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ECQF Game 6 at Toronto Maple Leafs (W 2-1 OT)

April 23 2017 at 3:01 PM

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Your playoff threads are too nerve wracking! (And if they lose this one, you can do Game 7... hahaha)


https://www.nhl.com/news/maple-leafs-facing-elimination-in-game-6/c-289024396?tid=287344004

Maple Leafs know Capitals out to finish series
Toronto facing elimination in Game 6 on Sunday
by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Correspondent
April 22nd, 2017

TORONTO -- Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said he understands why Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz wants to push his team "off a cliff" in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference First Round series on Sunday at Air Canada Centre (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports, CSN-DC). He would feel the same way.

"The way I say it, when you have someone down and you have a chance to step on them, you step on them or they might get up and kill you," Babcock said Saturday with the Maple Leafs trailing the best-of-7 series 3-2. "I agree with him 100 percent. But we're in the same thing here: If we don't win we go home, there should be no more desperate team than us. We're all aware and understand that fully."

On Saturday, Trotz, speaking in Washington about Game 6, said, "You get an opportunity to push someone off a cliff, you need to push them off if you can."



[RELATED: Complete Maple Leafs vs. Capitals series coverage]



It's a familiar position for Maple Leafs forward Matt Martin. Last season, Martin was a member of the New York Islanders, who took a 3-2 lead into Game 6 of their first-round series against the Florida Panthers. The Islanders closed it out at home with a double-overtime win. So he knows what Trotz is thinking, though he jokingly said he would reconsider any recreational plans with the Capitals coach.


Matthews cashes in on a rebound

00:59 • April 21st, 2017

"It makes me not want to ever go hiking with him," Martin said. "Maybe it's a strong analogy but it makes sense. You don't want to ever let a team back in a series. I don't take offense to that in any way. That's their plan. Our plan is to stay alive and hopefully push them off a cliff."

The Maple Leafs have plenty of reasons to believe they can come back. Through five games, the Capitals hold a 16-15 edge in goals, with each team taking 175 shots. Four of the five games have ended in overtime. Every game has been decided by one goal.

"[Our confidence] has grown a lot," Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly said. "We've proven to ourselves that we're right there with those guys. We've beat them twice and we've gone to OT four times now. We're right there. As a group, we feel confident in the fact that we can go out there, play our game, play with speed and give ourselves a chance to win."

Babcock showed how confident he was in the Maple Leafs after Game 5 on Friday, when he was heard telling workers at Verizon Center in Washington he would see them for Game 7.

"Well, they were being nice to me on the way out saying, 'Have a good year,'" Babcock said. "I said, 'No, see you in a couple of days.' In my mind and in my heart, that's what I know is going to happen."



https://www.nhl.com/news/capitals-vs-maple-leafs-potential-game-7-start-time/c-289041340?tid=287344004

Start time set for Capitals-Maple Leafs potential Game 7
Schedule update for April 25
by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com
9:30 AM

NEW YORK --The National Hockey League today announced the start time for Game 7 of the First Round Series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals, if necessary, has been set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 25, in Washington. The game would be televised on NBCSN in the U.S. In Canada, the game would be on CBC and TVA Sports.


    
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April 23 2017, 6:48 PM 


 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 6 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 23 2017, 6:49 PM 



https://www.nhl.com/news/washington-capitals-toronto-maple-leafs-game-6-preview/c-289044722

5 Keys: Capitals at Maple Leafs, Game 6
Toronto needs scoring from power play; Washington wants fast start
by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Correspondent
1:51 PM Share

CAPITALS at MAPLE LEAFS

7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2, CSN-DC

Washington leads best-of-7 series 3-2



TORONTO -- The Washington Capitals broke a 2-2 tie in their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 5 when Justin Williams scored in overtime goal to give them a 2-1 win.

The Maple Leafs are 6-15 all-time in best-of-7 playoff series when trailing 3-2.

Here are 5 keys for Game 6:



1. Capitals have to earn it

The Capitals overcame a 2-1 series deficit with a 5-4 win in Game 4 and a 2-1 overtime win in Game 5 to go up 3-2. With the Maple Leafs facing elimination, the Capitals are anticipating a very desperate opponent.

"You can do anything you want in life but nothing gives you urgency until you have your back up against the wall," Capitals coach Barry Trotz. "You're in survival mode. You become very resilient. I'm expecting a very, very resilient Toronto Maple Leafs team. They've proven it all year long. They've proved it in this series so we have to be very, very good tonight."


NHL Tonight: Leafs vs. Caps recap

07:57 • April 22nd, 2017



2. Power play

The Maple Leafs power play ranked second during the regular season (23.8 percent) but has not been as successful in the playoffs, going 3-for-17 (17.6 percent) including 0-for-4 in Game 5. Toronto had a power play for 1:34 to start the third period and another at 7:36 of the third period but could not score to break a 1-1 tie.

"The power play is definitely an area where we have to improve on. We weren't good enough (in Game 5)," Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly said. "(It was) missed opportunities to capitalize in an area of the game that we usually take a lot of pride in. When we went over the tape and what happened, most of what we saw was us doing it to ourselves. Our break-ins weren't great; I think we have to come with more speed."

The Capitals have taken advantage of their own power-play opportunities going 5-for-15 (33.3 percent) in the series.



3. Mitchell Marner adjusting to playoff hockey

Marner was not as noticeable in Game 5, failing to get a shot in 14:29 of ice time. With 61 points in 77 regular season games, Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock often referred to Marner throughout the regular season as the engine on a line with James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak. Babcock said that Marner is learning the differences between regular season and playoff hockey but is confident he will make the adjustments quickly.

"He's like all young players when you start, it goes away on you in a hurry, you can't believe there's no space," Babcock said. "But no one loves hockey more than Mitch Marner and no one is more competitive than Mitch. He'll be great (in Game 6), everything about Mitch he's a big moment guy and he'll find his way."


Marner's impressive early tally

00:49 • April 13th, 2017



4. Manage the pressure

The energy at Air Canada Centre will be palpable but the Maple Leafs have to manage the pressure and emotions of playing on home ice better than they did in Games 3 and 4 when they gave up two goals in the first five minutes of each game.

"We just need to worry about our game plan, we have the fans behind us and we're appreciative of that," Maple Leafs forward Brian Boyle said. "It's exciting for them, it's exciting for us to be at home but if we're focused on our game plan, we're going to play better hockey and ultimately the fans are going to be happier."



5. Auston Matthews

After failing to score in Games 1 and 2, Auston Matthews has scored in each of the past three games, becoming the fourth rookie in Maple Leafs history to score a goal in three or more consecutive playoff games, joining Alf Skinner (1918), Walt Poddubny (1983) and Wendel Clark (1986). Facing his first Stanley Cup Playoff elimination game, he stressed a better start will be critical.

"The mindset doesn't really change," Matthews said. "We've got to come out ready to play, so we can force a Game 7, but I don't think we want to change much. Obviously we want to clean some stuff up on the power play, so that everybody's in sync. But all these games are going to overtime, and it's really anybody's game. So tonight, we've got to come out desperate, despite to win."


Matthews cashes in on a rebound

00:59 • April 21st, 2017



Capitals projected lineup

Alex Ovechkin -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie

Marcus Johansson -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Justin Williams

Andre Burakovsky -- Lars Eller -- Tom Wilson

Daniel Winnik -- Jay Beagle -- Brett Connolly

Nate Schmidt -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: Paul Carey, Taylor Chorney

Injured: Karl Alzner (upper body)



Maple Leafs projected lineup

James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Bozak -- Mitchell Marner

Leo Komarov -- Nazem Kadri -- Connor Brown

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

Matt Martin -- Brian Boyle -- Kasperi Kapanen

Matt Hunwick -- Morgan Rielly

Jake Gardiner -- Nikita Zaitsev

Martin Marincin -- Connor Carrick

Frederik Andersen

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Alexey Marchenko, Ben Smith, Josh Leivo

Injured: Roman Polak (lower body), Eric Fehr (hand / arm), Nikita Soshnikov (undisclosed)



Status report

Alzner participated in the morning skate but will miss his fourth consecutive game.



Who's hot

Williams has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past five games. ... Backstrom has six points (two goals, four assists) during a four-game point streak. ... Oshie has seven points (three goals, four assists) during a five-game point streak. ... Matthews has four points (three goals, one assist) during a three-game point streak. ... Nylander has four points (one goal, three assists) during a three-game point streak.

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 6 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 23 2017, 7:02 PM 

You took your responsibilities, hehe.

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 6 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 23 2017, 7:10 PM 

Great anthems. Martina Ortiz Luis let the crowd sing most of "O Canada".

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 6 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 23 2017, 7:10 PM 

We shall see...

game on!

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 6 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 23 2017, 7:11 PM 

Icing Toronto after 18 seconds. Caps are ready.

Oshie offside now.

They want to take an early lead again here, and keep it better than last times.


    
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Re: ECQF Game 6 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 23 2017, 7:19 PM 

A lot happened, there.

First the line of Matthews was having a great shift, then Johansson managed to escape two Leafs for a breakaway but on his belly and he glided into Andersen.

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 6 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 23 2017, 7:21 PM 

Dangerous situations for both goalies.


    
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Re: ECQF Game 6 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 23 2017, 7:22 PM 

yes- good start both ways. Time to get physical and make something happen, now.

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 6 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 23 2017, 7:28 PM 

Need to find the CSN feed- this one sucks again...

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 6 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 23 2017, 7:31 PM 

Wow, that's some great hockey. Very aggressive. Caps seem to enjoy the pace imposed by the Leafs. Top line looking good. At least as fast as the kids of Toronto.

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 6 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 23 2017, 7:33 PM 

Johansson takes Nylander down. He goes to the box for holding.

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 6 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 23 2017, 7:33 PM 

Thug Johansson...

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 6 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 23 2017, 7:34 PM 

22 seconds of PP only. We'll have 4-on-4.

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 6 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 23 2017, 7:37 PM 

Good chances for Schmidt and Williams.

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 6 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 23 2017, 7:40 PM 

I rebooted, and just as they go to break the stream evens out... lol

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 6 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 23 2017, 7:45 PM 

Caps at 35% faceoffs... ugh.

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 6 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 23 2017, 7:48 PM 

On the Ovechkin shot, my feed went bad again...

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 6 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 23 2017, 7:51 PM 

End of the first period, 0-0.

Great game.

I believe Holtby should have given the puck to a Cap on the side instead of holding it at the end. It was dangerous to have a faceoff in the defensive zone with 8.4 seconds left.

 
 
 
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