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Five Takeaways - Leafs vs. Canadiens - 02/25/17

Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs' 3-2 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens Saturday at Air Canada Centre:

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Video: MTL@TOR: Matthews beats Price with bouncing puck

1. Matthews opens scoring with a rare wobbling puck that gets past Price. The Canadiens and Leafs renewed their storied rivalry Saturday in Toronto, and with a full house at the ACC looking on, centre Auston Matthews scored the first goal of the night - and his team-leading 29th of the season - on a shot from the blueline that somehow wobbled past Habs netminder Carey Price at 10:54 of the opening period.

At first glance, it appeared winger James van Riemsdyk deflected Matthews' shot into the net, but replays showed the puck ricocheted in off the skate of Montreal defenceman Nikita Nesterov. Matthews has showed incredible skill in scoring most of his goals this season, but this one was proof sometimes a player does well simply to get the puck toward the net and hope good fortune smiles upon them.

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Five Takeaways - Leafs vs. Rangers - 02/23/17

Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs' 2-1 shootout loss to the New York Rangers Thursday at Air Canada Centre:

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Video: NYR@TOR: Brown buries fortuitous deflection in front

1. Brown puts Leafs ahead first, Andersen keeps them that way. The Leafs were riding a two-game win streak heading into Thursday's action, and despite being outshot 14-9 by the Rangers through the first 20 minutes of action, Toronto took a one-goal lead into the intermission. They had two people to thank for that: first, winger Connor Brown, who netted his 15th goal of the year at 10:56 of the frame; and secondly, goaltender Frederik Andersen, who was outstanding in keeping the Blueshirts off the scoreboard.

Andersen made several terrific stops in the first, but the one that caused the ACC crowd to erupt in applause came after Brown's goal and with the Leafs on a power play: two Rangers broke in on a shorthanded 2-on-1, and Andersen jutted out his left pad to stop winger and former Leaf Michael Grabner from putting the puck in what was, for a brief second, an open net. It was one of Andersen's best saves in a Toronto uniform, and it signalled that the veteran was as sharp and focused as he's been since the Buds acquired him from Anaheim in the summer.

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Honouring John McCormack

by Mike Ferriman /

Born in 1925, in Edmonton Alberta, John McCormack arrived at Leafs Training Camp in 1945, only to leave abruptly, due to a severe case of appendicitis. It was then that John; nicknamed "Goose" due to his long neck, decided to leave hockey to become a priest. 

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Five Takeaways - Leafs vs. Jets - 02/21/17

Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs' 5-4 overtime win over the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday at Air Canada Centre:

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Komarov gives Leafs early lead

WPG@TOR: Komarov sneaks opening goal past Hellebuyck

Leo Komarov gets to the boards and throws the puck on net, beating Connor Hellebuyck from a sharp angle to give the Maple Leafs an early lead

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1. Leafs score first on Komarov's goal, but Jets net next two to take lead into first intermission. Toronto had a strong opening period with 15 shots on net (to the Jets' 8) and got on the scoresheet first just 1:02 into the contest on a bad-angle goal from winger Leo Komarov (with his ninth of the season), but Winnipeg evened the score 3:13 later via winger Patrik Laine's 29th marker of the year. 

The visitors then took a 2-1 lead at 10:33 of the first on centre Bryan Little's 17th of the season, and the Jets had what they believed was their third goal of the period disallowed after officials ruled a high stick had tipped it past goalie Frederik Andersen. While the Leafs outshot Winnipeg, there weren't an abundance of high-quality scoring chances on netminder Connor Hellebuyck, and the Jets made the most of the opportunities they had.

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Maple Leafs Recall Frederik Gauthier From Marlies

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The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has recalled forward Frederik Gauthier from the Toronto Marlies (AHL). In a corresponding move, the Maple Leafs have placed forward Mitch Marner (upper body injury) on the injured reserve list retroactive to February 15.

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Maple Leafs to Wear St. Pat Uniforms on March 18

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As the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate the franchise's Centennial Anniversary this season, the team announced that it will pay tribute to one of the earliest eras of the club's history by wearing St. Pats uniforms on March 18 at Air Canada Centre as the Leafs face the Chicago Blackhawks.
Prior to being renamed the Maple Leafs by Conn Smythe, the hockey club was known as the St. Pats from 1919 to 1927, winning the Stanley Cup in 1922 under that moniker, the franchise's second after winning its original championship as the Toronto Arenas in 1918.

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Five Takeaways - Leafs at Hurricanes - 02/19/17

Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs' 4-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday at PNC Arena:

by Adam Proteau /

McElhinney robs Di Giuseppe twice

TOR@CAR: McElhinney makes a strong set of pad saves

Curtis McElhinney comes up with a pair of great pad saves, robbing Phillip Di Giuseppe twice at the doorstep to keep the 'Canes off the board

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Video: TOR@CAR: Brown shovels home great feed from JVR

1. After scoreless first period, Brown converts slick feed from van Riemsdyk to give Leafs first lead. Toronto was playing its second game in as many nights after losing to Ottawa at Air Canada Centre Saturday, but the Leafs weathered a storm from Carolina in the opening period - they were outshot 15-8 by the Hurricanes in the first 20 minutes - and just 1:07 into the second frame, winger Connor Brown scored the first goal of the game and his 13th of the season.

Brown buried a shot at close range on Canes netminder Cam Ward after a terrific saucer pass from winger James van Riemsdyk, but Toronto wouldn't have had the opportunity to take the lead if goalie Curtis McElhinney hadn't made a phenomenal stop at the other end of the on the preceding play. The entire sequence was a true team effort, and gave the Leafs the advantage despite Carolina playing well and pressuring them.

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Five Takeaways - Leafs vs. Senators - 02/18/17

Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs' 6-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators Saturday at Air Canada Centre:

by Adam Proteau /

1. Senators stake out two-goal lead with pair of goals near end of opening period. The Leafs outshot the Senators 15-14 in the first 20 minutes of action Saturday and had three power play opportunities through that span, but it was their division rivals who struck first: the Sens hemmed Toronto into their zone for an extended stretch, and after goalie Frederik Andersen made a terrific left pad save to keep the game scoreless, defenseman Chris Wideman scored his fourth of the year at the 17:26 mark to make it 1-0.

Only 20 seconds after Wideman's goal, Ottawa doubled its lead on centre Ryan Dzingel's 12th of the year, and just like that, the Leafs found themselves in a significant hole entering the second frame. Toronto's defensive coverage was not at its best, and, combined with a strong start from veteran Sens netminder Craig Anderson, that was enough to give the visitors the boost they were seeking.

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Four Additional Inductees Added to Legends Row

Wendel Clark, Charlie Conacher, Red Kelly and Frank Mahovlich latest Leaf greats to be honoured with statues

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As the team celebrates its Centennial anniversary season, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that four additional players would be inducted into the team's Legends Row monument this year with Wendel Clark, Charlie Conacher, Red Kelly and Frank Mahovlich being honoured with statues to be unveiled this fall. The four Leaf greats will join previous inductees Ted Kennedy, Darryl Sittler, Johnny Bower, Borje Salming, George Armstrong, Syl Apps, Mats Sundin, Dave Keon, Turk Broda and Tim Horton on Legends Row bringing the total number of statues to fourteen.

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Q&A with Lou Lamoriello

Now in his second year as Maple Leafs GM, Lou Lamoriello is a hockey legend and a Hall-of-Famer whose accomplishments are second to none.

by Adam Proteau /

Just before he pulled the trigger on a trade that sent Marlies blueliner Viktor Loov to New Jersey for forward Sergei Kalinin, the 74-year-old spoke Saturday to about the upcoming NHL trade deadline, his views on the evolution of the GM role in the game, his co-workers among Leafs management and coaches, and the team itself. Here is a full transcript of the conversation:


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