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Maple Leafs Recall Rinat Valiev from Marlies

by Staff Writer MapleLeafs / MapleLeafs.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that defenceman Rinat Valiev has been recalled from the Toronto Marlies (AHL) while defenceman Morgan Rielly has been placed on the injured reserve list with an upper body injury.

Valiev, 22, has registered eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) in 29 games with the Marlies this season. During the 2016-17 season, the Nizhnekamsk, Russia native collected 13 points (3 goals, 10 assists) in 47 regular season games, while adding an assist in nine Calder Cup playoff games. Valiev made his NHL debut with Toronto during the 2015-16 season and appeared in 10 games for the club. He was originally selected by the Maple Leafs in the third round (68th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.

The Maple Leafs return to action when they host the Colorado Avalanche tonight at Air Canada Centre. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Five Takeaways - Leafs at Senators - 01/20/18

Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs' 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators Saturday at Canadian Tire Centre:

by Adam Proteau / MapleLeafs.com

Hyman nets loose puck in front

TOR@OTT: Hyman cleans up loose puck to open scoring

Zach Hyman battles in front of the net and sweeps a loose puck past Craig Anderson to give the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead in the 1st period

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1. Leafs start latest Battle of Ontario with first-rate defensive effort, take game's first lead on Hyman goal early in opening period. The Senators posted a 4-3 win over Toronto when last they squared off on Jan. 10, but it was the Leafs who looked strongest to begin Saturday's game in Ottawa: the Buds limited the Sens to just four shots in the first 20 minutes of action, and got on the scoresheet first when winger Zach Hyman registered his eighth goal of the year at the 7:26 mark.

That turned out to be the lone scoring play of the opening period, and the legion of Leafs fans in attendance in Ottawa had to be thrilled at the calibre of Toronto's all-around game.

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Five Takeaways - Leafs at Flyers - 01/18/18

Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs' 3-2 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday at Wells Fargo Center:

by Adam Proteau Proteautype / MapleLeafs.com

1. After scoreless first period, Brown nets second breakaway goal in as many games to put Leafs ahead. The Leafs were aiming to end a three-game losing streak in Philadelphia, and after an evenly-contested first period in which neither side scored, Toronto got the first goal of the night at 12:57 of the middle frame. The goal came in a nearly-identical fashion to the last goal the Buds scored - in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime loss to St. Louis - as winger Connor Brown scored his second breakaway goal in as many games.

In the Blues game, Brown netted a shorthanded marker on the breakaway, but on this occasion, the sophomore took advantage of a bad pinch by Flyers blueliner Shayne Gostisbehere and broke in all alone on netminder Michal Neuvirth before firing the puck through his legs and into the net for his 12th goal of the season. Leafs head coach Mike Babcock did some line juggling Thursday, moving Brown onto a line with centre Auston Matthews and winger Zach Hyman. And Brown responded immediately in the best way possible, giving his team some much-needed offence and the lead against a Flyers squad that's won four of its past five games.

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Five Takeaways - Leafs vs. Blues - 01/16/18

Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs' 2-1 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues Tuesday at Air Canada Centre:

by Adam Proteau / MapleLeafs.com

1. Martin sets tone with big check in scoreless first frame. The Blues beat the Leafs in their previous meeting this season - a 6-4 victory in St. Louis Nov. 4 - but Tuesday's game at Air Canada Centre was a defensive affair through the first two periods: neither side scored in the opening frame, and in the second, the scoresheet was blank as well. However, the Blues are a big and physical team, and as such, Toronto wanted to show them they weren't about to be intimidated by their size and doggedness on the puck.

The Buds sent that message almost immediately after the opening puck drop, when winger Matt Martin curled behind the visitors' net and laid a robust check on centre Kyle Brodziak that knocked the veteran clear off his skates. St. Louis' players did not take kindly to it, and Martin was immediately challenged to a fight by winger Chris Thorburn; Martin obliged, but the message was sent: the Leafs were going to match the intensity of the Blues and make them earn whatever they got.

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Maple Leafs Recall Travis Dermott and Frederik Gauthier from Marlies

by Staff Writer MapleLeafs / MapleLeafs.com

The Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has recalled defenceman Travis Dermott and forward Frederik Gauthier from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

Dermott, 21, was recalled for the first time in his career on January 5 and made his NHL debut on January 6 vs. Vancouver, recording an assist. He registered one assist in two games with the Maple Leafs prior to being loaned back to the Toronto Marlies on January 11. The Newmarket, Ontario native has 18 points (two goals, 16 assists) in 28 games with the Marlies this season and was named to the North Division roster for the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic on January 4. In 87 career AHL games, all with Toronto, he has registered seven goals and 35 assists for 42 points. Dermott was originally selected by the Maple Leafs in the second round (34th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.

Gauthier, 22, skated in five games with the Maple Leafs this season before being loaned to the Marlies on January 11. The Laval, Quebec native has appeared in 27 games with the Marlies in 2017-18, registering five goals and three assists. Over the course of his career, he has collected four points (two goals, two assists) in 33 NHL games while recording 39 points (15 goals, 24 assists) in 129 AHL games. Gauthier was selected by the Maple Leafs in the first round (21st overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

The Maple Leafs return to action on January 16 when they host the St. Louis Blues at Air Canada Centre.

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Maple Leafs Loan Travis Dermott and Frederik Gauthier to Marlies

by Sasky Stewart MapleLeafs / MapleLeafs.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has loaned defenceman Travis Dermott and forward Frederik Gauthier to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

Dermott, 21, recorded one assist in two games with the Maple Leafs after being recalled from the Marlies on January 5. The Newmarket, Ontario native has previously recorded 17 points (two goals, 15 assists) in 26 games with the Marlies this season and was named to the North Division roster for the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic last week. In 85 career AHL games, all with Toronto, he has registered seven goals and 34 assists for 41 points. Dermott was originally selected by the Maple Leafs in the second round (34th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.

Gauthier, 22, has skated in five games with the Maple Leafs this season. The Laval, Quebec native has previous appeared in 25 games with the Marlies this season, registering five goals and three assists. Over the course of his career, he has collected four points (two goals, two assists) in 33 NHL games while recording 39 points (15 goals, 24 assists) in 127 AHL games. Gauthier was selected by the Maple Leafs in the first round (21st overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

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Five Takeaways - Leafs vs. Senators - 01/10/18

Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs' 4-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators Wednesday at Air Canada Centre:

by Adam Proteau / MapleLeafs.com

1. Leafs put puck on Senators' net often, but veteran Anderson turns all aside through first half of contest. In the final game before their NHL-mandated bye week, Toronto was aggressive out of the gate and fired 16 shots at Sens goaltender Craig Anderson in the first 20 minutes of play. Unfortunately for Leafs Nation, Anderson was sharp and got a little bit of puck luck on his side as he stopped all of Toronto's shots in the opening frame - and the first nine he saw in the second period - and held the Buds off the scoresheet for more than half the game.

Anderson hasn't enjoyed his best season - the same can be said for many of his Senators teammates - but he was resilient and had help from Ottawa's defenders, who did well in collapsing around him and limiting the Buds' rebound opportunities. And his play between the pipes set the stage for the Sens to mount an offense-minded attack of their own.

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After game against Jackets "gets away", Leafs regroup, focus on Sens

by Adam Proteau Proteautype / MapleLeafs.com

As their NHL-mandated bye week approaches, the Maple Leafs are looking to use their final game before the break to (a) wash the bad taste from Toronto's 3-2 overtime loss to Columbus Monday out of their mouths; and (b) set the tone for the 37 regular-season games that will remain for them after taking on Ottawa Wednesday at Air Canada Centre.

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Five Takeaways - Leafs vs. Blue Jackets - 01/08/17

Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs' 3-2 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Monday at Air Canada Centre:

by Adam Proteau / MapleLeafs.com

1. Leafs' penalty kill keeps game scoreless in first period, first half of second. The Leafs were coming off their second consecutive win - and their second consecutive 3-2 shootout win, for that matter - and facing a Blue Jackets squad that had won two of their past three games. And although Toronto failed to beat netminder Sergei Bobrovsky in the first 30 minutes of Monday's contest, the Buds also prevented Columbus from scoring - thanks in no small part to the contributions of the Leafs' penalty kill.

To wit: Toronto gave the Jackets the first three man-advantages of the night, but the visitors were unable to score on any of them, resulting in a scoreless tie through the middle of the second period. Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen was his usual stellar self, turning aside all 11 shots he saw in the first period - and an additional eight through the first 12 minutes of the middle frame - and the Buds' PK unit (featuring consistently outstanding defenders Ron Hainsey, Leo Komarov and Connor Brown, among others) kept Columbus from follow-up scoring opportunities.

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Five Takeaways - Leafs vs Canucks - 01/06/18

Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs' 3-2 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks Saturday at Air Canada Centre:

by Adam Proteau Proteautype / MapleLeafs.com

1. Neither side scores in first, and Canucks take lead early in second via Boeser's goal. This game was the third of Toronto's six-game homestand, and their third in five nights - and after a scoreless first period that was fairly evenly-contested, the Leafs found themselves down 1-0 at 2:59 of the second. Vancouver's goal came after the Buds failed to clear the puck out of their zone and winger Brock Boeser beat netminder Frederik Andersen up high to register his 22nd marker of the season.

The Canucks outplayed Toronto through the first half of the middle frame - outshooting the Leafs 9-4 in the first eight-and-a-half minutes - and although Andersen played well leading up to the goal, the Leafs needed a tighter defensive effort against an opponent that was desperate for a victory in the first game of a seven-game road trip.  

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