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from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail, It came earlier than last season, and it was hardly a surprise.
But the Toronto Maple Leafs are now officially, mathematically eliminated from the playoffs after another dismal outing in a 3-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.
The defeat caps an epic collapse by a Leafs team that had been sitting in sixth in the Eastern Conference as late as Feb. 6 – a date since which they’ve broken a franchise record with a 10-game home losing streak and gone 5-16-3 overall.
That collapse leaves Toronto playoff-less for a seventh consecutive season, tying them for the sixth longest drought in NHL history.
And of all the low points in the Leafs recent loss-filled run, this stinker ranked right up there.
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Phil Kessel (A+) Top 5 in scoring is all you can ask from your top forward, especially considering the amount of abuse Kessel takes from the media and his detractors. Consistent to boot – while the Leafs were losing 16 of 18 games, Kessel racked up 17 points. It’s like he actually was the only guy on the ice sometimes.Joffrey Lupul (A+) What a comeback! Lupul showed everyone...
The Toronto Maple Leafs signed University of Maine standout Spencer Abbott.
The nation's leading scorer, Abbott will join the Toronto Marlies of the AHL on an amateur tryout for the rest of the season. His entry-level contract kicks in next season.
The 23-year-old left wing had 21 goals and 41 assists in 39 games for Maine and was named Hockey East Player of the Year.
By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)
The 2011-2012 NHL season was another one filled with disappointment for the Toronto Maple Leafs and those who regularly root for them.
After a hot and consistent start that saw them in a race for one of the final few playoff spots in the Eastern Conference for more than 50 percent of the campaign, the team completely collapsed and now sits as a...
With yet another disappointing loss in the bank our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs were officially eliminated from the playoffs for the seventh straight season. For Toronto fans, the 3-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night marked the tenth straight loss for the club at Home, which made it 50 days since the Maple Leafs last put together a win on Home ice.
With another disappointing season nearly in the books, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke and his scouting staff are just a few weeks away from finding out where they will draft.
Should the Leafs finish where they currently sit in the standings Burke can expect to draft seventh overall. If Toronto falters down the final stretch there is a good possibility that they may...
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Wednesday that they have signed free agent forward Spencer Abbott to a one-year entry level contract.
Abbott has also signed an amateur tryout contract with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League and will join the Marlies for the remainder of the regular season and Calder Cup playoffs.
From the press release:
Abbott, a 23-year...
I always loved to listen to Matt Frattin the Former Fighting Sioux forward as he is "definitely" media savvy around the camera and microphones.
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With six games remaining in the regular season, the Flyers (44-24-8) have wrapped up a five-game homestand and now embark on one of those dreaded three-game-in-four-day stretches of hockey. Tonight they are in Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs (33-35-9). The game starts at 7:00 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast locally on CSN Philly and across Canada on TSN....
TORONTO (Mar. 28) â When discussing the post-Stanley Cup years here in town, it is generally acknowledged that the âlost decadeâ of the 1980s under Harold Ballard represents the deepest valley in Maple Leafs history. And for those, like myself, who remember the Ballard rot, it is difficult to pose a counter-argument.
But, what about this very moment?
Is it possible...
The Maple Leafs capped off another year of disappointment, embarrassment and ridicule as they were mathematically eliminated by the Carolina Hurricanes in a dismal 3-0 effort at the ACC. Jonas Gustavsson, who was not scheduled to start but was pressed into service because of the unavailability of starter James Reimer, allowed three goals on 12 shots before being pulled early in...
Sometimes a great first period, solid defensive play and bad goaltending by the opposing team is enough to win you a few games and that was the case for the Hurricanes tonight in their 3-0 shutout over the Maple Leafs. The Hurricanes played terrific for the first 20 minutes in outchancing the Leafs 5-1 and gaining a 2-0 lead and then finished things off by sitting back and letting...
With another year of no playoff hockey on the horizon, the Toronto Maple Leafs look to close out the season on a positive note and snap their losing skid at home as they take on Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.
This is the fourth and final meeting between the two teams this season. The Flyers have a chance to earn the season series sweep with a win at the...
A regulation loss by the Toronto Maple Leafs or Carolina Hurricanes will eliminate that team from playoff contention, but even the winner of Tuesday night's matchup will almost certainly suffer that fate in a matter of days.
The Maple Leafs and Hurricanes try to stave off elimination when they meet at Air Canada Centre to close out their season series.
Carolina (30-31-15) and...