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Patrick Marleau Announces His Retirement

from Patrick Marleau at The Players' Tribune,

I was three years old when my dad, Denis, took me to skate at the local rink in Aneroid for the first time. He said I got halfway around the rink, turned around and headed back to him, handing him the chair he’d given me for balance. “I don’t want this,” was all I said, and then I turned and went back out on the ice. 

I fell in love with being out there at a young age. Hockey has always brought me a happiness I can’t put into words. It’s the smell of the rink, the laughs with my teammates, the competition, the thrill of victory, and yes, even the sorrow of defeat that fuels the fire to go out and try again. I was lucky to find my passion when I did, from that very first lap.

Soon, I was skating each and every chance I got. Sometimes, that was on the dugout of our family’s farm. There was a watering hole that the cattle used to drink from, and in the winter it would freeze. So, we would make a hole for the cows to get what they needed, and the rest would be frozen and waiting for my brother and I to play our own version of an NHL game. I idolized Mario Lemieux growing up, so I would pretend to be him winning Stanley Cups for the Penguins. Right there, during those brutal Saskatchewan winters, my dream was born. I’d come home in tears with frozen feet, and my mom would slowly warm me back up. Those core memories, all centered on hockey and family, make up so much of who I am. They are still the most important things in my life today.

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Embarrassed In Toronto

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The final score actually flatters the Leafs.

The game did not in any way.

Sunday night began badly for Toronto, ended badly, and in the between wasn’t much to see either. There was barely a glimpse of anything resembling pride, anything resembling effort, or a willingness to compete at a level necessary to advance anywhere in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

This loss was that complete, that nasty, that disheartening. And it was also that certain. And this best-of-seven series is now tied at two games apiece but it sure doesn’t feel that way. It feels as though coach Jon Cooper has solved the Leafs, found the answer every playoff series requires, coming up with the formula in which to attack his opponent. He talked a little about it on Saturday. He said he didn’t worry about what Toronto might do: And then his team demonstrated why.

That was going to happen on offence. And now the Lightning doesn’t appear to be heading for apparent defeat, even with the series now reduced to a best of three with the knockout victim Leafs wobbling with mouths open, on the ropes.

On the ice, the Lightning owned the scoreboard, the boards the loose pucks, the pucks behind the net, all of it predicated on its quickness and physical play — two areas in which the Leafs came up horribly short Sunday night.

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Leafs Dominate Game 3

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

When your most dangerous players get nullified at even-strength by one of the most effective shutdown trios in hockey, it’s up to the role players to elevate and make an impact.

Such was the case in Game 3 of this seesaw series rocking back and forth between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning, where the only safe bet from game to game or period to period is that the players decked out in blue and white will dominate.

With special teams again impacting (but not deciding) the outcome, a couple of unsung forwards on the visiting side, Colin Blackwell and David Kämpf, provided cherished 5-on-5 goals, pushing the Leafs to a 5-2 victory on enemy ice.

On the strength of coach Sheldon Keefe’s balanced bottom six, they swiped home-ice

On the strength of coach Sheldon Keefe’s balanced bottom-six — 83 per cent of whom were acquired via trade or free agency by GM Kyle Dubas — the Leafs dug in to swipe home-ice advantage back Friday as swiftly as they fumbled it away Wednesday.

“It just so happens at this time of year, you need some guys to step out of character a bit. Tonight, that was the case,” Keefe said. “You need guys to make plays, step up.”

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Tampa Bay Lightning Display Their Championship Pedigree

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

It’s now on the Maple Leafs to steal a page, if not several, from the Tampa Bay Lightning’s playoff playbook.

The Leafs knew the Lightning was going to respond with a better effort in Game 2 on Wednesday night at Scotiabank Arena after the Leafs spanked the visitors in Game 1.

Tampa proved Toronto right, beating the Leafs 5-3 to tie the best-of-seven, first-round series 1-1 in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs.

That continued a post-season habit for the Lightning, which benefited from a sharp performance from goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy and dominance on special teams.

In each of the past two years, when Tampa Bay put together back-to-back Cup championships, the Lightning didn’t lose consecutive games.

The Leafs prided themselves during the regular season on quickly forgetting tough losses, and they will have to do the same in Game 3 in Tampa on Friday. The Lightning can do it in the playoffs. There’s no reason the Leafs can’t as well.

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Video- Kyle Clifford Suspended One Game

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Video- Report- A Phone Hearing For Kyle Clifford

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All Eyes On The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet, The joy of the greatest regular season in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 105 years of existence will not be poured neat.

No, sir. The intoxicating cocktail of this record-breaking 54-win, 115-point romp will be spiked with doubt and laced with fear, sprinkled with regret, and served by a ghost that’s been haunting the mecca for 55 years. It’ll be the kind of drink that requires a chaser. Maybe two.

Some will say club president Brendan Shanahan and handpicked general manger Kyle Dubas have doubled down. Nah. They’ve sextupled down on this talented core of five — Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner, John Tavares, William Nylander and Morgan Rielly — who, you may have heard, play for a team that has lost five consecutive first-round playoff series. Set their Stanley Cup ambitions aside for a second. These bright stars, most firmly in their primes, represent a proud organization that hasn’t celebrated a single series victory since Toby Maguire was the only Spider-Man of cinematic record. These Leafs, man. They’re either doomed or due. Destined to be demonized or determined to become dragon slayers.

And there is zero doubt where Dubas, the stubborn/steadfast architect of the roster, lines up on that debate, set to be settled beginning Monday against the back-to-back champion Tampa Bay Lightning. “For better or worse, I believe in this group. I believe that they are going to get it done and that they are going to win,” Dubas stated over the summer, the sour taste of another Game 7 loss still on his lips. “I understand that this comes with certain doubts because we have not broken through in the playoffs. But it is my belief that they will. I believe in them as players. I believe in them as people. I know that the decision lies on me and the risk is for me in going ahead that way.

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A New Season For The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

The Toronto Maple Leafs were all smiles when they gathered for the official 2021-22 team photo on the Scotiabank Arena ice Wednesday. With Auston Matthews having scored his 60th goal of the season when Toronto clinched home ice for the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 3-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings 15 hours earlier, there was plenty of reason to be jovial.

But here's the reality of the situation: If the Maple Leafs stumble in the early stages of the postseason yet again, one of the greatest regular seasons in their nearly 105-year history, for individual players and the team itself, will end will a dour mood.

"All the accolades come when the team is doing well. Like, you get individual awards and stuff in the regular season, and it's great. But come playoff time those things don't mean much," defenseman Jake Muzzin said with a knowing chuckle.

"It's a new season, really, and we've got to start breaking records in [the] playoffs I guess, so to speak. So it's take it day by day, get ready for Game 1 and go from there."

After closing out their regular season against the Boston Bruins on Friday, the Maple Leafs will play Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round at home having clinched second place in the Atlantic Division. They will face the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning or the Bruins, who reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2019.

Either way, playoff experience and success will not be on their side.

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Video- Wayne Simmonds Fined For Charging

NEW YORK (April 22, 2022) – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Wayne Simmonds has been fined $2,250, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for charging Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev during NHL Game No. 1234 in Tampa on Thursday, April 21, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 15:21 of the third period.


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Video- Kyle Clifford Fined For High-Sticking

NEW YORK (April 22, 2022) – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Kyle Clifford has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for high-sticking Tampa Bay Lightning forward Corey Perry during NHL Game No. 1234 in Tampa on Thursday, April 21, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today. 

The incident occurred at 8:10 of the third period. Clifford was assessed a match penalty.


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