That loud, guttural scream you heard from the greater Toronto area came as Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Anderson lay down in the fetal position on the ice.
In the second period, Andersen comes just beyond the top of his crease. Sestito appears to attempt to set a screen as the Penguins take a shot from up high. The butt of Sestito makes contact with the head of Andersen causing the netminder’s head to whip violently to one side.
To celebrate 100 years of the National Hockey League, the first outdoor game of 2017 featured the historic franchises of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings in Toronto.
Here are the top six moments of the Centennial Classic.
6. Dabbing kid
They start ’em young in Toronto when it comes to honoring the home team. Take this kid for example. He has the opportunity to fist bump the Red Wings as they come out on the ice. As they approach, he pulls his hand back and dabs.
Peter Holland wanted out of Toronto and on Friday he finally got his wish. The Maple Leafs have traded the center to the Arizona Coyotes. In exchange the ‘Yotes give up a 2018 conditional draft pick.
The relationship between the Toronto Maple Leafs and center Peter Holland had become seriously strained over the past two weeks.
From James Mirtle of The Athletic:
Holland, 25, was a healthy scratch in 17 of the Leafs first 25 games this season and played sparingly when in the lineup (less than 11 minutes a game). It was clear last season he was not a favourite of coach Mike Babcock, and it’s believed Holland requested a trade at some point in mid-November.
Part of what made a deal difficult is that Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello did not want a player in return, and Holland is making $1.3-million this season.
What Lou wants, Lou gets; hence the draft pick. Craig Morgan of AZ Sports is reporting it could be a conditional sixth rounder.
The lights have gone out on the Toronto Maple Leafs; offensively and in reality.
While practicing Wednesday at the Master Card Centre for Hockey Excellence, the arena’s main lighting went out.
Naturally everyone left the ice, right?
NOPE! This is a Mike Babcock coached team that is coming off of a 7-0 thumping by the Los Angeles Kings.
Babs hinted at what was coming following the loss and made good on it as practice kicked off.
One of the few delights throughout the long NHL season is the Halloween parties teams have and seeing our favorite NHLers get creative with their costumes.
We dug around the interwebs to find as many players in costume this year at their team’s Halloween celebrations and they did not disappoint.
Without further ado, enjoy the gallery of ghouls and goblins from what is NHL Halloween 2016.
No, the mustachioed man in the picture above is not someone attempting to catfish you online.
It’s none other than Toronto Maple Leafs wunderkind Auston Matthews dressing as the now-infamous Ken Bone for the team’s Halloween party. Matthews posted the picture to his Instagram account on Sunday evening.
Bone came into the national spotlight when he asked a question during the second presidential debate. Paying tribute to that moment, Matthews is accompanied by teammate Peter Holland as Donald Trump and a lady friend as Hillary Clinton.
It the moment every hockey parent waits for. Their son or daughter makes it to the professional ranks and scores their first goal.
Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Mitch Marner let fellow rookie Auston Matthews do all the scoring in the first game of the season. In the Leafs second game, Marner netted his first NHL tally against the Boston Bruins.
As usual with highly touted rookies, the camera cuts to the parents in the stands for their reaction. Mitch’s dad is seen celebrating next to an empty seat in the arena.
In an interview later with Christine Simpson of Sportsnet, we find out Mrs. Marner had to answer a call she could not avoid (i.e. had to go to the bathroom).
Later in the game, she was in her seat for an incredible display of puck handling by her son. Marner bends time and space, Dr. Strange-style, to get past Ryan Spooner with the puck.
Marner ended the game with one point, three blocked shots and was a plus-2 (for what it’s worth) in 15:25 time on ice. The Leafs beat the Bruins soundly, 4-1.
If you’re curious, Auston Matthews was held scoreless in 16:51. He must be ill or something.