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NHL Centennial

Two wrongs make right for Maple Leafs in 1951

Gardner's commitment to defense, Barilko's gamble leads to Stanley Cup win against Canadiens

by Stan Fischler / Special to NHL.com

Imagine a situation where teammates would be punished for being the architects of a Stanley Cup-winning goal.

Hard to believe, isn't it?

But this unlikely event took place during and after Game 5 of the 1951 Stanley Cup Final between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens on April 21, 1951, at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.

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NHL Centennial

Broda, Maple Leafs conquered 'Battle of the Bulge' in 1949

Goalie fulfilled owner's mandate to lose weight, was turning point in Hockey Hall of Fame career

by Stan Fischler / Special to NHL.com

The Battle of the Bulge in World War II was a turning point for the Allies in their crusade to defeat Nazi Germany.

The Battle of the Bulge involving the Toronto Maple Leafs was a turning point in the career of goalie Walter (Turk) Broda, who later would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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NHL Insider

Matthews can be even better for Maple Leafs, says Babcock

Coach believes there's room for center to improve after 40-goal rookie season

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- Center Auston Matthews scored 40 goals last season and won the Calder Trophy, but Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock believes there's room for him to be even better.

"He's a competitive guy and he expects to take a step this year and we do as well," Babcock said between games at the World Junior Summer Showcase on Sunday. "I don't measure guys by points, I measure guys by how they play and how they compete every day and how much better they get in their determination. We're excited to see what he can do. He feels he's a real good player and wants to be one of the best players in the game."

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Team Reset

Maple Leafs improve depth with arrival of veteran Marleau

Matthews, Nylander, Marner hope to build off impressive rookie season, return to playoffs

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is taking a look at where each team stands. Today, the Toronto Maple Leafs:

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prospect

Rasanen hopes to make 6-foot-7 presence felt with Maple Leafs

Physical style comes naturally to defenseman prospect

by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman prospect Eemeli Rasanen is cordial enough off the ice. But once he gets on the ice, he says his personality tends to change.

"Yeah," Rasanen said when asked if he has a mean streak. "I really don't know [where it comes from]. I'm not mean all the time. Usually just on the ice."

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NHL Insider

Maple Leafs' outlook adds energy to Smashfest

Successful season creates buzz at annual pingpong tournament

by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- There was a buzz in the air at the Steam Whistle brewery on Thursday when Toronto Maple Leafs forward Dominic Moore hosted 25 NHL players and several hundred guests for his annual Smashfest Charity Ping-Pong Challenge.

It was a good example of what will surround the city once the Maple Leafs, coming off an impressive season, take the ice in October.

"Obviously there is a ton of energy around this event, but there is a ton of buzz about the season," Moore said. "I'm really excited to get going with the start of the season and enjoying my time with the new team."

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Short Shifts

#TBT: New Marlies assistant coach Davison once scored 200-foot goal

While playing with the Islanders, former defenseman turned a clear into a shorthanded score

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You can't teach 200-foot goals, but the new Toronto Marlies assistant coach might want to try.

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fantasy

Fantasy faceoff: William Nylander vs. Alexander Radulov

Maple Leafs forward will build on strong rookie season; Stars wing should improve offensive totals

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy / NHL.com

All offseason long, NHL.com will cover all the angles leading up to your fantasy hockey draft. For some of the most compelling debates, our fantasy writers will compare two players at a given position in the same projected draft range, according to NHL.com's top 250 rankings.

Value is quantified based on factors including (but not limited to) line combinations, power-play usage, team goalie situations, injury history, bounce-back, breakout or sleeper potential, possible regression and age. Once each writer has made his argument, fans can cast their votes in our @NHLFantasy Twitter poll.

Today, we compare right wings William Nylander of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Alexander Radulov of the Dallas Stars:

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NHL Insider

Martin provides military family with memorable day

Maple Leafs forward's foundation gives service dog to U.S. Army veteran

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- Toronto Maple Leafs forward Matt Martin made a family's day at the NHL Store Powered by Reebok on Monday.

The Matt Martin Foundation, the American Humane and Tito's Vodka presented United States Army veteran Chris Ellis, his wife Kerry and their daughter Breelyn with a service dog, Lex, who they are bringing back to their home in Wendell, North Carolina.

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NHL Insider

Tavares needs to be happy wherever he signs, Martin says

Maple Leafs forward would love to have former Islanders teammate in Toronto, just wants him to be successful

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- Toronto Maple Leafs forward Matt Martin had the chance to play the first seven seasons of his NHL career with New York Islanders center John Tavares.

Martn said he'd love to have Tavares as a teammate again someday, but his main concern is that his friend is happy with whatever decision he makes, whenever that may be.

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