Recap: GAME 3 Leafs v.s. Bruins
I guess we just forgot – it has been nine years, after all.
C’mon, Leafs Nation, our boys deserve better than that. They deserve more support than that!
The Air Canada Centre was like a library Monday. This is the playoffs!
After our disappointing 5-2 loss, all I heard from visiting Boston photographers was that the ACC crowd was the lamest fans they’d heard in a long time. That’s embarrassing.
Outside the ACC, all I heard was Leafs fans leaving the viewing party at Maple Leafs Square yelling at fans leaving the ACC that they were louder outside than in.
That, too, is embarrassing.
Not that it’s any excuse for the loss, but c’mon, home ice advantage is supposed to be an advantage BECAUSE of the CROWD.
It simply wasn’t on Monday. We must do better on Wednesday.
But onto the Leafs themselves, who, of course, could have given fans more to cheer about.
We again managed to throw more than 30 shots on net, but allowed nearly 50 against. That’s just not good enough.
For the first time in a long, long time, we were outhit by our opponent. That almost never happened to the Leafs all season.
Outhit, outshot, and outmuscled…we never could maintain possession of the puck, especially off faceoffs, where the Bruins beat us 45-30.
And it wasn’t just a few Leafs players who got outworked, it was out entire lineup. A sad, sad stat follows to show just that…
Only one Leafs player wasn’t a negative in the game, and that would be Colton Orr, who was even, with about four minutes played.
The Leafs had nine, that right, nine players who were -2. The remained of the lineup was -1.
That’s just as embarrassing as the hushed fans who forgot how to cheer in the playoffs.
Game 4 on Wednesday is tantamount to a Game 7 – if the Leafs lose, they can likely pack their golf bags as the Bruins will host them at home on Friday with a chance to take the series.
We need a win Wednesday, and Leafs Nation needs to help the boys get one.
Be louder. Be crazier. Be playoff ready.
We gave our boys in blue a pass for their first playoff game in nine years, so here is ours. Our next game as fans must be better.
We must help tie this thing up at 2-2, or else be ready to take part of the blame.
Go Leafs Go. Go Leafs Nation Go. Cheers.
Here is Kessel's goal, the one point that fans sounded like they remembered what it means to be at a playoff game...Our other goal, by Gardiner, is inside the post...