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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 /



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 /

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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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 /

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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3 Takeaways - Leafs at Stars - 10/9/18

Matthews Continues Marauding Over League, Leads Leafs to 7-4 Victory

by Adam Proteau /



1. In their second outing of a four-game road swing, the Leafs' offense showed no signs of losing its potency when they hit the Texas ice Tuesday. Winger Mitch Marner - who generated a pair of assists Sunday against the Hawks - began the scoring against the Stars when he took a pass from linemate Zach Hyman and fired a wrist shot past Dallas goalie Ben Bishop to make it 1-0 at the 9:40 mark:

Video: TOR@DAL: Marner wires home wrister from the slot

Toronto's lead held up for nearly eight minutes of the opening frame, before Dallas winger Alex Radulov fired the puck at Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen, only to have the puck deflect off Buds defenseman Nikita Zaitsev and cross Toronto's goal line to tie it at one goal apiece at 17:23. However, the Leafs retook the lead 1:35 after Radulov's goal when winger Kasperi Kapanen followed up a shot on Bishop by corralling his rebound, curling in the offensive zone, and finding Matthews with a backhand pass that Matthews fired past Bishop to put Toronto ahead 2-1 with 62 seconds left until the second intermission:

Video: TOR@DAL: Matthews rips quick one-timer past Bishop


The goal was Matthews' league-leading sixth of the season, and gave him a four-game goal streak. The 21-year-old now has nine points as well, and to say he is continuing to blossom as a young superstar in hockey's top league is to understate it.

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3 Takeaways - Leafs at Blackhawks - 10/7/18

Tavares nets hat trick as Leafs survive late-game barrage of goals, beat Hawks 7-6 in OT

by Adam Proteau /


1. The Leafs were playing the second of two games on back-to-back nights, and they were taking on a surprisingly tough Blackhawks squad that's started the regular season 2-0-0. Chicago continued their strong play in early in the first period of Sunday's tilt with Toronto, scoring the first two goals of the night - both within a three-minute span halfway through the first period - to put the Leafs in a significant hole.


However, the Buds moved rapidly to erase the Hawks' advantage, getting two goals from the unfamiliar duo of centre Austin Matthews and Kasperi Kapanen. The Finnish winger was first to strike (at the 14:09 of the first frame), when he took control of a perfect fipped-up pass from Matthews, split the Hawk's 'D' and wound up on a breakaway against Chicago's Cam Ward:

Video: TOR@CHI: Kapanen beats Ward with quick wrister

That goal, which came at 14:09 of the first, was Kapanen's first of the season, and Matthews earned his second assist on it. And only 34 seconds later, the same two players combined to tie the score:

Video: TOR@CHI: Matthews scores off Kapanen's sweet feed

On this scoring play, Kapanen, did some yeoman's work to pick up the puck behind the net of Chicago's Ward, got the puck out to Matthews using a backhanded pass, and Matthews fired it quickly into the Hawks net for his fourth goal of the season and to make it a 2-2 game .

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3 Takeaways - Leafs vs. Senators - 10/6/18

Leafs get stellar night from Marner, but can't fight back against Sens, fall 5-3

by Adam Protaeu /



1. The Leafs were seeking to start a winning streak by putting up a second-straight victory at Scotiabank Arena Saturday, but they didn't get off on the right foot, as the Senators scored the only goal of the first period. But they came out of the dressing room intent on taking a lead of their own - and they did so with two goals in the first 70 seconds of the second frame.


The first goal came on a goal from defenseman Morgan Rielly, who was the recipient of a brilliant cross-ice pass from winger Mitch Marner and tapped the puck past Senators goalie Craig Anderson at the 29-second mark for his first goal of the season: 


Video: OTT@TOR: Marner spots Rielly backdoor with great pass


Marner created time and space for himself prior to the pass, but his impact on the game wouldn't end there. (More on him later.) And Toronto quickly took their first lead of the evening just 41 seconds after Rielly's goal, when centre Auston Matthews got the puck - after some solid forechecking from wingers Tyler Ennis and Patrick Marleau - and got a wrist shot past Andersen at 1:10 of the frame:


Video: OTT@TOR: Matthews beats Anderson with quick wrister


The Buds outshot Ottawa 12-6 in the opening frame, and their frustrations at not coming up with a goal in the first 20 minutes were quickly addressed after the first intermission.


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Leafs look to build on first-game win in showdown with Senators

by Adam Proteau Proteautype /

Coming off a 3-2 overtime win against Montreal in their season-opener Wednesday at Scotiabank Arena, the Maple Leafs regathered Friday to practice and prepare to take on the Ottawa Senators, their next opponent Saturday in Toronto. And although players and coaches were happy to have the victory in Game 1, every member of the Leafs understood there was significant room to improve.

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3 Takeaways - Leafs vs. Canadiens - 10/3/18

Matthews, Tavares provide offence as Leafs outlast Canadiens in 3-2 overtime win

by Adam Proteau /



1. In the season-opener for both teams, the Leafs and Canadiens fought to a 1-1 tie in the first 20 minutes of action. Montreal was first to score at 9:34 of the first frame, but Leafs centre Auston Matthews tied things up at the 12:57 mark when he ripped a laser-like shot up high that Habs netminder Carey Price (nor any other NHL goalie) had any chance of stopping:

Video: MTL@TOR: Matthews rips home PPG off the post


Each team finished the first with nine shots apiece, and while Toronto needed some time to get its game going, once they knotted the score on the power play, the Leafs had momentum entering the second frame.


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New Leafs teeming with speed, skill, desire for Stanley Cup

by Adam Proteau Proteautype /

The Maple Leafs' 2018-19 roster isn't unfamiliar to the franchise's fans, although there are more than a few new faces wearing the Blue and White this season. To bring you up-to-speed ahead of Home Opener tomorrow, here's a position-by-position breakdown of who's back, who's new, and what the team will bring to the ice this year.

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Leafs finalize opening-night roster

Dreams come true for newest members

by Adam Proteau Proteautype /

At the Maple Leafs' practice facility, there is a hallway that separates the Leafs' pad from their American League-affiliate Marlies' rink. The walking distance between the two arenas takes just seconds to cross, but for the prospects in Toronto's organization trying to make the jump from the AHL to the NHL, it can seem like much longer. But as the 2018-19 NHL season drew closer - and the franchise's coaching and management made the final moves to produce the league's mandated 23-man roster - a number of longtime Marlies were elated to be informed they'd be starting the year with the Leafs.

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