Day After Thoughts: Jack Campbell carries the Leafs to a 2-1 series lead

It wasn’t quite the resounding win of Saturday, but the Toronto Maple Leafs did win (in regulation) game 3 of the series against the Habs, pulling ahead to a 2-1 series lead. And, as my title suggests, they very much have Jack Campbell to thank for it.
Last night’s game was quite the rollercoaster ride, almost literally. It started off flat and kind of boring, with not much at all happening in the first period (other than that Carey Price save we’ll get to in a bit), and then a TON of high octane action in the second, leading into a bit of a skid to stop in the third. Nevertheless, with equal SOG, the Leafs managed to score 2 goals to the Canadiens’ 1, which according to my math means they won the game – and that’s what matters.
Let’s take a look at each period a bit more in depth, shall we?
First period
As mentioned, not much happened in the first. In fact, many fans were surprised and a bit disappointed at such low-energy hockey from these two teams in a tied series. The Leafs did kill off a four-minute penalty to start the game, but …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Listen to That’s A Rap #17: Post-Game 5 vs. Magic Reaction

The Raptors got things done in resounding fashion in Game 5 against the Orlando Magic. Join That’s a Rap to celebrate for a bit, and then let’s look ahead to the second round. The Disney Douchebag Sweep is complete! Toronto put the finishing touches on an almost-perfect first round series with Orlando last night in Game 5 after absorbing the first punch and responding emphatically over the next four games.
Before our attention flips completely towards Philadelphia, listen as we put a bow on the Raptors-Magic series.

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That’s a rap on Orlando’s season. As has been the case in each of Toronto’s victories, the Raptor starters dominated the Magic’s starting five. Midway through the first quarter, Nikola Vucevic already has three fouls, Kyle Lowry scored the first nine points, and Toronto was up 22-3.
Among the many promising numbers that came out of this game, Toronto’s shots beyond the arc finally started to fall. In fact, there were positive numbers across the board — Kawhi Leonard’s +/- (game), Marc Gasol’s +/- (series), and building the largest playoff lead in franchise history.
In addition to the fantastic stats, the starters were …

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Author: JayRosales / Raptors HQ