It has been many moons for the reason that Maple Leafs closed out a playoff sequence — 17 years’ price of moons, to be precise.
They’ve had their possibilities since that first-round win over the Senators in 2004 (avert your eyes, Leafs followers): Game 7s in 2013, 2018 and 2019 and final 12 months’s bubble Game 5. Now they’ve one other probability to shut out a sequence in a Game 5 as they host the Canadiens on Thursday evening.
“We’ve played in those games before when it goes right down to the wire, last game of the series. Here tonight, I think we understand what’s at stake, the opportunity we have in front of us and what it’s going to take to get the job done,” stated defenseman Morgan Rielly.
The Leafs will as soon as once more be with out Nick Foligno, who has been out since struggling a lower-body damage in Toronto’s Game 2 win. They can even proceed to overlook captain John Tavares; nonetheless, he did skate earlier than Thursday’s morning workforce session.
In their absence, Alexander Kerfoot has been elevated to the second line between Alex Galchenyuk and William Nylander. The trio has been producing; within the final two video games, Kerfoot has 4 assists, Nylander has two targets and Galchenyuk has chipped in three factors (purpose, two assists).
Jack Campbell has been a gradual presence between the pipes. He has posted a powerful .965 save proportion and a slim 1.01 goals-against common within the first 4 video games of the sequence. He has outdueled 2015 Vezina and Hart Trophy winner Carey Price, who has a .920 save proportion within the sequence.
The Canadiens will want 2020 bubble Price on this one as they give the impression of being to stave off elimination. In entrance of him, the workforce might want to produce greater than it has. Over 4 video games, Montreal has simply 4 targets — Nick Suzuki, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Josh Anderson and Paul Byron. It has given up 12.
Erik Gustafsson has been slotted in to assist enhance the facility play, which is 0 for 13. While that transfer makes some sense — Gustafsson has been often known as a power-play specialist — many are left scratching their heads as to why younger star Alexander Romanov has been shelved on this sequence.
For now, the Canadiens must depend on their veteran core, gamers like Corey Perry, Shea Weber, Eric Staal, Tyler Toffoli, Joel Edmundson and Brendan Gallagher, all of whom have performed in additional than 50 playoff video games. Perry, Staal, Edmundson and Toffoli have all received Cups, too.
Sporting News has all of the motion because the Maple Leafs look to shut out their first-round sequence in opposition to the Canadiens within the Stanley Cup playoffs.
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Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs rating, highlights from 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs Game 5
9:21 p.m. — GOAL. Jake Muzzin drops the puck to Alex Galchenyuk and drives to the web the place he really redirects the shot previous Price. Game tied 3-3.
9:10 p.m. — Tavares beloved that one.
9:08 p.m. — GOAL. Jake Muzzin with a seeing-eye one-timer from the purpose that finds its well past Price. Canadiens lead 3-2.
9:08 p.m. — Maple Leafs do not actually get any good possibilities with the person benefit.
9:05 p.m. — Canadiens take a penalty as Gallagher will get known as for interference on Marner. First Toronto energy play of the sport.
8:59 p.m. — Off the faceoff and it is Kerfoot with the possibility from the slot however Price once more is there for the cease.
8:57 p.m. — Zach Hyman will get a breakaway on the primary shift however he tries five-hole and is stoned by Price.
8:57 p.m. — Third interval puck has been dropped.
Second interval: Canadiens 3, Maple Leafs 1
8:39 p.m. — The second interval involves an finish.
8:27 p.m. — Canadiens get an influence play as Zach Hyman journeys Nick Suzuki. First energy play for any workforce on this one. Canadiens are 0-for-13 within the sequence with the person benefit.
8:23 p.m. — Eight minutes to go within the second interval and the Canadiens are outshooting the Leafs 20-15.
8:10 p.m. — GOAL. Mitch Marner exhibits endurance and drags Price out of the web. He places the puck into the crease and it goes off Tyler Toffoli earlier than Zach Hyman knocks it in. Canadiens lead 3-1.
8:08 p.m. — GOAL. Loose puck within the crease and Kotkaniemi stuffs in his personal rebound. Canadiens lead 3-0.
8:06 p.m. — Save No. 12 by Price, this one on Mitch Marner from the excessive slot. Canadiens have 16 pictures, by the best way.
8:04 p.m. — Quick reminder: If the Canadiens do win this sport, there might be 2,500 followers within the stands for Game 6 in Montreal.
8:03 p.m. — Price with one other cease, this time he stops Kerfoot on a 2-on-1.
8:02 p.m. — The second interval begins.
First interval: Canadiens 2, Maple Leafs 0
7:43 p.m. — End of the primary interval and, it is truthful to say, the Canadiens got here to play.
7:39 p.m. — Carey Price comes out and makes a big-time save on William Nylander with lower than a minute left In the interval.
7:23 p.m. — Canadiens with a two-goal cushion and Price is on his sport. This may get fascinating.
MTL has been at Toronto’s internet extra in 8:16 of this primary interval than they’ve been all sequence.
— David Alter (@dalter) May 27, 2021
7:21 p.m. — GOAL. Joel Armia once more! Off a scramble in entrance, the Canadiens ahead pushes the puck previous Campbell. Canadiens lead 2-0.
7:19 p.m. — Carey Price robs Mitch Marner as he cuts to the web on a 2-on-1.
7:17 p.m. — GOAL. Canadiens get the all-important first purpose as Joel Armia steals the puck within the Leafs’ zone and places it previous Campbell. Canadiens lead 1-0.
7:16 p.m. — John Tavares is on the sport.
7:16 p.m. — Maple Leafs with some stress and Wayne Simmonds will get a very good look off the bar.
7:12 p.m. — Cole Caufield with a very good shot off the push down the precise wing that handcuffs Jack Campbell a little bit.
7:10 p.m. — Game on.
7 p.m. — Someone is superstitious.
#Leafs are 3-0 when beginning a playoff sport with Simmonds, Hyman and Matthews collectively. They will do it once more for Game 5.
— David Alter (@dalter) May 27, 2021
6:45 p.m. — Lines are right here.
#Leafs strains in warmup (Game 5 vs. MTL):
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) May 27, 2021
Pour l’instantaneous, Erik Gustafsson connait une bonne période d’échauffement…
— J-F Chaumont (@JFChaumontJDM) May 27, 2021
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