Toronto Maple Leafs sign forward Trevor Moore to two-year extension

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The Tampa Bay Lightning (35-8-2, 72 points) are 14 points ahead of the Maple Leafs and 16 ahead of the Bruins after a 5-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, their ninth in 10 games.

In other words, the exact way the Bruins seem to play against the Maple Leafs at key moments.

Afterward, Zaitsev, who was also on the ice and involved in the two other Boston goals, explained that the.

The issues came with just over five minutes left in the second, when the Bruins tied the game and would control play for the rest of the game, with David Pastrnak netting the game-winning goal with 15 seconds remaining in the middle frame.

Sparks practised on Sunday, while Michael Hutchinson, who held the fort admirably with the top two Toronto netminders on the sideline, did not participate in practice.

"It happens once - maybe, once a year", said Zaitsev, wearing a navy Maple Leafs hoodie in a corner of the team's dressing room after the 3-2 defeat, the third in four games against Boston this season. Upgrading the fourth line may be something that can be accomplished internally with the return of the injured Tyler Ennis or promotion of Trevor Moore or Carl Grundstrom, but if we use the last few years as an indicator, Babcock will continue to hint at acquiring "heavier" veteran players before the deadline.

The 23-year-old has a goal and two assists in six games with the Maple Leafs.

"I'm medically cleared to participate with the team and what they choose to do tomorrow is up to them", Sparks said. Kapanen and Auston Matthews earned assists. Matthews, who was limited to two points (one goal, one assist) in the seven-game playoff series against Boston last spring, has one goal in his past nine games.

Boston took the deciding 3-2 lead at 19:45 of the second after another Toronto turnover.

Matthews did not talk to reporters after the game, but his comments at the morning skate earlier in the day put this rivalry between the Maple Leafs and Bruins into perspective. "We should be excited for it playing a good team".

GM Kyle Dubas once again has made proactive move to sign a player that will likely be on their National Hockey League roster either later this season on next year on a cost-effective contract (as he did with defenseman Calle Rosen last month), something that will be needed with the big contracts of Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews on the horizon. So I think (the contract) is very deserving.

With this in mind, the Maple Leafs need Frederik Andersen back between the pipes and fast. "We have to find a way to play better and win games no matter who is in net".

The Maple Leafs get no sympathy from the Bruins, who have been forced to deal with their own struggles and injury woes.

Meanwhile Garret Sparks - out with a concussion - worked out Saturday for the first time against shooters.

"It would be good to have everybody back, but that is all part of life". "But you make a couple costly mistakes and it ends up in the back of your net".

Maple Leafs fans would disagree when it comes to Boston's recent mastery of Toronto.