Leafs Can’t Let Up

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 28) – Without question, the Maple Leafs were not ready to face the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night. And, that’s odd, given Montreal’s lofty position in the standings; the fact Canadiens are a Division and Read More

Leafs Argument / Memorabilia

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 25) – I had a Twitter debate with fans of the Maple Leafs after Saturday night’s game in Ottawa, including several who were able to plunder tickets and invade Scotiabank Place. We argued over which Read More

Can’t We Get a Grip?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 21) – On any given day, the emotional spectrum involving the Maple Leafs rages from zero to one hundred and back, with no pause in between. The concept of middle ground has long been foreign Read More

Leafs Very Different (So Far)

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 19) – Undoubtedly, the Maple Leafs have proven – after one-third of the lockout-shortened season – that they are no longer among the dregs of the National Hockey League. Plenty of time remains, of course, Read More

MLG to ACC – 14 Years Ago This Week

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 18) – Yes, time does fly. But, 14 years? How can it be nearly a decade-and-a-half since the enchanting, historic week that Maple Leaf Gardens transitioned to the Air Canada Centre? Those such privileged, as Read More

Leafs Vulnerable at Home on Saturdays

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 15) – There is little question the Maple Leafs have improved under Randy Carlyle to this point of the lockout-shortened season, energized by a cadre of young players getting their first stab at regular deployment Read More

More on Leafs Outdoor Jersey

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 14) – My story from last summer about the Maple Leafs jersey design for the Bridgestone Winter Classic gained momentum today. The excellent website Icethetics.info posted a blog on the jersey originally scheduled to be Read More

The Sundin Question – Five Years Later

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 13) – Today is Mats Sundin’s 42nd birthday. He remains the Toronto Maple Leafs all-time scoring leader nearly five years after last donning the blue and white jersey. Though he has twice since been accorded Read More

Leaf Notes: Kadri, Frattin, Reimer, Burke

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 13) – While it is still rather premature to acknowledge patterns in this lockout-shortened NHL season, the Maple Leafs have harvested a forward tandem that could become a franchise cornerstone. Nazem Kadri and Matt Frattin Read More

Leafs Terrific in Biggest Test

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 12) – To suggest Monday night’s game against Philadelphia at Air Canada Centre was the Maple Leafs most alluring of the season may appear odd to the multitudes in this city that get a blast Read More

Leafs Must Capitalize at Home

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 10) – There is no bigger compliment I can offer the Maple Leafs than to say the club reminded me of the Pat Quinn era during its perfect road trip this week. For those who Read More

Rivalries Made in Playoffs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 9) – Yes, it will be special when the Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens square off tonight at the Bell Centre. Though younger fans may consider Ottawa Senators the Leafs No. 1 rival – recalling Read More

Kessel Goal… Then a Blizzard

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 8th) – My goodness, did Mother Nature celebrate Phil Kessel’s long-awaited first goal of the season! No. 81 snapped a shot past Ondrej Pavelic in Winnipeg Thursday night to give the Maple Leafs a 3-2 Read More

Same Time, Same Place – One Year Later

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 6) – From a hockey perspective, the coincidence is almost chilling. Tomorrow night – February 7 – the Maple Leafs and Jets will meet in Winnipeg. Just as they did last February 7. Could an Read More

Hating Night In Canada

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 5) – As I watched the Maple Leafs-Bruins game Saturday night on CBC, I began to imagine the smoldering rage. Predictably, the visitors were dominating every inch of ice at the Air Canada Centre and Read More

Reimer Silencing Net Talk

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 3) – I promised myself I wouldn’t write a blog on my 54th birthday but James Reimer has convinced me to put some words together. Besides, the grizzled ol’ Leaf, Tiger Williams, is 59 today Read More

Leafs vs. Bruins: Two Solitudes

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 2) – For a dedicated Leaf fan, tonight’s visit to Air Canada Centre by the Boston Bruins should perhaps include one of those TV warnings: “The following program may contain images that are disturbing to Read More

Not Buying Kessel “Luck” Argument

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 1) – You may not have loved Ron Wilson as coach of the Maple Leafs, but the man did know hockey. When asked, on numerous occasions, about Phil Kessel being “snake-bitten”, Wilson invariably replied: “What Read More
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