Found October 22, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
Let the David Clarkson era begin. And not a moment too soon? Not quite. When Clarkson finally becomes a Maple Leaf for real on Friday night in Columbus his 10-game suspension for leaving the bench to take part in a meaningless brawl in a meaningless pre-season game over he will join a club that carved seven wins out of the first three weeks of the regular season. Just hope that he doesn’t bang his shin jumping on the Phil Kessel bandwagon. Kessel on the periphery for too much of nine games found his stride in a big way on Tuesday night recording his fourth National Hockey League career hat trick as the Leafs beat Randy Carlyle’s former team the Anaheim Ducks 4-2 at the Air Canada Centre. Kessel caused a torrent of hats to hit the ice at 8:11 of the third period when he slammed a 2-on-1 pass from James van Riemsdyk behind Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller. The hat trick was Kessel’s fourth in the NHL and first since Oct. 8 2011 against Ottawa. The outburst — Kessel had scored just two ...

Phil Kessel scores hat trick while hosting 24 cancer patients at game

Phil Kessel nets a hat trick in brilliant fashion

Everyone’s favorite jedi, Phil Kessel, wasn’t having the greatest start to the season prior to Monday nights home game against Anaheim. In nine games he had only managed to grab two goals while firing off 36 shots which led to a rough 5.55 shooting percentage. All of those numbers will get a little boost after last nights incredible hat trick performance where Kessel pulled out...

Kessel's trick lifts Leafs by Ducks

Leafs sniper Phil Kessel found his scoring touch and the Anaheim Ducks lost their composure. Riding Kessel's three-goal performance, Toronto recovered from a poor start to defeat Anaheim 4-2 Tuesday night and deny the Ducks a club-record eighth straight win. It was a Jekyll and Hyde performance for the Leafs, who were booed off the ice after a woeful first period that saw them...

Phaneuf just as impressive as Kessel in Leafs win

Phil Kessel had the hat trick but consider Dion Phaneuf’s trilogy a pretty good night at the office. One a game-high six hits a couple delivered on the Anaheim Ducks’ biggest or most productive forwards. Two a goal to pull the Leafs even 2-2 his second of the season jumping into the play and getting the Air Canada Centre crowd back in the Leafs’ corner. Three a lead role...

Kessel’s Hat Trick Powers Toronto Win

Kessel scores against Jonas Hiller of the Ducks. Phil Kessel posted a hat trick and erased a two-goal deficit as the Toronto Maple Leafs doubled up the Anaheim Ducks 4-2 last night.  James van Riemsdyk came back to the lineup and had a pair of assists for the Leafs. Jonas Hiller (19-23) lost out to Johnathan Bernier (23-25) in the goaltending matchup. Kessel has eight points in...

Today’s 5: Clark & Clarkson, Alfie & Ottawa, Ovechkin, Iginla, & classy Martin Brodeur.

1. David Clarkson returns to Leafs lineup Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Toronto Maple Leafs signed unrestricted free agent David Clarkson last July to improve their forward depth and bolster team toughness. He’s a Toronto boy, he grew…Read more →The post Today’s 5: Clark & Clarkson, Alfie & Ottawa, Ovechkin, Iginla, & classy Martin Brodeur. appeared...

Leafs must decide on Morgan Rielly’s immediate future by October 25.

The first portion of the NHL season is highly experimental for many clubs. Coaches try out new players, assess their talent, and decide which group of twenty will lead them comfortably into the Stanley Cup playoffs. For the Toronto Maple…Read more →The post Leafs must decide on Morgan Rielly’s immediate future by October 25. appeared first on The Hockey Daily.

Kessel Kills Ducks Streak

All good things must come to an end and that includes a franchise record seven game winning streak for the Ducks. On Tuesday, the Toronto Maple Leafs got a decisive 4-2 victory over Anaheim, including a hat trick from Phil Kessel.    And things started off so nicely, too.  Patrick Maroon, who was back in the line up after Dustin Penner suffered a nasty hit to the head...

All About 24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road To The NHL Winter Classic

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Oct. 24, 2013) – The National Hockey League and HBO Sports are joining forces for a third season on the groundbreaking series ‘24/7’ featuring two NHL Original Six™ rivals, the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, as they prepare to meet at the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. For the first time, Sportsnet will give Canadians exclusive access...

Hockey HOFer Allan Stanley dies

Allan Stanley, a Hall of Fame defenseman who won four Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs during a 22-year NHL career, has died. He was 87. The NHL confirmed his death on its website. Stanley started with the New York Rangers in the 1948-49 season and was traded to Chicago during the 1954-55 season. He played in Boston before landing in Toronto before the 1958-59 season....

Bon Jovi to Receive Own Banner Inside Air Canada Centre, Still ‘Plenty of Room Up There For Stanley Cup Banners’

While the Maple Leafs and Raptors continue to struggle to raise banners in Toronto, the Air Canada Centre is choosing to fill the space with a group who has never shot a puck or a basket professionally — but only because they’re too busy “Livin on a Prayer.” According to the Toronto Star, Bon Jovi will receive their own banner inside the stadium, marking the first time a...

Maple Leafs put David Clarkson on third line

David Clarkson emerged first for Maple Leafs practice Thursday wearing a third-line red jersey. Clarkson practised at right wing with centre Dave Bolland and left-winger Mason Raymond. Clarkson whose 10-game suspension is over will make his long-awaited debut Friday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The rest of the lines remained mainly intact with Clarkson simply taking...

Puck Dumps 10/23/13

The only daily feature that promises its author is wearing pants. The Top Line Phil Kessel scored thrice in what is known colloquially in Canada as a "hat trick", as the Maple Leafs topped the Ducks. ESPN, CBC, NHL, The Local Take   Scoreboard Toronto 4, Anaheim 2 - The Leafs were even down 2-0 in this hockey affair as late as the 2nd period. ...
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