2016 Stanley Cup Final Preview

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The Last Word on Sports 2016 Stanley Cup Final preview breaks down the Pittsburgh Penguins versus the San Jose Sharks. The Penguins are playing for their second Stanley Cup with captain Sidney Crosby and fourth in franchise history. The Sharks are in uncharted waters, playing for the Stanley Cup for the first time in their 25 […] READ MORE


Kessel's Playoff Success Relevant to Leafs Fans

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It’s been almost eleven months since the Toronto Maple Leafs shipped Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The reaction by Leafs’ fans varied between those loyal to the Madison, Wisconsin native versus the naysayers who refused to accept his style of play: an elite scoring winger who lacked defensive effort. With a heap of playoff success, though, Kessel has […] READ MORE


Phil Kessel Is In Full Playoff Form

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To win a Stanley Cup you need complete players who can play under any circumstance. Resilient players who can battle through any doubt that comes their way. Not many thought Phil Kessel was the kind of guy for that – until now. After the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 4-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game three […] READ MORE


Phil Kessel Making His Mark in Pittsburgh

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Did the Maple Leafs drop the ball on Phil Kessel? Phil Kessel is certainly making his mark in Pittsburgh during the NHL playoffs this year, and some Leaf fans are sort of pissed. Did Leafs management pull the trigger too soon? He arrived in Toronto amidst a tumultuous retool attempt led by Brian Burke, and found […] READ MORE



James van Riemsdyk out Long-term; Josh Leivo Promoted from Marlies

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The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that leading scorer James van Riemsdyk will miss the next six to eight weeks with a fractured left foot. The implication here is that the team’s meteoric surge forward after a dismal start to the campaign may be in serious danger of losing momentum in the winger’s absence. Van […] READ MORE


Jonathan Bernier’s Bounce-back Masterpiece

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I wasn’t going to post anything on the Leaf-Penguins game. We at Last Word on Sports typically don’t do game recaps; that sort of stuff can be seen anywhere, and chances are, by the time you read, it you’ve already seen all the post-game shows anyway. And Kate Bierness is prettier than my ability to […] READ MORE


Call to the Hall: Toronto Maple Leafs

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Welcome to LWOS Hockey’s summer series, Call to the Hall, where we take a look at the next great player from each NHL franchise to get called to the Hockey Hall of Fame. There are a few caveats, the player must be active, and must have played 300 games (or 150 for goaltenders) with the […] READ MORE


The 2015-16 Trios to Look Out For

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Sometimes, all it takes for a team to reach that next level of success is a duo or trio of players that find chemistry together, so much so that they become next-to-unstoppable. With the Chicago Blackhawks, they have a few, but none more popular than Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. In Tampa, the Lightning relied […] READ MORE


How Long Will it Take to Rebuild the Maple Leafs?

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On May 1, 1967, goaltender Terry Sawchuk stopped 41 shots while his team backed him up with 3 goals. The Toronto Maple Leafs took the series from the Montreal Canadiens 4 games to 2, and the Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup. Since then: next to nothing. How Long Will it Take to Rebuild the […] READ MORE