Maple Leafs can't locate killer instinct in embarrassing 4 no-show -

Maple Leafs can’t locate killer instinct in embarrassing 4 no-show –

Tampa – In the midst of all those sad, brooding springs, a recurring phrase will come out of the mouths of many of the Toronto Maple Leafs and brass players who paid them.

killer instinct.

As in, they needed to be summoned, somehow, somehow.

In 2017, when Auston Matthews and Mitchell Marner were kids with a bright future and no expectations, Toronto jumped to a 2-1 lead over the mighty Washington Capitals. The leaves fell three times in a row.

In 2018, the Maple Leafs took a 4-3 lead in the third period of Game 7 in Boston. Bruins scored the next four goals.

In 2019, Toronto took a series lead with a 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 lead over the same Bruins and failed to seal the deal.

In 2021, they blew a 3-1 advantage in the series to the lowest ranked team. As if they were playing a joke on their fans, they kept dreaming of new and creative ways to break down. To shrink from a moment.

This intangible killer was not found anywhere.

Now progression so far: Entering Sunday 4’s game, the Maple Leafs had all come together well in the series, full value in a 1-0 and 2-1 build.

However, given a second chance to seize a chain of strangleholds, the Maple Leafs were unable to locate their cherished killer instinct in Tampa Bay if they were spotted on a GPS pirate map.

Their daughter was totally done on Mother’s Day.

Since the first turn of champions 7-3 pasting the cards, Lightning has been the aggressor, and the dictator in speed, accuracy and purpose.

Knowing full well that desperate lightning would come with a vicious thrust from a landing puck, Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe curiously kicked off his third defensive duo of Mark Giordano and Justin Hall.

They were immediately cordoned off and overwhelmed to the point where Tampa managed to make a change to the line before captain Stephen Stamkos hit home his first game of the series – on his first shot of the game.

Before the Maple Leafs scored the second shot that night, the result was already 3 zip files.

Lightning struck across the attack area as if they had E-ZPasses sewn into the fabric of their jackets. They gained net access as the VIPs at the Fisherman’s Wharf.

Every member of Tampa’s proud and vaunted fourth streak – Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Pat Maron and Corey Berry – scored a goal.

The Tampa area was still sparkling with fresh Zamboni sweeps by 10 minutes.

It was fun. It was a message. It was an embarrassment.

Erik Källgren replaced the ball cap with the mask before half the thing was done, pull-up maintaining junior Jack Campbell. The goalkeeper can’t be blamed for 18 skaters’ decision not to appear, but allowing five goals on 16 shots won’t win you.

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As usual, Maple said all the right things leading up to Game 4.

Keefe thought they might also “get greedy” after securing a split on Friday, noting that the Leafs had yet to play their best game in the series.

“We are playing against a great team, so we don’t want to relax,” said William Nylander.

he is right.

The lightning is wonderful. They have the streamers and brags to prove it.

Hungry, fast and on a mission, they forced the Maple Leaves to make mistakes, but the visitors drifted quietly and aimlessly in the face of execution.

“We have a recipe. We have a plan. “We’ve been through these situations before,” coach John Cooper said before landing the ball. Then he issued a correct prediction: “We will go back.”

Legendary Andrei Vasilevskiy and Lightning’s ridiculous winning streak grew after a post-season loss – now 16-0 – on Sunday, much like the Maple Leafs’ equally long chase for some killer instinct.

If there’s any good news to pull off from these disastrous 60 minutes, that momentum hasn’t carried over from game to game in this ping-pong series.

The showdown has been reset, which has shrunk to the best of three.

It is imperative that Maple Leafs do the same.

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• John Tavares is not yet registered in this series. Nylander, however, got on the board twice on Sunday.

“As long as your team wins, it doesn’t matter what happens to you individually,” Nylander said.

• Zac Bogosian was asked if he allowed Anthony Cirelli to look after his children. definitely. Cirelli even bought Christmas gifts for the three little D-man kids.

“Just a very nice kid,” Bogosian said of the lockdown center. “You see how bitchy he is on the ice, and off the ice he is just a well-mannered, kind and good Italian kid.”

• For some reason, Perry dropped his routine of shooting a puck into the Maple Leafs net at the end of rehearsals. When asked why he did it, Perry replied with a candid face: “No idea what you’re talking about.”

Pierre Engvall flips the puck’s disc toward the Bolts net before leaving the ice, as he did before match three. (I made a mistake).

• The Maple Leafs played soccer in the bowels of the arena before the match. Lightning flying around the football. Hockey should be the only team sport in which players relax by playing other team sports.

• Serial even games not much.

The first team to score first in each of the four matches not only won, but was never behind or even tied. The winning team advanced by three goals out of the four.

2022-05-09 01:49:00

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