Wednesday, 04.13.2016 / 7:00 PM
starts and power play minutes he had seen in the past, Rielly was leaned on heavily in the defensive zone and on the penalty kill and was partnered primarily Matt Hunwick in an apprenticeship. For much of the season Rielly was left off the power play altogether in an effort to increase the focus on his defensive game.
The choice to focus Rielly's minutes to be defensive zone was a simple rationale
Wednesday, 04.13.2016 / 8:48 AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday that the team has signed defenceman Morgan Rielly and forward Nazem Kadri to new six-year contracts.
Rielly, 22, led all Maple Leafs defencemen with a career-high 36 points (nine goals, 27 assists) while skating in all 82 games this year. The native of Vancouver, British Columbia also led the team with 23:13 of average ice time per game. Since entering
Wednesday, 04.06.2016 / 10:45 PM
Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs’ 5-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Wednesday at Air Canada Centre:
Tentative start for both sides.
In the final home game of the season, the Leafs came out of the gate tentatively, managing just nine shots on Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. That said, the Blue Jackets were just as tentative, if not more so, registering only six shots on Toronto
Wednesday, 04.06.2016 / 9:53 PM
of the net for Toronto, with Garret Sparks stopping 27-of-32 shots on Fan Appreciation Night.
Losers in six of nine entering the night, the Blue Jackets exploded for three goals in about four minutes in the third to seal the victory.
Columbus didn't land its first shot until more than 12 minutes had gone by in the opening period, though.
Becoming the 46th player to suit up for the Leafs this season, Sam
Monday, 04.04.2016 / 10:39 PM
-olds William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen.
Making good use of that size, Florida took complete control of the game in the middle period.
Bjugstad, the Panthers six-foot-six centre, opened the scoring less than two minutes into the frame. He grabbed hold of a rebound on an Aaron Ekblad point shot, his first attempt stopped by Bernier, the follow-up deposited for his 14th goal this season.
Saturday, 04.02.2016 / 9:59 PM
-game goal drought with his 10th marker this season. With Detroit on a power-play the 35-year-old fired a shot through Sparks from a spot in the left faceoff circle.
Sparks has struggled in his first NHL season, owning an .898 save percentage heading into his 15th NHL appearance.
He was beaten by a point shot from Ericsson less than 10 minutes after the goal from Richards, increasing the Detroit
Thursday, 03.31.2016 / 10:00 PM
Here are five takeaways from the Maple Leafs’ 4-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres Thursday at First Niagara Center:
Sabres put Leafs on their heels early, take first lead.
Toronto hasn’t fared well playing in Buffalo in recent years, and they didn’t begin this game well, failing to register a shot on net for the first 12 minutes of the opening period, giving the Sabres two power plays
Tuesday, 03.29.2016 / 10:15 PM
with the puck; when he can receive it from a fellow Toronto player and make a quick reaction, the results for him are often better.
Special teams doing the job for Toronto.
Approximately four minutes after Florida tied the game at 6:23 of the second period, the Buds took their second lead of the night on Nazem Kadri’s power play marker and 15th of the season. Kadri was the beneficiary of a nice feed from
Monday, 03.28.2016 / 10:15 PM
-14 through 40 minutes and 34-18 overall to post his sixth shutout of the year.
The shutout was also Bishop’s third in his past six games – and given that Tampa will be without the services of injured veteran blueliner Anton Stralman for the foreseeable future, they’ll need the 29-year-old netminder to be at his best.
Hyman, Kadri test Tampa often, but to no avail.
Zach Hyman and Nazem Kadri combined
Saturday, 03.26.2016 / 10:45 PM
of the season.
However, the visitors, who were on a five-game losing skid entering the night, fought back in the second frame, tying the game on a Patrice Bergeron play goal at 2:52, then taking the lead on Zdeno Chara’s ninth of the season at 6:29. And from there, Boston held Toronto to 15 shots on net in the final 40 minutes of play and added an empty-net marker from Matt Beleskey to secure the victory