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Game # 7 Review: Boston Bruins 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 1

Joke is on us to expect something else. Your game in ten: 1. It is a serious case of deja vu sitting here reflecting yet another Game 7 heartbeat in Boston with Auston Matthews ice age, Nazem Kadri s suspension, Frederik Andersen s Game 7 play, Jake Gardiner s Game 7 plus / minus, and Mike Babcock s coaching decision as quick talk points. It is difficult to collect the energy for this tonight, but the show must continue. 2nd However, in many other respects it was not deja vu. Unlike last spring, where the magazines were genuinely happy to force it into seven games based on the 3-1 series deficit and the series underlying numbers, the magazine was definitely the best 5v5 team this year, and it was again in the first 40 minutes of Game 7 despite the 2-1 Boston lead. They led the series three times. It was right there in their hands, with two chances to close the Bruins, including a game 6 at home. 3 . In the 2018 series, the Leaferna was excluded to a 47.7% Corsi by percent and constituted a 45.4 percent shots. They were out-chanced 52/48. Their expected percentages were 47.6. This year? 50.8 Corsi For Percentage, 48.8 Shots For Percent, 51.5 Scoring For Percent, and 52.17 Expected Goals For Percent. We know that Leafs incorporates expected goals into its evaluation process, and it is a significant 4.5+ metric improvement. They were a better team at 5v5 this year, but the…

Joke is on us to expect something else.

Your game in ten:

1. It is a serious case of deja vu sitting here reflecting yet another Game 7 heartbeat in Boston with Auston Matthews ice age, Nazem Kadri s suspension, Frederik Andersen s Game 7 play, Jake Gardiner s Game 7 plus / minus, and Mike Babcock s coaching decision as quick talk points. It is difficult to collect the energy for this tonight, but the show must continue.

2nd However, in many other respects it was not deja vu. Unlike last spring, where the magazines were genuinely happy to force it into seven games based on the 3-1

series deficit and the series underlying numbers, the magazine was definitely the best 5v5 team this year, and it was again in the first 40 minutes of Game 7 despite the 2-1 Boston lead. They led the series three times. It was right there in their hands, with two chances to close the Bruins, including a game 6 at home.

3 . In the 2018 series, the Leaferna was excluded to a 47.7% Corsi by percent and constituted a 45.4 percent shots. They were out-chanced 52/48. Their expected percentages were 47.6.

This year? 50.8 Corsi For Percentage, 48.8 Shots For Percent, 51.5 Scoring For Percent, and 52.17 Expected Goals For Percent. We know that Leafs incorporates expected goals into its evaluation process, and it is a significant 4.5+ metric improvement.

They were a better team at 5v5 this year, but the result was exactly the same. The difference was that they found a way to lose this series compared to finding a way to hang long enough where they could have – probably should have – won last year. A missed opportunity, to be sure.

4 . There will be so much focus on Auston Matthews “Ice Age again, but for me, on a team of two elite centers, John Tavares and Matthews on average a shade for 20 minutes per game over the series was not the main problem in the big picture, at least not as far as 5v5 ice age goes (the power play is another story). In comparison, they both played more than Bergeron and Pastrnak; Marner and Marchand were in similar 20+ my territory as three situations players like plays the top unit PP and PK.

What was hard to understand was how the six last and special teams were handled throughout the series. Nazem Kadri got out of the series for the second year in a row, Mike Babcock’s error was not At least, however, how he handled these two lines afterwards left much to be desired.

Despite consistently being one of their best handfuls forward, Trevor Moore finished the series that plays 7:46 on average. Babcock never really mixed Moore (or Ennis) for a couple of shifts in a row with a nine centimeter (which should really have happened again tonight with the spark the two gave).

William Nylander played about every 5v5 shift after Kadri suspension with Patrick Marleau and Connor Brown. Nylander fought the whole season that came out of the contract and his turnover for the 4-1 night nights tonight summed up his season, but he was handcuffed in this series offensively by his wing and his good play (of which there were at least three) did not give as much as they could or should have.

Cadri’s revocation could have chosen to play Nylander with Matthews regularly from the table, but that did not mean that Babcock would run with two clearly inferior alternatives than Ennis and Moore in Marleau and Brown all series.

5th With that said, we never saw what Babcock shortened his bench to three lines centered by Tavares, Matthews and Kadri would have looked during a long series with the opportunity to move the Kapan down and Nylander up next to Matthews. It is unfortunate, and much falls into the fact that Kadri did not learn from his mistake last year (the and the five-game penalty from DoPS was a superior verdict for my money).

6th However, Boston had all its bottom six regulars over 10 minutes per night. The return of Sean Kuraly turned out to be something of an X factor for them because he took pace and offensive ability to his deep lines, played quite important minutes and made a big game 7 goal. The addition of Charlie Coyle was also a piece that – in combination with Kadri’s suspension – gave them a strong depth during the seven series. Leaf’s deep player was better than in this series it was wearing; You can also argue that they were outcoached by Cassidy regarding bottom six management as well, as opposed to Boston clearly having the better bottom-six staff.

That said Frederik Gauthier was the worst player in any team in this series. If Gauthier kicked in on PK and played audio 200-foot hockey on 5v5 with minimal or non-existent offensive contributions, you might have managed to sort it off. But he gave the team 7-8 minutes a night with minimal to no PK time, was not used for important faceoffs and put a shot on goal in seven matches. Almost a bargain-bin signature that Tyler Ennis turned out to be, Dubas and Babcock were not on the same page with the Nic Petan addendum to the deadline and it gave them some options will playtime. This applies to both the management and the coaching staff.

7th Connor Brown and Patrick Marleau’s lack of efficiency was something of a double whammy – in addition to giving no offensive at 5v5, they were charged for key roles on penal and Power Play, or were not effective where the specialty units struggled. If you get angry about Babcock not living and dying of his best weapons, it is the power game where the bulk of the focus should be directed. They never had anything approaching a functioning second power-play unit – it was often so bad that it killed some momentum to finish the PP players – and yet they played Matthews, Tavares and Marner up to half a minute less per game than Bergeron, Pastrnak and Marchand.

It is difficult to know how to challenge the responsibility here. Assistant coach was responsible Jim Hiller with PP, who was under-executed most of the year and would have ranked much worse if not for a blazing hot start. DJ Smith drove PK, who ended the middle pack in the regular season and was horrible in the playoffs for the second year. Both should really be under review this offseason. Babcock’s area we can assume is more of the team’s 5v5 games. That being said, the tick with Babcock stops here, and we know that two evenings are split time is probably a Babcock preference (after PP matches, healthy bone care was probably factoring in here).

8th Interesting comments here:

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If you wanted to go with the workload as your thesis on Frederik Andersen game 7 fight again this year – that’s not my favorite theory but it is a theory anyway – it is also part of the management there. Kyle Dubas got the backup decision wrong and it was predictable then. They allowed McElhinney to go out and Sparks finally became a bit of a prehistory – sometimes a distraction – and he didn’t help Babcock to ease Andersen’s load in any way. It was a Cup year – the last of the ELC window with Matthews and Marner – and he became unnecessarily sweet at the backup decision. It made no sense.

9 . I have no time at all for Jake Gardiner stuff. Whether he comes back or not for cap reasons, he was out playing at maybe 50% and having my respect for doing so. It was fair play last spring to some extent; this season it is a BS scapegoat.

10th Nordstrom’s 1-0 goal came from Travis Dermott’s horrific turnaround turnover that blew the zone and was looking for the stretch pass / airmail game and the leaves, when they fell behind, returned to old habits so part of the first period despite succeeding with success with much shorter outbreaks that generated speed in organized fifteen units everywhere in most series. Their power play, which was conducted almost all year, did not get the job again when it could have made the game in Leaf’s favor with the score of 2-1 during the second period (it also had a chance to start a press of 3-1 in the third.)

We have also talked about the backup of the slot machine very much this season, the team’s fourth line and Babcock’s convinced belief in Marleau and Brown’s value in the series. All these decisions made on margins were not only part of the reason why the leaves ended up without hemis in this match in the first place (hemis plays a role here too), many of them came home to roast in Game 7 itself despite Leafs which looks like the better overall team on 5v5.

In a league so tight and a division as tough as Leafs, every little detail has to be placed under the microscope (that was the second year in a row The magazine was awarded for a 100 + points season by playing a top-five team in the first round, this year there was a top two teams with Boston tied for 2nd in the NHL at 107 points). The core pieces are in place here, make no mistake, but they have to find out how to find the extra 5-10% that they were missing in this series and the season as a whole. We are leaving 2018-19 Toronto Maple Leafs season – latest before all their big money contracts enter and some of the difficult decisions really start … it was also a year where Tampa Bay became shockingly wrapped in the round one of the playoffs – with the clear the feeling that this was a missed opportunity.

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Last but not least, thank you for reading this season. Until next time.


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