Players still believe in each other
While some might say the Leafs don’t play like a collective unit, the players made sure there was a singular message in their answers to reporters.
None of the players were satisfied with the position they were including Auston Matthews who was the Leafs best player in the series. The thing he made clear in his comments is that while he’s not happy with not being able to win a playoff series over the past four years there is still a belief within the group.
"“We haven’t really been able to pull through. The results in the playoffs haven’t shown, but with the core group that we have, we really believe that we’re right there,” Matthews told reporters. “And to be honest, we don’t really care what other people think. We believe…that we’re going to power through this adversity and we’ll break through eventually.”"
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When it comes to figuring out what the group needs to do, it’s no secret that it was the veterans who offered more insightful answers. Jake Muzzin made it clear that with the team’s talent they need to be able to add the will and desire to compete in each and every game.
Along with Muzzin, Zach Hyman was also critical with his comments saying that the team needs to be willing to play with a consistent competitive mindset. They both believe the Leafs players are capable of delivering that and having this disappointment should hopefully serve as a notice that if there isn’t a complete buy-in, then we’ll be right back where we started.
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