The “Toronto Collapse” – Part 3

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 21) – Frankly, it is difficult to include the baseball Blue Jays as part of the now-famed “Toronto Collapse.” After all, the team provided our city its most exhilarating moments of the past 50 years… Read More

Eastern Conference Deficit is Relative

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 11) – In response to my blog from Thursday suggesting the Maple Leafs are better positioned for a prime draft choice than a playoff spot next season, a cabal of die-hard fans pointed out the… Read More

What Should Maple Leaf Fans Expect?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 21) – Welcome, officially, to summer. Every year at this time – prior to the National Hockey League’s “silly season” – fans in the big markets begin to dream in technicolor. This market, in particular,… Read More

Beware of California Road Warriors

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 1) – Just when it appears that everything is in favor of the Chicago Blackhawks, they have to encounter one of the clutch road teams in recent Stanley Cup history. Los Angeles Kings. SPORTSLOGOS.NET Game… Read More

Deja Vu in Beantown

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 3) – One year minus ten days and a hockey game at TD Garden had an awfully familiar look to it. Ever since the Maple Leafs gut-twisting loss to the Bruins in Game 7 last… Read More

Measured Leaf Thoughts

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 31) – Understandably, people who subscribe to the Toronto Maple Leafs as one would a religion are ticked off right now – and, therefore, emotional rather than rational.  This is found in the number of… Read More

More NHLers Should Emulate Kessel

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 18) – Yes, Phil Kessel is a streaky, prolific scorer. No, he will never win the Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy. And, maybe, he is worthy of his $8 million-a-season price tag with the Toronto… Read More

Six Months Later

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 13) – When the puck drops just after 7:30 tonight at Xcel Energy Center between the Maple Leafs and Minnesota Wild, I seriously doubt Toronto winger Joffrey Lupul will be agonizing over the events of… Read More

Respect For Phaneuf Long Overdue

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 24) – Hey, guess what? In the past couple of days, I have actually heard, and read, that Dion Phaneuf is capable of playing defense in the National Hockey League. Which is evidence that miracles… Read More

Bruins Will Win the Stanley Cup

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 6) – Like most of us with a sporting interest, I’ve made some lousy predictions in my day – too many, in fact, to count. But, I’ve been pretty darned good with the Stanley Cup Read More

State-Side Weekend Thoughts

By HOWARD BERGER ROCHESTER, N.Y. (June 1) – So, I’m here in the former hockey home of Donald S. Cherry for a family event this weekend. I normally wouldn’t write about this, for obvious reasons, but there is no other Read More

Walkom Did Nothing Wrong

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 30) – A lot of Thursdays were ruined last night by Brent Seabrook in overtime at the United Center. Imagine the joy of hockey fans had Detroit prevailed in Game 7 of the Western Conference Read More

Sad Tale of Bry(i)ans

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 21) – Somehow, I don’t think this was the plan. Amid much anticipation, celebration and glorification, the two Bry(i)ans came to town – one with a ‘y’; the other with an ‘i’. Both planning, ultimately, Read More

Stastny Another Terrific Option For Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 18) – At some point before next season, the Maple Leafs will be obliged to spend between $5 and $6.5 million to add strength up the middle. That’s pretty much a given. As mentioned in Read More

Day After the Night Before

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 15) – If misery loves company, fans of the Maple Leafs and Barrie Colts ought to swap tales about Monday night. As the Leafs were breaking hearts in Boston, Colts were suffering unspeakable misfortune in Read More

Maple Leafs Games 7: 1959 to 2004

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 13) – Tonight in Boston is the 17th time since 1959 that the Maple Leafs have gone to Game 7 in a Stanley Cup playoff series. Through the Toronto Star Pages of the Past,… Read More

71 Years Long Enough?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 13) – To give you an idea how long it has been since the Maple Leafs came back from a 3-1 hole to win a best-of-seven playoff series, consider the following: • Gordie Howe was Read More

Game 4 Overtime Factor is Key

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 12) – If the Maple Leafs come all the way back to eliminate Boston in their opening-round playoff series, Game 4 will be remembered as the most thrilling defeat in franchise history. Call it an Read More
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