Leaving Las Vegas ..but sub Nicolas Cage for the Toronto Maple Leafs: Muzzy’s Muzings

Leaving Las Vegas ..but sub Nicolas Cage for the Toronto Maple Leafs: Muzzy’s Muzings

Coming off arguably their most complete effort of the season in Winnipeg, the Leafs were off from puck drop at T-Mobile Arena in Vegas on Monday night.
Chandler Stephenson potted the game winner early in the third period as Vegas smothered Toronto 3-1.
For the fifth straight outing, the Leafs surrendered the first goal of the game. And it actually happened twice. Phil Kessel, who tied Keith Yandle’s ironman streak of 989 consecutive games, had a goal called back after a successful challenge by Sheldon Keefe for offside. That said, just moments later, Nicolas Roy cashed; Kessel picked up an assist.
Meantime, William Nylander’s 4th of the season tied things up midway through the second period. That was the score until Stephenson’s tally. Former Leaf Michael Amadio provided some insurance at the 8:11 mark of the final frame to put the game out of reach.
Toronto fell to 4-3-0 on the season, they’re 1-1-0 through two games of their five game road trip.
Muzzy’s Muzings:
HOW’S THE CAPTAIN?
The silver lining on another disappointing loss is that it appears the Leafs dodged a major injury bullet in this one. 6:58 into the third period, John Tavares took a 97 MPH Rasmus Sandin clapper off the outside …

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Author: Nick Alberga / The Leafs Nation

Johnny Twovares leads the way as Leafs fly high in Winnipeg: Muzzy’s Muzings

Johnny Twovares leads the way as Leafs fly high in Winnipeg: Muzzy’s Muzings

It was arguably their most complete effort of the early season.
John Tavares scored twice – his second and third of the campaign – as the Leafs (4-2-0) kicked off their five-game road trip with an impressive 4-1 victory in Winnipeg (2-3-0).
Speaking of impressive, how about Ilya Samsonov? The 25-year-old netminder made 30 stops for his fourth consecutive victory to start his Maple Leafs career.

Ilya Samsonov: 4 wins, 0 losses .939 Save Percentage
Between the Murray injury and a slow start from TOR’s 5v5 offense, Samsonov has come up big for the Leafs to start the year.
— Nick DeSouza (@NickDeSouza_) October 23, 2022

Meantime, what a hunch by Sheldon Keefe beefing up his fourth line. Wayne Simmonds and Kyle Clifford, who both made their season debuts on Saturday night, set up David Kampf for the game winner in the second period. Meantime, Auston Matthews led the way with three helpers.
Toronto has now won eight of the past 10 meetings in Winnipeg.
Muzzy’s Muzings:
 FOURTH LINE JUICE
Toronto’s new look fourth line of Kyle Clifford, David Kampf and Wayne Simmonds brought some much-needed jam to the lineup.

Maple Leafs’ Clifford-Kämpf–Simmonds line outshooting their competition 4-0 and outscoring them 1-0 through two periods.
— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) October 23, 2022

 
Also, great to see that fourth line chip in with a goal, too. If there’s one negative to pull, though, it’s that both Clifford and Simmonds took minor penalties in the game. But all-in-all, minimal complaints on my end. I’m happy.

Maple Leafs improve to 15-0-0 when David Kämpf scores a goal.
— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) October 23, 2022

URGENCY
For the first time in a while, the Leafs played …

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Author: Nick Alberga / The Leafs Nation

Raptors rumors: Toronto showing interest in Bojan Bogdanovic

Raptors rumors: Toronto showing interest in Bojan Bogdanovic

The Toronto Raptors had to have been in a state of complete disbelief when the Cleveland Cavaliers managed to pilfer Donovan Mitchell away from the rebuilding Utah Jazz. With veterans like Bojan Bogdanovic next up on the chopping block, contenders from around the league are hitting up Danny Ainge. While names like Malik Beasley and […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ