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*** 2021-22 Playoffs Opening Round: Tampa Bay Lightning (A3) at Toronto Maple Leafs (A2) - (TBL WIN 4-3) ***


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  1. 1. Whose History Gets Enhanced This Series?

    • 1- Lightning win in 4 proving once again, Leaves® in the NHL always fall in Spring
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    • 2- Lightning in 5... Toronto shows a bit of game, but still, not anywhere near enough to get by the defending champs
    • 3- Lightning in 6. Leafs play tough, play hard, but the cool n calm Bolts show them how it's done anyways.
    • 4- Lightning in 7. Epic series filled with tough play, fancy goals, stellar goaltending....but sees Toronto fall just short.
    • 5- Leafs in 4. New Toronto, old Tampa Bay. Leafs on a mission!
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    • 6- Leafs in 5. Bolts can't quite come up with the right formula this time, and Toronto looks damned good putting away the defending champs.
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    • 7- Leafs in 6. Great series that sees the Maple Leafs seemingly always a step ahead of the Lightning
    • 8- Leafs in 7. Toronto caps a great series doing something no one has been able to do in a long time: Close out Vasilevskiy and his crew. Leafs nation is ecstatic at home!
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Nobody cares, but I'm going to type it anyway. I wasn't supposed to see this game, and I'm kind of disappointed I had to watch the 5th straight year of ultimate game futility from this club.    Today, was our firstborn's birthday. He's older but still a child, mentally speaking(autism). His birthday is a big deal to him even at an age where he shouldn't be quite so interested in it anymore. So, my wife and other kids decided there would be no hockey for me on his birthday. We spent the

Putting aside all the sports trash talk nonsense for a bit, a genuine Happy Birthday to your child. Doggie incident aside for the family of course. From one parent of an autistic child to another. We truly understand being accepting and our child's, and yours, different outlook on life.

The Leaf fans, have become Kampftorably Numb.

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Mein, yours, everyone's Kampf!  Shorty. Woo hoo! 

The Leaf fans, have become Kampftorably Numb.:bigteeth:

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1 minute ago, TropicalFruitGirl26 said:

I ask again.... YOU AWAKE YET TAMPA BAY!??

3-0 Toronto and the Leafs for SURE think they can win this series now.

I'm as big a doubting Thomas in Leafs nation. This is the worst set up possible. If Tampa can score, and get momentum flipped, the Leafs have a history of collapsing...especially in third periods. 

 

Love what I'm seeing, but I've seen them dominate like this and then lose momentum and that boulder starts rolling down hill faster and faster ending in disaster. 

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Lightning NOT finishing checks while Toronto is.

Bolts will look back on the video on this game and should be embarrassed by that.
They pride themselves on tough defense as well as scoring and they are allowing the Leafs to skate at will.

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Love what I'm seeing, but I've seen them dominate like this and then lose momentum and that boulder starts rolling down hill faster and faster ending in disaster. 

They have to stay out of the penalty box.

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Marner's legs are going to fall off. Wearing the heck out of him. Matthews and Nylander getting their rest due to all the PKs. That offsets the double-shifting needed in the absence of Clifford the big blue ^%&*.

 

Marner magic! Drought over! 18 playoff games without a goal. Buh bye! 

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Marner's legs are going to fall off. Wearing the heck out of him. Matthews and Nylander getting their rest due to all the PKs. That offsets the double-shifting needed in Clifford the big blue ^%&*.

 

Marner magic! Drought over! 18 games. Buh bye! 

Yep. It's their night. I wouldn't be that surprised if Tie Domi got a goal for them tonight.:bigteeth:

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Well...I called Lightning in 6, so means Toronto has to win two...this might be one of them.

I see NOTHING that says "Defending Champions" out of the Bolts right now.
 

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1 minute ago, TropicalFruitGirl26 said:

Well...I called Lightning in 6, so means Toronto has to win two...this might be one of them.

I see NOTHING that says "Defending Champions" out of the Bolts right now.
 

I have Bolts in 5.  3rd periods always scary with the Leafs, but if they hold on, Tampa has to run the next 4. Could happen. 

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Now we see the coach that Jon Cooper is.  Are they overwhelmed by this game?  Or are they learning from this game and adapting?  They just can't win if only getting 18 shots against Campbell.  No chance.

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Other than the Leafs escaping Boston with a win in a pivotal Game 5 to go up 3-2 headed back to Toronto, this is the most shocking performance I've ever seen out of the Leafs.

 

Also, the most rabid I've ever seen their home crowd. The place is a library most of the time. 

 

Tampa didn't want to give these kids confidence, but now they have it. 

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Just.....awful for the Bolts and their fans.
Terri-bad.
Gi-normously putrid.

Good thing this isn't some 'play in game'.

Seven game set....sometimes a child needs to get a whuppin before they understand.

TB, there was your whuppin...

Full marks to Toronto for taking it to the Lightning.
No doubt about it, they came to play.

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Always interesting to watch how a team's coach and players react, in front of the media, right before the playoffs start. 

 

Just watched Keefe and Marner. Trying to read them it seems to me that Keefe is horribly uncomfortable and not confident in about what's going to happen tonight, or in this series. 

 

Marner is tougher to read. He looks like someone who is either upset about being questioned regarding the playoffs, or is extremely tight. Maybe, both?

 

I've watched every game this season and listened to the pressers after every game. Marner is usually a boring interview but he seems more boring than usual. Keefe is usually easy to read where his head's at.  

 

In watching the two, I don't have a great feeling about them performing well, tonight. Can't wait to see if my gut feeling about what I'm hearing from them proves true. You want to be wrong, but you feel what you feel. 

 

Disappointed Bunting has been ruled out for Game 1.  Happy Kase is back. He's a potential difference maker for the Leafs and plays hard like Bunting but doesn't have the nasty that Bunting brings. 

 

Last time they played, no Matthews and no Point, and it ended 8-1. Game before that, Matthews posts a hatty and Leafs win 6-2 in there building.  He's been dominant vs. Tampa in his NHL career. Hoping he's in the right frame of mind and is healthy because he's gotta score or this series will be over a lot sooner than many people think. 

Nailed it. :) Couldn't have been more wrong, but it feels so right. 

 

Happy to see the boys not celebrating especially Matthews. He knows and stated you don't win 4 games in 1 game. Long way to go.  

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The Leafs have proven they can beat anyone.  Except the Sabres for some strange reason.  But they are going to be a tough out. I hope the Flames are good tonight.

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Tampa knows. Game 2 will tell us what kind of a series we're likely to see the rest of the way from the Bolts. 

 

 

 

I said as much yesterday, that all TB needed to do was look at the game footage to see they really were too soft on Toronto.

I mean, some message board fan like myself can see that CLEARLY.... the coaches and players certainly should be able to see that.
Toronto, all game long, finishing checks and were highly aggressive defensively.... Bolts weren't any of those things, bottom line.

If for some reason the Lightning players did a bit too much reading about how the Leafs tend to fold in the first round, then SHAME on those TB players..... they should be handling Toronto like they handled Florida, Carolina, the Islanders, and Montreal previously.
With no quarter given.

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Michael Bunting is in for Game 2. He should really help amp it up tonight.

 

 

Tampa didn't lose Game 1 in either 1st round series during their back-to-back Cups. The last time they lost Game 1, they got swept. 

 

Tonight, is HUGE. I expect the Leafs to be nothing like they were in Game 1 and Tampa to be the best version of themselves. Should be a hoot. 

 

 

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One big difference I'm already seeing in the Lightning's game:
They are finishing checks now.

Will it be enough to disrupt Toronto's "flow", we will see, but I do notice the Leafs players coughing up the puck a lot more now due to being hit, or even anticipating being hit.
Ultimately, the Lightning will need to solve Campbell, but the Champs are definitely more engaged here.

Now... Toronto to the power play on a bench minor by the Bolts...

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Lightning capitalize on a broken play to end the 1st, and now, Corey Perry disrupts the Leafs and runs a breakaway towards Campbell, and scores as well, putting the Lightning up 2-0.

Lots of game left, but yep, TB DEFINITELY awake now.

Crowd is deadly silent in Leafs Land right now.

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Toronto fires back to make it 2-1, but the thing the Lightning have shown they know how to do:

Once fully engaged, they are quick to answer. And they did.
3-1 and on the PP, so special teams taking center stage here.

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