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It's gotten to the point where it might be best for the Toronto Maple Leafs to go on the road for a while. The problem - or one of them anyway - is that's where most of the damage has been done on their meltdown, and their next opponent is playing some of its best hockey of the season. The Philadelphia Flyers try for a season-best fourth straight win Saturday night as the Maple Leafs embark on a three-game road trip with an eight-game skid weighing them down. The losing streak is Toronto's longest since last season's fallout from March 16-29, but the Maple Leafs haven't dropped nine straight since 1985-86. They've also dropped eight straight on the road, and another would be their longest such single-season skid since also losing nine in the 1996-97 season. "We're finding ways not to win," said interim coach Peter Horachek, whose team is 1-10-1 in January. "We've got to find ways to win now." It very clearly begins with scoring. Toronto (22-24-4) has been limited to seven goals on t...

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The Philadelphia Flyers try for a season-best fourth straight win Saturday night as the Maple Leafs embark on a three-game road trip with an eight-game skid weighing them down. The losing streak is Toronto's longest since last season's fallout from March 16-29, but the Maple Leafs haven't dropped nine straight since 1985-86. Toronto (22-24-4) has been limited to seven goals on the road skid as well as on its overall 0-7-1 stretch, going 2 for 26 (7.7 percent) on the power play. Jonathan Bernier allowed the fastest short-handed goal in NHL history to begin a period on a flip from nearly the opposite blue line, drawing the ire of the home crowd five seconds into the third.

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Michael Finewax looks at the top two centers on each team and their original draft positions in The Week Ahead.

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Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson somehow scored a shorthanded goal from beyond center ice to open the third period of Thursday night's game against Toronto.After the Coyotes won the face-off to open the third, Ekman-Larsson launched the puck down the ice towards the Maple Leafs net, and somehow it bounced past Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier for the score. Even after watching the video, it's still hard to see how the puck found its way into the net.It was a sign of things to come for Bernier and the Maple Leafs, as the Coyotes scored two more goals in the period to win the game 3-1. The Maple Leafs have now lost 11 of their last 12 games.Video via NHL. This post appeared first on Holdout Sports. Check us out on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Patrick Marleau and the Sharks made life difficult for Ilya Bryzgalov, who we might see much more of this season (and beyond).

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Move over Vesa Toskala , you have company on the YouTube playlist for worst goals ever allowed by a Toronto Maple Leafs netminder. On Thursday night in a game between two struggling squads, the Arizona Coyotes downed the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 at Air Canada Centre and they got their offensive mojo started in the strangest of ways with a record setting goal 5 seconds into the third period. Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s arcing rainbow shot on goal from his own blueline, 114 feet away from the Maple Leafs net, skipped under goalie Jonathan Bernier's glove to tie the game at 1. It was the fastest shorthanded goal to start a period in NHL History and the most unique the 23-year-old has ever scored at any level he has played. “There is a first time for everything,” said the smiling blue-chip Coyotes defenseman. “I had a couple of chances in the first period but (they) didn’t go in, but then you get a chance like that, (where) you just threw it on net and it bounced in, I got lucky there.” Call it what you will, but it was goal No. 13 on the season for Ekman-Larsson and you have to believe Bernier felt cursed in some way on the play. He had stopped all 32 shots he faced through 40 minutes and thought he was “playing pretty good,” until the gaffe, which prompted the ire of the crowd.  Less than four minutes later, Martin Hanzel scored the eventual game winner on a stoppable shot from the side of the net. “I didn’t see it, I lost it in the stands and it just dipped in front of me,” Bernier said of Ekman-Larsson’s goal. “I can’t give up two bad goals and hope to win.” Bernier has faced the 9 th most shots of any goalie in the league this season and has a 16-15-4 record, with 2.71 GAA, a .915 SV% and 2 shutouts.  The 26-year-old has struggled in January with a record of 1-7-1 record, 2.90 GAA, and a .896 SV%. You can’t say it was the type of goal anyone would expect but it was a fitting highlight for a game between two teams rapidly sinking in the standings. Entering play Thursday, No two teams in the league had a worse run over their previous 10 games. The Maple Leafs (1-8-1) had just one regulation win while the Coytoes (2-6-2) had earned just six of 20 potential points. Meanwhile Ekman-Larsson's goal will now live in Maple Leafs' infamy online alongside Vesa Toskala’s misplay on the 197-foot shot by New York Islanders' defenceman Rob Davison in 2008.   As for other Maple Leafs goalies getting burnt by the long puck, there were two other notable examples that came to mind Thursday evening but no YouTube evidence is known to exist as of yet. Leafs fans of a certain age may remember Sergio Momesso’s pivotal OT goal on Allan Bester in Game 3 of the St. Louis Blues first round series against Toronto in the 1990 Stanley Cup Playoffs. His marker, scored from outside the Maple Leafs blueline gave the Blues a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven series which they won in five games. The Blues struck again against the Maple Leafs in November 1997 when Al MacInnis broke a 2-2 tie from the redline with two seconds remaining in regulation.  This time the victim was goalie Felix Potvin. Toronto Star writer Paul Hunter later cited the play as the turning point in Potvin's career as a Maple Leaf.  "...the MacInnis slapper skipped once and then floated over Potvin's catching glove. Game over. Reputation irreparably damaged. Potvin was never again viewed in the same positive light. Not by management. Not by the fans. And, most important, not by himself. Even when he played strongly - brilliantly some nights - during the stretch drive last season there was always a sense of foreboding when he stood between the pipes. He had already authored his own inevitable exit. "Then things started to change, " Potvin told The Star's Rosie DiManno last summer, as he recalled the ripple effects of The Shot. "Whenever I gave up a weak goal, I couldn't stop thinking about it, even while the game was going on. And I never used to be that way." (Paul Hunter / Toronto Star / 01/10/99) For his part Bernier, acknowledged Larsson's goal rattled him and that he had to be "stronger mentally".  The focus now is on what lies ahead. "It's gonna happen, it happend to Marty (Brodeur) this year and (other) great goalies but it's how you bounce back from it." Maple Leafs' interim head coach Peter Horachek was of a similar mind. "He's gotta' have that and I'm sure he wishes he had it back and usually he does (have it), so you gotta roll with that and move on." They seemed to have put it behind them - the fans should follow suit.   Follow Neil Acharya on Twitter: @Neil_Acharya             

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson's unlikely goal was a light moment in a difficult season for the Arizona Coyotes. It also was a rough break for Jonathan Bernier and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ekman-Larsson scored off the opening faceoff of the third period, and Arizona snapped a six-game losing streak by rallying for a 3-1 victory over Toronto on Thursday night. Ekman-Larsson's 13th goal was a harmless flip from almost his own blue line and seemed to stun the already-subdued crowd.

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Jan 29 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's National Hockey League games: - - - Lightning 5, Red Wings 1 The Tampa Bay Lightning got an unlikely hat-trick from rookie center Cedric Paquette, sending a strong statement to another Eastern Conference power and jumping into first place with a victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The Lightning (31-15-4) set a franchise record with their ninth straight home win, getting a big night from Paquette, who came into the night with only six goals all season. ...

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TORONTO -- Oliver Ekman-Larsson's unlikely goal was a light moment in a difficult season for the Arizona Coyotes. It also was a rough break for Jonathan Bernier and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ekman-Larsson scored off the opening faceoff of the third period, and Arizona snapped a seven-game losing streak by rallying for a 3-1 victory over Toronto on Thursday night. Ekman-Larsson's 13th goal was a harmless flip from almost his own blue line and seemed to stun the already-subdued crowd. It was the fastest short-handed goal to start a period in NHL history. "We planned that all the way," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said with a smile. "When you get a break like that, it's good to take advantage of it." Arizona then grabbed the lead when Martin Hanzal banked the puck in off Bernier's back, and Sam Gagner added a power-play goal with 3 1/2 minutes left. It was Toronto's eighth consecutive loss. The Maple Leafs also dropped to 1-10-1 this month. Bernier stopped 42 shots, but the flurry for Ari...


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