Maple Leafs lose second-straight to Canucks – Rate That Leafs Game

Again, the Toronto Maple Leafs lose to the Vancouver Canucks. It wasn’t the best game for Toronto, but it also wasn’t one of their worst games of the season. They had 39 shots on Thatcher Demko, who really stole the game for the Canucks.
However, I don’t want to sit here and say the Maple Leafs couldn’t have played better because they could have. A lot of sloppy plays in their end and in Vancouver’s end which resulted in either a goal for the Canucks or a missed opportunity for Toronto.
All in all, not the best game but now they get to go home, get some rest and prepare for the Winnipeg Jets. I hope you enjoy the video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs lose 3-1 to the Canucks – Rate That Leafs Game

As the Maple Leafs entered a back-to-back against the Vancouver Canucks, one thing was certain — it was going to be a tough game for Toronto. And that it was.
They struggled to score on Thatcher Demko who made it really tough for the Leafs to get anything past him. He stopped 31 shots in a 3-1 win.
We also received some sad news shortly before last night’s game ended. Walter Gretzky, the father of Wayne Gretzky passed away at 82. In my video, I explain what kind of impact he’s made on the game of hockey. His legacy will always be remembered and Walter was someone who grew the game immensely. Rest in peace, Walter Gretzky.
I hope you all enjoy the video.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Vesey scores a pair and Leafs sweep Oilers in spectacular fashion

The Toronto Maple Leafs were looking to take their third win and make a clean sweep tonight, while the Edmonton Oilers were looking to reignite their spark and get their fire going. The Leafs managed to shutout the Oilers and leave Connor McDavid without a single point the last two games, but would they be able to do it again? I mean, it’s what the people want (and if you were wondering, yes, I am people).
As the puck dropped for the third game in this series, and with a few good chances on both ends of the ice, you could tell that both teams were ready to get this game going. Just over the half-way mark into the first period, Jason Spezza made a play from the side of the net, which Travis Boyd redirected right to Jimmy Vesey who had just skated off the bench and got the puck past Mike Smith, which gave the Leafs the early lead and made it 1-0.

JIMMY VESEY
Fourth line strikes again! pic.twitter.com/6BmFFJRDXG
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 4, 2021

Well, the Vesey train didn’t stop there. Around the three minute mark into the second period, Zach Bogosian made an …

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Author: Roxanne Khasow / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs blank Oilers in two-straight games – Rate That Leafs Game

So, again, the Maple Leafs defeat the Edmonton Oilers. And, again, Toronto shuts them out. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl both couldn’t solve Michael Hutchinson as he made 31 saves in this one.
William Nylander, aka Willy Styles, scored his fourth goal in three games, Zach Hyman and Morgan Rielly also added the other two goals.
Another incredible game for the Maple Leafs which now puts them even further ahead in the North Division. I hope you enjoy today’s video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Leafs move six points ahead of Oilers after win – Rate That Leafs Game

This was a big game for the Toronto Maple Leafs and with the way they played, you could tell how important it really was.
Jack Campbell with a solid 30-save shutout, and from the supporting cast which was the entire Maple Leafs team, it was nice to see them rally. Along with the offense, Toronto’s defence was spectacular too. They didn’t allow a goal against by the Edmonton Oilers but more importantly, from one of either Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl.
A big game that both the Maple Leafs, Campbell and Auston Matthews will be proud of. I hope you enjoy the video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Nylander cracks the Rittich code, Maple Leafs defeat Flames 2-1 in OT

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Calgary Flames by a final score of 2-1 in OT on Wednesday night. William Nylander scored both goals for the Leafs, while Andrew Mangiapane scored for the Flames.
Flames goaltender David Rittich was the star of this two-game set. Rittich turned aside 71 of 73 shots fired on goal, including a 34 save shutout on Monday night and stopping 37 of 39 tonight. After a scary game Monday night, Michael Hutchinson had a very nice rebound performance, stopping 21 of the 22 shots he faced.
Tonight’s game looked like it was headed that way as well. Rittich stole the show throughout the game, making highlight-reel stops on John Tavares and Ilya Mikheyev in close. Hutchinson wasn’t tested as often as Rittich, but he was able to close the door when called upon.

What a chance by Tavares from Matthews pic.twitter.com/M6p5C32RpR
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) February 25, 2021

Mikheyev with another shorthanded scoring chance pic.twitter.com/RIWMzhtKdB
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) February 25, 2021

The scoring didn’t start until the final three minutes of the third period. The Leafs failed to get the puck out of their own end, causing them to scramble defensively. Tkachuk found Mangiapane all alone in …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

Injuries plague Maple Leafs in loss to Flames – Rate That Leafs Game

The Toronto Maple Leafs started this season off very well and have now run into injury troubles. With six players out, Sheldon Keefe had to do some line juggling in this game and I don’t believe it worked.
We also got news after the game on the extent of Frederik Andersen’s injury and what his timeline to return would look like.
For the Leafs though, this game was what I’d call a throw-away game. It was unlucky, they were goalie’d by David Rittich and penalties cost them at the end of the game. Plus, Toronto didn’t score on seven power play opportunities which didn’t help.
This team knows that if it’s a bad game, they move on and I think that’s what they plan to do after this one. And so do I. Enjoy the video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Injuries add up ahead of the Leafs and Flames Monday matchup

Well. The Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Calgary Flames tonight, but they do so down three key players from their squad. The news out of Toronto this morning is that all three of Joe Thornton, Zach Hyman, and Jake Muzzin are out for tonight’s game. While Jumbo and Hyman are listed as day-to-day, Muzzin apparently has a broken bone in his face and his timeline for return is uncertain.

Sheldon Keefe on #Leafs lineup changes:
Hyman out (day-to-day), Jake Muzzin out (broken bone in his face, will miss time, needs full shield upon return), Joe Thornton out (day-to-day)
Barabanov, Lehtonen and Petan in
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) February 22, 2021

If you take a look at this image that shows wear and tear on the Leafs roster (from TLN’s brilliant Mark Norman’s stats pack) you can understand why someone like Hyman might need a breather. You might also wonder how Jake Muzzin has lasted this long without a serious injury:

While today should feel like a pretty good day for Leafs Nation, coming off a third consecutive win and riding a four game point streak, the injury news from morning skate certainly puts a damper on things. If …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

An Ode to Auston Matthews

By the time the final seconds ticked off the clock in the Maple Leafs Saturday night victory over the Montreal Canadiens, Auston Matthews had accomplished something that no other Maple Leafs player had done in nearly a century.

Auston Matthews is the first player with 18 goals in the #Leafs first 19 team games of a season since Babe Dye in 1924-25
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) February 21, 2021

What Auston Matthews is doing right now, sitting comfortably as the NHL’s sole leader in goals and ranked amongst the league’s leaders in points, is flat out ridiculous. It has been nothing short of a privilege to watch Matthews dominate night in and night out, and with eight points in his last two games, it truly feels like everything the 23-year-old touches turns to gold. The Maple Leafs have had a lot of really special players in their history. My dad cheered for the likes of Darryl Sittler and Lanny McDonald during the 70s, the 90s were defined by the heart of Dougie Gilmour and the tenacity of Wendel Clark, and more recently the likes of Mats Sundin and Phil Kessel have stood out as the faces of their respective Maple Leaf clubs. Toronto …

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Author: Jori Negin-Shecter / The Leafs Nation

Auston Matthews has 18 goals in 18 games – Rate That Leafs Game

As you see in the title, the Toronto Maple Leafs have one of the best players in the world on their roster. Auston Matthews scored two goals in a game for the 7th time this season and now has 18 goals in 18 games, which is mind-boggling. He’s solidified himself as, in my opinion, the second best player in the NHL behind Connor McDavid.
I do think he’s inching closer to the number one spot though.
Mitch Marner had another great game too as he now has goals in back-to-back games and is second in the NHL with 30 points. The Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Montreal Canadiens in a game that I’d say was a statement game. Montreal didn’t look good and, well, the Leafs did. I think we can say that Toronto is the best team in the North Division, right?
Anyways though, 18 in 18. I hope you enjoy the video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation