GO LEAFS GO!
Leafs get as good a start as you could hope for... with a goal! Shame that Dermott gloved it down as an illegal glove pass. But it did prevent Engvall from getting a goal, which is always a portent of DOOM for the Leafs.
Please stop giving up 2 on 1s to Nik Ehlers... Freddie is going to have nightmares about it.
Muzzin takes away the pass on the 2-on-1 against pic.twitter.com/vx1FmVukgN— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 14, 2021
Winnipeg has been playing more like they don’t have a literal brick wall for a goalie this game and making Freddie work.
Freddie makes the stop off the re-direct pic.twitter.com/DYIwQWD9vO— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 14, 2021
Close call. Andersen keeps the door closed pic.twitter.com/G2uVunG0vF— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 14, 2021
I would have laughed if this wound up being a goal
Spezza needed a better angle but he caught the Jets netminder off guard pic.twitter.com/vKHYlXplcg— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 14, 2021
Leafs getting their chances too.
Tavares' shot is deflected off Poolman and hits Nylander pic.twitter.com/hiapFWUFpI— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 14, 2021
WHAT DID I JUST SAY ABOUT TWO ON ONES!
Holy...— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 14, 2021
Huge save by Frederik Andersen pic.twitter.com/iIhUvIJjKE
First Period Thoughts & Stats
Leafs were not the same dominant team they were against the Jets the first two games. Jets had an edge at even strength, but it was a relatively low event period.
- Shot attempts: 18 to 9 for the Jets at 5v5, Leafs bump up to 15 with their powerplay
- Expected goals: 38% expected goal share at 5v5, but 49% in all situations
GOAL: Jets get two lucky bounces, 1-0 Winnipeg
Pass attempt bounced off of Bogosian, then off of a streaking Appleton... would have been nice if any of the Leafs players was sticking with him and not leaving him wide open in the slot.
Leafs pushing to tie it up.
Muzzin jumps up and gets a chance in front pic.twitter.com/uXfQkHjXJV— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 14, 2021
GOAL: Jake Muzzin scores short handed, as we all expected. 1-1 Tie Game.
JAKE MUZZIN— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 14, 2021
1ST CAREER SHORTHANDED GOAL! pic.twitter.com/vOLRHcuxhe
GOAL: WILLY STYLES MAKES IT 2-1 LEAFS
Empty net opportunity for the Jets before Nylander's goal— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 14, 2021
The reaction says it all pic.twitter.com/t4kAL50xrW
WILLIAM NYLANDER— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 14, 2021
WILLY STYLES STRIKES! pic.twitter.com/WuKge9A10i
GOAL: Freddie beaten by the double deflection again. 2-2 tie game.
Freddie beat by a double deflection— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 14, 2021
Stastny gets the final touch pic.twitter.com/etvZ5cJD4G
A strange flurry of penalties led to a Leafs’ 4 on 3 powerplay, and Keefe ran out a four forward line. They got their chances, couldn’t get the goal.
Like the cross overs Marner and Matthews do which leads to a chance for 34 pic.twitter.com/ZzQSeLtEDL— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 14, 2021
Second Period Thoughts & Stats
Continuing the trend from the first, the Jets have been controlling play at even strength. The Leafs’ special teams have made it an essential deadlock.
- Shot attempts: 48% at even strength, 49% in all situations
- Expected goals: 43% at even strength, 50% in all situations
Big fan of Brodie’s literal on-ice play.
Brodie's stick stopping passing plays since the beginning of time pic.twitter.com/M2XGswCAjF— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 14, 2021
GOAL: Appleton and Lowry haunt the Leafs again. 3-2 Jets.
Freddie keeping it to a one goal lead
Good stop through traffic for Freddie pic.twitter.com/jH13ekeJOw— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 14, 2021
GOAL: Ehlers snipes on the powerplay. 4-2 Jets.
GOAL: Jets take advantage of 5 on 3 thanks to Keefe. 5-2 Jets.
The best part from this loss and the three game mini-series against the Jets, is that Leafs fans will have a lot to
whine talk about. Take your pick! Is it Freddie? The refs? Keefe? There’s no shortage of things to complain rant comment.
At 5 on 5, the Jets had 58% of the shot attempts and 60% of the expected goal share. They still had an notable edge in all situations too. They deserved to win that game, plain and simple.