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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #75 on: April 09, 2019, 12:34:34 PM »
As much as I hate to say it, I think the Bruins in 7 is the most likely result. The Leafs lack the discipline to play a Bruins style of game and the Bruins will have 4 home games with which to dictate the match-ups.

As others have said, the Leafs aren't beating the Bruins by playing a Bruins style of game. They're beating them by playing a Leafs style of game. Why create a fast-paced, offensive team if you're just going to abandon that type of style when the games mean the most?

And for what it's worth, it seems like the Bruins could be adjusting to Toronto's game more than the other way around. Cassidy talked just today about how they're going to try and ice the fastest roster they can (which means no David Backes to start).

I didn't say that properly. I'm not suggesting the Leafs try to play Bruins style hockey. I'm suggesting that the Leafs' high skill up-tempo speed style of play doesn't match up well against the Bruins' style when the Bruins have last change and can dictate the match-ups.
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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #75 on: April 09, 2019, 12:34:34 PM »

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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #76 on: April 09, 2019, 12:48:51 PM »
I didn't say that properly. I'm not suggesting the Leafs try to play Bruins style hockey. I'm suggesting that the Leafs' high skill up-tempo speed style of play doesn't match up well against the Bruins' style when the Bruins have last change and can dictate the match-ups.

Ah ok, yeah I get that then. Boston is probably the toughest match-up league-wide for the Leafs stylistically. It really blows that odds are we'll see 3 straight years of us having to get past them in the 1st round. But it is what it is.

I really don't think not having last change is going to be a determining factor in this series though. Boston is going to put the Bergeron line out against the Tavares unit, but Babcock is going to want that same match-up as well. It's not like last year where Boston wanted Bergeron vs. Matthews and Babcock wanted Kadri/Plekanec vs. Bergeron. So I mean I just don't think not having home ice would have really changed things in that particular regard.


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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #77 on: April 09, 2019, 01:00:45 PM »

This is 100% an avoid Chara vs Nylander thing.  He really struggled up against Chara last year.

So, if Cassidy is going to play Chara vs Matthews line- you'll see Kapanen on Matthews wing.  If Chara is out against the Tavares line, I'd expect Nylander on Matthews line. 

I'm expecting Bergeron line to be matched against Tavares line, with Chara-McAvoy facing Matthews line.  But we will see as the series moves along if Cassidy sticks to that.



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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #78 on: April 09, 2019, 02:20:39 PM »
When the Leafs win the Cup 2 months from now, who takes it from Gerry and who's the first guy he gives it too? Don't think they haven't thought about it in the wee hours of the morning ;)

Tavares(A)>>>Matthews(MVP)>>>Marleau(A/21-yr career w/o Cup)>>>Reilly(A)>>>Andersen>>>Marner
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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #79 on: April 09, 2019, 03:48:06 PM »
Marleau gets it first.  I don't care if he's healthy scratched at some point in the playoffs, he still gets it first.  No Captain and he's one of the assistants.  Rielly MIGHT get it first because he's the longest tenured Assistant Captain, but he'd hand it over the Marleau before raising it.

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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #80 on: April 09, 2019, 04:45:43 PM »
Marleau gets it and he won't be a healthy scratch at any time. I expect him to pick it up starting Thursday.

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« Reply #81 on: April 10, 2019, 09:44:10 AM »
Marleau gets it and he won't be a healthy scratch at any time. I expect him to pick it up starting Thursday.
He did score 2 goals in game 7. I expect him to play well. He's been saving himself right?

That third line on paper looks like three guys all having terrible seasons. Let's hope the results start showing up for them. Nylander on the break-ins, Marleau to the net and Kadri in the high slot. I think they have the potential to do some damage.
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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #82 on: April 10, 2019, 09:52:00 AM »
Marleau gets it and then "tweaks" his back carrying it around. Uh oh LTIR for him.

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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #83 on: April 10, 2019, 10:22:30 AM »
If I were a Bruins fan, I would be getting a Gardiner jersey with a "-5" on the back of it.

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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #84 on: April 10, 2019, 11:30:39 AM »
If I were a Bruins fan, I would be getting a Gardiner jersey with a "-5" on the back of it.

It's interesting that Leaf fans are still interested bringing up a game in which everyone (particularly Andersen, with a 0.829 sv%) played terrible.

Until game 7 Gardiner was probably their best defencemen against Boston last year. I expect a similar story this year.

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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #85 on: April 10, 2019, 01:25:26 PM »
If I were a Bruins fan, I would be getting a Gardiner jersey with a "-5" on the back of it.

It's interesting that Leaf fans are still interested bringing up a game in which everyone (particularly Andersen, with a 0.829 sv%) played terrible.

Until game 7 Gardiner was probably their best defencemen against Boston last year. I expect a similar story this year.

I mean, it's not like it hasn't been all over the sports channels the last couple days.  :-\

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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #86 on: April 10, 2019, 01:36:01 PM »
Marleau gets it and he won't be a healthy scratch at any time. I expect him to pick it up starting Thursday.
He did score 2 goals in game 7. I expect him to play well. He's been saving himself right?

That third line on paper looks like three guys all having terrible seasons. Let's hope the results start showing up for them. Nylander on the break-ins, Marleau to the net and Kadri in the high slot. I think they have the potential to do some damage.

He also scored 27 goals that year.  He was down to 16 this year and his skating is nowhere near where it was last year.  It would be a great plus if he is able to step up his game but he certainly isn't someone I'm going to expect anything out of.

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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #87 on: April 10, 2019, 02:05:12 PM »
As much as a Leaf fan as I am, and having been one since 1974, there is no way I see the Leafs taking out the Bruins, and I am devastated and saddened by saying that.  If the Leafs can somehow upset the Bruins, I would be jumping for joy, but the reality is, every team out there knows how to beat the Leafs - clog up the passing lanes and put pressure on the D.  The Leafs never had an answer for that the entire season and every loss I saw this season was a result of teams doing those two things, so I would expect the Bruins to do those same things.  For an offensive team, there were too many one goal games - that is the Leafs only scored one goal, and there were a lot of games which the Leafs could not generate a lot of scoring chances so I'm expecting the Bruins to take this in 5.

However, the two wild cards are Kadri and Gardiner.  If Kadri can be a pest and create some offense and if Gardiner can stop passing the puck to Bruin players, and actually play defense responsibly, the Leafs will take out the Bruins in 7.

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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #88 on: April 10, 2019, 02:11:02 PM »

So every team in the league knew how to beat the Leafs and they just decided not to 46 times?
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Re: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Round 1
« Reply #89 on: April 10, 2019, 02:17:38 PM »

So every team in the league knew how to beat the Leafs and they just decided not to 46 times?
Felt sorry for them? Leafs got lucky 46 times? Sounds reasonable to me.

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