TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on Toronto center Nazem Kadri (all times local):
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Youth is being served early in Stanley Cup playoffs
For all the value of postseason experience, youth is off to a nice start in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Teenage defenseman Miro Heiskanen built on his stellar rookie season in his playoff...
Toronto faces conference rival Carolina
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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.
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...
Tavares scores in overtime, Maple Leafs stop Canadiens 4-3
MONTREAL (AP) — A matchup of teams battling for second place in the Atlantic Division lived up to expectations.
John Tavares scored at 2:17 of overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
Andreas Johnsson, Nikita Zaitsev and William Nylander also scored for the Maple Leafs, who extended their winning streak to four games. Frederik Andersen stopped 35 shots.
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 among NHL teams facing cap crunches next year
There are questions Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock won't touch with a 10-foot hockey stick.
The challenge a team brimming with young talent faces in managing its payroll structure was one topic Babcock particularly enjoyed sidestepping shortly after Toronto and forward William Nylander ended a lengthy contract dispute this month.
"Well, I think you've got to talk to a manager about that," said Babcock, referring to general manager Kyle Dubas." I just coach the players."
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.
Larkin lifts Red Wings past Maple Leafs 5-4 in OT
TORONTO (AP) — Dylan Larkin scored on a breakaway at 2:48 of overtime and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on Thursday night after blowing a three-goal lead in the third period.
Larkin beat Garret Sparks between the pads to snap Toronto's five-game winning streak.
Dylan Larkin scores in OT, Red Wings edge Maple Leafs 5-4
TORONTO (AP) — Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock expected William Nylander to be "the freshest guy in hockey" on Thursday night.
That was probably asking too much of a player making his season debut with exactly zero practice time since ending a prolonged contract impasse with Toronto just last weekend.
The rest of Babcock's team, which eventually showed signs life after a poor opening 40 minutes, didn't really have an excuse.
Anaheim Ducks sign holdout Nick Ritchie to 3-year deal
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have signed holdout power forward Nick Ritchie to a three-year contract.
The Ducks announced the deal Wednesday night before the opening faceoff of their home game against the New York Islanders.
Ritchie missed the entire preseason and six regular-season games while holding out for a better deal as a restricted free agent. His absence constrained the Ducks, who still started 4-1-1 despite missing several key forwards due to injury.
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs won this one for their city.
Frederik Andersen stopped 32 shots to lead the Maple Leafs to a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday night, forcing a decisive Game 7 in the first-round series.
The victory came hours after 10 people were killed when a van drove onto a sidewalk in Toronto's north end and struck multiple pedestrians. Most of the players woke from their pregame naps to learn of the incident at 1:30 p.m. that also injured 15 people.
TORONTO (AP) — William Nylander and Auston Matthews each had two goals and an assist as the playoff-bound Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Monday night.
Andreas Johnsson also scored as Maple Leafs extended a franchise record with their 48th win and matched the team mark for points (103) set in 2003-04. Backup goalie Curtis McElhinney stopped 32 shots to help Toronto win for the 15th time in the last 17 at home.
TORONTO (AP) — Auston Matthews kept his points streak going, and William Nylander was the main reason why.
The two each had two goals and an assist as the playoff-bound Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Monday night.
Andreas Johnsson also scored as Maple Leafs extended a franchise record with their 48th win and matched the team mark for points (103) set in 2003-04.
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NEW YORK (AP) — With the score tied late in the third period, Auston Matthews saw an opening and got himself in position. And when he got the puck from William Nylander, he was able to knock in the winning goal.
Matthews deflected Nylander's pass in front with just under four minutes remaining to lift the playoff-bound Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night.
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.
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.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — William Nylander fondly recalls messing around on the ice with Alex Ovechkin as an 11-year-old when his dad, Michael, played for the Washington Capitals.
Maple Leafs beat Bruins 4-3 for 9th straight home win
TORONTO (AP) — Mitch Marner stepped up with Auston Matthews sidelined by a shoulder injury.
Marner had a goal and three assists, the last on Ron Hainsey's winner with 1:23 remaining, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat Boston 4-3 on Saturday night to match the franchise record of nine straight home wins.
Detroit — That hurt for the Red Wings.
With the game seemingly headed into overtime, Toronto's Auston Matthews scored with 30.2 seconds remaining, and giving the Maple Leafs a dramatic 3-2 victory.
After winning the faceoff, the Leafs worked the puck to William Nylander who drove down the goal line, with a shot kicked away by goalie Petr Mrazek, but right to Matthews near the circle.
Matthews snapped the puck high over Mrazek for his 27th goal.
Auston Matthews gives Maple Leafs 3-2 win over Red Wings
DETROIT (AP) — To Jeff Blashill, the outcome came down to one simple fact.
"They made one more play than us," the Detroit coach Blashill said.
To Toronto center Auston Matthews, it came down to persistence.
"We've got a lot of chances the last couple of games," Matthews said. "We had some pretty good chances tonight, the puck just wouldn't go in.
"It was nice to finally finish it off there with a half a minute left."
Nylander helps Maple Leafs beat Lightning 4-3
TORONTO (AP) — William Nylander had two goals and an assist, helping the streaking Toronto Maple Leafs top the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Monday night.
Auston Matthews had three assists for the Leafs (34-19-5), who extended their home win streak to five with their eighth win in nine games overall. Jake Gardiner and James van Riemsdyk scored, and Frederik Andersen made 28 saves in his 28th win of the season.
Nylander scores twice as Maple Leafs beat Lightning 4-3
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs put together the perfect response to a big rally by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
They got right back to work.
William Nylander had two goals and an assist and James van Riemsdyk scored a tiebreaking goal in the third period, sending streaking Toronto to a 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay on Monday night.
"We've found a rhythm and this is what we want to stick to," Nylander said.
Nylander, Matthews lead Maple Leafs to 7-4 win over Ducks
TORONTO (AP) — Maybe the Toronto Maple Leafs avoided a serious injury to starting goalie Frederik Andersen.
William Nylander scored twice, including the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, and Toronto defeated the Anaheim Ducks 7-4 on Monday night.
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.
Nylander’s penalty shot in OT lifts Leafs over Blackhawks
CHICAGO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs found themselves in yet another tight game. William Nylander found a way to make sure they got two points this time.
Nylander scored on a penalty shot 6 seconds into overtime to lift the Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win over the sagging Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.
Auston Matthews returns, helps Maple Leafs beat Rangers 3-2
NEW YORK (AP) — A healthy Auston Matthews clearly makes a difference as the Rangers learned in a tense late-December battle with the Maple Leafs.
Matthews led Toronto to a 3-2 victory against New York in his first game back since suffering a concussion on Dec. 9. He scored the winning goal midway through the second period and the Leafs held off a late push.
"Having one of the best players in the world back in the lineup is a pretty nice Christmas gift," veteran forward Matt Martin said.
Russell hands Maple Leafs winner in 6-4 victory over Oilers
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Thanks to Kris Russell's embarrassing mistake, Patrick Marleau wound up with one of the easiest goals of his career Thursday night.
It was a big one, too.
Russell accidentally fired the puck into his own net late in the third period, handing the Toronto Maple Leafs the go-ahead goal in a 6-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Nylander scores late in OT, Maple Leafs beat Devils 1-0
TORONTO (AP) — Toronto coach Mike Babcock had a simple message for William Nylander after he ended a goal slump with the winner.
Nylander struck with 2.2 seconds to play in overtime and Frederik Andersen made 42 saves to help the Maple Leafs beat the New Jersey Devils 1-0 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.
"I told him to go thank Freddie because he's never scored," Babcock said. "(Nylander) needed to score a goal, right? He hasn't scored in a while."
Sabres prospect Nylander set to play after missing 2 months
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres prospect Alexander Nylander is set to make his minor-league season debut after missing two months with a lower body injury.
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.
Detroit — Niklas Kronwall has seen many talented young players enter the NHL over his long career.
But there's something unique about the group in Toronto.
The Maple Leafs have sprinted to a quick start, as many expected, with the core of Auston Matthews, William Nylander and Mitch Marner generating the most buzz.
Paul Byron scores twice, Canadiens beat Panthers 3-1
MONTREAL (AP) — Paul Byron scored twice and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Florida Panthers 3-1 on Friday night after losing their first six preseason games.
Andrew Shaw also scored, and Charlie Lindgren made 22 saves in his return from a lower-body injury.
Evgenii Dadonov scored for Florida, and Roberto Luongo stopped 20 shots.
Byron opened the scoring in the first period, and gave the Canadiens a 2-1 lead with a short-handed goal midway through the second. Shaw scored early in the third.
Auston Matthews has hat trick in Leafs’ 5-1 win
Auston Matthews and William Nylander are showing no signs of any sophomore slump so far through the pre-season.
Matthews had a hat trick and an assist and Nylander had a goal and two assists as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 in an NHL preseason game on Monday night.
Matthews scored his first goal of the game 47 seconds into the first period. His wrist shot from just inside the blue line went over the right shoulder of Canadiens goaltender Al Montoya.
Matthews, Laine and Werenski are Calder Trophy finalists
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews, Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski and Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine are the finalists for the Calder Trophy for NHL rookie of the year.
The league announced the top three in voting Thursday night.
Matthews is the front-runner after scoring 40 goals and leading all rookies with 69 points. He was the best rookie on a young Maple Leafs team that also had Calder contenders William Nylander and Mitch Marner.
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.
Maple Leafs face daunting Capitals in opening round
TORONTO (AP) — William Nylander recalls being a kid, hanging around his father's NHL team, the Washington Capitals.
There were the times Nicklas Backstrom came by for dinner. And there was the shot that has helped Alex Ovechkin score 176 more regular-season goals than anyone since his entrance into the NHL in 2005.
"His shot is amazing," says Nylander, the Maple Leafs' rookie winger who will face his father 's old team in a first-round playoff series, with Game 1 Thursday night in Washington.
TORONTO (AP) — There will be no Battle of Ontario in the first round of the NHL playoffs.
James van Riemsdyk scored twice, but the Toronto Maple Leafs dropped their regular-season finale 3-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night and will face the Washington Capitals in the opening round of their first postseason since 2013.