Discussion in 'Toronto Maple Leafs' started by heybuddyhowyadoing, Feb 27, 2018.
The Bergeron/Marchand/Plekanec hate is real. Crazy how Bergeron lost composure so much out there.
I loved this trade when we made it. I defended him. He made me look stupid.
But he really redeemed himself tonight. One of our three best players.
I'll just leave this here. Anyone confused as to why we traded for Plekanec has to see the logic tonight. Surprised it took this long for Babcock to use him in this role.
Loved his reaction on Marleau's second goal. That's the first sign of emotion and engagement he's shown. Like he wasnt the new guy but a part of the team. Hopefully a boost he needed
He was awesome tonight. I definitely saw him as more of a leaf than a hab
By far the best game as a Leaf.
Keep Komarov away from him for the rest of the series
More like keep Komorov away from everybody, ie put him in the press box
Just needed time to get involved and get an assignment he likes. He joined a rival without a real spot for him until now.... this is what he does.
I'll happily give him credit tonight. He played great, especially closing out the game.
I was furious with him after game 1 and 2. But he was a big part of this win.
Leafs were dinner, and needed everyone pulling on the rope. Pleks finally had a good game. Hopefully we see more the same in the next one before Kadri is back.
He played awesome tonight.
When Kadri’s back let’s roll:
Winning Thursday would be huge because I think we can win one in Boston with that lineup.
I think Plekanec excelled because he was given a certain assignment and had some good wingers in Marner and Marleau. He was physical and skated hard, finally doing what he was brought here to do.
if we win thrusday and thats still an uphill challenge i agree because that would actually move bozaks line to 4th line duty and give how good the 4th line has looked a responsable center and they can skate aswell
What a little ***** hahaha.
Who does Marchand say is too big and just laughs out there?
I mean, this might have happened. Just took a few days to grow back enough to get his play back.
I'll say that I've never seen Bergeron act like he did. Marchand I expect it from as he's a hothead but not Bergeron. There was a few shifts where he wasn't even looking at the puck and was chasing Plekanec and shoving him. No idea what Plekanec said or did but I was happy to see it.
Turtlenecks for everyone!
I kid I kid! Its just one game but a terrific one. Keep it goin Pleks!
Hated the trade, hated his first 20 games, but a different guy showed up tonight. If he can keep this up I'll happily admit I was wrong about him.
That being said, if we somehow beat Boston, I really hope he can keep up this level of intensity without Marchand/Bergeron around to trigger it.
Honestly, would it be such a crime just to sick Polak on him and not give him a choice to not fight? Just fill in the little rat even if he doesn't drop the mits.
I laughed so hard when they showed the mini highlight reel of Bergeron and Marchand absolutely mugging Pleks while completely ignoring the game of hockey taking place on about 3 different occassions. It's so absurd, he seems like such a mild mannered guy and you never notice what he's doing or saying to them. That alone was almost worth the second round pick.
Babcock needs to keep this matchup as long as possible, even if it means demoting Kadri.
Best way to do that would be to run up the score and give Polak the tap. It may be evened out, though. Without Polak there isn't much fighting prowess on Toronto. Chara/Miller/McQuad may decide to do the same to Matthews or another important piece.
Whether it's Kadri's line or Bozak's playing the '4th' line role, my goodness that's a deep line-up. Scoring depth will be our strength moving forward and I just can't imagine a better line-up if Pleks plays to tonight's standard. I mean really, that's a scary looking dance card.