Feschuk Uncomfortable in Leading Role

By HOWARD BERGER   NASHVILLE (Nov. 16) – As a reporter that has occasionally risen above the subject-matter of his own story, I can empathize with Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star. What began as a fairly innocuous, multi-intentioned… Read More

Hockey Faces on Hall of Fame Night

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (Nov. 14) – I felt rather vibrant during the prelude to Monday night’s Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony, yet my life still flashed before my eyes. Or so it seemed.   With the ubiquitous… Read More

Images From Hall-of-Fame Saturday at ACC

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (Nov. 13) – There were celebrations all through the Air Canada Centre until the final buzzer of the Maple Leafs-Ottawa game Saturday night. Most fans in the building – fortunate to have tickets for the… Read More

1989 Really Defined Gilmour

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (Nov. 12) – Hockey fans lucky enough to be at the Air Canada Centre tonight will undoubtedly witness one of the longest, loudest and most heart-felt ovations in the arena’s 12-year history. When Doug GilmourRead More

Wilson Warns Against “Pissing” on Scrivens

By HOWARD BERGER ST. LOUIS (Nov. 11) – After his hockey club applied a clamp to what seemed like a near-fatal hemorrhage, Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson turned to a coveted theme. Having chosen Ben Scrivens to start in goal… Read More

Coin-Flip Comes Up Scrivens

By HOWARD BERGER   ST. LOUIS (Nov. 10) – No matter which goalie was chosen to start tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues, one element was squarely in his corner: there is no act to follow.   Leafs coach … Read More

The Most Beloved Maple Leaf

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (Nov. 8) – Hockey folklore abounds in this city, where no correlation exists between a 44-year Stanley Cup drought and the appetite for our national game.   Be it a cold, damp arena before sunrise… Read More

Leafs Awful, But Let’s Wait

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (Nov. 6) – If you think the hockey Gods were cruel to the Maple Leafs on Saturday, you may have a point. Not only did the Boston Bruins humiliate them in front of their home… Read More

29 Teams Are Trailing Your Maple Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER COLUMBUS (Nov. 3) – Without a doubt, this is the caliber of start Brian Burke was hoping for, partly so he wouldn’t have to involve his coach in any dirty work. About the last decision the Maple Read More

Leafs Better Not Need Caffine Tonight

By HOWARD BERGER   COLUMBUS (Nov. 3) – More than a few elements of the Maple Leafs maturation will be on the line tonight at Nationwide Arena against the 2-9-1 Columbus Blue Jackets.   We’ll discover, for example, whether the… Read More

Leafs Roll Past Awkward, Unlucky Brodeur

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (Nov. 2) – More often than not, the all-time leader in National Hockey League goaltending victories appeared as a shell of himself during Wednesday night’s game at the Prudential Center. Though Martin Brodeur of the New Read More

Tonight’s Start Critical For Gustavsson

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (Nov. 2) – Losing goalie James Reimer to a head/neck injury in the first month of the season has become a blessing-in-disguise for the Toronto Maple Leafs… particularly for Jonas Gustavsson and head coach Ron WilsonRead More

Scenic Route to New Jersey

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (Nov. 1) – My word, have I been lucky with flight patterns lately. If only travel on the ground were as simple. Having remained in Ottawa after the Maple Leafs loss to the Senators on Sunday, Read More

Two Miscues Upend Maple Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER   OTTAWA (Oct. 30) – There wasn’t much to choose from on the weekend, as the Maple Leafs were involved in a pair of one goal games: a 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh at the Air Canada Centre… Read More

No Hockey, Just New York (Mostly From Above)

By HOWARD BERGER   NEW YORK (Oct. 26) – For my money, there is nothing quite so exhilarating, weather-wise, as a perfect autumn afternoon. Combine such conditions with one of the great cities on Earth and spontaneous things happen. Tuesday… Read More

Leafs Now Remember No. 68

By HOWARD BERGER   PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 24) – The most bizarre aspect of Monday night’s hockey game at the Wells Fargo Center was not lost on the 39-year-old that brought yesteryear to life.   “I don’t remember the last time… Read More

Schenn Clan; Scrivens Pumped For Tonight

By HOWARD BERGER   PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 24) – It was a perfect line, delivered with the straight face of an actor: “No media today, guys, I’m not feeling well.”   If Ben Scrivens was hoping to stop reporters in their… Read More
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