3:07 P.M. Win … Or hit the golf course !!! …

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Leafs have to come out flyin’ right from the puck drop tonight … Stay outta the penalty box and get under that Marchand’s skin !!! … Get the first TWO goals again and don’t let the Bruins get back into the game …

They’ve had a great season as far as a ‘ rebuilding team goes … If they bowed out tonight , although disappointing , a very positive season … Season record for points ( 105 ) … Home wins ( Mind you , I don’t know if that includes shootout ‘ wins ‘ … ) and Anderson eclipsed Ed Belfour for wins ( 38 ) …

They’re just a solid defense core out of being a damn scary team …

The puck drops and off they go … The Leafs didn’t explode as big as they did the previous game but it was a good back and forth with both sides gettin’ a few chances … The Bruins had the better chances … But again ! … Freddie was in the zone … No score end of the first …

Into the second about a minute the first bummer happens … Bruins score first … BUT ! … Fortunately the Leafs get one pretty quick after ( 35 seconds !! ) to tie the game … Then they score a third a couple of minutes later !!! … No … Wait … CHALLENGE … Goalie interference … NO GOAL .. Bummer number two !!! … Rask did get his arm tied up , while inside the blue paint , so you can’t really bitch about it …

Then the third bummer … The Leafs went all to shit after that for about 7 or 8 minutes … Then finally got back into it …

Great third period … No change and in the last couple minutes , the Bruins having pulled Rask for the extra man , the Leafs finally got that third  goal with Plecanik findin’ the empty net … Boston kept pressin’ … But Anderson , the deserving first star , stopped ’em each time …

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Well , The Leafs managed to put the golf course on the back burner for another couple days at least … Let’s work on prolonging it even longer !!!…

Game 7 in Boston should be a good one !!! …

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7:28 A.M. What say the Toronto sports media people now ?!!! …

Well , I didn’t want to watch the Leaf season end last night so I stay up here and checked in every now and then on the score … Maybe that’s what I have to do for the next little while to help ’em out !!! … They came out flyin’ and they won … Boston tried to come back but Freddie Anderson stonewalled ’em again and this time the Leafs managed to put enough rubber behind Tuukka Rask …

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In all, Rask faced 13 shots. He allowed four goals … ‘ Sometimes you track pucks better than the other days ‘ Rask said … ‘ Today , as you probably could tell , I wasn’t tracking the puck very well … It happens sometimes … Too bad it happened today ‘…

The first goal came at 6:36 of the first period , when Maple Leafs forward Connor Brown knocked a rebound out of the air after Auston Matthews tried a wraparound attempt that Torey Krug blocked with his stick … The second came at 10:12 of the first , when Andreas Johnsson slipped behind the Bruins defense , allowing him to take a feed from Nazem Kadri and beat Rask glove side … But it was the third goal that crushed Rask and the Bruins … That came at 10:36 of the second period , from Tyler Bozak , 51 seconds after Bruins forward David Backes had cut the Maple Leafs lead to one with a power-play goal … Rask had a clear view of Bozak on the play , but he could not get his glove on the puck …

Suddenly , the Bruins were down by two again , and the game felt like it was slipping away …’ I didn’t have too many shots out there, ‘ Rask said … ‘ But just one of those , you’re fighting it … Those first two goals were nothing to do with tracking , but it’s just , never got into the game , really , and couldn’t make those stops that I should have made to keep the game tight , especially that third goal … We scored … We had the momentum going , and then they get a chance , and I couldn’t stop the puck ‘…

Then , another 1:19 after that came the van Riemsdyk goal , and the exit for Rask , who was replaced by Anton Khudobin.He ran off , toward the Bruins dressing room , and grabbed a bottle of water … As he said … ‘ Had to burn the energy somehow … ‘ I didn’t think he had it tonight ‘  coach Bruce Cassidy explained ‘… ‘ So we went with Anton. Clearly , if I thought he was on , then he wouldn’t have got pulled ‘…

The loss left Rask 5-11 in Stanley Cup Playoff games when the Bruins have a chance to end a series. He has a 2.94 goals-against average and .895 save percentage in such situations. But the game was far from all about the goaltender.

‘ Not a good effort from us ‘ defenseman Charlie McAvoy said … ‘ That’s not indicative of how he played … A couple unfortunate goals … Some odd mans … Definitely not his fault tonight. Whenever he gets pulled , we know that we didn’t do our job … He’s got our backs, and we’ve got his ‘…

The Bruins did not come out the way they had intended , especially for a team that got top-line center Patrice Bergeron back and was hoping to close out the series and avoid a trip back to Toronto for Game 6 … By the end , they looked far better , buzzing at the Maple Leafs , and finishing with 45 shots on goal , 20 of them in the third period … The Maple Leafs had 21 shots on goal , in total …

MORBNOTE ; Hmmm … Let’s do the math … Rask faces 13 shots … Let’s 4 go by him … That’s a .692 save percentage … Anderson , on the other hand , faced 45 shots … 20 !!! in the third period alone ! … And 3 went by him … That’s a .933 save percentage …

Why then is the press , after some disappointing play by the ENTIRE Leaf team , in the first two games , going on and on about Toronto needing a ‘ hot playoff goalie ‘ like Tuukka Rask and Anderson isn’t up to it ?!!! … SHIT !!! … Look at some of those replays on at least three of those bizarre saves he made in game three !!! …

Source: Rask takes blame, but plenty to go around for Bruins in Game 5

7:47 A.M. Andersen’s ridiculous stick save on Pastrnak can’t be explained …

Mr. Andersen made a save straight out of ‘ The Matrix ‘ …

While Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen may spell his last name differently from the hero of the sci-fi movie classic , his sprawling save save near the end of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round Series against the Boston Bruins recalled some of the action moves. Andersen had moved to his left as the puck was sent out to the point , nothing to see there , but as the puck was quickly shifted back to Bruins forward David Pastrnak near the net , Andersen somehow dove to his right and stopped the puck clearly ticketed for the wide open , gaping net with the blade of his stick …

How Andersen was able to stop the shot remains a mystery … This is one of those Stanley Cup Playoff plays that no matter how many times you watch it , you still won’t be able to understand the outcome …

 

It was that type of an effort … Freddie  … AGAIN … Stopping 40 shots !!! … With at least another 2 highlight reel worthy stops under his belt AND Auston to become … Well Austin again ! …

 

 

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I said to myself that I’d watch the first period only and if I didn’t see a 180 difference in the Leafs ‘ play I won’t put myself thru the whole agony of watching them sink to a 3 – 0 whole ( .. that would be pretty much impossible to climb out of against this Bruin team … ) …

Fortunately , they did … And we now have a series … One that has finally broke the ice for Austin Mathews …

BUT !!! … They have to do it again Thursday … And from here on in … A good test for a good , young team …

Source: Andersen’s ridiculous stick save on Pastrnak can’t be explained

5:12 P.M. Barring a 180 … It’s toast for the Leafs !!! … ( updated 04 / 14 ) …

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Yesterday I said Game 2 was … Basically a ‘ must win ‘ scenario … Well , they didn’t … And despite comin’ out of the gate hard and fast … Boston contained them and their first line had a feast ! … If the Leafs don’t look drastically different in the first 10 minutes of Game 3 … I’ll be retiring from the livingroom and resign myself to reading their obituary in the morning …

Here’s how the post was last night …

Kadri had that unfortunate brain fart in the third period and now the Leafs are without their ‘ in your face ‘ guy that’s usually on the ice against the opposition’s best line , but also their third most goal scorer !!! … He deserves his 3 game suspension , but at 27 he should be able to control himself far better than that …

But like coach Babcock says  … ‘ We’ve been missin’ guys all year … So what ?! … Get out there and play ‘…

I hope his teammates just add this to their resolve to play a good , hard sixty minutes and come out with a win …

I’ll update later …

Well , so much for this update … 3/4 into the first period the Leafs were down 3 – 0 !!! … I stopped watchin’ !!! … Last I checked up here … It was the end of the second and they were down 5 – 2 … 

Better be a different team at home or it’s golf season !!! … And it’s a good thing y’all make millions ’cause ya ain’t playin’ golf up in this neck of the woods !!! … Winter decided it wasn’t time to leave yet !!!… I’ll take a few shots tomorrow …

NOTE ; Let’s forget that last sentence in the first Leaf post on the 12th … ( Y’know … About it being a long series ) …

MORBNOTE ; On Monday April / 23 ; I stand corrected as the Leafs win two straight and force a seventh and deciding game Wed / Apr / 25 !!!…

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3:300 P.M. Just 3 1/2 hours ’til … IT’S SHOWTIME !!! …

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First game of the series against Boston … In Boston … Gotta get this first one decisively !!! … Get the Bruins worried …

This should be a good one … The young lads got some valuable experience against Washington last year … To the point where the Caps were tellin’ people to ‘ watch out ‘ ! … And they won !!! …

Plus there’s a couple guys that recall blowin’ a 4 – 1 lead halfway thru the third in 2013 to the Bruins so they’re not gonna let that happen again …

I’ll be updating this after the game …

Well … As far as the updating goes ! … So much for game one … They couldn’t get their speed game goin’ … Boston tied them up pretty damn good … I called it and came upstairs here after 4 – 1 … By the time I did that is was 5 – 1 for the Bruins …

Alright boys … Regroup … And come out flyin’ Saturday for the split … Gonna be a long series …

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9:48 A.M. Bring it on !!! …

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Never mind the die hard Leaf fans … And the past daydreamers … THIS current batch of young leafs seems to be the real deal … I’m not holding my breath for the Stanley Cup this year by any means , but I think they’ll go deep into the payoffs and make their opponents be at their best if they plan on beating this team !!! …

Starts tomorrow … It’s gonna be something to watch … Guaranteed !!! …

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