLeafs.com

LEAFS SURRENDER FIRST GOAL EARLY IN FIRST, BUT PULL EVEN IN SECOND

 

The Leafs' tilt with the Capitals was the last of a four-game road trip for Toronto, and the Buds allowed the first goal of the night - and the only goal of the period - just 18 seconds into the game. But the Leafs showed resilience early in the second frame, and their work paid off with the game-tying goal at 3:30 of the period:


Video: TOR@WSH: Kapanen pots wicked redirection five-hole

 

Winger Kasperi Kapanen registered his second goal of the year on the scoring play when he deflected defenceman Ron Hainsey's shot from the point past Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. Hainsey's assist extended his points streak to three games, and centre Auston Matthews' secondary assist was his fourth helper of the season and 13th point of the year.

 

It also gave Matthews at least a point in every one of Toronto's six games this season, but more importantly, it was a push-back-goal against the defending Stanley Cup champions early enough in the game to prevent the Caps from striking for a second goal and getting a confidence boost.

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Leafs/Wings Oct. 11 Takeaways:

Marner, Matthews continue hot streak, Leafs now on three-game win streak after 5-3 win over Wings

by Adam Proteau proteautype / http://www.mapleleafs.com

Matthews' second goal of the game

TOR@DET: Matthews, Tavares combine for PPG

Auston Matthews converts a pass from John Tavares on the power play, giving him his fourth multi-goal game of the season

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LEAFS GIVE UP FIRST GOAL, BUT TIE IT WITH RIELLY GOAL BEFORE INTERMISSION

 

Toronto was seeking its third win in a row after Tuesday's 7-4 victory over Dallas, and Thursday's game was their second-to-last in a four-game road trip. So some might have surmised the Leafs were tired in surrendering the first goal against the Red Wings 7:18 into the opening period, but that theory would soon be proven wrong. Indeed, at 15:48 of the first frame, the Buds evened the score at a goal apiece on defenceman Morgan Rielly's third goal of the season:

Video: TOR@DET: Rielly finishes off Marner's sweet feed

 

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Toronto Maple Leafs Host First-Ever "Leafs Gaming Day"

Details announced on exclusive gaming event set to feature special guests and gaming enthusiasts

by Staff Writer MapleLeafs / MapleLeafs.com

TORONTO, ON, October 9, 2018 - The Toronto Maple Leafs will host its inaugural Leafs Gaming Day on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at Real Sports Bar & Grill in Toronto. The event will feature EA SPORTS NHL 19 and Fortnite gaming with Toronto Maple Leafs players, members of popular gaming collective FaZe Clan, the top eight ranked players from the Leafs Gaming League online ladder, gaming enthusiasts and fans. 

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