TLN Three Stars: Unknown 16-year-old gets past security, scores hat trick against Avs

This had all the makings of a bad game for the Leafs.
It’s their first game back in Toronto after a four game road trip that they swept. They’re up against a dominant Avalanche team. Nathan MacKinnon is playing his first game back from injury. Nazem Kadri is on a tear and coming back to play in his old barn. They had their third stringer in net after an injury to Darcy Kuemper forced their hand, with the potential for an EBUG. It just seemed like the kind of game the Leafs would lose.
Not only did they not lose the game, they blew the Avalanche out of the water. It started out with one of their best periods of the season in the first as they exploded for a 3-0 lead, and while the Avs tried to get themselves back into the game with a couple goals to make it 3-2, the Leafs quickly got back up to a three goal lead, and then kept adding to it, resulting in an 8-3 win. While the goaltending for the Avs wasn’t the strongest, resulting in the lopsided score, the underlying numbers were well in the Leafs favour …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

The 2021 Top 20 Leafs Prospects: #13 Mac Hollowell

Mac Hollowell has all the makings of a fan favourite. He’s a local boy, puts up a ton of points, isn’t afraid to drop the gloves once in a while, and plays the coveted RD position. His 5’10 frame may have been mocked when the Leafs selected him in the 4th round of the 2018 draft, but with another right handed defenceman under 6’ tall having just won the Norris, more and more people are beginning to warm themselves up to this flashy blueliner.
Despite his smaller size, he knows how to throw around the body, positions well on defence, and has some of the best offensive instincts from any blueliner in the Leafs organization. Defensive prospects can be hard to project, which is why Hollowell remains in the #13 spot just like he was last year, but with some ranking him as high as 6th best prospect in the organization, it seems like it’s only a matter of time until more people realize what an excellent two-way threat he is.
Position: RDAge: 18Height: 5’10Weight: 170 lbsDrafted: 2018 4th round, 118th overall2020-2021 Team: TUTO Hockey (Mestis) & Toronto Marlies (AHL)2020 Prospect Ranking: 13th
Don’t let his height starting with a 5 fool …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

3 former Toronto Raptors that could return to Canada this offseason

3 former Toronto Raptors that could return to Canada this offseason

This offseason has the makings to be a franchise-altering time for the Toronto Raptors. With one foot in the door of a rebuild, the other keeping the window for playoff contention open, the Raptors front office will have their hands full when it comes to what direction they want to take their team. With multiple […]
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Author: Matthew Eichhorn / Raptors HQ

Leafs look to put stranglehold on division lead with series sweep over Jets

This game has all the makings for a bloodbath.
A couple of “dirty” plays from the Leafs in response have apparently sent the Jets into a bit of a frenzy, mostly noted with Paul Maurice not even giving the credit of being a tough and dirty team, just a “poorer” team, although I still don’t quite get what he means by that. Some of the Leafs took offense to that, and defended their plays, and here we are now.
That said, you probably shouldn’t go into this game expecting the Leafs to mess everyone up. Their roster makeup has always been a “make you pay by scoring” kind of team, so if the Leafs really want to follow up on that mantra, they might wanna make it a blowout. But this is also where guys like Wayne Simmonds and Nick Foligno really show their worth, so what they add to what has been an oddly chaotic series will be interesting to see.
That’s not the only note for this game, as the Leafs will look to really bury the Jets in the standings to secure first place in the division. The Leafs win, and the Jets are …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Rittich shuts the door as Leafs lose 3-0

This game had all the makings for this exact result. The Leafs were riding a hot streak, the Flames came in off a 7-1 loss, the Leafs had an absurd amount of injuries with Hutchinson in net. It went exactly the way we all thought it would.
And honestly, I’m not mad. With Andersen, Muzzin, Thornton, and Hyman all out (along with Simmonds and Campbell who have been for a while), the Leafs were already not sitting pretty going into the game, and David Rittich shut the door as the Leafs would lose 3-0.
The first period went about as well as we could’ve hoped for considering the circumstances. They saw the shot attempts and scoring chances favour the Flames, but they only found themselves down 1-0 after the first thanks to a goal from Sam Bennett. The Leafs had a couple power plays to get the game tied, but despite a plethora of scoring chances, they couldn’t get any in the net.

Sam Bennett trying to show Kyle he’s the one
(1-0) pic.twitter.com/HKDnQcHaJE
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) February 23, 2021

The Leafs started pressuring a bit more in the second, at even strength, on the power play, …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation