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Kadri looking to find a little quiet time.

Less can be more for Nazem Kadri.

Less can be more for Nazem Kadri.

If you need more evidence that the playoffs stand in polar opposite to the regular season, consider this fact.

Nazem Kadri doesn’t have to stand out. He doesn’t mind at all.

Going into the post-season, it was assumed the Leafs needed Kadri to counter what had been a dominant streak of play by the Bruins in handling the Leafs number one line.

The thinking was with the number one line of Tyler Bozak, Phil Kessel and either Joffrey Lupul or James van Riemsdyk more or less ...

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#TMLtalk Playoff Ticket Giveaway

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We know you want to be at the ACC to watch the Leafs in action during the playoffs, well we are having a #TMLtalk Twitter contest to win playoff tickets on Monday, May 6th as part of Blue and White Day in Toronto.

Here is what you need to do:

Make sure you are following @mapleleafs on Twitter and be on the lookout Monday, May 6th at 9am for instructions.

There are a few rules so please read them here

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Leafs Nation Party In The Square

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This is a great time of year for Leafs Nation and we want you to celebrate it with other members of Leafs Nation. Below is all the info on everything that is happening at Maple Leaf Square for the next three Leafs games.

LEAFS NATION PARTY IN THE SQUARE #2– Presented by Molson Canadian
Saturday May 4

5:00pm – Gates Open – each attendee will receive a cheer towel upon entrance
5:30pm – Brooke Pashley along with Carlton the Bear and Alumni Jim McKenny and Bill Derlago greet the crowd
6:50pm–  Hockey Song sing a long ...

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Why Randy Carlyle should play Jake Gardiner

The Leafs have a chance for a little more of this.

Randy Carlyle has a fascinating choice to make in light of the series-ending injury incurred by Mike Kostka.

Carlyle can insert Jake Gardiner or Ryan O’Byrne into the lineup.

Certainly, O’Byrne has played more. Acquired at the trade deadline exactly for this kind of situation, O’Byrne last played April 24 against Tampa, a week after Gardiner.

The six-foot-five O’Byrne has played 308 NHL games and 19 post-season contests which, you should know is 19 more than the 22-year-old Gardiner.

That said, Carlyle should go with Gardiner.

The Leafs have a chance for a little ...

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Franson, Kessel Practice Ahead Of Game Two

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The Leafs welcomed Phil Kessel and Cody Franson back to practice a day head of Game 2 in Boston (7pm CBC, Sportsnet FAN590).

Both missed practice Thursday but are good to go Saturday.

Franson spoke with the media and said “I’m fine and ready to go tomorrow.”

Here is how the Leafs lines looked:

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

It also appears that Jake Gardiner will draw back in the line up as he practiced on the second power play unit with John-Michael Liles. The Leafs first pair on defence on the power play was Dion Phaneuf and Cody ...

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Leafs-Bruins Series Stats Breakdown After Game One

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We will be updating the below graphic after every game against the Bruins with the latest stats.

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Latest From Boston

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The Leafs practiced at Walter Brown Arena on the campus of Boston University Thursday afternoon as they look ahead to Game 2.

Toronto was without Phil Kessel, Cody Franson and Mike Kostka at practice. Following the skate, head coach Randy Carlyle told the media that Kostka has a fractured finger, Franson a bruised foot and Kessel was given a maintenance day.

Carlyle was asked about possible lineup adjustments and said that he plans on making changes to the forward group who played in Game 1 while also noting that there will be at ...

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Game 1 aftermath. It’s human nature.

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The Leafs played a poor game in Boston and lost Game 1 by a score of 4-1.

Yes, every nightmare scenario came true. The Leafs were overwhelmed. James Reimer was beaten to his glove side.

Jinkies. Must be the apocalypse.

Let me tell you a story.

When my Dad read my first published story he was dumbstruck with fear. He thought I must have plagiarized it.

Two things. First, thanks Dad.

Second, what we care about deeply is often the subject of our worst, most irrational fears.

I think you see where I am going with this.

Game ...

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Keys To Game One

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With the Maple Leafs-Bruins series set to start tonight (7pm CBC, TSN1050Radio), Leafs TV executive producer Mark Askin provides his five keys to the game:

1. Faceoffs –  Boston Bruins best in NHL and Leafs best (Tyler Bozak) may not be able to take any. Constantly starting without the puck is a huge disadvantage especially on special teams.

2. Leafs Physical Play – Can the Leafs get any advantage over a less than normally physical Bruins team.

3. Chara vs. Kessel –  It’s the matchup of an elite offensive player vs. the best shutdown defender in the ...

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Win A Kessel Jersey Tonight During #TMLtalk

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Tonight with the Maple Leafs-Bruins playing Game 7 (7pm CBC, FAN590) tonight’s Real Sports #TMLtalk Tweet Of The Night winner will take home a Phil Kessel jersey!

Real Sports is your home for Maple Leafs playoff gear. They have jerseys, t-shirts, hats and much more.

To be eligible to win the jersey, just use #TMLtalk in your tweets during the game. There are a few rules so please read them

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