Chris Johnston
Chris Johnston is in his 14th season covering the NHL and fifth for Sportsnet. His career began with The Canadian Press and has covered 10 Stanley Cup finals and two Olympics. He is a frequent contributor to Sportsnet's TV and radio platforms and a regular guest on the "Puck Talks" speaking series.
Mike Babcock takes blame for Leafs' extended penalty kill
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The Toronto Maple Leafs coach made an error in judgment that could have cost his team in a big way by choosing not to send a man to the penalty box after Roman Polak was assessed a five-minute major against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night.
Leafs' Babcock has unwavering faith in 'Hunlak' despite fan scorn
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Maple Leafs trying to embrace golden opportunity of post-season run
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This Toronto Maple Leafs group is in possession of a golden opportunity, plain and simple, with no qualifier necessary.
Bruins' Marchand would be stung by potential Olympics exclusion
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Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand would miss a chance to be a first-time Olympian if NHL players aren't able to compete in Pyeonchang, South Korea next February.
Mike Babcock blames himself for Brad Marchand's superstar transformation
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Blackhawks, Leafs leave matchup able to learn from each other
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Even if you’re willing to accept the premise that they’re starting in a similar position to where Chicago once was, the Blackhawks have demonstrated that the ability to evolve is essential to success.
Maple Leafs coach Babcock optimistic about Aaltonen next season
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Mike Babcock is cautiously optimistic that Miro Aaltonen might end up factoring into the Toronto Maple Leafs plans next season.
How Maple Leafs' rookie success could hurt team's cap situation
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What it's like to play in a hockey game with eight overtime periods
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Joey Tenute, of the Norwegian hockey club Storhamar, describes what it's like to play in a hockey game that started at 6 p.m. and didn't end until after 2:30 the next morning: "I can’t imagine that that could even exist."