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After the big win over Buffalo, the Maple Leafs had a light workout Wednesday prior to leaving for Boston. There are two games that the Leafs will have their eye on tonight.

The Sabres are back home tonight to face the New York Rangers while the Carolina Hurricanes host the Montreal Canadiens. You can watch the Hurricanes vs. Canadiens on TSN at 7 p.m.

Did you miss the final 1:05 of last night's game? Here is the video and the incredible call by Joe Bowen.

Leafs prospect Matt Frattin is one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award which goes to the top college hockey player in the U.S. Read more here

Here is all of today's practice video:

Ron Wilson


Luke Schenn


Phil Kessel


Nazem Kadri


Matt Lashoff



March 28

The Maple Leafs returned to practice on Monday as they get set for what is definitely the biggest game of the season when they host Buffalo on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s game will be the sixth and final meeting between the two teams this season. So far the Leafs are 2-2-1 against the Sabres and have won the last two meetings. In those games the Leafs were able to get six goals past Ryan Miller. They will need a similar result if they are to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Monday, Miller was named the NHL’s First Star Of The Week after posting a 3-0-0 record including two shutouts and a GAA of 0.67. He stopped 83 of 85 shots in the three victories.

Miller has been the biggest reason that the Sabres have moved into the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. Since the All-Star break, Buffalo is 15-7-4 while the Maple Leafs are 15-7-5. In his career against the Leafs Miller is 24-11-0.

James Reimer will once again start for the Maple Leafs. Matt Lashoff could also find himself back in the lineup replacing Brett Lebda.

Captain Dion Phaneuf was on Hockeycentral at Noon on Sportsnet Radio 590 Monday. Phaneuf spoke about his injury earlier in the season and how it affected him when he first returned to the lineup. He also talked about some similarities between James Reimer and former Calgary teammate Miikka Kiprusoff. You can listen to the full interview right here.

Watch as Ron Wilson speaks about the must win against Buffalo, Nazem Kadri's recent play and much more.



Reimer spoke to the media about facing Miller, the importance of the first shift and also what he has learned since his NHL debut on January 1st.



Darryl Boyce spoke to Leafs TV about going to the dirty areas, his play with the Leafs compared to the Marlies and the success of the University Of New Brunswick hockey team.



Clarke MacArthur on the big game tomorrow and the confidence of the team in the last two wins over Buffalo



Tyler Bozak spoke about his former college team the Colorado Pioneers losing on Sunday and winning in regulation Tuesday night.





March 25

The Maple Leafs had a late practice in Detroit on Friday as they stayed the night in Colorado following the 4-3 victory over the Avalanche.

For the out of town scoreboard tonight, the Leafs will be cheering on the Florida Panthers to beat the Buffalo Sabres in regulation and Tampa Bay to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes. The Leafs enter play tonight three points back of eighth place.

Adrian Dater of Sports Illustrated did a story on James Reimer for si.com. Here is the link to the story as Dater looks at Reimer's roots and how he has stayed grounded during this exciting time for himself and the team.

Below you will find all of Friday's practice video.

Ron Wilson


Reimer made a trip to Joe Louis Arena when he was eight years old and he talks more about it with the media Friday.

James Reimer


Mike Komisarek


Brett Lebda


Joey Crabb


Tim Brent



March 23

The Maple Leafs practiced Wednesday in Denver as they prepared to face the Avalanche Thursday in the Mile High City. Tyler Bozak and Joey Crabb both attended college in Denver. Bozak played at the University of Denver while Crabb played for Colorado College.

Below is video of Ron Wilson and James Reimer after practice on Wednesday.

Ron Wilson


James Reimer


Leafs TV's Paul Hendrick spoke with Bozak Wednesday about his time in Denver and what it what was like to be back where he played two seasons with the Pioneers.

Tyler Bozak


Hendrick also spoke with Joey Crabb who played his college in the Colorado Springs area and how it compares to his hometown of Anchorage, Alaska.

Joey Crabb


Matt Lashoff talked to Leafs TV about growing up in Albany and moving away from home when he was 14 years old, what he learned from that experience, playing with the Toronto Marlies and his music career that includes an album in the near future.

Matt Lashoff


Also, The Rick Mercer Report was interested in the overnight arena conversion process at the ACC and aired this video the process.


March 21

Following an off day Sunday, the Leafs returned to practice on Monday as they prepared for their three-game road trip to Minnesota, Colorado and Detroit.

Darryl Boyce who left Saturday's game against Boston with an upper body injury. Boyce could be in the lineup against the Wild on Tuesday. He and linemates Joey Crabb and Nazem Kadri had excellent games in the win over Boston. Boyce has been a real surprise this season playing in 38 games while recording 12 points and being a plus eight.

Mike Komisarek was on the ice and although he won't be in the lineup tomorrow in Minnesota, he might be able to return later in the road trip. The blueliner left the Carolina game last week and missed the games to Florida and Boston.

Leafs defenceman, Keith Aulie was on the FAN590 Monday morning talking about Saturday's win over Boston, playing with Team Canada at the World Junior's and the upcoming road trip. Listen to the full interview here

General manager Brian Burke was on Hockeycentral @Noon Monday. He spoke about the play of James Reimer, the decision to start J.S. Giguere against Florida and more. Listen here

Ron Wilson


Clarke MacArthur


Nazem Kadri


Mike Brown



March 21

The Maple Leafs had their annual team picture today at Air Canada Centre. It was the only time this season that the Leafs will practice at the ACC.

Here is how the Leafs lined up at practice:

Joffrey Lupul - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel
Nikolai Kulemin - Mikhail Grabovski - Clarke MacArthur
Fredrik Sjostrom - Darryl Boyce - Joey Crabb
Jay Rosehill - Tim Brent - Mike Brown

It was a very busy day for roster moves. Defenceman Matt Lashoff was recalled from the Toronto Marlies after he cleared re-entry waivers at Noon. Lashoff currently sits in seventh in scoring for the Marlies. This season he has seven goals and 28 points in 62 games.

The native of East Greenbush, New York was acquired from Tampa Bay last summer for Stefano Giliati and Alex Berry. Lashoff has played in 63 career NHL games with Boston and Tampa recording 15 points.

It is expected that Lashoff will be in the lineup Wednesday in Carolina wearing number 29.

With Colby Armstrong likely out for the season with a broken foot, Nazem Kadri was recalled from the Marlies. This will be his second stint in the NHL this season. He played in 17 games earlier this season recording six assists.

Kadri is second on the Marlies in scoring with 41 points which is seventh best among rookies in the AHL. He has 17 goals on the season which are second best on the Marlies.

The other move that was made Tuesday was the signing of prospect Jake Gardiner to a three-year entry level contract. Gardiner was acquired from Anaheim along with Joffrey Lupul for Francois Beauchemin. Read the full press release.

Gardiner played 41 games for the University of Wisconsin this season and collected 40 points on 10 goals and 30 assists. He ranked second on Wisconsin in assists and third in points. He will join the Toronto Marlies for the remainder of the season.

Ron Wilson


Matt Lashoff


J.S. Giguere


Tim Brent


Jay Rosehill



March 11

Head coach Ron Wilson gave his players the day off from the ice Friday. Tomorrow night the Leafs play the first of five games in eight days when they host the Buffalo Sabres. There is no doubt that tomorrow's game is the biggest of the season.

The Leafs will be without forward Fredrik Sjostrom who left during the second period of Thursday's loss to the Flyers. Sjostrom has an upper body injury and could be out for up to a week. Jay Rosehill will take his spot.

Wilson said that although tomorrow night isn't a Game 7, it is a good experience for the players. He told the players that "this is a game that you want to participate in and if you view yourself as a top hockey player you want to make a difference when it matters most and tomorrow is a chance that you can shine in an important situation." He went on to say "your best players have to perform at their best and your role players have to give their best and then some."

Here is the full Wilson media scrum


Keith Aulie was made available to the media at MasterCard Centre and said that having a day off today is good not only to get over bumps and bruises but to also regroup.

Aulie will also have his parents in the stands tomorrow night although it won't be the first time that they have seen their son in the NHL. You can watch a one-on-one with Aulie and Paul Hendrick that was on Thursday's broadcast.

Keith Aulie interview



In prospect news, Matt Frattin, a senior with North Dakota was named the WCHA Player Of The Year. He was also named to the All-WCHA First Team and he won the scoring title with 40 points in 28 games. His 29 goals are tied for the lead in the NCAA.

Jake Gardiner who was acquired along with Joffrey Lupul in the Francois Beauchemin trade, was named to the All-WCHA Second Team. Read the full press release here.



March 9

The Maple Leafs returned to practice Wednesday a day after a tough 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders. Despite the loss, the Leafs moved to four points behind the Buffalo Sabres for the eighth and final playoff spot.

James Reimer was on the ice practicing after he appeared to injury his catching hand in overtime on a Radek Martinek shot.

During the third period of Tuesday's game, head coach Ron Wilson switched up his top two lines and they remained that way at practice. Here is how the top two lines looked:

Nikolai Kulemin - Mikhail Grabovski - Phil Kessel
Clarke MacArthur - Tyler Bozak - Joffrey Lupul

There are two games that the Leafs will be keeping an eye on tonight. The ninth place Carolina Hurricanes are hosting the Atlanta Thrashers while the New York Rangers are on the West coast playing Anaheim.

The Maple Leafs released their latest prospect report. Check it out here. A few players to note are Josh Nicholls who has 81 points in 65 games with Saskatoon. Greg McKegg has recorded 87 points in 62 games. In the college ranks, forward Matt Frattin has picked up 29 goals in 37 games with North Dakota.

Here is Wednesday's practice video:

Ron Wilson


Phil Kessel


Keith Aulie


Carl Gunnarsson


Clarke MacArthur



March 7

The Leafs are set to have another three big games this week starting Tuesday in New York against the Islanders.  They then return home to face Philadelphia Thursday and Buffalo Saturday.

It was a spirited practice with lots of skating and even a shootout drill towards the end of the skate. Despite the loss last Saturday to Chicago, the Leafs have moved past it and now concentrate on seven straight games against Eastern Conference opponents starting tomorrow. Read the full story here

Ron Wilson


Dion Phaneuf


James Reimer


Tyler Bozak



March 4

The Maple Leafs returned to the ice Friday as they prepared for Saturday's home game against the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks in the only meeting this season.

Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf spoke with the media and said that he feels much better now than he did after he first returned from the leg laceration. The full interview his below.

Leafs netminder James Reimer now qualifies among NHL goalies in goals against average and save percentage. His 2.28 GAA ranks seventh in the league and his .929 SV% is second best in the NHL.

A huge reason for the Leafs being unbeaten in regulation in nine games has been the solid defence that the team has played. They have given up 22 goals during that stretch which works out to a 2.4 goals against per game. The Leafs offence has mustered just 26 goals which is 2.8 per game.

With the win over the Flyers on Thursday, the Leafs are within three points of the New York Rangers for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Here are the latest standings

Tonight their will be two games that will have implications on the Leafs. The Rangers play the second game of a back-to-back in Ottawa and the Hurricanes are also playing their second game in a row when they face the Blackhawks in Chicago. You can watch the Rangers vs. Senators game on TSN at 7:30 p.m.

Here is a great video that is on Youtube of the Leafs charge to the playoffs.

Ron Wilson


Dion Phaneuf


Tim Brent


March 1

With the trade deadline come and gone, the Leafs took to the ice Tuesday as they prepared for another key stretch of games this week. The Leafs play the first of three in four when they start a back-to-back Wednesday against Pittsburgh and are on the road Thursday in Philadelphia. Saturday, they host the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.

James Reimer was on the ice and took part in full practice as he is fully recovered from the whiplash that he suffered Sunday in Atlanta. Fellow netminders J.S. Giguere and Jonas Gustavsson were also on the ice.

Read the full story here

Here is all the practice video:


Ron Wilson


James Reimer


Clarke MacArthur


Joffrey Lupul


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