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I think Kaps and Johnsson stick with the club next year. We need better team D like the Bruins.
No way Kappy isn't with this team next year...unless he's part of a trade for a #1 dman.

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Perspective is hard this soon after, but despite their young age, there are some issues here.

I think there are some concerns about Matthews.  He was largely ineffective and for a player of his talent and size it is of concern.

There have to be questions about Andersen.  While some games he was great, in three of the games he was not.  Is he consistent enough to be the guy?  That isnít clear to me.

The defence is bad.  Really bad and if it isnít fixed there wonít be much chance of being a Cup competitor at all.  Not sure what they do about that.  No more high picks to find a stud D-man.

There were of course some positives, but difficult to see those in the context of a Game 7 loss.  It is so disappointing because the Bruins were there to be taken tonight.
I'm not concerned about Matthews at all.

I know it's only his 2nd year in the league, but I would have liked to see more from him. Marner was dominant and he is also only in his 2nd year. Maybe we'll find out Matthews had a lingering injury problem.

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I'm looking forward to seeing this team next year minus JVR, Komarov, Bozak, Polak and maybe Gardiner.  But I do think we need to add some size and grit to the forward group. We need someone big who can skate and is willing to punish defenders. I don't know if there is anyone in the system like that, unfortunately.

Grundstrom has a bit of that to his game, and Babcock has kind of earmarked him to be Matthews' winger down the road.

Tampa does just fine with even smaller wingers though, so I don't know if big and gritty is necessarily the answer. Players who pay the iron price to play though, you can always use those (a Hyman with even better hands and stickhandling, for example).

It will be quite interesting to see how that plays out (Tampa vs Boston)

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I'm looking forward to seeing this team next year minus JVR, Komarov, Bozak, Polak and maybe Gardiner.  But I do think we need to add some size and grit to the forward group. We need someone big who can skate and is willing to punish defenders. I don't know if there is anyone in the system like that, unfortunately.

Freddie was not in his superhuman mode tonight, but when you look at the way the Leafs run around in the dzone and leave players wide open...can't lay all the blame on him.

I hate the Bruins :)

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The leafs are completely ok with mediocre play and actually encourage it.

ROFL, yeah, Shanahan is totally like, "ok guys, let's go be mediocre".

 ::)

Some of the stuff I've seen written here in the last few minutes is really quite pathetic.

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That play summarizes the Leafs shortcomings pretty nicely. Pass to no one out of the dzone, leave a guy all alone in front.

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What a game...whew!

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What a goal by Kapanen! Can't think of anyone who deserved that more.

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Best possible start! Keep it going!

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I feel a strong sense of calm about this game. I don't know if that is a good thing or not, but I think the Leafs win it.

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Anyway that's my armchair criticism/observation for the day ;)  I'm happy the Leafs made a series out of this; Boston is clearly the superior team.
I was thinking that last night especially during the second period, but upon further reflection...I don't think it's clear cut. The Bruins are certainly more effective at certain phases of the game. They are more effective at establishing offensive zone play, better along the boards whereas the Leafs are more of a quick-strike offense. This makes the game look skewed in the Bruins favor but here we are 3-3 with one game to go. Both goalies have been good but Andersen has been better the past 2 games so I don't think one can say that the Bruins are clearly superior overall...

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Playoffs - Casual Fan Edition
« on: April 24, 2018, 11:25:28 AM »
Marner is really impressing me. He is physical and reasonably effective along the boards for his size and seems to have really bought into the team concept, paying attention to defense and playing a complete game. I don't know how well he might hold up over multiple series playing that way, but hopefully we get the chance to find out.

Have also noticed Matthews throwing his weight around a little more which I think is a good thing.

Defensively, Dermott seems to have hit a bit of a wall. Doesn't look very confident lately, making way more mistakes.

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That was some 3rd period. Didn't know if they had it in them after the way they were dominated earlier in the game. GAME 7...Bring it on!

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What a huge PK that was. But Kapanen...can't buy a goal, geez!

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Come on PP!

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