Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 10:08PM EST
The Toronto Maple Leafs did not take a great leap forward with their latest outing but it was just enough for a win.
A consistent effort for 60 minutes remains out of their grasp, and the Maple Leafs had to rely on a superb game from goaltender James Reimer, but there was more of a dedication to a team game than there was in their previous six outings, which resulted in five losses. They had to white-knuckle their way through overtime and a shootout, but the Leafs managed a 2-1 win Thursday that should soften the white noise that surrounded them for the last couple of weeks.More »
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:37PM EST
The Toronto Maple Leafs players spent their off-day Wednesday resting and/or rehabilitating various aches and pains. Their coaches spent the day studying video of the team’s stretch of five losses in its last six games in the hope of identifying the problem.
On Thursday morning, the Leafs coaches met with the players before the game-day skate at the Air Canada Centre to announce they were successful in their endeavour. In the famous words of the comic strip Pogo, Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle was able to tell his flock, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”More »
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 10:16AM EST
So it is official: it’s no longer as much about the process as it is results, less so because head coach Randy Carlyle was goaded Tuesday into deeming the Toronto Maple Leafs status as “a crisis, in that we haven’t won enough games,” and because the players have started to look at the standings. Dion Phaneuf? Cody Franson? No more “it’s early.” Even the platitudes have started to sound a less like cliches.More »
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 9:48PM EST
Cue The Four Tops – It’s The Same Old Song for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
That 7-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks last Saturday? Must have been a full moon.
The Leafs went back to showcasing the worst parts of their game Tuesday night in a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers, the appalling play in their own end, giveaways and brain cramps. Throw in a listless physical effort in which they lost almost every fight for the puck and it was a classic demonstration of why they have just one regulation-time win in their last 14 games.More »
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 1:05PM EST
The worst thing the Toronto Maple Leafs could do Tuesday night is regard their game against the Florida Panthers as a respite from the recent stretch that saw them play five of the NHL’s toughest teams in the Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins.More »
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 10:00PM EST
Jerry D’Amigo found out a few minutes before the opening faceoff of his sixth NHL game that he would be part of the shutdown effort against the best line in the NHL, the Chicago Blackhawks trio of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa.
“It was right before we went out for the national anthems,” the Toronto Maple Leafs rookie winger said after an optional practice Sunday. “I was kind of shocked. I didn’t think it was going to happen. I kind of did a little, ‘Wow, are you sure about that?’”More »
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 8:34AM EST
When the highlight is Randy Carlyle struggling with a toaster, you know HBO’s 24/7 didn’t try to blow anyone away with its first episode of the new season.
Instead what we got was introductions – and there were a lot of them.
Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf and his wife, Elisha Cuthbert, got screen time with their puppy, as did Detroit Red Wings vet Daniel Alfredsson and his family of four boys.More »
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 9:55PM EST
It had looked like a horrible mismatch right off the opening faceoff.
Three Toronto Maple Leafs forwards with a combined four goals in the season lined up against Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, one of the top lines in the league having produced 41 goals for the powerhouse Chicago Blackhawks.More »
Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 7:42PM EST
The coach is frustrated. His players are, too.
And the mood in the fan base is getting uglier as the losses pile on.
Yes, it’s another Toronto Maple Leafs losing streak, the sort of thing they avoided during last year’s half season but which has gripped them tightly in what some are calling Death-cember due to the team’s murderous schedule.More »
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 1:11AM EST
It was a bold move. It was an entirely unexpected one, especially from this coach.
But Randy Carlyle paired his two youngest defencemen together against one of the league’s best teams on Wednesday and got a terrific performance from both.
Now put aside the fact the Toronto Maple Leafs lost to the Los Angeles Kings in this one.More »
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 10:26PM EST
Maybe the strangeness of it all was just too much for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
For a change, they out-shot the opposition, didn’t allow anywhere near their customary 50 shots, and moved the puck efficiently out of their own zone. But the result was the same, a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night, their second in a row.More »