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So unlucky to not take it back to Washington for a game 7 which I think they deserved but even so they ran the Caps so very close.

Was it "unlucky," really?

I mean, by the end of the series, the Leafs had no powerplay, a mediocre penalty kill, and only one line that could score 5v5. Trotz had figured them out, and a lot of the team hit a wall. Kadri's line faded as the series progressed. Marner's line never really showed up. The 4th line had one game where they exceeded expectations, but other than that... they were a fourth line. And an already weak defense lost a guy who'd played really well for the last quarter (Polak) and had one of their top 3 coming back from an injury and not looking very good at all. A few heroic performances from Hunwick and Marincin were followed by them coming back to earth.

I look at the series and think Babcock might've been at fault for not mixing things up when it became clear some players were starting to fade (if Brown or Marner or Kapanen isn't going to be what he can be, why the heck not throw Sosh or Leivo in?). On the other hand, I think he might've wanted to see -- and to let the players see -- where they were. So, can't complain. This was a great development opportunity. But I can't really say they were unlucky not to win.

On balance of play in the game last night I thought they were unlucky not to get the winning goal, certainly had some chances. Didn't quite get the breaks. That's the way these things go.

Agree re special teams, it cost us more and more as the series progressed and was a crucial factor in losing the series, if the powerplay had clicked in the 3rd period of game 5 then we might have been heading back for game 6 with a chance to eliminate.

In a series as close as that was then it's the small details that count.

As you say this was a great development opportunity; a real bonus and the experience will hopefully pay dividends as the team continues to develop.



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Heart breaker of a loss but with the loss comes a lot of pride and realisation that this young team is the real deal and will be back to compete again next season and will be stronger, fitter and better prepared for the challenges ahead.

So unlucky to not take it back to Washington for a game 7 which I think they deserved but even so they ran the Caps so very close.

Looking forward in anticipation to October more than I have for many's a long year!

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Best of 3 starting Friday  - still very much a winnable series at this point.

Nearly another improbable comeback after a very poor start to the game. We didn't play well at all but even then with better bounces could have made it to OT again so definitely still some positives.

Already looking forward to the next game!

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Looking forward to an early rise tomorrow to watch the game tape delayed, would stay up and watch but the way this series has went the game might not finish until after 3am over here!

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Introductions / Re: Hello!
« on: April 19, 2017, 03:12:00 PM »
Welcome back, scottishleaf!  :)   It's been a long time.

Cheers :)

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Introductions / Re: Hello!
« on: April 19, 2017, 12:47:02 PM »
;D

Irn Bru Extra available now; It's sugar free but tastes identical to full sugar 'Bru, not too shabby at all

I've not been back in over a year now, will need to check it out next time!

LHF - I've been here, just changed my moniker to Patrick for a while. ;)

You need to get back over to see what Brendan is building in person ;) Been a cracking season, me and leaf junior off to Hamdump on Sunday and then the crubledome next Saturday :)

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Introductions / Re: new fan from Scotland.
« on: April 19, 2017, 12:38:42 PM »
Pfft... bandwagon jumper! Abandoning your home team for the Toronto Maple Leafs like that. Despicable! Next thing you know, you'll be throwing away your hometown basketball team for the Raptors or following the Blue Jays as well as your hometown local baseball team the Highlanders. But in your heart you know there can be only one.

Scotland has professional hockey right?  ::)

/Sarcasm *just in case*

Several teams now - Fife Flyers (UK's oldest team), Edinburgh Capitals, Dundee Stars and Braehead Clan (Glasgow based)

The Marlies played a tournament a couple of years back in Edinburgh's rink with Hamilton and the Belfast Giants

They did, I went to the final between the Marlies and the Bulldogs... Bulldogs won :(

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Introductions / Re: Hello!
« on: April 19, 2017, 12:36:48 PM »
Well, it is made in Scotland from Girders, so there is a faint metallic taste to it. ;)

It could also just be the blood you're tasting as it takes the top layer of your esophagus with it as it goes down. :D

It's always been too sweet for me, I didn't mind a diet Irn-Bru on occasion though, sacrilege for some.

 ;D

Irn Bru Extra available now; It's sugar free but tastes identical to full sugar 'Bru, not too shabby at all

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Introductions / Re: Hello!
« on: April 18, 2017, 01:57:32 PM »

Hey, here's a question that got kicked around at my Easter dinner you might be able to answer. What does Irn Bru actually taste like? Is it orange flavoured or just orange coloured? The wikipedia page is no help.

It's not orange flavoured, it has it's own unique taste, there isn't really anything to compare it too. Great for hangovers!

Cheers for that. I can order some on Amazon and I just might to quell this long running curiousity.

Make sure it is ice cold when you drink it! and it's not a bad mixer with vodka ;)

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Introductions / Re: Hello!
« on: April 18, 2017, 01:36:09 PM »

Hey, here's a question that got kicked around at my Easter dinner you might be able to answer. What does Irn Bru actually taste like? Is it orange flavoured or just orange coloured? The wikipedia page is no help.

It's not orange flavoured, it has it's own unique taste, there isn't really anything to compare it too. Great for hangovers!

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Introductions / Re: Hello!
« on: April 18, 2017, 01:23:30 PM »
Not sure what the protocol is these days but it's been so long since I've posted I thought it might be best to reintroduce myself!

Hey man!

I hope you and the family are well.

Wigwal! :)

Yeah all good buddy! Wee man is growing up fast. Hope all good with you.

Nice one, glad to hear it mate.

All good here too, wife and wee man are grand.

Don't be a stranger!

Wife and wee man!! Awesome and congrats :) and I'm planning on hanging around for a bit ;)

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Introductions / Re: Hello!
« on: April 18, 2017, 01:15:01 PM »
Not sure what the protocol is these days but it's been so long since I've posted I thought it might be best to reintroduce myself!

Hey man!

I hope you and the family are well.

Wigwal! :)

Yeah all good buddy! Wee man is growing up fast. Hope all good with you.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Anyone been around here 10 yrs?
« on: April 18, 2017, 12:45:49 PM »

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Anyone been around here 10 yrs?
« on: April 18, 2017, 11:29:19 AM »
I'd say it was late 2002 for me originally, it was the Leafs playoff run in 2002 that really sparked my interest. I've had a big gap between posts though!

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Introductions / Re: Hello!
« on: April 18, 2017, 11:05:25 AM »
Welcome back.

Thanks Nik - great to see another familiar moniker :)

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