Trusted Back–Up Imperative

TORONTO (June 29) — Among the myriad issues that again restricted the Toronto Maple Leafs to one playoff round in April, the reliance on a single goalie ranks near the top. Which is hardly a new subject — in this… Read More

Home Lethargy Still Hard to Fathom

TORONTO (Oct. 30) — It was like watching the re–run of an old Honeymooners episode, minus the comedy. I’ve seen the Classic 39 installments from 1954 so often, I can mouth the gut–splitting dialogue between Jackie Gleason and Art Carney.… Read More

Leafs Need Net Insurance

TORONTO (Jan. 10) — The Maple Leafs today claimed goalie Curtis McElhinney off waivers from the Columbus Blue Jackets. If you aren’t rushing to put down a deposit on playoff tickets, you’re likely not alone. As I mentioned in my… Read More

Andersen To Become No. 63

TORONTO (June 26) — On the night of Saturday, Oct. 14, 1967, when the Chicago Black Hawks visited Maple Leaf Gardens to begin the expansion era in the National Hockey League, Johnny Bower started in goal for the home team.… Read More

Leafs Motor Along As Usual

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 24) — If you believe that success or failure begins at the top of any company or enterprise, the Toronto Maple Leafs will end the longest Stanley Cup drought at some point in the foreseeable… Read More

Leafs Deserve Full, Unconditional Credit

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 21) — For reasons that aren’t difficult to comprehend, the Toronto Maple Leafs and skepticism have long–been intertwined. When you hold the existing record for lengthiest championship drought in a professional league, distrust and apprehension… Read More

Remembering the Big Irishman

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 24) — I don’t mind telling you I’m pretty torn up today. As I was leaving my apartment for a doctor’s appointment, my BlackBerry came to life. It was 11:02 a.m. — a text from… Read More

Leafs, Reimer Need to Settle

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 3) – Though it’s been a long time, we’ve seen this act before with the Maple Leafs. The one that features a supplanted No. 1 goalie hanging around in dismay while his general manager works… Read More

L.A. Kings, Sun Both Eclipsed Yesterday

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (May 21) – Game 4 of the Western Conference final was such a foregone conclusion in these parts that fear seemed to take hold just prior to the opening face-off. While riding the press elevator Read More

Kings Demolishing Coyotes, Playoff Marks

By HOWARD BERGER GLENDALE, Ariz. (May 16) – The handiest item for any reporter covering the Stanley Cup Western Conference final this spring is a record-book – essential to keeping abreast of the steamrolling Los Angeles Kings while they plow Read More

No Stopping Road Warriors From L.A.

By HOWARD BERGER GLENDALE, Ariz. (May 14) – While the Los Angeles Kings haven’t won anything yet, they are methodically piecing together the most impressive Stanley Cup romp in nearly a quarter-century. Not since the dynasty of Wayne Gretzky and Read More

Rangers, Kings Will Play For Cup

By HOWARD BERGER GLENDALE, Ariz. (May 12) – Heading into Saturday night’s deciding game of the Washington – New York Eastern Conference semifinal at Madison Square Garden, I sensed the Rangers may have tempted fate once too often by coming Read More

A Truly Western Final

By HOWARD BERGER GLENDALE, Ariz. (May 8th) – Hockey fans in Eastern Canada and the United States will be wise to take an afternoon nap, if possible, during the Stanley Cup semifinals. There is bound to be some late-night TV Read More

Playoffs, Leafs and Your Best NHL Logos

By HOWARD BERGER ST. LOUIS (Apr. 30) – After nearly three weeks on the Stanley Cup playoff trail – my itinerary moving me, thus far, from Toronto to Vancouver to Los Angeles to Phoenix to Vancouver to Toronto [for laundry] Read More

Old Champions Never Die Easily

By HOWARD BERGER GLENDALE, Ariz. (Apr. 22) – Despite a cap-induced purge of several players that contributed to their 2010 Stanley Cup victory, the Chicago Blackhawks are essentially a unit powered by Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith – Read More
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