Maple Leafs-Bruins humdinger provides sense of playoff inevitability

TORONTO – Until they meet again. As Saturday’s airtight finale of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins’ regular-season series sprinted breathlessly toward the final horn with six-plus-minutes of whistle-free, near-miss action, the thing had all the feel of more to come. “Yeah, pretty crazy,” said Mitch Marner, one of room full of Leafs dripping […]

Maple Leafs’ loss to Islanders a ‘punch-in-the-gut’ for John Tavares

TORONTO – You don’t really know how it feels until you live it. Toronto Maple Leafs leading goal-scorer John Tavares expected a cocktail of emotions when facing the New York Islanders for the first time. A buzz of history and memories and kinship, though he couldn’t quite find the words for all the “different feelings” […]

Maple Leafs’ John Tavares playing exactly as advertised

TORONTO — Winning free agency doesn’t always equate to winning hockey, although it’s been a long while since the NHL had a free agent like John Tavares. Still, it isn’t difficult to concoct a scenario where things might not have gone so well for a 28-year-old arriving into hockey’s largest market with the league’s second-highest […]

Maple Leafs’ Johnsson showcases regained confidence in win over Flyers

TORONTO – The Andreas Johnsson of Saturday night barely resembles the Andreas Johnsson of one month ago. “I haven’t been good enough. Simple as that,” Johnsson said quietly, after another October morning skate that had followed another scoreless night. At the time, he was relaying the blunt message he’d been given from the Toronto Maple […]

Tyler Ennis continues to win over Maple Leafs teammates

TORONTO — At this stage of Tyler Ennis’s career, he’s a “we” before “me” guy. You won’t find him scrutinizing the distribution of minutes at the end of the night or sulking after sitting all but two shifts in the third period. He was grateful for the opportunity to get healthy under a first-rate training […]