Player News - Maple Leafs

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Mitch Marner ended the playoffs with a six-game point streak.

Marner had an assist on a goal by Patrick Marleau in Game 7, but the Leafs were eliminated by Boston. He accounted for two goals and seven helpers during that span. Marner, who led the team in postseason scoring, was Toronto's most dangerous player in the attacking zone for the entire series.
Apr 26 - 10:07 AM

Travis Dermott scored his first NHL playoff goal in Game 7 against Boston.

Dermott tied the game at 3-3 early in the second period, but the Leafs lost the contest and the series with a poorly played third stanza. Dermott only logged 11:20 of ice time on Wednesday night, but he showed plenty of promise during his rookie campaign in 2017-18. He will have a great chance to become a permanent member of Toronto's defense corps next year.
Apr 26 - 10:01 AM

William Nylander had a pair of assists in a 7-4 loss in Game 7 against Boston.

Nylander had a hand in goals by Patrick Marleau (power play) and Travis Dermott in the match. He had one goal and two assists in the last two games of the series.
Apr 26 - 9:49 AM

Frederik Andersen allowed six goals on 35 shots in Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 7.

Despite leading 1-0 and 2-1 in the first period, the Leafs went into the intermission trailing 3-2. Andersen bounced back in the second frame, as he turned aside all 13 shots he faced in the period. Things unraveled in the third though. Andersen allowed a pair of weak goals to Torey Krug and Jake DeBrusk, which allowed Boston to take a 5-4 lead. Unfortunately for the Leafs, they never recovered. Andersen finished the postseason with a 3.76 goals-against average and .896 save percentage. The 28-year-old was brilliant at times during this series, but he also allowed some weak goals along the way.
Apr 25 - 11:06 PM

Kasperi Kapanen scored a shorthanded goal in Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 7.

With the score tied at three and the Leafs shorthanded, Kapanen muscled Brad Marchand off the puck before scoring a beautiful shorthanded goal. The goal was his first of the series and it couldn't have come at a bigger time. Unfortunately for the Leafs, they allowed the Bruins to score four straight goals in the third frame. Kapanen finished the night with one shot on goal in 8:42 of ice time. Patrick Marleau (twice) and Travis Dermott also found the back of the net for the Leafs in this one. Toronto has now been eliminated in the first round in back-to-back seasons.
Apr 25 - 10:52 PM

Patrick Marleau scored a pair of goals in Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 7.

Marleau's first-period goals gave the Maple Leafs 1-0 and 2-1 leads at the time, but they still found themselves down 3-2 heading into the first intermission. Toronto used a big two-goal second period (Travis Dermott and Kasperi Kapanen) to jump ahead 4-3 heading into the third. Unfortunately for the Leafs, they fell apart in the third frame and allowed the Bruins to score four straight. Marleau finished the game with a minus-1 rating, two shots on goal and four hits in 18:35 of ice time. The 38-year-old had four goals and one assist in seven games during the series. The Maple Leafs have now been bounced in the first round for the second year in a row.
Apr 25 - 10:44 PM

Leo Komarov is not expected to be in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Boston Bruins.

Komarov took line rushes during the morning skate, but he's not doing so during the pre-game warmup, which would indicate that he'll be scratched tonight. Komarov has missed the last four games because of a lower-body injury, but he's healthy enough to play right now, per Mike Babcock. Connor Carrick, Matt Martin, Josh Leivo and Dominic Moore will also watch the game from the press box.
Apr 25 - 7:20 PM

Frederik Andersen will get the start in Game 7 against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.

Andersen will have to be on his game if the Leafs are going to advance to the second round and he has been the best player on the team in their three victories this series. Andersen has turned aside 74 of 78 shots (.949 save percentage) in the past two games.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 25 - 6:38 PM

Leo Komarov took part in Wednesday's morning skate.

Komarov took the second line rushes alongside Tomas Plekanec and William Nylander, while Andreas Johnsson was on for the first rotation. That could indicate that Johnsson will stay in the lineup for Game 7 against Boston. However, coach Mike Babcock chose not to make confirmations on his lineup, so we will have to wait until the pregame warmups.
Apr 25 - 11:17 AM

Andreas Johnsson is probable to remain in the lineup for Game 7 versus Boston on Wednesday night.

Coach Mike Babcock is wary of Leo Komarov's conditioning following an injury layoff, so Johnsson could stay in the fold. He offers more speed and still has defensive awareness. Johnsson has also contributed one goal and one assist in five games in the first round against the Bruins.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 25 - 9:32 AM

Leo Komarov (lower body) is healthy enough to play Game 7 against Boston.

Komarov has missed the last four games, while dealing with a lower-body injury. Coach Mike Babcock has to decide if it's worth changing a lineup that has played very well since Komarov went out. The Leafs bench boss is also hesitant to put Komoraov back in for what should be a high-speed environment following a four-game layoff.
Apr 24 - 12:49 PM

Nazem Kadri had an assist in Monday's 3-1 win against Boston in Game 6.

Kadri set up a goal by William Nylander in the contest. He has recorded an assist in each of his two games since returning from a suspension.
Apr 24 - 10:38 AM

Nikita Zaitsev picked up a pair of assists Monday in a 3-1 win over Boston in Game 6.

Zaitsev has struggled in his own end throughout the year, but he posted some good numbers on Monday night. He posted a plus-2 rating, three shots, four hits and one block in 21:16 of ice time.
Apr 24 - 10:30 AM

William Nylander scored his first goal of the playoffs in Game 6 against Boston on Monday night.

Nylander tied the game at 1-1 just 35 seconds after Boston took the lead early in the second period. He played alongside Nazem Kadri for a second straight game, but was reunited with Auston Matthews late in the contest.
Apr 24 - 10:21 AM

Frederik Andersen allowed one goal on 33 shots in Monday's 3-1 Game 6 win over the Boston Bruins.

Andersen had a great night and looked comfortable and confident from the start. His best save came with the Leafs on the penalty kill late in the third when he robbed David Krejci of the tying goal with his blocker. Toronto has now forced Game 7 after trailing 3-1 in the series. Game 7 is scheduled for Wednesday night in Boston and Andersen will need another great performance for what is likely to be a hostile crowd.
Apr 23 - 10:09 PM


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