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Life beyond Game 7.

The more you win, the more you stand to lose. I think there’s a country song about it.

Let me tell you a story.

The captain was inconsolable.

“I don’t know if we could have played better,” he said. “We played pretty well, defensively. But we let them come back to tie it, then beat us, so I guess maybe we didn’t play our best.”

No, it wasn’t 27-year-old Leaf captain Dion Phaneuf.

It was the Red Wings’ 27-year-old captain Steve Yzerman.

Twenty years ago Nikolai Borschevsky scored in the seventh game as the Leafs upset […]

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Six games in, the series belongs to Carlyle.

Six games in, Randy Carlyle has established himself as the key figure in the Leafs

Randy Carlyle has established himself as the key figure in the Leafs’ fortunes.

Thirteen days into this glorious circus, we are but hours away from knowing how it ends.

What has become obvious is the identity of the ringmaster.

The series between the Leafs and Bruins has belonged to Leafs’ coach Randy Carlyle.

He has tinkered, line matched, played hunches and held grudges.

He has been the constant in a wildly-fluctuating two weeks.

It was Carlyle, remember, who guided the Leafs to a record of 26-17-5 and their first playoff in nine years. He reconfigured […]

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Phaneuf shoulders the burden of leadership

Dion Phaneuf played just over 21 minutes in Game 5.

Dion Phaneuf wasn’t available for conversation yesterday which fits in a funny kind of way.

There is always talk about him regardless.

One game after a marathon 31:39 in Game 4, Phaneuf played a more manageable 21:38 in Game 5.

All of that, it seemed, came in the last moments as the Bruins mounted a furious but ultimately futile charge as the Leafs held on 2-1.

Dion Phaneuf played just over 21 minutes in Game 5, a whopping 10 minutes less than in Game 5.

Game 4, you might have heard, ended famously after […]

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#TMLtalk Game 6 Ticket Giveaway

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We know you want to be at the ACC to watch the Leafs-Bruins Game 6 on Sunday. Well we are having a #TMLtalk Twitter contest to win playoff tickets on Saturday, May 11th to win them.

Here is what you need to do:

Make sure you are following @mapleleafs on Twitter and be on the lookout Saturday at 10am for instructions.

There are a few rules so please read them here

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Kadri, Gardiner two 22-year-olds in contrast

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A lack of success in the face-off circle hasn’t helped Nazem Kadri. He is 10-17 in the circle in the playoffs.

More and just as much.

That’s what the Maple Leafs need from a pair of 22-year-olds going into Friday’s Game 5 in Boston.

In the more category: center Nazem Kadri.

Kadri has just an assist, albeit a sweet one to Phil Kessel in Game 2,  to show for his work in the series.

He has had dangerous periods –he stood out in the Game 4 overtime – but Kadri was nearly a point […]

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Keys To Tonight’s Game 4

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We caught up with Leafs TV executive producer Mark Askin for his Keys To The Game as the Leafs-Bruins meet at Air Canada Centre in a crucial Game 4:

1. Do the Leafs have a second bounce back in them after a tough Game 3
2. Does Boston have another Game 3 performance tonight
3. Need to keep a close eye on the underrated Nathan Horton
4. James Reimer victim of team failures…has played well through the first three games
5. Faceoffs and the struggle to get the puck back after lost draws
6. Can the […]

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Leafs need to improve performance in face-off circle.

Leafs centreman Tyler Bozak has won only 43 per cent of his draws in the post-season.

Down 2-1 in their first round series against the Boston Bruins, the Toronto Maple Leafs need not look far for the answer.

The Bruins are dominating the face-off dot.

Overall, the Bruins have won 58 per cent of the face-offs in the series.

The Bruins have gone 91-73 in even-strength face-offs and won an astonishing 15 of 21 draws when down a man.

While that eight percent advantage does not seem huge, the Bruins have won 10 more face-offs a night than the Leafs.

From the Leafs point of view, the statistics are downright gruesome. […]

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Leafs Back To Work Tuesday

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The Maple Leafs practiced at the ACC on Tuesday as they get set for Game 4 on Wednesday (7pm CBC, 680News) looking to even the series at 2-2. The series shifts to Boston for Game 5 on Friday.

Here is how the Leafs lines looked but as we have found out earlier in this series, not sure exactly how much we can read into them:

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

Take a look at all the post-practice video with Randy Carlyle, James van Riemsdyk, Joffrey Lupul, Phil Kessel, Nazem Kadri, Carl Gunnarsson, Jay McClement, James Reimer […]

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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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