PITTSBURGH — Jim Rutherford won’t use the term “three-peat.”
Mike Babcock has a long memory, and certainly can recall what happened almost a year ago when the Los Angeles Kings visited the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.
There is no such thing as a normal game in Ottawa for the Maple Leafs.
If there was celebratory music, it was muted. If players were fist bumping or chest thumping, they did it behind the sliding doors that divide their private space from the public at the Air Canada Centre.
It’s fourth down for Mitch Marner, at least for the start of Tuesday’s game in Washington.
As much as Auston Matthews and William Nylander put in the effort to reach their full potential, there’s a crucial factor at play when the two Maple Leafs wunderkinds are on the ice together.
TORONTO — The Maple Leafs found out they aren’t the only quick, opportunistic team who can go places with good goaltending.
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Duncan Keith gave Mitch Marner a rude shove into the boards as the first period ended, what a senior would do to a Grade 9 student in a tight hallway.