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LGD: Redemption

Well, the opening two games of the playoffs have not quite went to plan so far have they?

The Buds got out-thought, out-battled and more importantly out-scored against Boston. The series is now in danger of ending in a sweep unless Toronto can sort out their play at home over the next two games.

So really everyone associated with the team needs to forget the last two games and treat this as the beginning of the playoffs. Certainly that is the mindset I will be taking!

Leaf lines:

LW C RW
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 71.9#73 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 83.0#6 C

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 77.1#17 RW

Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 74.7#35 LW

Tomas Plekanec
TOMAS PLEKANEC

Rating: 70.6#133 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 75.2#46 RW

James van Riemsdyk
JAMES VAN RIEMSDYK

Rating: 77.3#18 LW

Tyler Bozak
TYLER BOZAK

Rating: 73.0#73 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 70.4#102 RW

Andreas Johnsson
ANDREAS JOHNSSON

Rating: 73.0#54 LW

Dominic Moore
DOMINIC MOORE

Rating: 69.9#149 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 69.9#110 RW

Bruins lines:

LW C RW
Brad Marchand
BRAD MARCHAND

Rating: 85.1#2 LW

Patrice Bergeron
PATRICE BERGERON

Rating: 84.2#5 C

David Pastrnak
DAVID PASTRNAK

Rating: 82.2#6 RW

Jake DeBrusk
JAKE DEBRUSK

Rating: 76.0#27 LW

David Krejci
DAVID KREJCI

Rating: 76.1#38 C

Rick Nash
RICK NASH

Rating: 74.9#34 RW

Ryan Donato
RYAN DONATO

Rating: 73.9#47 LW

Noel Acciari
NOEL ACCIARI

Rating: 69.6#153 C

David Backes
DAVID BACKES

Rating: 73.4#68 RW

Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 69.9#123 LW

Sean Kuraly
SEAN KURALY

Rating: 70.3#138 C

Danton Heinen
DANTON HEINEN

Rating: 73.9#46 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Zdeno Chara
ZDENO CHARA

Rating: 76.7#15 LD

Charlie McAvoy
CHARLIE MCAVOY

Rating: 75.7#23 RD

Torey Krug
TOREY KRUG

Rating: 80.9#3 LD

Kevan Miller
KEVAN MILLER

Rating: 73.8#35 RD

Matt Grzelcyk
MATT GRZELCYK

Rating: 72.7#57 LD

Adam McQuaid
ADAM MCQUAID

Rating: 71.5#72 RD

Starting goalies

Tukka Rask will continue in goal for Boston. Freddie will be back in net after he was pulled midway through Game Two.

Notes:

  • Nazem Kadri will again miss out due to his suspension
  • Currently leading the Leafs in points this series are Mitch Marner, Connor Brown, Morgan Reilly, and Zach Hyman, all with two.
  • The Bruins top line has 20 points in two games. Wow. We need to shut them out.
  • Final note: Go Leafs Go!
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  • Jroc

    The more I watch polaks board play the more I see a place for him on the team. He is a man among boys. The Dermott and polak pairing has been their best. Zaitsev has been better, but watching him or Hainsley being passive in front of the net makes me sad.

  • FightingFourDozen

    In what way has Zaitsev been better? CF%42.9, -11.3 Corsi rel, 2 shots, no points, on the ice for all four goals against, feebly bumbling around in bad ice like a deer in the headlights better?

  • FightingFourDozen

    Last year through 4 games played, Zaitsev was pretty much just as feeble, he had even worse possession relative to the team, but I think that just means the rest of them are sinking to Zaitsev’s level rather than him making any headway.

  • lukewarmwater

    Love the great positivity in here from the other posters after the leafs and their $50 million dollar man actually match the PHYSICAL INTENSITY of the Bruins and thus out skate the Bruins. Leafs are back in the series and can win it if they play this style with Freddy standing on his head just as Rask must also be superb. Let us not forget that despite the two bad performances in Boston, Andersen is now 11 and 4 versus the Bruins and Rask over the past couple of years has struggled agains the leafs as he did last night.