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Mike Babcock In The Moment

via Lance Hornby tweets,

Babcock on maybe setting TML franchise win record Monday: “I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about that. You do that after the season and after your career. One time, I’d won something and was sitting by the lakeside fireplace having a rum, my Dad was having a Scotch ... "

" ... I said things are going pretty good, kind of tooting my own horn and he said ‘when was that again'? In other words, what’s coming next?”

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Canada’s Playoff Teams

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

So we get two teams in the National Hockey League playoffs. Not five, like last year. But hey — it’s better than the zero that qualified in 2016.

So, with (hopefully) a few rounds of Canadian content on tap beginning in a few weeks, let’s take a look at what we have. It’s an interesting dichotomy: Canada’s marquee club, Toronto, a Hockey Night in Canada staple; and the team whose time zone doesn’t work for anyone, arguably the least sexy market in the NHL in Winnipeg.

A Canadian hockey fan can’t avoid the Maple Leafs even if they tried — but why would you? Toronto is perhaps the most entertaining team we have this season, with a budding superstar in Auston Mathews, enough offence to keep the lamp lit, and just loose enough defensively that Frederik Andersen (when healthy) is one of the three stars whenever Toronto wins.

And the Jets, that club you’ve been hearing about all winter and have no doubt been meaning to watch, with a sniper in Patrik Laine who is on his way to becoming a generational goal scorer. Now that your club is toast — we’re talking to you Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa and Montreal — do yourself a favour and see what a proper, slow and successful build is supposed to look like.


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Leafs Win, Lose Andersen

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

A three-goal game by James van Riemsdyk, a last-minute goal from Patrick Marleau and shootout goals from Mitch Marner and Tyler Bozak rallied the Leafs to a 6-5 decision over the Dallas Stars, giving Toronto a franchise-record 11th win in a row at the Air Canada Centre.

But the Leafs played the final half of the game without Andersen, who pulled himself with what the team called an upper-body injury.

Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said he believed the injury occurred in the first period when Stars winger Alexander Radulov landed on Andersen, snapping the goaltender’s head back. Andersen was noticeably wincing afterward but stayed in the game.

“It sure didn’t seem like much,” Babcock said. “He played after he got hurt, so I don’t know exactly.”

The worry is Andersen might have suffered a concussion, or maybe an awkwardly pulled muscle. Curtis McElhinney played a solid second half and was spectacular in overtime to get the win. He will play Thursday in Buffalo.

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Below, catch the game highlights and how Andresen may have been injured...

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Hockey By Ken Hitchcock

via Mark Masters tweets,

Stars' Hitchcock: "What we’re finding coming out here, quite frankly, the game in the East is a lot different than it is in the West. The speed factor out here is significant. Obviously, Pittsburgh set the table, but every team seems to have tremendous speed in their lineup … "

Hitchcock on playing fast: "It’s not just skating with the puck. It’s creating numerical advantages when you’re in a defensive posture so all you do is make one play & you bring numbers to the area & take advantage of it & Toronto does it as good as anyone in the NHL right now."

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Video- You Make The Call Pittsburgh/Toronto

Pens receive two for goaltender interference.


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Video- You Make The Call Toronto/Buffalo

Buffalo won 5-3.



Below, watch Babcock and Andersen post-game plus the game highlights.

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Videos- Mike Babcock Disappointed In Toronto’s Performance In The Stadium Series Game

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Plan overboard!

Mike Babcock must have looked at the deep blue sea depicted under the Maple Leafs bench and felt like tossing whatever notes he made on containing the Washington Capitals right into the drink.

“They got on us, we didn’t execute like we go through and we didn’t have many good players,” coach Babcock said.

So after two storybook outdoor games, winning by shootout and overtime, Toronto was dead in the water at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday night. Hoping to give a strong account against a playoff foe on the big stage — a replica aircraft carrier around the rink — they were swallowed 5-2 in a red, white and blue barrage.

“It’s unfortunate,” Babcock added. “In life you only get so many opportunities and you want these to be positive memories. We knew who we were playing (the team that beat Toronto in the playoffs last year). We knew it was a big night and they look at us and still think we’re kids. And we looked like we were kids tonight. They smacked us around pretty good. You have to give them credit.”


Below, watch the game highlights and Babcock's post-game press conference.

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Videos- Highlights Of The Opening Ceremony At The Stadium Series


More below.

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Not Your Normal Outdoor Game

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The venue, the location, the more than 500 midshipmen in the stands wearing their service dress uniforms and the pregame pomp and circumstance planned should separate the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game from the previous 24 regular-season outdoor games the League has held.

That won't be lost on the players and coaches from the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs when they play at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, NHL.TV).

"If you're a North American, this one is more special because of the men and women that look after you and give you all the privileges you have in your life by keeping you safe and living in a democracy," said Toronto coach Mike Babcock, who has dual Canada-United States citizenship. "To me, it's a special, special thing."


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Will You Be Watching The Stadium Series Game Saturday Night?

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

There’s a feeling with some in the hockey community that the NHL’s outdoor games have passed their best-before dates, or that there are too many of them, that they are meaningless.

But that’s not true for the city hosting the outdoor game, for the fans attending, for the teams and players involved — or for television.

”There are two points on the line, but it’s a special event and you should embrace that and enjoy it as much as you can,” Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock told reporters in Annapolis, Md. “The way our schedule is, it’s set up perfect for us. We look forward to it.”

The Leafs and Capitals practised indoors Friday after high winds forced the league to cancel a practice at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, where the final outdoor game of the NHL season will be played. Capitals forward Tom Wilson is among the players looking forward to Saturday (8 p.m., Sportsnet, NBC).


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