Pre-season Post-game #8: 5 Thoughts of the Leafs’ domination over Red Wings

The final whistle of the pre-season has been blown. For the next several months, it’s only games that matter in the standings and trying to win a playoff series. The Toronto Maple Leafs demolished the Detroit Red Wings in their last exhibition game, 5-0.
Everyone was able to chip in with some points and goals. Auston Matthews with a goal and two assists, Tavares with a goal and an assist, Tyson Barrie with two assists, and Johnsson, Nylander and Moore with a goal each. What a night for the offensive production to get rolling.
As Babcock mentioned in his post-game, the moves that they made this summer and the “main pieces that you’ve been thinking about for a long time, are way better.”
This is going to be an interesting, but exciting season for Toronto. So let’s go over some thoughts from their final exhibition game before this significant regular season.
1) William Nylander should be William Nylander more
Nylander had himself a game. Highlighted by an immense goal that was hit so hard that it first appear to be a rebound, just because it hit the net and bounced right back out.

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation

Five thoughts on last night’s Game 3: Raptors 98, Magic 93

A struggling Kawhi Leonard and an unfriendly whistle conspired to keep the Magic in the game, but Pascal Siakam was too much for the Magic. Last night was not a pretty basketball game. Both the Magic and the Raptors brought their A-games on the defensive end, and the referees did their best to remove any sort of rhythm from the game, but the Raptors escaped with a road win — thanks to a gutsy play by Kyle Lowry and a brilliant all-around game from Pascal Siakam.
How Ya Like Me Now, T-Mac?
Tracy McGrady — veteran of both these teams, and he of the “has Pascal Siakam really improved?” take — was in the house in Orlando last night, and he sure got an eyeful of just how improved Pascal Siakam really is.
Siakam was far and away the best player on the floor last night. He had 30 points on 20 shots with only one free throw (more on that later!), 11 rebounds, four assists and zero turnovers.
Every time the Raptors needed a bucket, rebound or stop, Siakam came through, it seemed. He hit a clutch three-pointer to take back the lead after the Magic had gone ahead for the first time. He grabbed …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ

Raptors overcome the Magic in Game 3, 98-93

Through a loose whistle and a tough night for Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors found a way to win and take back home court advantage in their first round series. One thing we’ve learned about the Toronto Raptors is that they’re a good team that can win in multiple ways. Still, the first road playoff game in any series is going to be a test of finding ways to win — whether it’s through an energized crowd or against a team with a renewed sense of belief. It provides the test of how plans “B” through “D” work for any good team.
If tonight is any indication, the Raptors should be just fine. Despite a loose whistle and a difficult night for Kawhi Leonard and the bench, Toronto won Game 3 98-93, taking a 2-1 series lead and wrestling back home court advantage from the Orlando Magic.
Making a game about officiating feels like a losing proposition, since favour always makes its way back to you, but the Tony Brothers-led crew is definitely the first talking point from tonight. Both sides felt jilted, as “ref you suck” chants rained in Amway Center and both Leonard and Kyle Lowry had an …

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Author: John Gaudes / Raptors HQ