How sweet a start.
“Just embarrassing” - Patrik Laine post-game.
The Maple Leafs kicked off the 2017-18 NHL season with a bang last night. The 7-2 victory over the Jets included Frederik Andersen playing lights out, and a pair of goals by new Leaf Patrick Marleau.
Auston Matthews even got in on the action, demonstrating there is no Matthews/Laine rivalry anymore. It’s settled. Matthews won it.
Check out our game recap for all the details.
Leafs 7 - Jets 2: PLAN THE PARADE - Pension Plan Puppets
Referee Tim Peel had clearly read his rule book before the game. He kept the Leafs on their toes in the game, giving out a penalty to Leo Komarov for an improperly placed visor, warning players about un-tucked jerseys, and then there was the curious case of Andersen’s stick tape.
Watch: The great stick tape caper in tonight’s Leafs - Jets game - Katya
The important on-ice safety issues were prominently policed by Tim Peel.
The Leafs next game is Saturday at 7:00 pm. It’s the home opener and it will be on Hockey Night in Canada.
The Marlies have assigned the following players to the Solar Bears:
Here’s what else we wrote about yesterday.
Women’s Hockey Wednesday links: NCAA season starts with early upsets - PPP
Plus pre-season and international recaps!
Measuring the Leafs against the goalie depth charts of the top teams - Katya
What’s the strategy for stocking teams with goalies, and how does it vary?
Leafs Money on the Board raises big money for the MLSE Foundation - elseldo
The fan-run charity initiative raised over $6,000 last year for the MLSE Foundation.
And... this happened.
GO FETCH pic.twitter.com/eNYSGY2Wkn— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) October 5, 2017
There were some last minute free agent signings yesterday, including one name familiar to Leafs fans.
Ducks Sign Josh Manson To 4-Year Extension - Anaheim Calling
The four-year deal will have an AAV of $4.1 million
Team Canada coming to Meridian Centre - St. Catharines Standard
Hockey Canada announced Wednesday that Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp will be held at Meridian Centre, Dec. 12 to 15.