Ovechkin leaves, then returns to Game 5 after hit from Kadri
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 23, 2017,
Apr 23, 2017, 20:28
Not to mention, the Leafs and the Caps have the same amount of goals in the series (14) but the Leafs have more scorers.
"That's how the series is going to be and we've got to find a way to pull off one or two wins here", Kadri said.
With a couple of teams already advancing to the next round of the playoffs, there are only two games to watch tonight as we wait for the next tilt between the Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Jake Allens Blues.
"It's a good series", Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. "We haven't been as good at home, I don't know if it's nerves or trying to do too much, so we've got to be better at home and that's our plan and we look forward to going back to Washington".
The wide-open nature (by playoff standards) of the first four games seemed to more favorable to Toronto and their speed game, but Game 5 was more along the lines of how Barry Trotz wants the game to be played. I agree with him 100 percent.
The upstart Maple Leafs, in the playoffs for the first time in four springs, have given the Caps all they can handle and then some. "We're in the same thing". There should be no more desperate team than us. "[The Leafs] are going to come with their absolute best game, and we're going to have to come with our absolute best game".
David Pastrnak also scored and Tuukka Rask finished with 41 saves to help the Bruins rally from two goals down early in the second period and cut the Senators' lead to 3-2 in the series. It's rare for Holtby to ever give up four goals, and he did so in Games 2, 3 and 4.
Babcock warned that Game 6 could well come down to whether the Leafs get their two groups straightened out or the Caps come at them even harder.
Specials teams were a big factor for the Capitals on Friday and their penalty-killing was an important of the win. The Capitals' own firepower has kept them tied with the surprisingly potent offense of the Leafs, but relying on just their goal scoring to win games was the downfall of the pre-Trotz Capitlas year after year. He has developed quite a chemistry with Rust, who was playing and thriving on Crosby's line before he went down with an injury and Guentzel took his spot.
"Ah, I'm not quite sure I was happy to see him come back on the ice", Kadri admitted. "So I think now being a bit more used to it, being a bit more comfortable, we'll be better suited to enjoy the atmosphere and enjoy what's going on more than be gripping the stick".
"I think it's good", Dumoulin said. The Leafs, though, killed the penalty. "Especially this time of year".
"There's more supply and I think there's probably less demand because 1) the Leafs, and 2) because maybe the series (against the Milwaukee Bucks) is not as sexy a series, given (the Raptors) have gotten past the first round (before)". Mitch Marner, who created so much time and space for himself with his sublime skill level during the season, is finding that the playoffs are an entirely different game and the looks that were there in January and February are not there in April. We've done an OK job of tuning out the negativity thus far. But continuing that success after what many pundits have been claiming was a game in which the Capitals demonstrated their resolve is going to be a tall order without Babcock finding ways to limit T.J. What worked in the regular season often doesn't work when the play gets chippier, the checking becomes tighter and the referees put away their whistles. While the team's bad start to the season is no doubt a factor, even a marquee matchup against the Boston Red Sox this week paled in comparison to the hype surrounding the Buds.
"I thought our power play certainly was a difference-maker in the (Columbus) series", Sullivan said. This series has been so close that there has been nearly nothing separating his young team from the best club in the National Hockey League at even strength, and that's a huge credit to the roster and the coaching staff.