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Video- You Make The Call Toronto/Boston

Game winner with 1:23 left in the 3rd.


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Video Auston Matthews Injury Update

Bob McKenzie reported Matthews will have an MRI today and it looks like a shoulder injury.

He is not at practice today.

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Blues Acquire Nikita Soshnikov From The Leafs

(Feb. 15, 2018) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has acquired forward Nikita Soshnikov (nih-KEE-tuh, SOHSH-nih-kawf) from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for the Blues' fourth round draft pick in 2019.  Soshnikov will report to St. Louis in 7-10 days after he has attained a United States visa.

Soshnikov, 24, is currently on injured reserve (IR) but will be added to the active roster after he attains his visa and is cleared to play by team doctors.  This season, the 5'11, 185-pound forward has posted 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 19 games with the American Hockey League's (AHL) Toronto Marlies while also dressing in three games for the Maple Leafs.  Overall, the Nizhny Tagil, Russia, native has appeared in 70 career NHL regular season games, recording 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) and 22 penalty minutes.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs At The Trade Deadline

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

With less than two weeks until the Feb. 26 trade deadline in the National Hockey League, speculation continues to heat up that the Leafs won’t do anything drastic in the way of player moves.

While it’s true that general manager Lou Lamoriello is capable of making a trade that no one sees coming (think Dion Phaneuf to Ottawa), we concur with what one NHL scout said to us on Monday night as the Leafs squared off with the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Air Canada Centre.

“The Leafs are a good young team and they are at a point in the curve that they don’t need to do anything,” the scout said.

Consider that with 73 points following a 4-3 victory against Tampa, the Leafs are within six points of the Lightning, which is in first place overall. There’s zero reason for Lamoriello to trade one of his top young players, unless the piece coming back is a bona fide No. 1 defenceman.


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Toronto’s Stadium Series Sweater

The game will be played at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, home of the NCAA Division I, Navy Midshipmen, in Annapolis, Md..



Press release on the uniform is below...

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Videos- Andersen Had To Leave The Game After Taking A Skate To the Head In Leafs Win Over The Ducks

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

The 7-4 home win was completed minus Leafs MVP Andersen, knocked out halfway through the game when the airborne left skate of Corey Perry struck the Leafs goaltender under the mask as the Ducks forward stumbled over Toronto defenceman Ron Hainsey.

Andersen wasn’t cut, but shed his mask and cradled his jaw in his mitts for a few moments before heading to the dressing room for likely concussion protocol. That was enough to cause panic up and down Bay St., but head coach Mike Babcock was encouraged by a post-game chat with the goalie.

“I think he’s fine, I was just talking to him,” Babcock said a few minutes after Curtis McElhinney supplied the victory in relief. “We’ll see what goes on (Tuesday morning).”

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Morning Line- Larry Brooks

There is no need for the Rangers to deep dive here if general manager Jeff Gorton can maximize the return for 2019 free-agent eligible Ryan McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello and for impending free agents Rick Nash and Michael Grabner.

There is, however, an unmistakable need for a reboot, made all the more evident by, of all things, the addition of McLeod for this embarrassment of a performance.

-Larry Brooks of the New York Post after the Rangers lost 4-0 to the Leafs.  More from Brooks on this topic.

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Poor Effort By The New York Islanders In A Loss To The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Laura Albanese of Newsday,

The calendar says there’s still time. The standings say the Islanders have a chance. But though they have 29 more games to eke their way into the playoffs, Wednesday night proved that it might be getting late very early for this Islanders team.

The Islanders gave up five goals a night after they gave up four, and struggled to put together any semblance of a threat in a frustrating 5-0 loss to the Maple Leafs. The Leafs dominated on defense, clogging up shooting lanes and incapacitating the Isles’ first two lines.

It doesn’t make it any better that Toronto has been floated as a possible landing spot for John Tavares, should he decide not to sign a contract extension, and the Leafs — fast, disciplined, and suddenly a more formidable team than a recent slump would indicate — sure looked like a lot of fun to play for.

“It’s really unacceptable the level we’re playing at,” Tavares said. “We’re not going to win many hockey games or really be in it the way we played the last couple of nights . . . The way we’ve played the last couple nights is not even close to what we need to be to get where we need to get to . . . It’s hard to be at a certain standard every night, especially in this league, with how competitive it is. We’ve just got to be a lot better.”


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Evening Line- Roman Polak

“The young guys, they have so much speed and skill. I have to say, it looks good . . . It’s all about the fans. If the fans want to bring the old stuff back, if they want more fighting and big guys, it’s going to come back. But now, the fans want the speed hockey, the skill hockey. And who blames them? It looks good.”

-Roman Polak of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star has more on a feature about toughness in the game.

I don't agree with Polak at all, fighting is going away year by year.

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No Goal Call Goes Against Toronto

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The determinations have gotten more confusing. What’s obvious to one person doesn’t seem to be obvious to another. What’s supposed to be objective has turned out to be subjective. And this was never the intention of replay at any time, in any game.

The illogic of the coach’s challenge happened again on Monday night at the Air Canada Centre. Second period. Zach Hyman makes a terrific play for the Maple Leafs, beating Colorado defenceman Patrik Nemeth to a loose puck behind the Avalanche net. The puck then went from Hyman to William Nylander, who made a fine pass to Auston Matthews for the score.

This is the kind of goal hockey should be applauding. A tough play on a loose puck. Mike Babcock getting what he needs from Hyman. Nylander doing what he’s supposed to do — making a quick, perfect pass. Matthews finishing the way few others can.

Except, no goal.

It was deemed to be goaltender interference on the history major, Jonathan Bernier. You know it was contentious for the NHL officials to make a determination because they took an inordinate amount of time before making the wrong decision. The fans, already sensing something was wrong, began booing before there was a reason to boo.


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