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Maple Leafs look to end 16-year playoff series drought with victory tonight – The Canadian News

They have gone through five CEOs, six head coaches and 218 different players. They have seen the Vegas Golden Knights born and immediately win three playoff rounds. They've seen Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Vancouver reach the Stanley Cup final. In fact, they've seen all but one NHL franchise enjoy the kind of playoff breakthroughs that have eluded them for 16 long years. And here the Toronto Maple Leafs have a chance to advance. Watch the decisive Game 5 of Sunday's series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sportsnet and SN NOW. Coverage begins at 7:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm PT. The current players are not responsible for the 5,955 days that have passed since Joe Nieuwendyk and Ed Belfour led Toronto to a Game 7 win over the Ottawa Senators on Ap...
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Last: Columbus leads Toronto 1-0 in third period of Game 5 – The Canadian News

The Columbus Blue Jackets lead the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0 in the third period of Game 5 of their Eastern Conference qualifying game. Zach Werenski's first of the playoffs at 6:29 in the first period has remained the winner of the game thus far in more than two periods of play. Joonas Korpisalo deflected all 18 shots he faced from the Maple Leafs in two periods.Beauty Bar @ZachWerenski on their welcome back to take a 1-0 lead for the @BlueJacketsNHL! #NHLonSN pic.twitter.com/HtlIb2mtxP - Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 10, 2020Toronto is looking to win its first playoff series in 5,955 days. This is the first winner-take-all Game 5 in an NHL playoff series since 1986. The winner will face the Tampa Bay Lightning, who have run into some injury problems during the round robi...
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Justin Bieber celebrates the return of the Toronto Maple Leafs

By Jamie Samhan. 15 seconds ago With hockey back, one of the Toronto Maple Leafs' biggest fans was in his glory. During Friday night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Leafs were trailing 3-0 with just 4 minutes left in the game. Miraculously, they tied the game and won it in overtime, which made Justin Bieber celebrate. RELATED: Justin Bieber & Wife Hailey Open Up About Their Quarantined Summer of Love (Exclusive)[email protected] Bieber is every @Maple Leafs fan tonight. 🎥: @Justin Bieber pic.twitter.com/fVEZ3LFP13 - Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 8, 2020In a clip shared by Sportsnet, Bieber cheered as he fell to the ground. RELATED: Justin Bieber Shares Photos From His Joint Baptism With Wife Hailey Baldwin: 'Trust Jesus' He also posted on Instagram...
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Leafs face elimination against Blue Jackets in Game 4 – The Canadian News

It wouldn't be considered a nuisance on the lines of last spring's Stanley Cup playoff opening round victory over league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, but the Columbus Blue Jackets want it so much. After the Blue Jackets defeated the Maple Leafs 4-3 in overtime on Thursday, erasing a three-goal deficit en route to victory in Toronto, Columbus has a chance to eliminate Toronto on Friday night. The Blue Jackets lead the best of five Eastern Conference qualifying series 2-1 and will go for the kill in hopes of advancing to the Stanley Cup tournament. This year's edition of the Blue Jackets is considerably different from the team that sent the regular-season champion Lightning into the 2019 playoffs, but it has a combination of experience to go with youthful exuberance. "I'm not s...
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Blue Jackets score OT 4-3 win over Maple Leafs – The Canadian News

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored his third goal of the game in overtime when the Columbus Blue Jackets returned from a 3-0 deficit to stun the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Thursday and take a 2-1 lead at their best of Five series of the qualification round. After Leafs captain John Tavares turned the puck in the offensive zone, Columbus backed out, with Dubois opening a backhand break at a break beyond Frederik Andersen 6:24 p.m. in the overtime period. Seth Jones scored a regulation score for the Blue Jackets, the 9th seed in the Eastern Conference as part of the NHL's restart to its delayed pandemic season. Cam Atkinson added two assists for Columbus, who can secure a place in the regular 16-slot playoff group with a Game 4 win on Friday night. Joonas Korpisalo, who posted a 28-save ...
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Leafs, Blue Jackets face off in Game 3 of the qualifying series – The Canadian News

After swapping shutouts in the first two games of their Eastern Conference best-of-five qualifying series, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets look to generate more offenses in Game 3 Thursday in Toronto. The Maple Leafs bounced back from a 2-0 loss in Game 1 with a dominant 3-0 victory in Game 2, beating Columbus by a 39-20 margin and controlling the majority of the game. Goalkeeper Joonas Korpisalo remained almost unaided by the Jackets in the game, stopping 36 of 38 shots. Auston Matthews' goal at 4:00 pm in the second period, however, finally returned dividends under constant pressure from Toronto. "Today I thought we had put in a lot of effort since the beginning of the game," said Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe. "Some loose records were available, they...
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Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets will meet in Game 2 of the qualifying round – The Canadian News

The Columbus Blue Jackets played their signature defensive game in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Top Five qualifying series on Sunday night. Now it's up to eighth seed Maple Leafs to do their thing Tuesday in Game 2 against ninth seed Blue Jackets in Toronto. The Blue Jackets play with a structured defense, while the Maple Leafs' game is to score goals. "Obviously, they did what they do best and what we were prepared for," Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said of the 2-0 loss Sunday. “We knew it was going to be difficult. Now we go out on the ice and feel it. ... I thought we had some chance of getting more than what we got on the scoreboard, but it didn't sit well with us, it fell to them. " Closing in on the Maple Leafs on Sunday, the Blue Jackets also had a 35-28 lead...
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Maple Leafs begin Stanley Cup search against Blue Jackets – The Canadian News

Sheldon Keefe didn't play long with John Tortorella in Tampa Bay, just 93 of his 125 NHL games. Keefe, a high-scoring youth winger, was already out when his former boss led Lightning to his only Stanley Cup victory in 2004. But both men, ready to face off in the league's top-five qualifying round, left lasting impressions on the other. "I have great respect for that guy," said the fiery Tortorella, now the Columbus Blue Jackets' head coach. “He is one of the most competitive players I have coached. I didn't train him many games. But when I was playing, I knew in a way, and that was playing hard. ” The feeling is mutual. "I was there during the process that that (Tampa) team grew from one year to the next, and finally to the point that it was too good for me," recalled Keef...
LEAFS SNAPSHOTS: Keefe’s already sized up Jackets
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LEAFS SNAPSHOTS: Keefe’s already sized up Jackets

Article content continued“I want to be a dominant player, that’s my goal every day,” Nylander insisted Thursday.“Sometimes Sheldon is there to kick me in the butt. That’s good.”Keefe says he’s encouraged that Nylander has already made strides in his off-ice approach to the game this season, slipping into the rink on scheduled off days for the club and one of the first on the ice at practice.“We’ve seen great growth in him,” Keefe said. “I’m pushing him more because I think he’s capable of more.”MUZZ CREATES BUZZAs much as he scrutinized 18-year-old winger Nick Robertson in his first NHL exhibition game on Tuesday, Keefe was impressed at what 31-year-old defenceman and Cup winner Jake Muzzin brought to an essentially meaningless scrimmage. Muzzin delivered a couple of big hits and paced ...
Blue Jacket beat Bruins, Maple Leafs up next
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Blue Jacket beat Bruins, Maple Leafs up next

Article content continued“Thank God we’re going to play games that mean something,” said Tortorella, who was also had to like centre Pierre-Luc Dubois’s two way game as he faces long nights against opposite numbers Auston Matthews and John Tavares. “We wanted to concentrate on checking and play away from the puck.”“It’ll be ramped up (versus Toronto). The thing I liked about our defensive game was being above the puck.”Boone Jenner, Werenski, Gustav Nyquist and Alexandre Texier scored the early for Columbus, which started Joonas Korpisalo, though Elvis Merzlikins was the busier man as Boston goWOULDA SHOULDA TUUKKAThere’s no denying the Maple Leafs erred when they traded Tuukka Rask to Boston in 2006 for Andrew Raycroft. Rask would go on to be the Bruins wins leader at 291 and counting....
SIMMONS: Just who is coach Sheldon Keefe? We’re about to find out.
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SIMMONS: Just who is coach Sheldon Keefe? We’re about to find out.

Article content continuedThis is Year 4 for Matthews, Marner and Nylander as playoff performers here. They may still be kids, just not in hockey years. At this point in their careers, they should be ready to win something, to push for something, it just hasn’t happened yet. That’s why Tavares signed on here. It wasn’t just coming home, it was coming home to win.To date, none of the kids have had a great playoff series in their professional lives. None of them have been big enough or strong enough to do that.Their salary says they are difference makers. Now is the time to show it, prove it, carry the Leafs and their reputations to places they haven’t been before.We apologize, but this video has failed to load.Your best players have to be your best players. And your goaltender has to be g...
Robertson has done his part to earn a job with the Leafs, ‘hasn’t had any lapses’
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Robertson has done his part to earn a job with the Leafs, ‘hasn’t had any lapses’

Article content continuedWhat stood out the most to Robertson, skating in his first game since scoring 55 goals last season for the Peterborough Petes, during his first NHL look?“Probably that there were no fans,” Robertson said with a chuckle. “It was a good experience for me. I learned I can keep up with the speed and it was a lot of fun.”Trying to keep pace shouldn’t be an issue for the energetic, darting Robertson. He helped push the play on the forecheck against the Canadiens, and perhaps the biggest question Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe has is whether Robertson can withstand the physical nature of the Blue Jackets.To this point, there has been nothing to suggest Robertson would be in over his head.“What you could read into it is that we continue to believe in him and he hasn’t had an...