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Leafs’ relief: Toronto breaks eight-game losing streak

Apr 1, 2014, 9:57 PM EDT

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For the first time since March 13, the Toronto Maple Leafs won a hockey game (or even grabbed any standings points, for that matter).

The fledgling franchise broke their eight-game losing streak by slipping by the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Tuesday. It probably warms a few hearts (or at least those of Dave Nonis and Randy Carlyle) that two offseason acquisitions helped Toronto win, as Dave Bolland scored and David Clarkson collected the game-winner.

(That was Clarkson’s first goal since Feb. 4. Let’s just say it was a night of ended streaks for the Maple Leafs.)

Sure, it was against the scrappy-but-out-of-it Flames, yet the Maple Leafs aren’t likely to complain about finally ending their slump.

The bad news is that the Maple Leafs will need other teams to stumble since they trail and only have five games remaining. The good news is that their competition generally stumbled, at least tonight; the Washington Capitals were trampled by the Dallas Stars while the Columbus Blue Jackets gave up a lead to lose in overtime to the Colorado Avalanche.

Stay tuned for a more detailed look at how the Leafs and the rest of the East’s teams fared on Tuesday, but the general takeaway is that it was a good night for Toronto. For once.

  1. PhillySN - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    I’m glad to see Clarkson get the game winner. Hopefully he can turn things around these last few games and end the season on a high note for himself. Maybe then he can work all summer in attempt to be ready for a year relative to what got him that contract

  2. jkoeks - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    “The fledgling franchise”???? The Leafs franchise started in 1917 ….fledgling refers to a word describing a baby bird about to fly…. The leafs are more like a pterodactyl trying to avoid extinction !! (Go Leafs Go)

    • blomfeld - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:51 AM

      The Leafs, Ron Ellis and such as …

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:50 AM

      Perhaps a misspelling of flailing or floundering got run through the thresher of an autocorrect. Alas.

    • lesleyvissersfacelift - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:17 AM

      O’Brien strikes again. He’s by far the worst writer on this blog. Must be learning on the fly.

  3. wishingtonredslur - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    3 goals on 22 shots I think the Flames will be goalie hunting this summer.

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