The Toronto Maple Leafs used a total team effort to stun the Washington Capitals, 4-3, in double overtime on Saturday night and now send the series to Toronto all tied at 1.
Thoughts and Observations
was, as Rielly called him, the backbone of the Leafs in Game 2. He was sensational throughout this contest and you could argue he stole the game from the Capitals. His calm demeanor between the pipes also seemed to provide the Leafs with a sense of security because the team knew Freddy would bail them out in most situations. If the Leafs have any chance at winning this series, they’re going to need Andersen to continue playing at an otherworldly level.
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The Leafs’ power play was awful to start, but they eventually settled in during this game and not only notched a goal, but also played with the structure we’re accustomed to seeing. I think it’s safe to say the “playoff jitters” are gone and the PP unit is comfortable.
As expected, special teams has played a massive role in this series. Although the Leafs killed off three of the Capitals five penalties in Game 2, Washington has now scored three of their six goals on the power play.
I’ll keep my comments about the officiating brief. The zebras were inconsistent. They blew the whistle for marginal calls and let it go for blatantly obvious calls, it was perplexing to say the least. Also, what’s up with the refs constantly throwing guys out of the circle?
Something that continues to be an issue for the Leafs in this series is long shifts. The Capitals have done a good job keeping the puck in the Leafs zone and they eventually hem Toronto into their own end. A perfect example of this was on Backstrom’s goal. Gardiner tried to make a cute play up the boards and it failed, but it was visibly apparent him and the other four Leafs on the ice were gassed. I feel like this might be nitpicking a bit, but it’s something the Leafs have had to deal with through two games.
Stat of the Night
The Washington Capitals have only led the Leafs for 3:19 through the first two games of this series. The best team in hockey, who some thought would demolish the Leafs, has only led Toronto for a mere three minutes and nineteen seconds.
Game 3 will take place at the Air Canada Centre on Monday night with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m.
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