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Five Takeaways - Leafs vs. Wild - 12/07/16

Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs' 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild Wednesday at Air Canada Centre:

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Wild take advantage of D-zone breakdown for game's first goal early, add to lead on solid outlet pass. Toronto opened the game with some solid offensive chances, but it was the visiting Wild who got on the scoreboard first when winger Jason Zucker capitalized on a defensive breakdown behind the Leafs' net and netted his fourth goal of the year at the 8:42 mark of the first period. Minnesota then added to their lead 5:40 later thanks to a terrific pass from blueliner Jared Spurgeon to winger Chris Stewart, who beat Buds goalie Frederik Andersen for his fourth of the season.

The Wild are one of the NHL's better defensive clubs, and although the Leafs have been a difficult team to play against at home, surrendering a pair of goals early was certainly not an ideal start to the evening.

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Leafs Annual Visit to SickKids

The Toronto Maple Leafs made their annual holiday visit to the Hospital for Sick Children

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Leafs visit Sick Kids Hospital

The Toronto Maple Leafs drop by Sick Kids Hospital

The Toronto Maple Leafs made their annual holiday visit to The Hospital for Sick Children

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Following a West Coast road swing, the Maple Leafs were happy to be home - and after their annual visit to see some very important fans at Toronto's Hospital For Sick Children Monday, the players and management were grateful for the inspiration those fans provided.

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Five Takeaways - Leafs at Canucks - 12/03/16

Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs' 3-2 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks Saturday at Rogers Arena:

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1. Canucks grab game's first lead in opening frame, build on it early in second-period, but Leafs show no signs of surrender. The last time Vancouver and Toronto met - in a Leafs' 6-3 victory at Air Canada Centre Nov. 5 - the game ended with a surge of nasty emotion and resentment, and that carried over a month later when the teams squared off on the West Coast: both the Canucks and the Buds were giving no quarter Saturday when the contest began, and even after Daniel Sedin scored the first goal of the night at the 13:03 mark of the first period, Toronto wasn't intimidated.

That much was true again after winger Sven Baertschi added to Vancouver's advantage 2:37 into the second frame by scoring his fourth of the year. Indeed, the Leafs got stronger as the game unfolded, outshooting the Canucks 15-10 in the middle period and forcing the home team into taking three minor penalties. It was an encouraging sign from a young Toronto group still learning about itself.

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Leafs Fashion Challenge Winners Announced

Toronto Maple Leafs and Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards Announce Richard Campos and Michael Duhamel as Winners of TML Fashion Challenge

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The Toronto Maple Leafs, in partnership with The Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA), announced Thursday that Richard Campos and Michael Duhamel have won the TML Fashion Challenge through a public vote. Campos and Duhamel will dress Leafs fans for the 2017-2018 NHL season when their capsule collections are produced by sports apparel specialists Mitchell & Ness and sold exclusively at The Toronto Maple Leafs Store Powered by Real Sports Apparel. Both winners will also receive a monetary prize of $25,000 and see their designs recognized at the 2017 Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards.

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Five Takeaways: Leafs at Flames - 11/30/2016

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Enroth's nice pad save

TOR@CGY: Enroth stretches to stone Giordano with pad

Jhonas Enroth extends his left pad to deny Mark Giordano's wrist shot from the point, keeping the Maple Leafs off the board in the 2nd

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Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs' 3-0 loss to the Calgary Flames Wednesday at Scotiabank Saddledome:


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Five Takeaways - Leafs at Oilers - 11/29/16

Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs' 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday at Rogers Place:

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Video: TOR@EDM: Matthews tips home a power-play tally

1. Matthews' goal streak extends to three thanks to first-period marker (and first goal of game) set up beautifully by Nylander. With nine goals and 17 points in 21 games this season, centre Auston Matthews started the night in a three-way tie with winger James van Riemsdyk and centre Nazem Kadri for the Leafs' team lead in goals, and was one point behind van Riemdsyk and winger Mitch Marner for the team lead in points. And Matthews improved those numbers Tuesday in Edmonton by scoring the first goal of the game at 5:45 to give the Leafs a 1-0 lead they'd take into the first intermission.

And although Matthews deserves credit for tapping the puck past Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, the scoring play was created by an impressive assist from forward William Nylander, who returned to Toronto's lineup after missing Saturday's 4-2 win over Washington. Skating with the puck up the side of the rink from the Leafs' blueline, Nylander deftly located Matthews directly in front of the net and at a very high speed, making the defence of it virtually impossible. It was the youngster's 10th assist of the year, and a fine example of his superior vision and hand-eye coordination.

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Five Takeaways - Leafs vs. Capitals - 11/26/16

Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs' 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals Saturday at Air Canada Centre:

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Martin nets breakaway goal

WSH@TOR: Martin fires breakaway chance past Holtby

Matt Martin speeds through on net and buries a quick wrist shot past Braden Holtby, giving the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead early in the 1st

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Martin puts Leafs on top early thanks to incredible setup from Marner. Veteran winger Matt Martin scored his first regular-season goal in a Leafs uniform Wednesday, and he made it two goals in two games Saturday by beating Capitals netminder Braden Holtby on a breakaway at 2:35 of the opening period to give Toronto a 1-0 advantage. But he wouldn't have had that opportunity were it not for an astonishingly good stretch pass from youngster Mitch Marner, who earned his 10th assist on the play and moved into a tie with blueliner Morgan Rielly for the team high in that category.

The Buds were all over the Caps to start the game, outshooting the visitors 12-1 in the first nine minutes of action (and 15-6 in the first period) and forcing Washington to take three minor penalties before the first intermission. Toronto nearly extended their lead a number of times, but Marner's memorable helper was guaranteed to stand out regardless of the way the rest of the evening unfolded. The 19-year-old rookie continues to assert himself as one of the more creative and dynamic players - not only on the team, but in the NHL itself. 

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Five Takeaways: Leafs at Devils - 11/23/2016

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Martin jams a goal past Schneider

TOR@NJD: Martin finishes his own rebound

Matt Martin skates hard down the wing, rips a shot on goal and bangs his own rebound past Cory Schneider to give the Maple Leafs a 4-3 lead

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Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs' 5-4 shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils Wednesday at Prudential Center:

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Five Takeaways - Leafs vs. Hurricanes - 11/22/16

Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs' 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday at Air Canada Centre:

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Gardiner's blast opens scoring

CAR@TOR: Gardiner's slapper from the point beats Ward

Jake Gardiner unloads a slap shot from the point that goes through traffic and over Cam Ward's glove to give the Maple Leafs an early lead

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Gardiner's blast from the point puts Toronto up first, but Canes even things up on power play. The Hurricanes were riding a four-game win streak as they took on the Leafs, but it was Toronto who struck first Tuesday when blueliner Jake Gardiner took advantage of traffic in front of goalie Cam Ward and blasted a shot from the point into the net for his fourth goal of the season at 5:55 of the opening period. 

However, after a holding penalty to Connor Carrick late in the first, Carolina evened the score on Jeff Skinner's eighth goal of the season with 2:39 remaining in the frame. The teams finished the first tied in shots on goal with 10 apiece, and both had a number of solid scoring chances that, in the minds of their respective coaches, meant they needed to tighten things up defensively for the rest of the contest. 

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Leafs Using Speed, Savvy and Skill

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James van Riemsdyk - November 21

van Riemsdyk speaks with the media after practice

James van Riemsdyk speaks with members of the media following Monday's practice

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As the Maple Leafs near the 20-game mark of their centennial season, they've built a stellar home record (7-2-0) to begin the year. None of Toronto's players see this as a surprise, they all believe they've got enough talent in the dressing room to compete with any team in the NHL - but there are some intriguing differences between the group the team's veterans looked at on paper in this past off-season, and the squad that's won six of their last nine games and put the league on notice they can hurt opponents with their speed, savvy and skill.

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