Avs a trendy pick for deep playoff run after busy offseason
DENVER (AP) — New arrival Nazem Kadri wasn't with his Colorado Avalanche teammates very long before making a quick observation.
Central Recasting: Division rivals ready to challenge Blues
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TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired defenseman Tyson Barrie, forward Alex Kerfoot and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 draft from the Colorado Avalanche on Monday.
TORONTO (AP) — The NHL has suspended Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri for the rest of the first round of the playoffs for cross-checking Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk in the...
TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on Toronto center Nazem Kadri (all times local):
The NHL has suspended Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri for the rest of the first round for...
Rask stops 30 shots, Bruins beat Leafs 4-1 to tie series 1-1
BOSTON (AP) — Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri temporarily went to the locker room after a knee-on-knee hit from Jake DeBrusk in the second period.
Couturier lifts Flyers to 5-4 shootout win over Maple Leafs
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sean Couturier kept the Philadelphia Flyers' slim playoff hopes alive for at least one more day.
Couturier scored in regulation and provided the only goal in a shootout...
TORONTO (AP) — Frederik Andersen has bailed out the Maple Leafs in plenty of games since arriving in Toronto. His teammates returned the favor on Friday night.
Kadri, Kapanen score 22 seconds apart as Leafs beat Avs 5-2
DENVER (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs had one powerful surge against Colorado, and it came from their re-energized power play.
Nazem Kadri and Kasperi Kapanen scored power-play goals 22 seconds apart in the second period, Frederik Andersen stopped 34 shots and the Maple Leafs beat Colorado 5-2 on Tuesday night, extending the Avalanche's winless streak to eight games.
Kapanen and Kadri each finished with two goals, while Auston Matthews added a goal and two assists.
Capitals fall 6-3 to Maple Leafs, lose 7th straight game
TORONTO (AP) — Nazem Kadri recorded the fifth hat trick of his career and added an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated Washington 6-3 on Wednesday night and dealt the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals their seventh straight loss.
Auston Matthews, Nikita Zaitsev and Mitch Marner also scored for Toronto. William Nylander added three assists, while Morgan Rielly and Connor Brown had two each. Frederik Andersen stopped 41 shots for the win.
Kadri gets hat trick, Maple Leafs beat Capitals 6-3
TORONTO (AP) — The cheers coming from the Toronto Maple Leafs' locker-room could have easily been swapped out for sighs of relief.
Nazem Kadri recorded the fifth hat trick of his career and added an assist as the Maple Leafs defeated Washington 6-3 on Wednesday night and dealt the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals their seventh straight loss.
Maple Leafs beat NHL-leading Lightning 4-2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Although they trail Tampa Bay by 14 points in the standings, the Toronto Maple Leafs are having some head-to-head success against the top team in the NHL.
Mitch Marner scored a go-ahead goal late in the second period, Nazem Kadri and Patrick Marleau each had a goal and an assist, and the Maple Leafs beat the Lightning 4-2 on Thursday night.
Matthews, Tavares help Maple Leafs rout Panthers 6-1
TORONTO (AP) — Roberto Luongo joked on Twitter after Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner made celebrity cameo appearances in a production of "The Nutcracker" that Toronto's dynamic duo deserved the night off.
No such luck for the goalie and his Florida teammates.
Matthews had two goals and two assists, and John Tavares also scored twice to help the Maple Leafs rout the Panthers 6-1 on Thursday night.
Tavares, Matthews, Marleau score in first, Leafs beat Devils
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs put on a show for the New Jersey Devils.
They came out fast, got contributions from all four lines, their defense and goaltender, and routed the Devils 7-2 on Tuesday night.
Nazem Kadri scores winner, Maple Leafs beat Wild, 5-3
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs keep winning, and they're adding another offensive player to the lineup.
Nazem Kadri broke a tie with 3:20 to play and Zach Hyman scored twice in Toronto's 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.
Hyman added an empty-net goal in the final minute to seal Toronto's fourth straight victory and Minnesota's third loss in a row. The Maple Leafs improved to 19-8-0, a point behind Tampa Bay for the NHL lead.
Kapanen’s 2 goals lead Maple Leafs past Sharks 5-3
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks seemed intent to go after Nazem Kadri right from the start. That didn't bother the Toronto Maple Leafs a bit and they ended up with the win.
John Tavares opened the scoring just after a power-play for an early run at Kadri ended and Kasperi Kapanen had two goals, including a short-handed tally that broke a tie in the second period and sent the Maple Leafs to their fifth win in six games, 5-3 over the Sharks on Thursday night.
Tavares, speedy Maple Leafs race away from Kings in 5-1 rout
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have one of the fastest teams in hockey. The Los Angeles Kings do not.
And when the Leafs hit the Staples Center ice in full flight, the Kings were caught a bit flat-footed.
Nazem Kadri scored two power-play goals and John Tavares had a goal and two assists in the Maple Leafs' 5-1 victory Tuesday night.
Maple Leafs beat Devils 6-1 in Hall of Fame Game
TORONTO (AP) — Patrick Marleau celebrated a milestone on Hall of Fame night.
Marleau had his 600th NHL assist, John Tavares scored his ninth goal of the season and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the New Jersey Devils 6-1 on Friday night.
Nazem Kadri, Connor Brown, Andreas Johnsson, Morgan Rielly and Tyler Ennis also scored, and Frederik Andersen made 38 saves. Toronto improved to 11-5-0 with its third straight victory.
Kucherov, Vasilevskiy lead NHL-best Lightning past Oilers
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov had two goals and an assist, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Tuesday night.
Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists, and Brayden Point and Yanni Gourde also scored for the Lightning, who have the best record in the NHL at 11-3-1.
Andersen makes 36 saves to lift Leafs over Golden Knights
TORONTO (AP) — There have been times this season when the Maple Leafs felt they deserved a better fate on home ice.
That wasn't the case Tuesday night.
Frederik Andersen made 36 saves to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1.
The visitors had 82 shot attempts compared to the Leafs' 40, including a 40-13 edge in a second period where Toronto barely touched the puck.
Monahan, Lindholm net 3rd-period goals, Flames top Leafs 3-1
TORONTO (AP) — Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm scored in a 55-second span of the third period to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.
Lindholm and Monahan each added an assist as Calgary snapped a three-game losing streak. Michael Frolik added an empty-net goal to seal it. Mike Smith made 24 saves.
Nazem Kadri, playing his 500th NHL game, scored for Toronto. Frederik Andersen stopped 31 shots.
Monahan, Lindholm lead Flames past Leafs 3-1
TORONTO (AP) — Booed out of their own building after a lopsided loss last week, the Calgary Flames recommitted to their defensive structure and the move paid off against Toronto.
Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm scored in a 55-second span of the third period to lead the Flames to a 3-1 victory over the Maple Leafs on Monday night, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Mitch Marner has goal, 3 assists to lead Maple Leafs
MONTREAL (AP) — Mitch Marner had a goal and three assists and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 on Wednesday night to improve to 5-1-0 in exhibition play.
Nazem Kadri, Auston Matthews, Kasperi Kapanen and Patrick Marleau also scored, and Frederik Andersen made 33 saves.
Tomas Tatar, Brendan Gallagher and David Schlemko scored for Montreal, and Carey Price stopped 20 shots.
Amid bevy of head shots, NHL attempts to explain rationale
Drew Doughty watched other playoff games this season and couldn't believe that George Parros, the NHL's discipline czar, had suspended him for a head shot.
"I saw four hits last night that deserved more than that," the Los Angeles Kings defenseman said.
Maple Leafs beat Bruins 4-3, avoid elimination in Game 5
BOSTON (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs opened another 4-1 lead in Boston, and this time they held on.
Five years after blowing a three-goal lead in a playoff elimination game against the Bruins, Toronto killed off a 5-on-3 and three more penalties to beat the Bruins 4-3 in Game 5 on Saturday night and force the series to a sixth game.
Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri suspended 3 games
NEW YORK (AP) — Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri was suspended for three games Friday for boarding Boston forward Tommy Wingels during Game 1 of the first-round playoff series.
Kadri was assessed a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct midway through the third period in the Maple Leafs' 5-1 loss Thursday night.
Seconds after Wingels caught Maple Leafs winger Mitch Marner with a high hit, Kadri left his feet and drove the kneeling Wingels' head into the boards.
Punishment for hits to head prevalent early in NHL playoffs
George Parros is a busy man early in the Stanley Cup playoffs thanks to a rash of questionable hits around the NHL.
The vice president of player safety's department suspended Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri three games for boarding Boston forward Tommy Wingels in what the league called a hit made in the name of retribution and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty one game for an illegal check to the head on Vegas forward William Carrier.
TORONTO (AP) — Looking to extend one franchise mark and set another, the Toronto Maple Leafs entered Monday 25 spots ahead of the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL standings.
That didn't matter to Jack Eichel.
The Sabres star scored his second goal of the game midway through the third period to lift last-place Buffalo over the Maple Leafs 3-2 and end Toronto's club-record home winning streak at 13 games.
Maple Leafs top Red Wings 4-3 for 13th straight home win
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs keep winning at home — even though they had to sweat a little in this one.
Nazem Kadri scored with 7:26 left in regulation, helping the Maple Leafs extend their club-record home winning streak to 13 games with a 4-3 comeback victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.
Kasperi Kapanen, Connor Brown and William Nylander had the other goals for Toronto, which also tied a franchise mark with its 45th win.
‘Getting old’; Red Wings grind, wilt under Maple Leafs’ crush
Toronto — They keep playing hard, the Red Wings do, they keep making opponents sweat and never make it easy.
But the Red Wings keep losing, too.
Saturday was typical of many games lately, the Red Wings playing hard, leading a good portion of the game, controlling the game — but ultimately losing to the talented Maple Leafs 4-3.
Nazem Kadri tapped in Patrick Marleau's pass off a 2-on-1 rush past goalie Jimmy Howard for the Leafs Kadri's 29th goal, snapping a 3-3 tie with 7:26 left.
Maple Leafs blank Canadiens for 12th straight home win
TORONTO (AP) — The Maple Leafs were without their starting goalie, their best overall player and two other regulars — and still managed to do what they've been doing a lot lately.
They won again at Air Canada Center.
Curtis McElhinney made 33 saves for his third shutout of the season and the Maple Leafs extended their club-record home winning streak to 12 straight games with a 4-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
Maple Leafs rally past Stars in SO for 11th straight at home
TORONTO (AP) — James van Riemsdyk had his third career hat trick and Mitch Marner scored the winning goal in a shootout to lift Toronto over the Dallas Stars 6-5 on Wednesday night, extending the Maple Leafs' franchise-record home winning streak to 11 games.
Marner beat Kari Lehtonen in the third round of the shootout, completing Toronto's comebacks from 4-2 and 5-4 deficits in the third period.
Kadri scores 2 as Maple Leafs beat Penguins to snap skid
TORONTO (AP) — After losing four straight on the road, the Toronto Maple Leafs got back on the winning track at home — where they haven't lost in nearly seven weeks.
Nazem Kadri scored twice and the Maple Leafs beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 Saturday night for their franchise-record 10th straight home win.
"Well you want to be real good at home and obviously you want to be real good on the road," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. "Obviously, I don't know why, sometimes it goes better that way.
Kadri, Maple Leafs beat Blue Jackets 6-3
TORONTO (AP) — One little tweak to Toronto's lines is paying off in a big way for the Maple Leafs.
Nazem Kadri had three goals and two assists, Frederik Andersen made a career-high 54 saves and surging Toronto beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 on Wednesday night.
McElhinney has 39 saves, Kadri 2 goals as Leafs beat Stars
DALLAS (AP) — It was just another game for Curtis McElhinney on Thursday night, even though he hadn't played in more than a month.
McElhinney made 39 saves, helping the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Dallas Stars 4-1.
He had lost in his last two appearances in December, but kept himself ready.
"Just keeping good habits in practice, trying to stay focused," he said. "The last couple games for me were tough personally, so this is a good way to bounce back."
Nylander’s penalty shot in OT lifts Leafs over Blackhawks
CHICAGO (AP) — William Nylander scored on a penalty shot 6 seconds into overtime to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win over the sagging Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.
Grabbing a beard? The NHL has it covered
TORONTO (AP) — Nazem Kadri may have got off lightly for grabbing Joe Thornton's beard in a fight.
For one, the Toronto center survived a tilt with a much bigger man with only some facial swelling. But he also escaped further punishment for getting his hand tangled in Thornton's mountain-man beard, pulling out a chunk of hair in the process.
Kadri tugs at Thornton’s beard, Maple Leafs beat Sharks
TORONTO (AP) — Nazem Kadri was an assist short of a bizarre Gordie Howe hat trick.
Kadri ripped out part of Joe Thornton's mountain-man beard in a fight off the opening faceoff and scored in regulation in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 3-2 shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.
Frederik Andersen makes 35 saves, Maple Leafs beat Wild 4-2
TORONTO (AP) — Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau pointed to Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen.
"He won them the game," Boudreau said.
Anderson made 35 saves to help the Maple Leafs beat the Wild 4-2 on Wednesday night.
Nazem Kadri, Patrick Marleau, Connor Carrick and Connor Brown scored for Toronto. Playing with star center Auston Matthews out day to day with an upper-body injury, Toronto improved to 10-7-0.
Marner helps Maple Leafs top Golden Knights 4-3
TORONTO (AP) — Mitch Marner looked at two things as he took his turn for Toronto in the shootout. First, he had to get the puck under control as it skidded and bounced on the ice. Then he peered into the face of Vegas goaltender Maxime Lagace.
Marner skated out wide before cutting in, getting Lagace to commit with a deke before tucking the puck into the net to send Toronto to a 4-3 victory over Vegas on Monday night after the Maple Leafs blew a two-goal lead.
Elliott makes 28 saves, Flyers beat Maple Leafs 4-2
TORONTO (AP) — Valtteri Filppula and Claude Giroux gave the Flyers an edge in the second period, and Brian Elliott held it.
Filppula and Giroux scored, Elliott had 28 saves and Philadelphia beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Saturday night.
Filppula made it 3-1 with his fifth goal in the second period, and Giroux made it 4-2 with his sixth goal four minutes later. Brandon Manning and Jakub Voracek also scored for the Flyers.
Maple Leafs have 4-goal 1st, beat Red Wings 6-3
TORONTO (AP) — Curtis McElhinney got all the help he needed in his season debut.
McElhinney made 30 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs scored four times in the first period in a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.
Starting in place of Frederik Andersen, McElhinney stopped 15 shots in the third period to hold off the Red Wings.
‘Young Mario’ Matthews continues to reinvent ways to score
WASHINGTON (AP) — Auston Matthews is drawing comparisons to Mario Lemieux and getting noticed by Bryce Harper amid a hot start to his second NHL season.
Last season's Calder Trophy winner as rookie of the year, Matthews went into training camp seeking to be more assertive on the ice. That has translated to five goals and three assists in his first six games and the kind of improved all-around play that makes the face of the Toronto Maple Leafs a superstar already at age 20.
Maple Leafs beat Rangers 8-5 in wild home opener
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs chased another starting goalie — and gave their own netminder some fits, too
Tyler Bozak, Leo Komarov and Nazem Kadri scored third-period goals and Toronto held off the New York Rangers 8-5 on Saturday night in their wild home opener.
It was an adventure in defending for both teams at times, with Toronto pulling ahead 5-1 in the first period and chasing Henrik Lundqvist before the Rangers scored four straight to quieten the Air Canada Centre crowd.
Ovechkin played through hamstring, knee injuries in playoffs
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin played through hamstring and knee injuries that hampered him in the playoffs.
Ovechkin said he felt something in his hamstring late in Game 3 of the second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins and needed injections to numb the pain the rest of the way. A hit by Toronto's Nazem Kadri in Game 5 of the first round caused the left knee injury that Ovechkin downplayed.
Ovechkin brushes off hit from Kadri, returns to Caps’ win
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Alex Ovechkin lay face down on the ice, the Washington Capitals' Stanley Cup hopes stopped.
TORONTO (AP) — Tyler Bozak has the Toronto Maple Leafs believing they could just pull off a big upset in the first round of the playoffs.
Bozak scored 1:37 into overtime to cap Toronto's comeback from two goals down in the second period, and the Maple Leafs beat the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals 4-3 Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.