Playoff Standing Important to Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 30) – I think it should be obvious now that Maple Leafs are worthy of qualifying for the Stanley Cup tournament in the Eastern Conference. There is virtually no let-up in this team and it Read More

Hockey Autographs (and Happiness)

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 29) – Between 1964 and 1971 – from Kindergarten through Grade 6 – I was fortunate to attend Wilmington Avenue Public SchoolIt was a five-minute walk from my house along a narrow path Read More

Vultures Pounce on the Best

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 28) – Boy, how quickly in our tear-down society was it revealed that the incomparable TSN hockey panel jumped to conclusions in the Jarome Iginla trade watch. Aaron Ward Tweeted early this morning (12:05 to Read More

Leafs Made the Playoffs This Week

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 26) – Though points are bogus and skewed in the overtime/shootout era, Maple Leafs will finally bust their seven-year playoff drought this spring after ending an interminable plague against Boston, garnering three of four points Read More

My Ten Worst NHL Moves – Part 2

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 24) – After posting Part 1 of my blog – that listed what I consider the five worst transactions in my time watching the NHL – I received a few emails wondering why Quebec trading Read More

Kadri Not Surprising Me

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 22) – No, I neither predicted nor believed that Nazem Kadri would be among the top ten scorers in the National Hockey League at any point this season, let alone the two-thirds mark. I also Read More

Carlyle Mishandling Goalies

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 17) – We can argue, from sunrise to sunset, whether the Maple Leafs have a legitimate No. 1 goalie. For myriad reasons, James Reimer and Ben Scrivens have neither corralled nor embraced the starting role Read More

My Ten Worst NHL Moves – Part 1

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 16) – I got around, the other day, to reading a book by Dick Irvin – published in 1993 – and called BEHIND THE BENCH. Irvin interviewed 28 NHL coaches about their experience in the Read More

Delirium to Dismay in Leaf-Land

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 13) – My goodness, have hockey fans in this town become spoiled. Maple Leaf zealots watched their team fold last season and plummet toward the National Hockey League basement. Any one of them would have Read More

Can Leafs Avoid a Bad Streak?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 10) – It has been a mighty long time since the Maple Leafs have gone this deep into the schedule without losing more than two consecutive games. Such is the improvement  under Randy Carlyle in Read More

Numeric Value in Toronto Sport

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 9) – If you’re wondering what may be required for the Leafs to end their playoff drought this spring, look no further than the calendar. When a year ends with the numeral 3, chances are Read More

Calm Environment Helping Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 7) – With the Maple Leafs solidly in playoff contention midway through the NHL season, Randy Carlyle is being lauded for his coaching acumen. And, why not? Through 24 games, Leafs have performed energetically, boisterously Read More

Leafs Real Test is Thursday

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 6) – Tonight marks another installment of the Battle of Ontario, as Ottawa Senators invade Air Canada Centre for the second time this season. Ben Scrivens blanked the injury riddled Sens, 3-0, on Feb. 16 Read More
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