Hello everyone, welcome to game three of the season. Which Maple Leafs will show up tonight? Will Timothy Liljegren look like a regular NHLer? Will Jack Campbell stay healthy for the whole game? Will all the ex-Leafs on the Sens make this night annoying?
These questions and more will be answered on tonight’s Maple Leafs game.
living the dream right now pic.twitter.com/T5xA9tf0g2— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) October 16, 2021
We here a PPP kitten ranch and home for hockey obsession have noticed what looks like a plan to shoot more from the points for tips at the net. Last year the Leafs rarely shot from there, this year, Sandin opens the shooting with a point shot for a tip that failed, and then, this isn’t a point shot, but....
Wayne Simmonds 🚨— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) October 16, 2021
What a pass from Rasmus Sandin pic.twitter.com/PvC2wCAp1W
Wayne Simmonds game routine saying hi to his daughter pic.twitter.com/l2PYcp6MvH— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) October 16, 2021
Marner moves in very smooth and fast and tries a shot for a tip from almost the same spot Sandin used above.
Bunting with the grit, Nylander with the hands, Kerfoot with his first shot of the year:
Kerfoot gets the play going by keeping it in. Bunting works the puck to Nylander who finds 15 alone in the slot pic.twitter.com/pBXYj2A9Uw— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) October 16, 2021
Alex Kerfoot 🚨— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) October 16, 2021
First shot? First goal! pic.twitter.com/c5WlwbHLOT
Weeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaak Call on this penalty. Soft as a down comforter.
Such a weak call on Engvall man pic.twitter.com/67dufrDE61— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) October 16, 2021
Leafs go on the PK, and Jack Campbell is mostly bored, which is what you want to see.
Liljegren no match for the other Tim:
Not as pretty but the poke check works for Campbell once again pic.twitter.com/y82Rfa3C1Y— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) October 16, 2021
The Sens take a cross-checking penalty — mildly light, but not absurd like the slashing call earlier — and it’s PP time for the Leafs!
Marner takes a high stick to the face, but never mind, that’s not on the crackdown list, and in general the five-on-five post power play is much better than the power play itself. Sandin spends this very long offensive shift with Muzzin. I won’t be surprised to see more of that as the game goes on.
- Everyone has been hating on the fourth line while Keefe has been cheerfully testing them with shifts vs top lines — they answered that criticism with a great period
- David Kämpf is fine so far
- Nylander isn’t ever going to win an NHL award, so he wants that other silver trophy
- Leafs gave up a couple of serious rush chances against, one on the power play, which is a weakness of their systems and overall footspeed — we just have to get used to it as the price of all that excellent net-front grind/
I miss him:
Jeez that's some nice work from Ennis pic.twitter.com/qz0oSst7mB— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) October 17, 2021
Leafs quietly dominating the start of the second.
Anton Forsberg loudly contesting that:
Anton Forsberg robbed John Tavares blind pic.twitter.com/4n1OYLO3lZ— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) October 17, 2021
Muzzin gets a stick in the face, and it’s PP time.
And then it becomes a five-on-three for just over a minute as Bunting (no, really) draws a penalty. Forsberg saves the Sens’ bacon. And again the post power play is a period of heavy Leafs pressure until Stützle gets a break the other way.
Nick Ritchie takes a penalty and the Leafs respond with some absolutely dreadful PKing:
Josh Norris puts Ottawa on the board pic.twitter.com/SHIwRwSOjO— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) October 17, 2021
Drake Batherson sneaks behind the entire team (somehow, you can’t really see it on the broadcast) and scores a goal on a deeply ineffective poke check attempt from Campbell.
Campbell misses the poke check and the puck goes in off Drake Batherson's skate pic.twitter.com/FXZZ9NXln2— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) October 17, 2021
Lucky for the Leafs it’s offside, just barely, and they close out the period with some questions to ask themselves about how they approach holding a lead.
- Marner as the bumper on the PP is a much better idea than Marner on PP2, which was where I was leaning
- Ritchie is not winning fans so far in this game: /
swapping bunting and ritchie could do a lot at this point— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) October 17, 2021
I don’t actually agree with this, but I understand the sentiment.
- Muzzin actually picked up shifts with Brodie as Liljegren’s ice time dwindled a little, and he’s now played about the same as Dermott — just put him on the third pair already
- William Nylander is barely playing at five-on-five, as the Leafs decide to not defend by trying to score a third goal — not a fan/
Marner gets a 3-on-1 going— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) October 17, 2021
Results in a deflected Tavares shot pic.twitter.com/d2Oa5EzqDV
Did Anton Forsberg know Marner would pass?
|Very much so
Not this time though:
Marner hits the side of the net trying to beat Forsberg pic.twitter.com/6eOcMa41o0— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) October 17, 2021
Dermott comes up big defensively:
T.J. Dermott with the block pic.twitter.com/ohlgjajjT0— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) October 17, 2021
MICHAEL BUNTING 🚨— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) October 17, 2021
FIRST AS A LEAF! pic.twitter.com/k0sqVBv0Dj
The Leafs have opened a door to the Senators in this period over and above average score effects. If they do that against a real team, they will suffer.
Sens pull the goalie later than they should and try to put on some extra pressure late. Nothing comes of it and the game ends with a win!
- I’m not convinced by Liljegren and I think his ardent fans are big success-ing him and ignoring a lot of slow reactions and bad passes
- Ritchie has amazing on-ice stats and fails the eye test hard, but it’s hard to judge him until Matthews plays, although he never once shot the puck
- The Leafs actually dominated a lot more than it seems by the numbers, but the Sens slowed them down in the neutral zone a lot — the Sens don’t get any offensive time out of all that work, though
- Statistical trivia: Kämpf line has great Corsi and horrible xG because most of the shots for while they are on the ice were blocked./