Mike Babcock is a coach who's won everything there is to win in the National Hockey League. You know what I mean?
A missed opportunity, or an encouraging sign that the Maple Leafs could stretch this into a long series? Trotz, the longtime Western Conference coach, assured Babcock that Andersen was a hell of a talent.
Andersen topped that save early in overtime when he stopped the puck and then flung his pad up to get the rebound.
I think, going into the series, there was a lot of "we're just happy to be here" sentiment.
There's a lot to unpack from the Capitals' 3-2 win over the Maple Leafs, though, besides this goal.
"When we've come this far, we're not going to be satisfied with anything but trying to move on and trying to win games", said forward James van Riemsdyk, who has 46 games of playoff experience to his name. We've got your way to watch game one of their first round of the National Hockey League playoffs via live stream on April. 13 at 7pm EST. The few times they managed to get open, Rinne was there. They played well enough defensively without their best lineup dressed. From then on, the Caps were sloppy as they gave up 2v1 chances as well as taking an offensive zone penalty. "We want to make our mark and play as well as we can". That combination doesn't happen often. They could have created all kinds of doubt for ever doubting Capitals. Their kids matched up well against the best of Washington. In the first round of the playoffs, the Canadiens are matched up against the Rangers and the Senators are set to take on the Boston Bruins. Tom Wilson scored 5:15 into extra period for a 3-2 victory in Game 1 on Thursday night. The night before it was Joel Edmundson in Minnesota, Melker Karlsson in Edmonton.
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Marner scored the first goal less than two minutes in. His wrist shot struck T.J, Oshie's stick and beat Braden Holtby, who immediately claimed Nazem Kadri had somehow interfered with him. He was doing what goaltenders are supposed to do. Instead of opening on Wednesday as Ottawa's building conflict dictated, his newbies had a chance to watch other teams get their baptism on TV, particularly the youthful Oilers.
Justin Williams and Evgeny Kuznetsov each had a goal and three assists versus Toronto.
So he stood up.
"One shot difference", Andersen said afterwards.
"I see it obviously because my phone's not off", Wilson said. "I Iost track of it".
That's his game. With the puck - that's where he can be a difference-maker. "Game 7" for his contest-deciding heroics. The final score being the difference between celebration and contemplation.
This Leafs team doesn't have the luxury of an easy first round matchup. Tom Brady finds the rookie defensive back. Before the series all of the talk was about the Capitals not giving the Leafs any room to play but they were all over the hosts for most of the first period and it paid off. The first acquisition was Nikita Soshnikov, the tenacious forward who has spent a good deal of time on the fourth line this year.
Your best players have to be your best players. After a couple of close calls, Tyler Bozak held on as he swept around the net and centred to an uncovered Mitch Marner. There was a lot to feel right about. Corey Crawford was yanked after a period and Chicago scored four unanswered to rally back.
His absence is crushing to the Leafs defence, which was hard-pressed at full-strength even to slow down the NHL's third-highest scoring team. "I just think it's important to get a taste and understand what the game is like". "We have to keep it tight so they stay tight. We just took a deep breath after that and regrouped".