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When a mic drops to the floor, it goes “pionk!”

Winnipeg Jets v Toronto Maple Leafs
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 18: Mitchell Marner #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates prior to action against the Winnipeg Jets at Scotiabank Arena on January 18. 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs got their third win of the season with a 3-1 victory of the Winnipeg Jets. Some will say the Leafs played a great defensive game, others will say the Jets were just really bad, and the two people who still believe in Frederik Andersen will say he played a big part in the win.

Most likely all of you are wrong. And right.

The Leafs played a strong game that kept the Jets away from the middle of the ice, all seven defensemen were used in a good way that maximized their potential. I saw Dermott with Rielly, Bogosian with Brodie and Muzzin, and Holl with Lehtonen as really good uses of the extra man. All three lines looked dangerous — Zach Hyman especially stood out as he created a lot of chances I didn’t think was possible for that version of the third line. Tavares was great, Nylander seemed to love globetrotting everyone on his bonus shifts with the fourth line, as was Matthews and Marner. Andersen was Steady Freddy and had to be spectacular when called upon. He beat Hellebuyck, who looked so tired of this shit. The team worked, I hope we see it again on a consistent basis.

Oh and speaking of Marner, the end of the game was some classic OHL shit. After scoring on the empty net, Marner spun Pionk off into the boards like he’s done it to salty teenagers his whole life. Serious, I bet he’s been run like that hundreds, if not thousands, of times in his career.

The sneering after was also right on point. On the ice and off.

Various Hockey Branches

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