Red Wings Face a Maple Leafs Team that is Exceeding Expectations

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The sight lines at BMO Field will likely seem better, but no one will dare to compare the experience to the Big House where the Leafs and Red Wings last clashed in the great outdoors. Ticket sales have been a challenge — a concept once considered impossible for NHL hockey in Toronto — be it a reflection of many factors ...

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Despite no Progress, NHL Working on Schedule to Accommodate Olympics

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TORONTO – The National Hockey League is putting together two schedules for 2017-18 — one in case the NHL goes to the Olympics in 13 months in South Korea, one if it doesn’t. Commissioner Gary Bettman had previously stated a decision regarding NHLers attending the Winter Games would be needed by mid-January in order to start cobbling together a schedule for next ...

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Matthews Starts Strong

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When Mike Babcock harangued his team about “starting on time” for game nights in the autumn, one youngster took the message to heart. Auston Matthews now has nine game-opening goals for the Leafs, moving ahead of Sidney Crosby for the league lead Thursday night in Tampa Bay. Teammate Nazem Kadri praised the first round pick’s pre-game preparation, but just as ...

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Americans Confident They are Rounding Into Form in Time to Face Canada

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It’s Day 5 of the world junior championship, about 20 hours before Team USA’s date with Team Canada on New Year’s Eve, and Jim Johannson seems satisfied. At 3-0, the U.S. squad Johannson assembled for the 2017 under-20 worlds is marching through Group B with little resistance. Under the tutelage of head coach Bob Motzko, the team is trending in ...

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North American Markets Pull Back on Last Trading Day of 2016

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Major equity markets in Toronto and New York capped off a strong performing year Thursday with a whimper, much like how it began 2016, as most commodities softened. The S&P/TSX composite index, which had been flat at the start of the session, lost 134.53 points at 15,287.59 by day’s end — weighed down by a broad decline in nearly all ...

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Bankruptcy, Suicide and a billion-dollar Tech Dream

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The suicide. On the evening of Dec. 18, 2015, Daniel Kurgan met Alex Salavrakos for dinner, an unremarkable event, or so it would have seemed, for the two had been the best of friends going back nearly 40 years and met not infrequently in Brussels, where both businessmen lived. As children they had attended the same secondary school and formed ...

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NYC’s Carnegie Deli Fans Line up for One Last Sandwich

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NEW YORK—After 79 years of serving up heaps of cured meat to tourists, theatre patrons and workaday New Yorkers, the Carnegie Delicatessen will slice its last ridiculously oversized sandwich on Friday. Fans lined up all week for a last bite at the restaurant, which got a star turn in Woody Allen’s 1984 film Broadway Danny Rose and remained a stop ...

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Maple Leafs Down Lightning in OT, Sweep Mini Road Trip

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TAMPA BAY — Mike Babcock was counting on the NHL standings to motivate the Maple Leafs, in addition to having a shot at five straight road wins. “We’re here,” the coach said with urgency before taking on the Lightning with a chance to get closer to a playoff spot. “I looked today, we’re right there with them, it’s a huge ...

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Maple Leafs’ Woll Stands Tall in Team USA Net vs. Slovakia

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First came the China Wall, the nickname of legendary Maple Leafs goalie Johnny Bower. And on Wednesday night, Toronto fans were treated to a first-hand introduction of the Brick Woll — Team USA goalie Joseph Woll. Selected in the third round of the 2016 NHL draft by Toronto this past June, the 18-year-old Boston College goaltender made his Air Canada ...

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Babs Gives Leafs Stick

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Mike Babcock is on a crusade to keep sticks down among his players, which he feels has contributed to a run of penalties. The Leafs were called for seven minors in Sunrise on Wednesday. “The ones I don’t like are when you’re high-sticking guys in the face because you don’t look after your stick.” the coach preached before Thursday’s game ...

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