Day After Thoughts: No comeback kids last night

The Toronto Maple Leafs lost 4-3 in Overtime on Thursday night to the Montreal Canadiens. The playoff series now sits at 3-2 in favour of the Leafs. Zach Hyman and Jake Muzzin (x2!) scored for the Leafs, while Joel Armia (x2), Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored for the Habs in regulation. Nick Suzuki scored the OT winner.
In typical Leafs fashion, the team went down in this game early, and then played with everyone’s emotions by tying it at three and then losing in Overtime in the most leafiest way possible. Alex Galchenyuk turned the puck over in OT to Cole Caufield and sent him and Suzuki down the ice on a 2-on-0 breakaway.
I thought the Leafs looked okay last night. For the first half of the game the team looked rather flat or perhaps nervous. After all, in the Auston Matthews era, the Leafs have yet to win a playoff series. They have only led in a playoff series twice since 2017. They were up 2-1 against the Capitals in 2017 and held 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 series leads against the Bruins in 2019.
As the game progressed however, the Leafs slowly started to get things going. By the third period the …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

Forget about losses like these because this Leafs team is different

The Leafs lost, yes. But they showed resiliency, they showed heart, they showed that they care. This isn’t like other losses. Sure, they made us believe it was possible, but what were they supposed to do?
Would you have rather them just say, “na, we’re not good enough to come back”? Because I wouldn’t.
All I want to say is that this team is different. You know it, I know it. Tell me you didn’t think going into this series that the Leafs were going to win because I know you thought that. Continue to think it. It’s happening. Leafs will wave goodbye to the Habs while their 2500 fans sit and watch.
I hope you enjoy this video. I tried to talk some sense into this loss.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

BJN Radio Ep. 15 – A weekend of heartbreak with the Rays

What a dreadful weekend!

The Blue Jays lost hosted the Rays and suffered four heartbreaking losses that featured late-game blown leads, extra-innings implosions, and comebacks that didn’t quite happen. The team is now on a six-game skid and they sit in fourth place in the American League East with a 23-23 record.
We talked about the gassed bullpen, whether or not we should Blame Charlie for all of these blown leads, and what the team needs in order to get back on track. We also talked about Vlad Jr. being in the mix for the AL triple crown (!!!) and the team finally calling up Alek Manoah to make his big-league debut.
Next up, the Blue Jays head to New York to take on the Yankees, a team that seems to have figured itself out since the last time we saw them.
You can listen to the episode here…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Day After Thoughts: No need to panic yet

The Toronto Maple Leafs lost game one of their series against the Montreal Canadiens last night, but the focus for many, if not all Leaf fans was on the status of captain John Tavares.

Sheldon Keefe says John Tavares is conscious & communicating … tests so far have come back clear … Leafs captain will remain in hospital overnight for more tests
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) May 21, 2021

At 10:45am this morning, the Maple Leafs provided an update on John Tavares’ status.

An update on @MapleLeafs captain John Tavares. pic.twitter.com/sV0dlfpdI8
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) May 21, 2021

Extremely happy to hear that Tavares is doing well and has been discharged from the hospital. Hockey is secondary in a situation like this. Wishing Tavares all the best in his recovery.
Goal Analysis
The Leafs lost Game 1 by a final score of 2-1 for the Habs. I thought the Leafs overall were the better team, dominating play for a majority of the game. But Carey Price came to play and the few mistakes the Leafs made led directly to quality scoring chances and goals against.
Canadiens 1st Goal – Josh Anderson (Assist Staal, Toffoli)

This goal all started off an offensive zone turnover by Joe Thornton. …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

Predicting how far the Leafs will go in the playoffs

So, the Leafs lost to the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night in a game that didn’t matter. Now we prepare for the Toronto and Montreal first round. I am excited. I am also nervous.
In this video, I look forward predicting where the Leafs will go and how far they will make it. I did knock on wood too because I don’t want to jinx anything. I hope you enjoy the video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Who’s in the lineup for game one vs. Montreal?

Who’s in the lineup for game one vs. Montreal?

The Leafs lost last night to the Ottawa Senators 4-3 in overtime. Frederik Andersen made his return to the lineup and was okay.
Toronto didn’t really look too engaged from time to time. It was like they were trying to avoid getting injured, or something (they were). These games don’t matter at this point, and it showed last night. But it was good for Andersen to get some NHL work in before the playoffs start.
Oh yeah, and Jack Campbell is starting in game one, obviously. I hope you enjoy my thoughts on last night’s game!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

TLN Three Stars: Is it playoff time yet?

The Toronto Maple Leafs lost 4-3 in Overtime to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.
Jake Muzzin, John Tavares and Auston Matthews scored for the Leafs. Nikita Zaitsev, Connor Brown, Parker Kelly and Josh Norris scored for the Senators, who were playing their final game of the 2021 season.
Frederik Andersen was making his first start with the Leafs since March 19th, after being shutdown due to a lingering lower-body injury.
In the first period, both teams looked like they were ready for the offseason. Late in the first period, Zaitsev floated a knuckle-puck past Andersen, who was heavily screened on this goal.

That’s Z’s spot!! #GoSensGo pic.twitter.com/8kq65UH0or
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) May 13, 2021

The second period saw a goal explosion. Muzzin ripped home a one-timer on the ice cold powerplay to make it 1-1.

Muzzy Missile #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/ACTDuKr3SL
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) May 13, 2021

Connor Brown would score his fifth shorthanded goal of the year not too long after, and Parker Kelly scored his first career NHL goal midway through the second period.

That’s an NHL leading FIFTH shorty for Brown this year! #GoSensGo pic.twitter.com/T300rWOCSk
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) May 13, 2021

First …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Play against Nets proves Toronto can make playoff

Toronto Raptors: Play against Nets proves Toronto can make playoff

The Toronto Raptors suffered a detrimental lost on Tuesday night at the hands of the No. 1 seed in the East, the Brooklyn Nets. Toronto remains at the 12th spot, but now is two games back of the Washington Wizards, who hold the final spot for the play-in tournament. With 10 games remaining in the […]
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Author: Nickeem Khan / Raptors HQ

TLN Three Stars: SPOILER ALERT-David Rittich didn’t make the cut

The Leafs lost 6-3 to the Canucks. Their second loss to Canucks following their return from COVID. The Leafs five loss in a row. If you are looking for silver linings and optimism in this post, you’ll be disappointed. I mean, we still can scrape together three worthwhile Leafs for the three starts, but to say that goaltending was an issue was an understatement. To say I want to see Morgan Rielly and Justin Holl on the ice together, who be a damned lie. To say I understand what Alex Kerfoot does on a nightly basis and get why he’s on the second line, will only be met with a confused look, followed by my desire to curl up in the fetal position. This game was unfortunate from top to bottom, and the Leafs have not inspired much confidence after Kyle Dubas boldly went all in by trading draft picks for depth.
The Leafs did pick up a powerplay goal, and Marlies callup Adam Brooks picked up a short handed goal, but even the high points tonight were quickly deflated. So let’s get on with it. We can salvage three stars tonight, so let’s do it.
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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

TLN Three Stars: Onto the next one

The Toronto Maple Leafs lost 5-2 to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.
Alex Galchenyuk opened the scoring tonight for the Leafs, after some nifty passing from Mitch Marner and John Tavares. The goal was originally waved off, as the puck went in and out super fast. However, the NHL corrected and Galchenyuk got his second of the season.

W W#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/Mfu0B9db1E
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 15, 2021

After the Jets scored three unanswered goals, chasing Jack Campbell from the net, Tavares responded for the Leafs, bringing the score to 3-2 after two periods.

Heeere’s Johnny #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/Z9NruTc6bU
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 16, 2021

The Leafs pushed hard in the final frame, but could not mount a comeback, falling 5-2 at the final horn.
Three Stars
The F Star: The Powerplay
At this point, I hope Manny Malholtra lurks theleafsnation.com the powerplay needs some serious help and we talked about what we would do to fix it earlier today. This powerplay is on life support.
Third Star: David Rittich
Rittich came into the game, relieving Jack Campbell. Rittich stopped 16/17 shots he faced and tried his best to keep …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation