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We’re going to game seven: Maple Leafs demolish the Bruins 3-1

We’re going to game seven: Maple Leafs demolish the Bruins 3-1

Mitch Marner and William Nylander score the goals, and Frederik Andersen plays in god mode. Leafs lines in warm-upHyman-Matthews-Brown Marleau-Kadri-Marner Johnsson-Plekanec-Nylander JvR-Bozak-Kapanen Rielly-Hainsey Gardiner-Zaitsev Dermott-Paloak Andersen starts (1-3 when facing elimination, .905 sv%)McElhinney— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) April 23, 2018 First Period Big crowd in Maple Leafs Square on the broadcast and inside the arena, everyone is waving the rally towel. The starting line is Tomas Plekanec with Mitch Marner and Patrick Marleau, so the warmup lines are a feint...
Stanley Cup of Chowder Apr 21, 2018
Game 5 Preview: Blow the Leafs Away

Game 5 Preview: Blow the Leafs Away

Up 3-1 in the series, this is the first chance the Bruins have to advance to the second round. Can they pull it off? Just the facts When: Tonight, 8 PM Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA How to follow: NBC, 98.5 The Sports Hub, CBC Rival SBN site: Pension Plan Puppets State of the series: Bruins up 3 games to 1 Know your enemy Patrick Marleau: 2G Mitch Marner: 4A, 5PTS Frederik Andersen: 1-3-0, 4.13 GAA, 0.880 sv % Game notes It’s Game 5, at home. This is the first chance the B’s have to advance to the second round since 2013. Expectations for this team before this season...
Sportsnet.ca Apr 19, 2018
How Marner has excelled as Maple Leafs’ line ‘fixer’

How Marner has excelled as Maple Leafs’ line ‘fixer’

HC at Noon discussion on veterans Tomas Plekanec and Patrick Marleau showing their experience in Game 3, but let’s not forget who was playing on their wing, as Mitch Marner has surfaced as a “fixer” for this club.
Pension Plan Puppets Apr 19, 2018
Leafs vs. Bruins Game 4 Preview: Comeback Part Two

Leafs vs. Bruins Game 4 Preview: Comeback Part Two

Toronto plays host and hopefully plays best. 2018 NHL Playoffs Round 1 Toronto vs Boston: Game # 4 Time: 7:00 PM Location: Air Canada Centre Broadcast/Streaming: CBC / NBCSN Opponent SBNation Site: Stanley Cup of Chowder After getting pasted for a couple of games in Massachusetts, the Leafs came out on home ice and looked like themselves. It was sloppy at times and they needed some heroics from Freddie Andersen, but the Leafs brought the offensive fire they need to win games. More of that, please. Patrick Marleau led the charge with a pair of goals. In his honour: Bear vs. (Former)...
Pension Plan Puppets Apr 19, 2018
Thursday’s FTB: Game day in Toronto

Thursday’s FTB: Game day in Toronto

Another day, another game against the Bruins. It’s Game Four Day in Toronto, and the Leafs are looking to even the series against Boston. To occupy you until then, some things to watch and read. Last night the Lightning and the Penguins went up 3-1 in their series, and Nashville and San Jose scored first in their games. First check out this great Sportsnet feature on linesman Shandor Alphonso Our Stuff How the Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins in Game Three - Pension Plan PuppetsWas it all about Tomas Plekanec, or was there something more to the win over Boston? Patrick Marleau is...
Pension Plan Puppets Apr 18, 2018
Patrick Marleau is climbing the all-time playoff points list

Patrick Marleau is climbing the all-time playoff points list

His goals in the Monday night Leafs victory over the Boston Bruins tied him with Steve Yzerman at 70. Patrick Marleau played in his 180th playoff game on Monday (37th all-time for games played and first among active players), and was instrumental in the Leafs defeat of the Boston Bruins. He now has 70 goals in the playoffs in his career, and is tied with Steve Yzerman who sits at 16th all time. Marleau has done it in fewer games played than Yzerman, as well. This was number 69: And number 70: Marleau leads all active players in the NHL for playoff goals. Sidney Crosby is second with 61...
Sportsnet.ca Apr 16, 2018
Patrick Marleau’s two goals helps Maple Leafs avoid 3-0 series hole

Patrick Marleau’s two goals helps Maple Leafs avoid 3-0 series hole

Patrick Marleau scored twice as the Toronto Maple Leafs managed to avoid a 3-0 first-round series hole, defeating the Boston Bruins 4-2 Monday night.
Pension Plan Puppets Apr 14, 2018
Toronto Maple Leafs game preview: Can the Leafs come back to take game two?

Toronto Maple Leafs game preview: Can the Leafs come back to take game two?

It’s game two and the Maple Leafs need to come back and make a statement without their number two centre. The NHL playoffs are always a challenge, and the Maple Leafs face a bigger challenge tonight when they play game two of their series against the Boston Bruins without their number two centre, Nazem Kadri who is suspended for games two, three, and four of this series after a hit to Tommy Wingels in game one. Andreas Johnsson is in the line up. Patrick Marleau is playing centre. A big chance to win in Boston and come home with a tied series. Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston BruinsSeries:...
The Hockey Writers Apr 14, 2018

Young Bruins & Leafs Will Dictate Series

Brad Marchand, Auston Matthews, Patrice Bergeron, Patrick Marleau, David Pastrnak, James van Riemsdyk—the list goes on and on of big names squaring off in the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs series. Surely they will all contribute strongly to their teams in some way, shape or form. What is uncertain is how prominently the younger […] The post Young Bruins & Leafs Will Dictate Series appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
Toronto Star Apr 13, 2018
Bruce Arthur: Leafs face bigger challenge after Kadri’s three-game suspension

Bruce Arthur: Leafs face bigger challenge after Kadri’s three-game suspension

Nazem Kadri’s punishment leaves Leafs playing damage control and sparks chain reaction, with Patrick Marleau as second-line centre for Saturday’s Game 2 and relentless winger Leo Komarov earning top-line ice time, Bruce Arthur writes.
Pension Plan Puppets Apr 12, 2018
Game one media scrums with the Maple Leafs

Game one media scrums with the Maple Leafs

This is not a chance to see who has beard game already. This is a serious examination of hockey clichés. Patrick Marleau has done all of this before (and he will do it again). First up, the dad beard is doing all right, and he wants everyone to play right. The grade one reader in Saskatchewan is all about a kid who learns to play the right way. Next is Auston Matthews: His cliché and beard game is coming on, although he gives a good game analysis near the end of this one. He seems very comfortable in this role of voice of the team. Step back and this scrum looks like this: ...
National Post Apr 10, 2018

Marleau’s checkered playoff history provides a cautionary tale for young Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs are seen as a team capable of winning it all in the future. But Marleau knows you can't wait for tomorrow
Sportsnet.ca Apr 8, 2018
Canadiens’ loss to Leafs the final disappointment of painful season

Canadiens’ loss to Leafs the final disappointment of painful season

Patrick Marleau delivered the death blow with 10 seconds remaining in one of the most pitiful seasons the Montreal Canadiens have played in their 109-year existence.
Pension Plan Puppets Apr 7, 2018
Mike Babcock addresses the Humboldt Broncos tragedy

Mike Babcock addresses the Humboldt Broncos tragedy

The Saskatoon native shares his feelings. Morgan Rielly, Patrick Marleau and Tyler Bozak add their thoughts. Mike Babcock: Morgan Rielly: Patrick Marleau: Tyler Bozak: Our hearts are heavy this morning. The Orlando Solar Bears send our thoughts and heartfelt condolences to the Humboldt Broncos, their families and everyone effected by this tragedy. The hockey world is with you.— Orlando Solar Bears (@OrlandoHockey) April 7, 2018 The Solar Bears just signed a player from the Prince Albert Raiders. The hockey family is all one big interconnected group. Didn’t sleep. Waves of...
Fear The Fin Apr 7, 2018
Wild at Sharks Preview: One last time

Wild at Sharks Preview: One last time

So long, regular season. Game 82. This is it for the season and what is there to say? It’s been a weird year, that’s for sure. Looking back to game one, this team had a big question mark over them. What would they look like without Patrick Marleau? Was Joe Thornton healthy enough? Could the kids step up? Were the Sharks still going to be able to be a contender, after everything? The ways they've answered those questions have surprised and delighted us. From the moment Marleau penned his name to a Maple Leafs contract, the mantra has been "Replacing him is a group effort." Sure, in...

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