Were Bruins Playing Possum?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 7) – As I watched the final 20 minutes of Game 3 last night, I had difficulty figuring out what the Boston Bruins were up to. With a 4-1 lead after two periods, the Bruins Read More

July 1, 2012: Burke’s Finest Moment

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 6) – If a ballot were distributed to fans and media asking for the most valuable player on the Maple Leafs this season, James Reimer, Nazem Kadri, Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul would show up Read More

Be Very Excited… But Cautious

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 5) – I remember being on vacation in Rome nearly 23 years ago during Italia ’90 – the World Cup soccer tournament. Italy hosted Czechoslovakia at Stadio Olimpico and won, 2-0. It was nearly impossible Read More

Leafs Mood Setter

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 4) – Understandably, there is trepidation among fans of the Maple Leafs heading into Game 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs tonight in Boston. My scrapbook mood-setters have been rather popular, given reaction, so here’s… Read More

Leafs Must Remember to Forget

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 3) – Over the course of two days, despondent fans of the Maple Leafs have been looking for something – anything – to suggest their team will rebound against Boston Bruins on Saturday night in Read More

Carlyle Recovering From Scare

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 3) – The National Hockey League – though reluctantly – is still planning on a second game in the Toronto Maple Leafs-Boston Bruins opening-round series.  A forfeit had been considered when doctors found Randy Carlyle Read More

Leafs Must Learn… What They Can

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 2) – Happy Anniversary, Leafs Nation. Yeah, I know, you don’t feel happy about anything right now, least of all the 46th time that May 2 has arrived since the club’s last Stanley Cup victory Read More

Quick Memory of May 1, 1993

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 1) – There was a juncture in my life when the passage of two decades seemed interminable. Not any more. For me, it is hardly difficult to comprehend that one of the most enduring moments Read More

Kessel Deserves More Credit

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 1) – Phil Kessel’s reward for finishing eighth in NHL scoring this season is merely a reduction of the criticism that has marked his time in a Maple Leafs jersey – a back-handed honor of Read More

Leaf Zealots: Read at Your Own Risk

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 30) – If you’re a fan of the Maple Leafs, you may not wish to proceed further with this blog. Though a smidgen of good news appears toward the end, it is overwhelmingly glum. How Read More

Leafs Will Give Bruins Trouble

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 29) – So, the dream match-up didn’t happen after all. But, it may turn out to be just the tonic the Maple Leafs need. Perhaps the Leafs would have had an easier chore facing Montreal Read More

Good on Burke For Chasing Scum

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 27) – Countless people in this world apparently dislike Brian Burke. Such is their prerogative. There are, however, laws in our society that govern “First Amendment” privilege – those which apply to defamation of character. Read More

Leafs Better to Start Playoffs on Road

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 26) – Given the lukewarm reaction on Twitter to Montreal defeating Winnipeg Thursday night, fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs are unconcerned that their team is starting on the road in the playoffs. And that Read More

Leafs, NHL Simply Doing Business

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 23) – It is human nature for people to bitch and moan with the slightest provocation. In fact, most of us – if honest – will admit we look for a reason to vent. As Read More

Hockey’s Greatest Photography

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 22) – The 1960’s are often referred to as the “golden years” of hockey and the images in this blog may help you understand why. Current arenas in the National Hockey League are amply illuminated Read More

In Case You Forgot (or Never Knew)

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 21) – No, the Maple Leafs didn’t make the playoffs for the first time on Saturday night. It just seems that way. Perhaps you weren’t alive the last time it happened. If you are less Read More

Read Carefully, Leaf Fans

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 19) – I’m going to say this twice and I’m going to color it differently, because once – clearly – is not enough: THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE – I MEAN ZERO PERCENT – THAT Read More

Maple Leafs Cushioning Blue Jays

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 18) – If the Maple Leafs are the most pleasant surprise for hungry sports fans in this city, the Blue Jays have provided the most abject disappointment. So far. After a winter of unprecedented hype, Read More
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