1. The Crosby Chronicles: Captain's Passion, Leadership Have Penguins Soaring

    Wouldn’t it be amazing; getting up every day and playing, doing something you love to do? Those are the words that a young Sidney Crosby says in a Tim Horton's commercial airing in Canada during these NHL playoffs...

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  2. Toronto Maple Leafs' 10 Best Games of 2009-2010

    What a season it was in Toronto this year for the Maple Leafs. A season that started out with a thud, and though never truly recovering, one that saw them finish strong and leave fans with optimism of a bright future ahead...

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  3. The NHL's Best (But Not Really) of 2009-2010

    It's about that time of year again; the time to look back on the NHL season that was and give credit to those who stood out among their peers and excelled at a certain aspect of the game...

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  4. Maple Leafs Look Ahead: Where the Rookies Fit in Next Season

    "Generation Next" is in full swing for the Toronto Maple Leafs as they head into another offseason without an invitation to the playoffs...

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  5. Good to Be Bozak: Young Leaf's Unexpected Success Has People Talking

    For as poor as the Toronto Maple Leafs' season has been this year, there sure is a lot of positive talk swirling around Leaf Nation lately...

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  6. 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Dream First-Round Matchups

    It's the most wonderful time of the year. Yes, with only a handful of games remaining for each team in the NHL regular season, it's the time where fans and players alike not only ...

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  7. Monster Turn Around: Gustavsson Transforms From Zero To Hero for Maple Leafs

    It was Feb. 5, 2010 and the Toronto Maple Leafs were visiting the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in Newark...

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  8. Seizing the Moment: 2009-10's Most Unexpected Goalie Success Stories

    It's the most important position for a hockey team, especially when you come into a season with serious questions surrounding it...

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  9. Number Crunch: Why Phil Kessel is More Valuable Than You Might Think

    It would be a surprise to nobody if I were to say that Phil Kessel is a great hockey player, but it might shock you to know just how great he really has been this season for the Toronto Maple Leafs...

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  10. Small Deals, Big Difference: Maple Leafs Should Learn From Stempniak Trade

    He played 123 games as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs and on March 3, as part of the team's rebuilding project, Lee Stempniak was dealt to the Phoenix Coyotes...

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  11. Battle of Ontario: A Breath of Fresh Air During a Tough Leafs Season

    If only there were more games against the Ottawa Senators. This is how the Toronto Maple Leafs and the majority of their fans feel this season; well, this Leaf fan anyways...

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  12. Five Must-See NHL Matchups This Week

    It's a great week for hockey. With playoff battles heating up and the standings starting to show the difference between contenders and pretenders, most of the games this week have ...

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  13. The Return of Quinn: Former Leafs Coach Visits Toronto for First Time

    It's been four years since he last stood behind the bench in the Air Canada Center. On Saturday night, he will finally make his return—standing behind the visitors' bench for the first time...

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  14. Ten Things To Watch For In The Leafs' Final Games of the Season

    With playoff chances merely a dream, the Toronto Maple Leafs are simply acting in the role of spoiler as they play out the remaining games of the season before they take in the post-season play from the comfort of their own homes...

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  15. Youth of Leaf Nation: Bright Future or Disappointment Waiting To Happen?

    It's common when interviewing for a new job to be asked a question that can say a lot about who a person is and where he or she wants to be in the future: "Where do you see yourself ...

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  16. Maple Leafs' Message To Phil Kessel: You're On Your Own, Kid

    Where did everybody go? Those might be the first words that come out of Phil Kessel's mouth the next time he walks into the Maple Leafs dressing room. This cannot be what he signed up for...

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  17. Silver Lining: Burke, Wilson Return To Toronto After Proving Their Worth

    It's been a whirlwind 48 hours for Ron Wilson and Brian Burke. Sunday afternoon they stood in front of the world as their team fought in a battle of epic proportions for the Gold Medal at the Vancouver Winter Olympics...

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  18. Golden Games' Crowning Moment: Sidney Crosby Clinches Gold in Thriller

    Before the game had even begun, out from the loud speakers of Canada Hockey Place blasted the words from the Black Eyed Peas song, "Tonight's gonna be a good, good night." Little did we know how good it would really be...

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  19. Olympic Hockey Gold Medal Game: Crosby's Chance To Shine on Biggest Stage, Again

    Not even a year after winning the Stanley Cup, becoming the youngest Captain ever to do so, Sidney Crosby yet again has a shot at standing a top the hockey world - and he's only 22...

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  20. Goaltending Greatness: The Top Six Goalies in the 2010 Winter Olympics

    Coming into the men's hockey tournament in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, it was expected that goaltending would play a major role in every team's chances at having success...

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  21. Beleaguered Belarusian: Is Mikhail Grabovski Pushing His Luck With The Leafs?

    After yet another incident involving Mikhail Grabovski of the Toronto Maple Leafs in Vancouver over the weekend, it might be time for Leafs GM Brian Burke to take a look at just how effective this seemingly troubled player is for the team...

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  22. Canada vs. Russia: Defensive Play of Offensive Juggernaughts Is the Key

    The weight of two nations will be on the shoulders of each team tonight as Canada and Russia battle it out in what might be the most highly anticipated quarterfinal game in Olympic hockey history...

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  23. Bad Timing or Needed Rest: Maple Leafs That Could Suffer/Benefit from Time Off

    For some players on the Toronto Maple Leafs, the next two weeks will be as hectic a stretch as they've had in their hockey careers...

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  24. Kickin' It Old School: A Look at Former NHLers at the 2010 Olympics

    As the countdown to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver squeaks into single digits, the hype about the hockey tournament has kicked into overdrive...

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  25. The Phaneuf Factor: Defender's Presence Improving Entire Leaf Blue Line

    When Brian Burke announced that the Toronto Maple Leafs had acquired Dion Phaneuf from the Calgary Flames just a week ago, people immediately considered the Leafs defense improved...

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