Three of the top seven teams in the NHL are packed into a four-team murderers' row playoff bracket and only one can reach the Eastern Conference final.
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.
Hyman scores twice, Maple Leafs rally to beat Canadiens 6-3
TORONTO (AP) — It took two late goals by Zach Hyman and a huge comeback by Toronto to end its longest losing streak of the season.
Hyman scored two goals in the final 1:50 of the third...
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.
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.
Nylander leads Maple Leafs to 4-1 win over Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — William Nylander can't make up for lost time with the Toronto Maple Leafs. That's not going to stop the right wing from trying.
He had a pair of assists and was active all over the ice Tuesday night in Toronto's 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
"I'm just trying to get back as fast as possible," Nylander said.
Matthews nets 2nd goal late in OT as Maple Leafs edge Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Auston Matthews scored his second goal with three seconds on the clock in overtime, and the Toronto Maple Leafs matched their best start in 84 years with a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.
The Maple Leafs won their fifth straight game and improved to 20-8. The only other time it took them just 28 games to reach 20 wins was when they opened the 1934-35 season at 20-6-2.
Marner has 3 assists as Maple Leafs beat Bruins 4-2
TORONTO (AP) — On a night when Patrick Marleau celebrated his 1,600th NHL game, Mitch Marner did what he does best: set up goals.
The 21-year-old winger had three assists and Marleau added another as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Monday.
"He has great vision out there," the 39-year-old Marleau said. "The way he skates and handles the puck, he can maneuver around guys and draw guys to him. He did that quite a bit tonight."
Johnsson has 1st-period hat trick, Maple Leafs rout Flyers
TORONTO (AP) — Andreas Johnsson was down on himself earlier this season for his lack of finish around the net. That wasn't a problem Saturday night.
The second-year winger completed his first career hat trick before the game was 13 minutes old, helping the Toronto Maple Leafs rout the Philadelphia Flyers 6-0.
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.
Andersen makes 31 saves, Maple Leafs beat Penguins 5-0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Frederik Andersen continued the Toronto Maple Leafs' early season undefeated run on the road with a perfect night in goal.
Andersen made 31 saves for his first shutout of the season and 16th overall and the Maple Leafs routed the high-scoring Pittsburgh Penguins 5-0 on Saturday night.
Anton Khudobin makes 31 saves, Stars beat Maple Leafs 2-1
TORONTO (AP) — Dallas backup goalie Anton Khudobin stopped the high-scoring Toronto Maple Leafs.
Khudobin made 31 saves to help the Stars beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 on Thursday night.
"He's such a great teammate," Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said. "He brings energy every day. He puts a smile on everyone's face. With (Bishop) playing so well it's been hard to get him in as many games as we'd like. "But it's great for his confidence, great for the team morale how good he played."
Matthews scores 2 and helps Maple Leafs beat Red Wings 5-3
DETROIT (AP) — Auston Matthews heard the short list of NHL greats he joined by scoring nine times in the first five games of the season.
Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Marleau, Mario Lemieux and Mike Bossy are the only other players in league history to pull off the feat.
"Nice," Matthews said after scoring twice for a league-leading nine goals to help Toronto beat Detroit 5-3 Thursday night.
Matthews is the third player in franchise history to score in the first five games of a season.
Rasmus Dahlin scores 1st goal, Sabres beat Islanders
OSHAWA, Ontario (AP) — No. 1 overall pick Rasmus Dahlin scored his first goal for Buffalo, Jeff Skinner connected twice and the Sabres beat the New York Islanders 5-4 in exhibition play Friday night at Tribute Communities Centre.
Brendan Guhle also Casey Nelson scored for Buffalo, and Carter Hutton made 27 saves.
Anders Lee scored twice, and Josh Bailey and Ryan Pulock added goals for the Islanders.
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.
Matthews, Marleau help Maple Leafs beat Bruins in Game 3
TORONTO (AP) — Auston Matthews got the go-ahead goal in the second period, Patrick Marleau scored twice, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Monday night in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.
James van Riemsdyk also scored and Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly added two assists each ti help Toronto pull to 2-1 in the best-of-seven set. Frederik Andersen stopped 40 shots.
TORONTO (AP) — Mitch Marner had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to 10 games and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Wednesday night to set a franchise record with their 46th win.
Toronto also set a high-water mark with its 27th home win and can clinch a playoff spot if the Philadelphia Flyers lose in regulation to the Colorado Avalanche later Wednesday.
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TORONTO (AP) — Mitch Marner led the charge on a night full of milestones for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Marner had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to 10 games and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Wednesday night to set a franchise record with their 46th win.
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.
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.
Van Riemsdyk scores twice, Leafs beat Sabres 5-2
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — James van Riemsdyk thought about the possibility of back-to-back hat tricks. Then again, five goals over two nights and a career milestone will do just fine.
Van Riemsdyk had two goals and an assist to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. It came after a three-goal performance one night earlier in a 6-5 shootout win over the Dallas Stars.
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.
McElhinney stops 25 shots, Maple Leafs beat Rangers 4-0
NEW YORK (AP) — Curtis McElhinney is getting more comfortable as his career progresses, and it's been showing on the ice.
The veteran backup stopped 25 shots for his second shutout of the season and seventh of his career as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the New York Rangers 4-0 on Thursday night.
Patrick Marleau makes emotional return to San Jose
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Marleau woke up in his own home in San Jose and drove to the rink to prepare for a hockey game just as he has done countless times during his stellar career.
Only this day was much different.
Marleau was the opponent in the Shark Tank for the first time Monday when he returned to the arena he starred in for 19 seasons.
Sharks spoil Marleau’s return with 3-2 win over Maple Leafs
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Rookie defenseman Tim Heed stole the show from Patrick Marleau in his return to San Jose.
Heed scored a tiebreaking goal on the power play early in the third period and assisted on Joe Pavelski's second-period goal to lead the Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night in Marleau's first game as a visitor in San Jose.
Kucherov scores in 5th straight game, Lightning beat Blues
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov was well aware when asked about having a goal in every game this season.
"Who (wouldn't)," Kucherov said with a smile after becoming the first Tampa Bay player to score in each of the first five games of a season as the Lightning beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Saturday night.
"Kuch has so much deception to his game," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. "That's why he's a special player."
Sharks counting on rebound season from Thornton
SAN JOSE SHARKS
LAST SEASON: 46-29-7, 99 points. Third place Pacific Division. Lost to Edmonton in first round.
COACH: Peter DeBoer (third season, 10th NHL season).
LOST: F Patrick Marleau, D David Schlemko, F Micheal Haley.
Sharks need to fill Marleau void to make another run
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — It's been more than eight years since the San Jose Sharks last played a single game without Patrick Marleau on the ice, much less an entire season.
Marleau's departure from the Sharks to Toronto this offseason is the end of a two-decade era in San Jose. But with most of the same players back that helped San Jose make it to the Stanley Cup Final two seasons ago, the Sharks believe they still have the pieces in place to make another run at a title.
Sharks begin 1st training camp without Marleau in 21 years
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — There was something familiar missing in San Jose when the Sharks opened training camp.
For the first time since 1996, the Sharks took the ice for their first training camp practice without Patrick Marleau on the team as the franchise's career leader in games and scoring left as a free agent for Toronto this summer.
A busy weekend to kick off NHL free agency has left a few prominent players still looking for landing spots and teams still needing to fill some holes.
Carey Price couldn't imagine wearing anything but a Canadiens uniform, while Patrick Marleau agonized about trading in his Sharks jersey for a Maple Leafs one.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joe Thornton is staying in San Jose for at least one more season, while longtime running mate Patrick Marleau is leaving for Toronto.
Thornton tested the free-agent market for the first time in his career before officially signing his $8 million contract to remain with the Sharks on Sunday, just hours after Marleau signed an $18.75 million, three-year deal with the Maple Leafs.
Thornton heard from more than half the league before making his decision to stay.
After 19 seasons in San Jose, Patrick Marleau has found a new home.
The Sharks' career leading goal scorer signed an $18.75 million, three-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday in hopes of winning the Stanley Cup that eluded him for so long in San Jose.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks opened free agency Saturday by signing long-term contracts that will keep two key players off the open market next summer.
The Sharks signed shutdown defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to a $56 million, eight-year contract and goalie Martin Jones to a $34.5 million, six-year deal. Both players had one year remaining on their contracts and got modified no-trade clauses.
Sharks face key decisions with Thornton, Marleau
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joe Thornton is expected to be healthy at the start of training camp despite undergoing offseason surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left knee.
Where Thornton and longtime San Jose teammate Patrick Marleau will be playing remains an open question as they head toward unrestricted free agency.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — After going through the handshake line of an early playoff loss, an emotional Patrick Marleau stood by the San Jose bench and looked up at the crowd at the Shark Tank.
The end of another season in San Jose could be the end of an era after the Sharks were eliminated in Game 6 of the first round with a 3-1 loss to Edmonton on Saturday night.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A red hot Nashville Predators team made sure San Jose stayed ice cold.
Colton Sissons and James Neal both scored twice to lead the Predators over the staggering Sharks 7-2 on Saturday night.
Cody McLeod, P.K. Subban and Viktor Arvidsson also scored for Nashville, which has won three straight and six of seven. Craig Smith and Colin Wilson had three assists apiece to help the Predators move a point ahead of St. Louis for third place in the Central Division.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Devan Dubnyk gave up two goals late in the second period during an otherwise stellar night in net for Minnesota, potential trouble for a team on a skid.
The Wild scored twice themselves in the same decisive stretch, sending the San Jose Sharks away with another defeat.
Martin Hanzal and Charlie Coyle scored 15 seconds apart right before the second intermission to help the Wild stop a five-game losing streak and hang on for a 3-2 victory over the Sharks on Tuesday night.