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Recent articles by Kevin:

The curse of the Leafs beat, and Stanley Cup playoff predictions for round two

The NHL playoffs continue. I’m sure we’ll all be glued to our TVs to watch the Battle of Alberta and the Battle of Florida, and those other two series. → Read More

There’s a lot to unpack after another lost season for the Leafs

Is it the personnel? Is it players not executing the coach’s plan? Was it the wrong plan, or the wrong coach? Tuesday’s exit interviews and final availability should shed some light on what’s to come. → Read More

Leafs mailbag: Buy out Tavares? Trade Matthews? Game 7 sure did strike a nerve

In the end, the Leafs-Lightning showdown came down to goaltending — you can look it up — but as for what to do in the off-season, let’s say there’s a range of emotions among the faithful. → Read More

Seven Musings: High-sticking calls haunt the Leafs. The hockey gods still aren’t fans

From the high stick that was missed, to the high stick that never was, maybe the Leafs have some sort of life-altering curse associated with that particular penalty. → Read More

‘Hard to fathom.’ Leafs’ Stanley Cup drought continues after crushing Game 7 loss to Lightning

Two goals by Nick Paul send the two-time defending champions to the second round, and the Leafs still haven’t won a playoff round since 2004. → Read More

Seven Musings: No one’s blowing up the Leafs if they lose Game 7

Fans would be livid, calling for heads. But the core has shown up against the Lightning, and cooler heads within MLSE would prevail. → Read More

The Leafs and Lightning are going to Game 7 after OT thriller in Tampa

Tampa’s Brayden Point ends the suspense in overtime and sets up a winner-take-all showdown at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday. → Read More

Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews nominated for Hart Trophy, hours before Game 6 vs. Lightning

Oilers captain Connor McDavid — who won the Art Ross Trophy for leading the league in points — is also up for the award along with Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin. → Read More

Maple Leafs know value of veterans like Jason Spezza: ‘When he talks, everybody listens’

Jason Spezza, Wayne Simmonds and Mark Giordano have played 1,000 NHL games each but haven’t had their names engraved on the Stanley Cup and are running out of chances. → Read More

Maple Leafs winger Michael Bunting nominated for Calder Trophy as NHL’s rookie of the year

The 26-year-old Bunting led all rookies with 23 goals, 40 assists for 63 points in 79 games. → Read More

Seven Musings: As the Leafs and their fans know all too well, the next step is the hardest

The Leafs have earned two shots at their first series win since 2004. Here’s hoping faithful fans, who truly deserve better, will be saying something other than “Good grief” in the end. → Read More

Comeback Leafs one win away from eliminating Lightning after Game 5 rebound

It was the big names who did the damage on a Tuesday night that ended with thunderous cheers at a packed Scotiabank Arena. → Read More

Seven Musings: Leafs-Lightning series is being decided by starts and stops

The team that starts strongly has won every game in the series; the team that has finished strongly has won the next. → Read More

Lightning strike early and often to even series with Maple Leafs

Defending champions dictate the game from the start, build a five-goal lead in the first 26 minutes. → Read More

Leafs not taking anything for granted as Sheldon Keefe juggles the lines again

Alex Kerfoot practises with the top line before Game 4 while Michael Bunting heads to the fourth unit. → Read More

Seven Musings: Passengers on the Leafs bandwagon can enjoy the ride for a spell

The series against the Lightning has been punches and counterpunches so far. Adjustments and readjustments. Tampa coach Jon Cooper will have something up his sleeve for Game 4. → Read More

Maple Leafs get to Vasilevskiy early and take a 2-1 series lead on Tampa Bay

Toronto has scored 11 goals in three games against the former Conn Smythe and Vezina winner. → Read More

No changes in the works for Russia policy or playoff format, NHL commissioner says

Between periods in Tampa, Gary Bettman also said that despite the effects of the pandemic, the league is heading toward record revenue with new highs in U.S. television ratings. → Read More

Maple Leafs take bus to Buffalo before flying to Tampa to avoid COVID-19 test at airport border

It’s a loophole that other professional teams have used to cross the border into the United States. Crossing by air requires proof of a negative COVID test. Crossing by land does not. → Read More

Seven Musings: Rough stuff gives Leafs fits in Game 2

There’s a line between being aggressive and going too far, and the Leafs haven’t walked it well in the series to date. → Read More