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But what he did last night against Montreal?  He was a literal freight train going to the net.

No.
Martin goes to the net, Matthews and Marner do their thing... and it was in the back of the net.

I think the issue is the word "literal."  Like - he didn't actually turn into a freight train a la Transformers.

That would have been cool.

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Martin isn't that bad. It's not like he's Bates Battaglia.

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That was fun.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official Gaming Thread
« on: November 15, 2017, 12:00:12 PM »
If anyone is thinking of picking up Battlefront 2 but doesn't play online, DON'T. The offline modes are terrible. The campaign is decent but not enough to justify the $79.99 CAD.

It took me 5 minutes to regret buying it, and I bought the deluxe so I could play early so it was even more expensive.

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I agree, Frank. I thought play was pretty even in the first period, tilting towards the Leafs. They pretty much Carlyle'd the rest of the game though.

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These last 3 posts were gold. Great stuff guys!

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This is likely way more indicative of how good the team really is than the first month was. They are really no better than they were last year...probably a little worse actually. Expectations are just higher now.

Things need to change, but not right away. I hope they can make the RIGHT moves with personnel, and not get stuck in short term thinking.

I was saying to my friend tonight that the Leafs started to slide when they started worrying about keeping pucks out of their net. He made a good point when he said that the core group NEEDS to learn how to play defence because most of them will likely still be with the club when they do get better and start competing for real.

It was probably premature to get as excited about the Leafs start as we did, and it's probably premature to get as frustrated as we are now. We were promised pain 3 years ago. This is it.

It's what management/ownership expects that's bugging me. At times I think that the Leafs organization has been basking in the hype around the team and actually think this roster is ready to contend. I would really hate to think that, because that's just more of the short term mentality as you mentioned, that's kept the Leafs as a bad to mediocre team for decades.

Yeah it's a concern for me as well, but I'm keeping faith that this management group is playing the long game.

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Maybe teams played them tighter but I think it's a combination and I'm hesitant to give all the credit to the opposition. Now I admit I have only watched pieces of their last 5 games but it seemed to me that the Leafs have been so focused on their play without the puck that they are spending too much of the game playing without it. I think this is somewhat by design. I mean, obviously these results are not what they're going for but I think that's a product of still learning that side of the game. I'm also not suggesting that they are intentionally letting the other team have the puck, just that they aren't pursuing it and controlling it as aggressively as they were earlier on in favour of concentrating on defensive positioning and limiting high quality chances, which obviously they still need a lot of work on.

Notice how the Leafs seem to make the games close at the end? At that point they've pretty much abandoned playing defence to try and even the score, and whether it's a combination of their skill and the other team relenting a bit or if it's just their skill alone, they're getting back into games they had no business being in based on their play through 40 or so minutes.

Like I said I think this is by design. They could go the whole season basically not playing defence and probably still make the playoffs but that doesn't help them in the long run as a team as deeply flawed as that probably isn't going to win a championship without stellar goaltending, which I'm not convinced the Leafs have.

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This is likely way more indicative of how good the team really is than the first month was. They are really no better than they were last year...probably a little worse actually. Expectations are just higher now.

Things need to change, but not right away. I hope they can make the RIGHT moves with personnel, and not get stuck in short term thinking.

I was saying to my friend tonight that the Leafs started to slide when they started worrying about keeping pucks out of their net. He made a good point when he said that the core group NEEDS to learn how to play defence because most of them will likely still be with the club when they do get better and start competing for real.

It was probably premature to get as excited about the Leafs start as we did, and it's probably premature to get as frustrated as we are now. We were promised pain 3 years ago. This is it.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mitch Marner
« on: October 23, 2017, 03:35:44 AM »
I'd hate to see Marner take a step backwards this year. It will raise questions, no doubt, but I think a little bit of regression was bound to happen to such a young team. You don't want to see it from a guy like Marner because a lot of this team's success is riding on him, but we may be forced to be more patient than we'd like based on the relative success of last season.

It's still early. It may be nothing. If he's good enough like we all (or mostly) think he is, he will bounce back.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Frederik Andersen
« on: October 05, 2017, 02:07:31 AM »
I hope he can make XX saves every night

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When is the trade deadline? I really hope they blow this team up.

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The pitching has really let them down this series. They're going to have trouble in Atlanta with Maile and the pitcher hitting. That's 2 free outs every time.

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www.twitter.com/JeffVeillette/status/854153652860223488

For about 2 seconds, Shanny was a fan. Then right back to business.

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