Getting a Win by Wearing Them Down

For the high-octane Maple Leafs to lose Game 1 by a score of 1-0 had to have been torturous. In this Game 2, surely their plan was to get out the gate chasing that rabbit, and put plenty of goals on the board by exercising the skill that everyone knows they have, even if they have to give up a few to get there.
This game was not a story of that plan working.
Being shut out in Game 1 undoubtedly drove some decision-making by Sheldon Keefe, removing defensive stalwart Gauthier from the lineup and adding depth scorer Pierre Engvall, and putting the elite duo of Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews togther at even strength.
Winning in the playoffs is not just about playing better, it’s about luck and strategy coming to a head. What the Leafs seem to have failed to learn is until tonight is, in the playoffs, you have to break the rules. Kyle Clifford, Stanley Cup Champion, knows this.

Kyle Clifford making his presence on the ice known early
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) August 4, 2020

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

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