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I would agree that a couple of times Kadri passed to Kessel when he should have shot, but there were several shifts where they had the puck the entire shift. We're going to have some WOW moments with those two. Credit to Winnik too.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game 11, Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2
@Mind Bomb @WendelGilmour @Forever17 @Cameron19 Yeah. I would prefer the Leafs stick to what got them the lead, but the Hawks had something to say about that. Hard to contain them.
@Forever17 @WendelGilmour @Cameron19 Nice game to be at. Similar to Cam I just enjoyed the game, no complaints from me. Hawks are a great team, and they dominate many teams for long stretches. Even when the Leafs were hemmed in I didn't see the outright panic we saw last year.
@Burtonboy @vinoa @WendelGilmour Agreed, Bboy. Carrick seems intent on kicking the door down, and there may be other injuries. I really liked the way he played.
@Cameron19 Yep. Great game to watch, some really good hockey, both ways.
@vinoa @WendelGilmour That would certainly provide some Ozone time we could use.
@vinoa @WendelGilmour Yeah, not awful, I thought he was better Friday. If he can continue to crash on the forecheck and work the boards it would be a bonus. I'm hoping he gets there.
Booth coming back may allow us to have a more trusted 4th line, depending on how the line-up gets shuffled. Carrick looked like he could manage more minutes and if that continues he will earn them, but he'll need wingers who are also trusted. Ashton could be one of them, but he's frustratingly inconsistent even shift to shift.
Nice win last night. Balanced lines and sticking to a system make these games much more enjoyable.
I would attribute the 3rd period Hawks domination to score effects and the Leafs playing in a b2b.
Many good performances last night. I'm really starting to see Polak's value, a lot of opposition plays die because of him. I also thought Franson had another very good game. Our D looks much better when the forwards create back pressure and are where they're supposed to be in the Dzone.
@Jmessih Emelin should have been.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #11, Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)
@Alec Brownscombe Yeah, but mom is wearing Leafs gear.
Get Kadri and Kessel out on the PP.
@Jmessih So has Franson. Really playing well.
Reims looking great. FU CBC.
These balanced lines are a thing of beauty.
Hard to take Kypreos seriously when he talks about goal scoring.
So Pavelec is great and playing Reimer was a mistake? LOL.
@wendelsfist Clarkson hands down.
@MaxwellHowe Kadri and Kessel dominating, and Carrick looks really good.
@Yan28 You could see in preseason. He focused on the little things. He's also playing 10 pounds heavier. Brilliant hands, and great imagination.
@Jmessih He'll need to keep his head up. Naz will be looking for him.
Ha, Naz getting chippy too. Good sign.
@Jay31 Yep. maybe this year, later.
Carrick looks great. Love his chippiness.
@WesternDP Having forwards actually play a system sure helps.
Kadri and Kessel turning it up a notch.
Liking the Carrick idea. He'll bring a little snarl. If Ashton can play like he did last night we may have a line that can forecheck and eat some minutes.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 1
@Jay_Berg I'd give that a shot for sure.
@maple1967leafs @WendelGilmour Yeah, ironic they'd get better results playing like they do on the road.
Nice test for the Leafs tonight. It will be interesting to see if they can keep the structure they've played with the last couple of games without getting nervous because it's Chicago.
@Jay_Berg Sure looks that way. Horachek seems to spend a lot of time in his ear, in a good way.
Nice write-up, Dec. Really agree with the comments on Winnik. Great addition, and didn't look out of place with two skilled guys at all. He did a lot of good work, and I was also happy to see him rewarded. Wicked shot on that goal too.
Ashton looked pretty good also, and brought some good energy.
@MaxwellHowe No argument here, although I believe both will benefit. That Kadri goal was just like the one against Boston in the playoffs. As soon as I realized it was Kessel and Kadri 2 on 1 I knew it was going in.
Morning, boys and girls.
@Savo43 "Indefinite" is the word so far.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #10, Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., SNO)
@Burtonboy @FloorHockeyFlopper Yep, it's the way they are playing that I like.
@Potcy @WendelGilmour @Mattmark So if they both get more points we're both happy.
@Hmmm @mlclearwater Keep Kadri and Kessel together.
@Mind Bomb @Mattmark @Potcy Bingo. Big improvement, imo.
@Potcy @WendelGilmour @Mattmark Offensively, yes. It's only going to help him he's playing with the guy who has the puck more than any other Leaf forward. Kessel will benefit as much, or more than Naz will.
Doesn't matter to me as long as it gets wins.
@Mind Bomb @WendelGilmour Ha. Credit where credit is due.
It was mentioned earlier. Regardless of their opponents this week, the Leafs are playing much differently. For the better.
@Potcy @Mattmark Both will benefit, and so will the Leafs. That's all that really matters.
@T K O @WendelGilmour @vinoa @Sexyhairyman Ashton had one good game, not sure that means the end of anyone else. If Frattin is seen as done based solely on his own performance that's a different matter.
@WesternDP @vinoa @T K O @Sexyhairyman One game. Let's see how he does for a few.