Discussion in 'Toronto Maple Leafs' started by Cor, Apr 16, 2018.
Ok can we keep this level up play going Please?
Yes, I noticed. Hilarious.
Hyman getting a lot of love on air this morning . Well deserved, the guy has been a beast this series.
I love how Mom wears a home made Auston shirt and Dad always rocks the red check shirt. Doesn’t matter how much they have
We can take these punks. Just keep skating hard. Feels good mang
There were a couple people suggesting he wouldn't be as effective in the Playoffs, because he was already a hard-work guy, and everybody else would be upping their intensity once the games mattered.
I suggested Hyman could up his game as well, and he's not making me look stupid so far.
Also, Matthews' mom's shirt was amazing.
I want one.
That is not my point. Our defense still has major warts! Boston still had several opportunities to get back in that game! Andersen had to bail them out with huge saves.
Listen, I am all in favour of winning and I am happy there is no sweep, but come on. This is not a good defense!
His game is tailor made for playoff hockey. Love his heart.
Out of nowhere Plek plays an all world game. I give Babs credit maybe he knows he plays better on a 2nd line shut down role. Moore added a ton too on 4th line as an energy guy which he knows how to do. But without a doubt Morgan Rielly played his best game for Leafs I have ever seen him play. He was physically involved, he made some amazing passes to open up Boston's small ice game, he got back into his own end much faster to retrieve pucks and he skated the puck a few times too but above he covered the net with some piss and vinegor which does not show up in the stats line but it means winning and losing games. Well done Morgan you are my player of the game. Lastly Freddy he started slow with 2 weak goals but holy cow what a finish. 10 bellers in 3rd were worth the price of admission.
When Leafs play really fast and can move Boston's defence off both lines then they do not look like the same team. Boston only looks good when they play their 5 man together small ice game. Once you open them up the warts start to show. Their defence is slow. Those long Caryle style passes even if they miss for icings forces Boston's defence to back up and retreat. McQuaid and Chara and Millar can't deal with them they start to look for support which isn't there. The Leafs must keep up the speed in game 4.
Last change means a lot more to Leafs then i realized. It really does help them. GO Leafs GO!!!!!!!!!!!!
When Kappy finally stops hitting the posts and getting twine instead, we're really going to make some noise. Super impressed by Marner and that whole line. Freddy's save at the end is going to be in just about every Leafs playoff montage for the next 30 years, what an unbelievable play. The boys still need to tighten up the giveaways, there were a lot of bad passes up the middle by just about everyone (forwards included) and those weren't helping the goaltender or embattled defensemen out. We're going to need to play almost mistake-free to win a game in Boston.
Even their coach was whining after the game
PFFFTTT.... Yeah Right Cassidy!!! You guys got a soft PP yourself!!!
I remember. There's been some interesting theories floating around, that's for sure.
Um, first we have to win on Thursday. Let's not get ahead of ourselves here, it was a good game but it was a very close game that could have gone either way and it came after we got blown out twice. Boston is super solid, experienced and consistent and if we let up for even a couple of minutes in any one game, we're in trouble. Let's not forget how close that game was, we could easily be down 3-0 now despite how well we played so ... it was ONE good game, it was our best game by far and it's probably not enough, we probably have to play better than we did last night to win the series.
One game at a time.
Sometimes I wonder what games people are watching....
Gardiner was great too. Stopped 2 guaranteed goals with good defensive awareness and positining as well as making some great plays offensively. Pinch to keep the puck in and got an assist on the Matthews GWG..
At some point you gotta let the 1 mistake (pancake up the middle) slide as management are clearly asking Gardiner to try those stretch passes. Hell he sprung a couple breakaways and only had 1 bad turnover from stretch passes. That's pretty good.
But I do agree, can't be giving Bruins that many turnovers in general in the leafs defensive zone. All the forwards were great, lots of intensity.
Great win but need game #4 just as much. We won game #3 last year and then lost #4. Need to bring it back to Boston even with the return of Kadri.
They definitely skated last night, had Boston on their heels, that being said:
We only allowed 1 power play, the odds of this happening again are slim. Our PK looks horrible, did again last night, Pastrnak missed an empty net. Need to shore that up.
Andersen played great, those 2 weak goals almost killed them though, cant be having that.
I'm not a homer, but Boston gets away with pretty much everything, its actually getting ridiculous.
Lets hope we can keep this up for the rest of the series, we will need efforts like this every game, especially on the road.
IMO. Stick with this line. Its the only time we shut down RAT,BERG and PASTA.
Kadri returning is a huge PLUS. But lest we forget how Berg Rat and Pasta outplayed Kadri.
If it aint broke...am i right
4 bad goals? We earned em. They weren't some ugly lucky bounces like Boston had gm 2 lol.
Yes. You can always swap Pleks & Kadri if they adapt to Pleks, but until then don't break them up.
Pleks made that line beatable, Kadri didn't.
We trust you Babs!
GO LEAFS GO!
Well I'm glad you found something worth cheering for.
Even when Kadri comes back I think they will keep Pleks where he is. It only makes sense and Kadri will become our 4th line C with Kappy and Johnsson likely. I think that could actually be a good thing but you would need to give him floater minutes naturally.
The refs really put their whistles away last night. Whether it was for better or worse might be hard to say, but I do know that - (outside of the ridiculous level of excitement I felt leading up to, and during, the first period of Game 1) - last night was when I finally said, 'OK, now this is Playoff hockey'.
What I liked about the lack of calls was that it allowed both teams to try and assert their style of play without outside interference, but - while last change certainly gave us a match-up advantage we didn't have in Games 1 or 2 - it was the Leafs who were able to dictate the pace of the game with their speed and skill, and finally get into the heads of the Bruins.
If we can keep things 5v5, with that level of intensity - I like our chances.
Or Boston has a really good offence.
Instead of ripping on a good game give credit were it's due; the bruins score a ton because they are good at scoring meaning every teams defense has problems handling them.
Our d was good last night we eliminated the back door (mostly) and boxed out better than game one or two.
The only chance we have is to sucker them into fire wagon games. They own us in a structured tilt, establish zone and then just pick apart our weak D. I guess you could say... Skate your legs off and don't give them any space, oh and finish your checks to gain a half second or step on them where you can. No penalties either.
Someone should gif that swing for the GDT that goes on the main board on Thursday. A little jab for the Bruins fans "taking over" yesterdays GDT.
I'd treat the Kadri line as the 3rd line and the Bozak line as the 4th line in that scenario, at least in terms of 5v5 usage. I don't think Johnsson or Kapanen need to be sheltered as much at Even Strength as JVR does, and we know Babcock's comfortable with Kadri against any opponent.
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