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R1, G1: Lightning @ Leafs - May 2nd, 7:30pm - CBC, Fan 590

Started by CarltonTheBear, May 01, 2022, 08:53:03 PM

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disco

What. A. Game. Auston 2 goals, Marner 3 points. Campbell: on it. The Leafs can hang with the best.
Stood up for ourselves. Go Leafs Go!

disco

Quote from: disco on May 02, 2022, 04:44:36 PM
Prediction Time:
I have two, either Tampa in 5 (where we show we can't hang with that offence and their defence stifles us) or Leafs in 7 (where we show we CAN hang with that offence and we break through their D. Special teams are going to play a big part of the series. Let's hope the refs call it well.

It has to be fall Campbell playing for us to have a shot. And it will nice to see the return of bodychecks. Which are an investment now like they aren't in the regular season. I've seen guys get taken out of the lineup with clean body checks. Lyubushkin, Muzzin, Simmonds and Clifford can hit. Even Kerfoot.
Looks like my second prediction is in effect.

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Bender

Quote from: Zee on May 02, 2022, 09:40:08 PM
Tampa had 5 PP and only managed 24 (not overly dangerous) shots. What a game
To be fair, they looked nervous. They bobbled the puck all night and had a good number of whiffed shots. The Leafs played a great game and kept them to the outside all game long and had excellent breakouts but I really don't see this happening as easily again.
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Bill_Berg

Quote from: Bender on May 02, 2022, 11:20:48 PM
Quote from: Zee on May 02, 2022, 09:40:08 PM
Tampa had 5 PP and only managed 24 (not overly dangerous) shots. What a game
To be fair, they looked nervous. They bobbled the puck all night and had a good number of whiffed shots. The Leafs played a great game and kept them to the outside all game long and had excellent breakouts but I really don't see this happening as easily again.

I doubt they were nervous, but yeah it won't be that's easy again.

bustaheims

Quote from: Bender on May 02, 2022, 11:20:48 PM
Quote from: Zee on May 02, 2022, 09:40:08 PM
Tampa had 5 PP and only managed 24 (not overly dangerous) shots. What a game
To be fair, they looked nervous. They bobbled the puck all night and had a good number of whiffed shots. The Leafs played a great game and kept them to the outside all game long and had excellent breakouts but I really don't see this happening as easily again.

The way the Leafs took it to them on the 5 minute PK looks like it might have shaken them a little/put some doubt in their minds. They never really got their game going after that.
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CarltonTheBear

It's wild that due to all the specialty teams play Marner only got 5:31 of ice-time at 5-on-5. 2nd lowest on the team with Simmonds just 16 seconds behind him (and Clifford but yeah). Matthews was next lowest at 7:46. Kampf actually led all forwards in total ice-time with 19:28 with Marner right behind him at 19:18. What a strange game.

Heroic Shrimp

Quote from: CarltonTheBear on May 03, 2022, 07:34:54 AM
It's wild that due to all the specialty teams play Marner only got 5:31 of ice-time at 5-on-5. 2nd lowest on the team with Simmonds just 16 seconds behind him (and Clifford but yeah). Matthews was next lowest at 7:46. Kampf actually led all forwards in total ice-time with 19:28 with Marner right behind him at 19:18. What a strange game.
And Engvall next at 19:13. If you told me before the game that Kampf and Engvall would play more than Matthews, Tavares and Nylander and basically playing as much as or more than Marner, I would have thought that was as likely as the Leafs winning 5-0.
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CarltonTheBear

Quote from: Heroic Shrimp on May 03, 2022, 07:50:42 AM
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on May 03, 2022, 07:34:54 AM
It's wild that due to all the specialty teams play Marner only got 5:31 of ice-time at 5-on-5. 2nd lowest on the team with Simmonds just 16 seconds behind him (and Clifford but yeah). Matthews was next lowest at 7:46. Kampf actually led all forwards in total ice-time with 19:28 with Marner right behind him at 19:18. What a strange game.
And Engvall next at 19:13. If you told me before the game that Kampf and Engvall would play more than Matthews, Tavares and Nylander and basically playing as much as or more than Marner, I would have thought that was as likely as the Leafs winning 5-0.

Or that Babcock was coaching again.

herman

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Those early PKs went straight to the team's legs and discombobulated any Tampa notion of attacking the net the way they wanted to. Huge shoutout to Dean Chynoweth for instilling an aggressive 'power-kill' approach. Marner, Kerfoot, Kampf, Mikheyev, Engvall, and Blackwell were absolute menaces on the carrier and in the lanes. They knew where Tampa liked to go in their entry routes and just steered it into the trap every time.
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Bullfrog

That was such a good game. The Leafs' penalty kill was scary good. It's great because it keeps the Lightning's power play on edge.

One thing I really noticed last night was how quick the Leafs are. Sure, they've got a lot of speed, but it was the quickness in transitions. Turnover: boom, immediately backchecking. Turnover the other way: immediately on the attack. No hesitations.

herman

Quote from: Bullfrog on May 03, 2022, 08:20:44 AM
One thing I really noticed last night was how quick the Leafs are. Sure, they've got a lot of speed, but it was the quickness in transitions. Turnover: boom, immediately backchecking. Turnover the other way: immediately on the attack. No hesitations.

Great observation.

This is what has been driving Florida and Calgary's recent success. They work hard, but that work is made effective by being very, very quick to recognize and take action. Coupled with some skill, they just take plays into the OZ more frequently.
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herman

https://theathletic.com/3290493/2022/05/03/maple-leafs-stun-lightning-game-1/
QuoteThe transformation of both special teams has been stark in terms of systems. The penalty kill is now hyper-aggressive, as opposed to the somewhat more passive and cautious play of a year ago under the departed Dave Hakstol.

(I texted the coach of another team during the game, asking why the Leafs looked so much better when down a man, and he replied, simply: "Better coach.")

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