The Leafs that you have known and loved throughout the regular season are back!
Going from terrible, to unlucky, to actually good – the story of the Leafs postseason so far. I am going to have a heart attack before this series is done. They are making me feel my complete range of emotions and I’m scared.
The Leafs clearly succeeded early and kept the shot attempts lead somewhat until the second intermission.
Damn score effects ruining the Leafs Corsi win.
Our Leafs started out this game so hot. Doing what we all hoped they would do and not try to match the Bruins in their style, but counter with their own style they have played all season.
Insane pace, racing to both ends of the ice and creating the chances. God, this feels so damn good.
All of it leading to a beautiful high-energy hit from known goon Zach Hyman.
here is your definitive proof: hyman > marchand pic.twitter.com/3PANyrq56O— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) April 16, 2018
Key scoring chances were mainly going the Leafs way, but nothing was going past Rask quite yet.
Kapanen goes on the break but can't get it past Rask. pic.twitter.com/sH1UFjGoQo— Flintor (@TheFlintor) April 16, 2018
Breakaway here, deflection here – our sweet boys are putting so much pressure on the nasty Boston boys. That pressure eventually breaks them after a controversial Delay of Game penalty was called.
James van Riemsdyk puts the Leafs up 1-0 in the first period of Game 3 with a powerplay goal pic.twitter.com/5iYCD4qou8— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) April 16, 2018
Such a JVR goal by JVR. The Leafs’ dominant powerplay was finally able to flex some muscle and put that damn puck behind Rask.
The good guys were in front heading into the second period.
After hearing an old man shriek about goal celebrations, our boys are back out on the ice.
Right off the bat, there was one of the weirdest plays of the season so far.
FREDWARD pic.twitter.com/rxnbvzW1cu— Flintor (@TheFlintor) April 17, 2018
Dermott knocking over Nash right into Andersen, forcing him to the ground. But that doesn’t matter anyways as Freddie makes a spectacular and extremely lucky goal.
The high from that goal didn’t last long though.
Adam McQuaid scores to tie Game 3 at 1-1 pic.twitter.com/5uVf6Xdo68— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) April 17, 2018
A sneaky goal from the point by garbage boy Adam McQuaid.
But that feeling didn’t last long either as our Dad puts the damn puck in the damn net.
Patrick Marleau!— Flintor (@TheFlintor) April 17, 2018
Leafs respond right back. Great setup by Mitch. 2-1. pic.twitter.com/kLpgh1p4Dr
The Hockey Gods are on our side for once! Marleau nailing the puck on the rush to put the Leafs ahead once again.
The competition is still hot between the two teams with a little dirty play once in a while.
McAvoy with a slewfoot on Hyman. pic.twitter.com/qpcBVPxWCL— Flintor (@TheFlintor) April 17, 2018
It’s not the veterans this time, but the kids fighting with each other. Hyman didn’t deserve that, Charlie.
The lead wouldn’t last long – yet again.
Zdeno Chara scores to tie the game at 2-2. Deserves credit for a great shot, but gotta think that Andersen should have this one, no? pic.twitter.com/8NmYzp4rt7— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) April 17, 2018
The vegan ogre sneaks in a puck from practically behind Andersen on his short side. Two unfortunate goals for the Bruins that were able to just sneak past Freddie – he should have had at least one of those.
You remember those scoring chances from earlier in the game? Yeah, they still wouldn’t go in for Kapanen.
Kasperi Kapanen came this close to regaining Toronto's lead, but it remains 2-2 pic.twitter.com/VG12sLxS2S— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) April 17, 2018
But thank god we have the best player on the planet playing for the team we love.
Auston Matthews, everyone. 3-2 Leafs in the second pic.twitter.com/jQ4vbaYuCS— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) April 17, 2018
That celly pic.twitter.com/jF1og3mOKJ— Flintor (@TheFlintor) April 17, 2018
God that felt so good and so right.
The good guys are on top again heading into the intermission.
The third period continued the trend for the entire game – a fucking heart attack.
Dirty plays, post hitting and utter chaos.
Brad Marchand / Andreas Johnsson collision; Johnsson is hurt and heads to the room. Broadcast described it as knee to ankle. pic.twitter.com/JP2xB2tzeP— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) April 17, 2018
How dare Marchand even think of taking out one of our innocent boys – actually, Marchand would think of that and probably does all the time. Looks like Marchand knew Johnsson was going down and decided to just slide blades-first right into his ankle.
Other than that, it’s nice to see them smile once again.
This gives me warmth. pic.twitter.com/RitPdMTQPa— Flintor (@TheFlintor) April 17, 2018
These two beams of light create so much joy in my life.
You know what else gives me joy? Patrick Marleau scoring two goals!
Rask played that terribly, but who cares, Playoff Dad is here to save the day and we love it. The only bad thing about this goal is he isn’t at 69 playoff goals anymore.
For a cherry on top of this game, Andersen made a highlight reel save. Just to make us forget about the two cheap goals he let in – what a nice guy!
GOOD GORD FREDDIE!!! pic.twitter.com/PUMD8LwpM3— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) April 17, 2018
Another look at Andersen’s crazy stick save pic.twitter.com/5vgNezsLUH— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 17, 2018
Paddle saves are my drug. Shoot me up, Freddy.
I need to watch that again.
That’s so damn nice to look at.
It felt good to end that game on a high and feel like we support a good hockey team again. Let’s enjoy these two days off now and celebrate.
tfw the buds are again all day pic.twitter.com/vGFWpSlmzl— Kascary Kapanen 🍁🎃 (@50_MissionCap) January 26, 2018
Pleks having a vintage Pleks game against the Bruins is fun.— Andrew Berkshire (@AndrewBerkshire) April 17, 2018
RENAME ST PATRICK SUBWAY STATION ST PATRICK MARLEAU— Jake Goldsbie (@JGoldsbie) April 17, 2018
*to the tune of the malcolm in the middle song*— That's Kappy! 🎃 (@ThatsKappy) April 17, 2018
you're not the boston me now
I love to drink Bruins fan tears.