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Re: Leafs @ Canadiens - May 3rd, 7:00pm - SN, TSN 1050
« Reply #90 on: May 03, 2021, 09:45:29 PM »
Man they are really questionable defensively at 3v3.
That was brutal by Willy on the goal. Caufield was his man.

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Re: Leafs @ Canadiens - May 3rd, 7:00pm - SN, TSN 1050
« Reply #91 on: May 03, 2021, 09:50:04 PM »
Man they are really questionable defensively at 3v3.

Definitely gonna cost them in the playoffs.
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Re: Leafs @ Canadiens - May 3rd, 7:00pm - SN, TSN 1050
« Reply #92 on: May 03, 2021, 09:51:08 PM »
Man they are really questionable defensively at 3v3.

Definitely gonna cost them in the playoffs.
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Re: Leafs @ Canadiens - May 3rd, 7:00pm - SN, TSN 1050
« Reply #93 on: May 03, 2021, 10:16:22 PM »
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Re: Leafs @ Canadiens - May 3rd, 7:00pm - SN, TSN 1050
« Reply #94 on: May 04, 2021, 12:09:18 AM »
Man they are really questionable defensively at 3v3.
That was brutal by Willy on the goal. Caufield was his man.

Yup, that was the wrong choice. He got a stick on the puck but not enough to retake possession. 3-on-3 in your own zone is not the time to take chances like that.
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Re: Leafs @ Canadiens - May 3rd, 7:00pm - SN, TSN 1050
« Reply #95 on: May 04, 2021, 07:46:46 AM »
Man they are really questionable defensively at 3v3.

I'm not sure how a team can be bad defensively in OT. I mean, Montreal gave up a 2 on 0 and a 3 on 1.


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Re: Leafs @ Canadiens - May 3rd, 7:00pm - SN, TSN 1050
« Reply #96 on: May 04, 2021, 07:48:15 AM »
Habs played a desperate team's game as they actually have something to play for. Toronto played like they have it all locked up.

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Re: Leafs @ Canadiens - May 3rd, 7:00pm - SN, TSN 1050
« Reply #97 on: May 04, 2021, 08:39:37 AM »
Habs played a desperate team's game as they actually have something to play for. Toronto played like they have it all locked up.

Yeah I got that same sense from the get-go. Another point to consider is the fact that facing the Jets in the first round may even be preferred. So, while I’m not saying they played to lose they didn’t play desperate must-win hockey either. 
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Re: Leafs @ Canadiens - May 3rd, 7:00pm - SN, TSN 1050
« Reply #98 on: May 04, 2021, 09:10:26 AM »
Yup, that was the wrong choice. He got a stick on the puck but not enough to retake possession. 3-on-3 in your own zone is not the time to take chances like that.

Funny thing: Willy in OT did what he didn't do against that Nick Suzuki goal the other day and attacked the entry winger to hurry the play.
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Re: Leafs @ Canadiens - May 3rd, 7:00pm - SN, TSN 1050
« Reply #99 on: May 04, 2021, 12:13:04 PM »
Even when Matthews was on the bench, it never really felt like Montreal was driving hard to the net. They did the same thing against Ottawa the other night. They kill time playing keep away hoping for a defensive breakdown instead of going for it. Not a surprise their OT record has been terrible this season.

Been thinking about this a little more and I wouldn't be surprised if this was actually a new tactic Montreal was trying in response to their poor OT record. Because that's 3 straight OT wins for them now including victories over Toronto and Edmonton. I re-watched their OT's against the sens and Oilers and it was a lot of the same thing we saw last night: playing keep away/dominating puck possession. Against Ottawa they literally restarted attempted zone entries 4 times within the first minute because they didn't like what they saw. Against Edmonton they left the offensive zone a number of times with possession of the puck in order to restart and try to catch the Oilers on a poorly guarded rush.

Sure it's a lot more boring than the run and gun 3-on-3 hockey we're used to seeing but I think it's actually a pretty solid tactic. It's a little late in the season to be worrying about 3-on-3 strategies but in the future it's something the Leafs should probably look into more, especially since their OT record (5-6) isn't exactly anything to brag about.

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Re: Leafs @ Canadiens - May 3rd, 7:00pm - SN, TSN 1050
« Reply #100 on: May 05, 2021, 10:44:46 AM »
Even when Matthews was on the bench, it never really felt like Montreal was driving hard to the net. They did the same thing against Ottawa the other night. They kill time playing keep away hoping for a defensive breakdown instead of going for it. Not a surprise their OT record has been terrible this season.

Been thinking about this a little more and I wouldn't be surprised if this was actually a new tactic Montreal was trying in response to their poor OT record. Because that's 3 straight OT wins for them now including victories over Toronto and Edmonton. I re-watched their OT's against the sens and Oilers and it was a lot of the same thing we saw last night: playing keep away/dominating puck possession. Against Ottawa they literally restarted attempted zone entries 4 times within the first minute because they didn't like what they saw. Against Edmonton they left the offensive zone a number of times with possession of the puck in order to restart and try to catch the Oilers on a poorly guarded rush.

Sure it's a lot more boring than the run and gun 3-on-3 hockey we're used to seeing but I think it's actually a pretty solid tactic. It's a little late in the season to be worrying about 3-on-3 strategies but in the future it's something the Leafs should probably look into more, especially since their OT record (5-6) isn't exactly anything to brag about.

It's a smart tactic but I'm not thrilled with the idea of turning 3 on 3 into a boring product.

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Re: Leafs @ Canadiens - May 3rd, 7:00pm - SN, TSN 1050
« Reply #101 on: May 05, 2021, 10:49:15 AM »
It's a smart tactic but I'm not thrilled with the idea of turning 3 on 3 into a boring product.

Yeah. It's not terrible from a tactical POV, but it's intensely boring and I'm not convinced it's necessarily safer. The Leafs almost burned them twice - the 2 on 0 and Tavares putting one off the post - before they had a real shot on net.
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