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Bozak Remains Day-To-Day

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The Maple Leafs practiced Monday as they began preparations for Wednesday’s Game 1  against the Boston Bruins. Centre Tyler Bozak took to the ice prior to his teammates as he continues to recover from an upper body injury. Bozak skated for about 40 minutes but exited as drills were set to start.

Head coach Randy Carlyle told the media Bozak remains day-to-day.

Without Bozak here is how the Leafs lines looked:

van Riemsdyk-Kadri-Kessel
Lupul-Grabovski-Kulemin
MacArthur-Komarov-Frattin
McLaren-McClement-Orr
Extra: Bozak, Colborne, Hamilton

Gunnarsson-Phaneuf
Fraser-Franson
Liles-Kostka
Gardiner-O’Byrne

Take a look at all the post-practice video with Carlyle, Dave Nonis, JVR, Phaneuf, Kadri, Reimer and O’Byrne

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Leaf face-painters unite.

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You know you’re dealing with a diehard Leafs fan when you go to shake hands and they have to take their foam finger off.

There were about 150 of the faithful at Air Canada Centre’s Gate 5 Monday for a promotion called Wendel Says.

The inducement was 10 pairs of playoff tickets as well as copious swag but the people would have come regardless to share the same oxygen as Wendel Clark.

These were the real fans, the face painters, the blue wig-wearers.  Nineteen year-old Justin Waldman was awash in blue.

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So It’s Boston…

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So, it’s Boston.

The Leafs will open the playoffs Wedesday in Boston against the skidding Bruins who fell 4-2 to the Ottawa Senators Sunday night in Boston.

The Bruins, coming off a string of seven games in 10 nights have gone 3-5-2 in their last 10 games to set up the first playoff series between the teams since 1974.

To put that in perspective, Bobby Orr was a 25-year-old 122-point defenceman the last time the two teams met in the post-season. For posterity’s sake you should know Boston swept the Leafs.

The Leafs will be ...

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Sunday’s Playoff Scenarios

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The Maple Leafs have finished the regular season as the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference but won’t know their opponent in the first round of the playoffs until after tonight’s Boston vs. Ottawa game which is taking place at 7pm.

Here scenarios that could see the Leafs play either the Bruins or Montreal Canadiens. Here they are:

A Bruins victory in any fashion would set up a Leafs vs. Canadiens first round series for the first time since 1979.

But a win by Ottawa in any fashion would mean the Leafs take ...

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#WendelSays Is Monday

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There is a cool event happening on Monday at Maple Leaf Sqaure at Noon. Wendel Says you can win playoff tickets!

Leafs Nation is invited to Air Canada Centre for the chance to participate in the first-ever “Wendel Says” competition. To be eligible to play, competitors MUST dress in their most Leafs-inspired outfits.

The top performers 18 years of age and older in the competition will then compete for the ultimate Toronto Maple Leafs playoff prize pack.

Fans participating can expect fierce competition and a test of their endurance, observance and passion from ...

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Reimer a worthy candidate for Masterton

For a nice guy, James Reimer can hang tough.

There is an unusual resiliency in James Reimer the Leafs nominee for the Masterton Trophy given to the NHLer who shows perseverance, dedication and sportsmanship.

Dedication. Check.

Sportsmanship. He says nothing but nice things about anyone. James Reimer is Richter scale nice, nuclear nice. Another check.

But dedication and sportsmanship are minor elements in the Masterton debate. It’s really an award about perseverance.

On the surface, Reimer’s stick-to-itness is just slightly above grade. He has rebounded very nicely from a head injury this year to continue the steady progression of his career.

You can even ...

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Info For Leafs Last Minute Club On-Sale

The Maple Leafs have clinched a playoff spot and we know you were wondering about how to get tickets.

A very select number of tickets will be made available to Leafs Last Minute Club members this Thursday with tickets on sale at 10am. You have to join the Leafs Last Minute Club by Wednesday at 10am to be eligible to get tickets.

This is the only way to get Leafs playoff tickets and unfortunately, the number of people who want tickets exceeds the inventory available.

Once you sign up to the Leafs Last Minute ...

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Leafs Enjoying Time In Florida

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After having Sunday off after clinching a playoff berth with the 4-1 win over the Senators, the Leafs had an off-ice workout Monday in Tampa Bay ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Lightning.

The Leafs will be on the ice Tuesday after being off the ice for the past two days. A few of the players spoke with the media and we have the video below.

James van Riemsdyk

Carl Gunnarsson

Ryan O’Byrne

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On Andrew Moffatt, Wendel and being there when times are tough

Andrew Moffatt and his dad Bob.

Andrew Moffatt had the gift of making people comfortable in the toughest circumstances.

When his uncle Joe was dying of ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease  a few years ago Andrew was the one who brought the donuts for the vigil.

There are few places lonelier than a hospital room bereft of hope but a wellspring of kindness in every vigil comes from the people who bring the donuts and fill up the room with talk.

Conversations, remembrances, stories, are a link to a world outside the hospital where people aren’t sick and life continues ...

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No Looking Back To Last Year

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The Leafs’ impending return to the post season has made talking about last year seem silly.

Indulge me.

Here then are the 10 reasons this year’s Leafs team need never again be mentioned in the same breath as last year’s team.

1.   James Reimer. Reimer has emerged as one of the league’s most dependable goalies. His return to health stands as the major reason why the Leafs lowered their goals against to 2.63 GAA from last season’s dismal 3.16.

2.   The penalty kill. While the Leafs power play numbers haven’t changed from last season, ...

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