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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 / MapleLeafs.com

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 / MapleLeafs.com

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

by Toronto Maple Leafs / MapleLeafs.com

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 / MapleLeafs.com

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 MapleLeafs.com 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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Maple Leafs Acquire Sergey Kalinin From Devils

by Toronto Maple Leafs / MapleLeafs.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has acquired forward Sergey Kalinin from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenceman Viktor Loov. Kalinin will report to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

Kalinin, 25, has skated in 43 regular season games with the New Jersey Devils this season, collecting four points (two goals, two assists). In 121 career NHL games over the last two seasons, the Omsk, Russia native has registered 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) and 48 penalty minutes.

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Five Takeaways - Leafs at Blue Jackets - 02/15/17

Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs' 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Wednesday at Nationwide Arena:

by Adam Proteau / MapleLeafs.com

1. Jackets stake out early lead, add to it midway through first. The Leafs were in Columbus playing the second night of back-to-back games, and although they beat the Islanders 7-1 Tuesday, things did not go their way early on in Wednesday's tilt. The Blue Jackets opened the scoring on a debatable play that saw winger Josh Anderson score his 11th of the year when he made contact with Toronto goalie Curtis McElhinney as he pushed the puck into the net. 

Regardless of whether or not you believed Anderson didn't push McElhinney into the net along with the puck, the important thing is the officials did not, and Columbus established an early lead at the 4:30 mark of the first. They then added to it at the 11:15 point of the frame when Boone Jenner scored his 11th of the season, and the Buds trailed by two goals after 20 minutes of action. The Leafs did generate some chances on offence, firing 15 shots on Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo, but Columbus got 18 shots on a Toronto team that simply was too loose in their own zone.

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Five Takeaways - Leafs vs. Islanders - 02/14/17

Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs' 7-1 victory over the New York Islanders Tuesday at Air Canada Centre:

by Adam Proteau / MapleLeafs.com

Leivo opens the scoring

NYI@TOR: Leivo buries quick shot from the circle

Josh Leivo skates in towards the circle and rips a snap shot that beats Thomas Greiss' glove, giving the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead in the 1st

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1. Leivo's first goal of the season puts Leafs ahead midway through opening period. Winger Josh Leivo has had some injuries to deal with this season and was playing in just his fifth NHL game of the season Tuesday, but the 23-year-old took advantage of an Islanders turnover in their own zone and beat goalie Thomas Greiss on his glove side with a stellar shot at the 11:36 mark of the first period to give Toronto a 1-0 advantage.

Leivo has been playing on the Leafs' fourth line and doesn't lead the team in time on ice, but his game has been improving and his shot is world-class. His goal - the eighth of his NHL career in his 33rd regular-season game - also gave the Buds a good start, something they've needed of late.

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Tough Tests Ahead for the Maple Leafs

by Adam Proteau / MapleLeafs.com

The Maple Leafs may be one of the NHL's younger teams, but as the final third of the 2016-17 regular season kicks off this week for them, they're fully aware games will only get tougher and the stakes will only get higher the rest of the way.

It isn't just that Toronto's schedule will continue to be a challenge - the Leafs have a pair of back-to-back games this week, and both involve one game at Air Canada Centre, and the next night on the road - but also, it's that virtually every one of their opponents is either jockeying for a top playoff seeding, or just trying desperately to qualify for the post-season. There are no gimmes, no soft touches, no games they can take a period off. For their final 28 games (15 at home, and 13 away from the ACC), the Buds will need to have all hands on deck and their collective foot fully pressed down on the pedal.

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Five Takeaways - Leafs vs. Sabres - 02/11/17

Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs' 3-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres Saturday at Air Canada Centre:

by Adam Proteau / MapleLeafs.com

1. Sabres strike twice early in first, add another late in frame to stake out big lead. The Leafs were aiming to get back in the win column after dropping a 2-1 overtime decision to St. Louis Thursday in Toronto, but they didn't help their cause early in the opening period of Saturday's contest, allowing the Sabres to score twice in the first 5:08 (on a goal from winger Evander Kane and a power play marker from centre Sam Reinhart). Buffalo would go on to increase their lead with 1:58 in the frame on Kane's second goal of the night and 18th of the season, and the Buds headed into the first intermission without a goal and trailing by three.

Toronto outshot Buffalo 13-10 through the first 20 minutes, but, as has been the case of late, their offensive sets lacked crispness and the precision that has been part of their attack for much of the year. And the Sabres - who've lost both of their previous showdowns with the Leafs this season - were clearly hungry for revenge.

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Rookies Play Key Role in Leafs Playoff Hunt

by Adam Proteau / MapleLeafs.com

As the Maple Leafs bear down for the final third of the regular season and focus on securing a playoff berth, they'll need the entire roster - including their large group of youngsters - contributing on the scoresheet and in the areas that don't appear there. And if the first two-thirds of the year have been any indication, winger Mitch Marner will be one of those youngsters helping to lead the way.

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