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Quote from: cabber24 on May 05, 2024, 09:20:02 AMI thought Samsonov should have played the puck and not sit parked on his goal line. The guy never looks ready.

Run it back, rinse and repeat...
Quote from: 4EVRLEAFAN on May 05, 2024, 08:30:11 AM
Quote from: bustaheims on May 05, 2024, 06:03:21 AM
Quote from: Guilt Trip on May 04, 2024, 10:41:55 PM
Quote from: bustaheims on May 04, 2024, 10:39:26 PMWhen you only score 12 goals in a 7 game series, you can't expect to win, regardless of goaltending. 1 for 21 on the PP. that's how you lose a winnable series.
PP was def an issue but so was Sammy. No soft goals, Leafs win the series and it doesn't go 7.

When you can't reliably score two goals a night, goaltending is so far down the list of reasons you lost it's barely worth mentioning. If you need to have your goalies allow no more than 1 goal a night, they're not the issue.

Leafs need an upgrade on Sammy, but outside of game 1, I can't put much blame on him. He gave the team a chance to win in every game they showed up for. They didn't seize the opportunities.

Sorry but completely disagree on  Sammy he let in far to many soft goals the game winner last night was just brutal, way out of position  back in the crease, you have to come out and challenge the shooter or play the puck,  just horrible, and yes I get Marner and  Reilley should of had Pastrnak  and  our offence was a disaster. 

That is a very valid point.  In the recent interview with Bourne and Kyper, Steve Valiquette  pointed out the really drastic effect of letting a soft goal in the playoffs.  There were about 14 soft goals or so and only about 3 teams were able to overcome that and win the game.   Moreover the weak goal he allowed against Boston. (scored by Frederic I believe while Bertuzzi was getting tripped by Marchand) was really really bad.   There were about 700 shots taken during NHL games and only 3 goals went in.  And Samsonov had the 2nd worst record using goaltending stats that Valiquette utilized over the past year including expected goals,  leads squandered, games  'stolen' etc., he said.  Samsonov was markedly slow going across the crease all season based on his data and was particularly drastically bad on 2 on 1's.    (It was something like 9 goals scored on him out of 14 chances when the puck was passed across the zone in the slot). But again let's not use facts to undercut his supposed value to the Leafs.

Quote from: A Weekend at Bernier's on May 04, 2024, 10:24:38 PMRielly Rielly Rielly Rielly Rielly

How does Rielly get out-skated to the puck?  He was minus 2 tonight.  And anchored a power play that was awful this series.  And didn't hit all series (naturally).  Man , it is amazing that he gets a relatively free ride by the media for the Leafs defensive woes, IMHO.
Quote from: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on May 02, 2024, 09:23:41 PM
Quote from: herman on May 02, 2024, 09:22:34 PMGood adjustment for the back half of this period to switch 16 and 88

Giving Keefe credit, seems like he's just let the lines roll. 

Is it actually the case that he is out coaching Montgomery?  How is this possible?
Will Keefe ever put Domi at centre on the PP?  What is the point tracking stats during a game when the coaches don't use them?    And will Keefe keep playing the 4th line in OT?  If so will this be the last game he will coach for the Leafs?
How can Keefe justify using the same players on the power play?  Tavares is a black hole.
The Leafs should not have Rielly and JT on the 1st PP.   The Bruins force the play to to the left side where JT is stationary.   Why not change something?
So many things have gone wring with the Leafs tonight.   Bad penalties, Reaves and   Holmberg largely  responsible  for the first 2 goals , bad PK and 810 goaltending.   But the Leafs can skate with them.   How about Bertuzzi  and Lilly on the pp instead of Tavares and Rielly ?    They were quite impactful a few months ago and the pp has been ineffective the last  10 games.  What do they have to lose?
Quote from: Guilt Trip on March 02, 2024, 09:00:08 PM
Quote from: dekedastardly on March 02, 2024, 08:55:56 PMDid Rempe not leave his feet and go after Lyubushkin's head?
Hard to tell but kind of looked that way.

And will Reaves be called in for 'retribution' because of that missed call?

And Keefe of course is playing Rielly and Brodie together who looked bad on that last shift.

I am not sure if this will end well...
Quote from: Guilt Trip on February 27, 2024, 08:55:31 PM
Quote from: x.jr.benchwarmer on February 27, 2024, 08:45:49 PM
Quote from: Guilt Trip on February 27, 2024, 08:18:53 PMRielly and Brodie asleep. 

Both Rielly and Brodie are - 3.    Where is the accountability for the veterans?  Why does Keefe insist on playing them together even though it is generally a tire fire?    And what was Tavares thinking during that last backhand pass?

They were responsible for goal 1..Domi messed up on goal 2 and Tavares screwed up goal 3. Rielly was ready in the opposite corner for the pass that should have come his way.
They are together because Liljegren is out and he wants to leave the other pairs together. There isn't a huge choice here.
And to start the 3rd Rielly with Benoit.

And Brodie is now playing with McCabe.  He is finally changing Rielly and Brodie but it may be too late.
Quote from: Guilt Trip on February 27, 2024, 08:18:53 PMRielly and Brodie asleep. 

Both Rielly and Brodie are - 3.    Where is the accountability for the veterans?   Why does Keefe insist on playing them together even though it is generally a tire fire?    And what was Tavares thinking during that last backhand pass?
What a team effort!

McMann had a career game.

Domi was flying.

And Brodie had perhaps his best game this year.

15 shots allowed tonight which was phenomenal.

Is it coincidental that Reilly wasn't in the lineup for Brodie's stellar play?

And by having all of the defencemen stress positional play and clear the net and make quick smart passes and not take chances, should this be an approach the Leafs should adopt going forward?

The Leafs were 15-2-1 last year with Reilly out.  It's probably coincidental but it is arguably worth looking into this further  by the stats gurus and the  coaching staff...

Quote from: Bender on May 07, 2023, 08:02:05 PMWe really don't deserve to win this game.

There is still a chance notwithstanding the mini fiascos that have happened the last period or so.

But it is pretty sad that M & M aren't playing better than their 4th line counterparts.
Quote from: L K on May 07, 2023, 07:10:14 PMMcCabe with another completely unnecessary icing.  Has he done a single good thing this series.  Absolutely no reason to ice it

Totally agree.

And yet the announcers never mention it seemingly. 

The bad pinches by Reilly,  the idiotic plays that McCabe has made,  the slow reactions by Gio and Holl.  Is there ever accountability by the veteran defencemen?

Keefe is quick to criticize Bunting or Lilly but these defencemen make so many mistakes it defies common sense that they still go out and make the same mistakes so consistently.
Quote from: hap_leaf on April 29, 2023, 09:49:59 PMLets hope Bowen gets to go on the road with the boys, next round

His rendition of "happy days" was inspiring.  I feel good for Jim R. as well.
Quote from: Guilt Trip on April 29, 2023, 08:51:36 PM
Quote from: L K on April 29, 2023, 08:48:45 PMI don't disagree with that assessment fo Nylander but I hate that their takeaway is that Nylander is at fault for not covering for others when Giordano whiffed and took nobody
Yes Gio did but it's critical still. He wasn't in the right spot. He takes Stamkos no goal.

Agreed with that.  But another telling point (barely articulated in the broadcast was that Gustafson is on the left boards and barely makes any effort to cover the front of the net. (Reminiscent of Martin Marincin perhaps...?)