National Newswatch

Leafs dissect another disappointing season: ‘Words aren’t going to fix this’

Aug 12 2020 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — One by one, the Maple Leafs sat down in front of their laptops, iPads and smart phones to face the music — from a distance via video conferencing, of course — following another season that started with big dreams and ended with a resounding thud. Long faces and monotone responses greeted reporters' questions about how a team with so […]

Habs ready for Flyers’ test: ‘We’re going to be the underdogs in any series’

Aug 11 2020 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Montreal Canadiens were significant underdogs against the Pittsburgh Penguins. After dispatching Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and company — a roster with the seventh-best record in regular season, 15 points ahead of them in the standings — in the NHL's qualifying round, the Canadiens are in the same boat heading into a first-round playoff matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers. And that's […]

Blue Jackets shut out Maple Leafs 3-0 to win series 3-2 and send Toronto packing

Aug 10 2020 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Maple Leafs fired blanks when it mattered most — and ran out of miracles. Now Toronto's talented, high-powered roster has a long time to contemplate what might have been. Joonas Korpisalo made 33 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets shut out the Leafs 3-0 on Sunday to win their best-of-five qualifying round series 3-2. Toronto staged a […]

Leafs solve Korpisalo, but lose Muzzin as Toronto evens series with Columbus 1-1

Aug 4 2020 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Maple Leafs sat two minutes from a resounding, feel-good victory. They had finally solved Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo and were on the way to evening the teams' qualifying round series at one game apiece. Then while killing a penalty late in Tuesday's third period, defenceman Jake Muzzin took a crosscheck from Pierre-Luc Dubois before stumbling and jamming his head/neck into […]

Korpisalo gets shutout in 1st post-season start, Blue Jackets down Maple Leafs

Aug 3 2020 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Maple Leafs have known since late May the Columbus Blue Jackets were on the docket to begin the NHL's restart. Toronto watched video, discussed tactics and practised different ways to break down an opponent with a grinding, soul-sucking defensive structure. Seeing it up close was an entirely different matter. Joonas Korpisalo made 28 saves in his first post-season […]

Carey Price shines, Jeff Petry scores in OT as Canadiens stun Penguins

Aug 2 2020 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Montreal head coach Claude Julien said back in the spring his young, largely inexperienced roster had a real opportunity to grow after being given a second life by the NHL's restart. They did that, and a whole lot more, Saturday — with a big helping hand from a couple veterans.  Jeff Petry scored at 13:57 of overtime, Carey Price made 39 saves, and the underdog Canadiens stunned […]

‘Anything can happen’: Canadiens no bothered by underdog role against Penguins

Jul 31 2020 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Shea Weber is fine being the underdog. Good thing, because the Montreal Canadiens and their captain are certainly that heading into the team's qualifying round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Canadiens were playing out the string, sitting 24th in the overall standings — some 15 points back of the seventh-ranked Penguins — when the NHL […]

Bubble Hockey: NHL set to resume pandemic-delayed season in a new world

Jul 31 2020 — Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A lot has changed since the NHL last dropped the puck for a game that mattered. The COVID-19 pandemic — which saw countries locked down and economies devastated — has already resulted in more than 17 million confirmed positive cases and almost 675,000 deaths across the globe. There was upheaval elsewhere, too, with the explosion of massive protests demanding social justice, racial equality and […]