The Leafs are heading back to Boston for the final game of the series, game 7.
After, a 4-2 loss to the Bruins, the Leafs blew their chance to close out the series at home, on Easter. In ugly fashion as well.
The Leafs surrendered 4 goals, were outplayed, and outshot 41-24. The boys didn’t show up to play, the Bruins did. The Bruins deserved every bit of the win.
The whole team didn’t show up except the always clutch Auston Matthews, Morgan Rielly, and God between pipes: Frederik Andersen. The coaches didn’t seem to show up either. The Leafs first 2 goals against were on the penalty kill. They’re way under-average on the penalty kill. They have the worst PK% out of all post season teams this year. The power play, our supposed mighty right hand didn’t show up either. Our first PP line only played half of each PP, which obviously doesn’t work. We had 3 power plays, didn’t strike on any of them. Our PP has been quiet recently. And finally, Mike Babcock. The 1 moment where he killed the game for us. Babcock pulled Andersen at the 2 ½ minute mark while the Leafs didn’t have controllable puck possession in the Bruins zone, which ended up in an empty net goal and victory for Brad Marchand and the Bruins.
Here & Now
Yesterday’s game is now in the past, and like what most of our stars said post-game, “it is, what it is”
The Leafs had a team meeting today to discuss their obvious problems that they need to address before game 7 tomorrow night.
I am sure most fans right now feel that after yesterday’s effort, we have no chance to win this series. Good news for us Leafs fans, the Buds have won 2/3 games in Boston. So, obviously they’re not startled from the huge hostile atmosphere in Bean Town anymore.
The Leafs can do this. They lost last year, they gained experience, battle scars and heartbreak. They’re 1 year older, 1 year more experienced with the Bruins’ play, and they’re here to win.
The Maple Leafs will slay the dragon.
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