Rittich shuts the door as Leafs lose 3-0

This game had all the makings for this exact result. The Leafs were riding a hot streak, the Flames came in off a 7-1 loss, the Leafs had an absurd amount of injuries with Hutchinson in net. It went exactly the way we all thought it would.
And honestly, I’m not mad. With Andersen, Muzzin, Thornton, and Hyman all out (along with Simmonds and Campbell who have been for a while), the Leafs were already not sitting pretty going into the game, and David Rittich shut the door as the Leafs would lose 3-0.
The first period went about as well as we could’ve hoped for considering the circumstances. They saw the shot attempts and scoring chances favour the Flames, but they only found themselves down 1-0 after the first thanks to a goal from Sam Bennett. The Leafs had a couple power plays to get the game tied, but despite a plethora of scoring chances, they couldn’t get any in the net.

Sam Bennett trying to show Kyle he’s the one
(1-0) pic.twitter.com/HKDnQcHaJE
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) February 23, 2021

The Leafs started pressuring a bit more in the second, at even strength, on the power play, …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Teoscar Hernandez’s dingers aren’t enough to overcome Hyun Jin Ryu’s struggles, Blue Jays split the series in Washington

That isn’t exactly the result you’d like to have heading into a four-day break. The Blue Jays got dropped by the Nationals 6-4 in the finale, resulting in a series split. Off to… uhh… the hotel, for a few more days? And then Atlanta? Maybe? I don’t know.

Things worth mentioning…

As the headline suggests, Hyun Jin Ryu didn’t have his best day today. He looked good in the first inning, especially on this absurd curveball that struck out Adam Eaton, but Ryu struggled as the game went along. He wasn’t able to locate his cutter or command the zone and his velocity was down from where you’d expect it to be. All told, he went four-and-one-third, allowing five earned runs on nine hits while striking out five.
Something seems to be up with Ryu. Could it be the short training camp before the season resulting in him not having a feel for his breaking pitches? Was it the heat today in Washington? Who knows. But the declined velocity is a tad worrying.

Ryu’s hardest pitches today vs. on opening day: pic.twitter.com/VZnUfhuVV4
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors vs. Warriors NBA Finals Game 2 Thread

With Toronto hoping for a 2-0 result, the Raptors prepare for a second onslaught from the Warriors. Who will come out on top? Let’s watch. Not to put too fine a point on it, but the Raptors do have a distinct chance tonight to go up 2-0 on the Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals. Am I jinxing the entire endeavour by thinking and writing this way? It’s possible. Or maybe the Raptors are just that good, and the Warriors just that compromised, to make my way of thinking not just possible, but probable.
We’ve been seeing a lot of unlikely things lately. Outside the arena, legions of people are currently (and voluntarily) wearing Burger King-style paper crowns sponsored by New Balance that say “King of the North” on them. This is not something anyone could have predicted back in, say, November. Meanwhile, inside the arena, the Raptors are feeling confident. I’m projecting of course, but can the idea be proven wrong? Unlike the Raps of the past, this squad knows how to stay the course better than before, and is able to bounce back or build on past performances better than they ever have in all …

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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ