Miracle on Manchester to a silent Maple Leaf Square, the five greatest NHL comebacks

Toronto Maple Leafs Fans Watching Stanley Cup Game At Tailgate Party In Toronto

In the Swedish third league on Wednesday, one of the most incredible comebacks in hockey history happened.

Down 3-0 in the third period, IFK Arboga scored with just under 12 minutes left in the third period. Then they scored again 20 seconds later. And again nine seconds after that. And once more 30 seconds following their third goal. In less than two minutes, Arboga had erased a three-goal deficit to Grastorps, and held on for a 4-3 victory.

While there are no four-goals-in-two-minutes comebacks in NHL history, these are the five best. Read more

Tie Domi talks charity work, forthcoming book, and his son, Max

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Tie Domi

By Craig Hagerman

Tie Domi was back at it, dropping the gloves Thursday night – the virtual gloves, that is.

The former Toronto Maple Leaf and fan favourite was on hand at Toronto’s Eaton Centre for the grand opening of the new Microsoft Store where lucky patrons in line had the chance to face the former winger in NHL 15 for the Xbox One.

For Domi, the appearance was a chance to do something that he rarely gets the opportunity to do, while promoting the great work that Microsoft does for the city of Toronto, the city he played nine seasons for and still calls home. Read more

Blizzards and boxing: postponed games throughout the NHL’s history

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Inclement weather has led to the cancellation of the Buffalo Sabres home contest against the New York Rangers on Friday, turning a four game NHL slate into three. It’s not the first postponement the NHL has had, and it certainly won’t be the last.

With over five feet of snow falling earlier this week, it took few by surprise that Friday’s game was called off and rescheduled for Feb. 20. Even the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, who wouldn’t have played at home until Sunday, will be taking their game to Detroit. Whether it be a terrible tragedy or something as trivial as a boxing match, postponements have halted league play several times. Read more

Jack Johnson saga a sober warning for today’s NHL millionaire

Jack Johnson (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Stephane Robidas has made $25 million during the course of his NHL career, with another $5 million coming to him within the next two years. That’s enough money to set himself, his children and probably his children’s children up for life if he’s responsible with it.

That’s the best part of being a professional athlete. You’re among the best in the world at what you do and you get paid wildly enormous amounts of money to do it. The downside is that in working so hard to become that hockey player, you often become so singularly focused that other areas of your life, like money management, take a back seat. And that opens you up to having others manage your money, which can lead to situations such as the one involving Jack Johnson of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Despite career earnings of almost $21 million, Johnson filed for bankruptcy last month after firing his agent and leaving his finances to his parents.

Given the circumstances, perhaps it’s surprising it doesn’t happen more often.

“I find whenever you start making money, you have lots of friends,” Robidas said. “It’s tough to earn money, but it’s really easy to burn money.”

And the more money you have, the easier it is to watch it burn, or at least have it burn without you knowing about it. According to the excellent report on the Johnson situation by Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, Johnson allowed his parents complete access to his finances without any accountability checks. And when he did ask questions about where his money was going, he took the answers at face value.

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Update: Leafs snub fans by refraining from post-game salute

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James van Riemsdyk and Cody Franson (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

Even when the Toronto Maple Leafs do something right, they find a way to mess it up. On a day when people should be talking about how they put the brakes on a three-game losing streak with an impressive win, the narrative will surround how a bunch of pampered millionaires stuck it to the paying public.

Here’s what happened. On the heels of perhaps the most negative scrutiny they’ve faced from their fan base all season – including a fan throwing a Maple Leafs sweater on the ice during a 9-2 loss to the Nashville Predators Tuesday night, the Maple Leafs had an inspired effort, one of their best of the season, and defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night. Read more

Lightning ‘can’t go much longer’ without Victor Hedman: Cooper

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Victor Hedman

The Tampa Bay Lightning got a welcomed sight Thursday morning when defenseman Victor Hedman joined them for an on-ice workout for the first time in a month. The fact that he took shots for the first time was an even better sign for a team that has weathered the storm well since Hedman left the lineup after breaking the index finger on his right hand in mid-October.

Nobody was happier, perhaps than Hedman himself, than Lightning coach Jon Cooper, whose team has gone 10-4-1 in his absence.

“I don’t want to throw numbers out but he’s a top-10-slash-top-five defenseman in the NHL,” Cooper said. “You pull the top defenseman from any team in this league and everybody would have issues. We’ve weathered this storm without him, but we can’t go much longer.”

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Rumor Roundup: Change might be the only way for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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Toronto Maple Leafs v Los Angeles Kings

After the Toronto Maple Leafs were humbled 6-2 by the NHL’s worst team, the Buffalo Sabres, and followed it up with a humiliating 9-2 loss to the Nashville Predators, the calls for change from Leafs Nation are growing louder. In some cases, they reached banshee-like proportions.

The Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons believes how Leafs president Brendan Shanahan addresses this situation will say much about Shanahan’s managerial style going forward. He could fire coach Randy Carlyle or GM Dave Nonis. Perhaps both. Maybe neither. So far, he appears willing to stand pat. Read more

Predators blowout of Maple Leafs makes for night of firsts

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By Craig Hagerman

The 9-2 shelling of the Toronto Maple Leafs by the Nashville Predators Tuesday night crushed fans of the blue and white, shocked hockey fans around the league, and provided a lot of firsts in the process.

For the Leafs, Tuesday’s embarrassing loss on home ice was the first time in the team’s history that they had allowed more than eight goals against at the Air Canada Centre. The game was also the first time since 1991 that the Buds have allowed nine goals in a single game. Read more