As we sit here watching another Stanley Cup final wondering why not the Leafs, or how the Leafs could be faring against the Avalanche, it feels necessary to splash a little cold water on the situation and explore the idea that there might be something that the Leafs can learn from the Lightning and Avalanche (beyond be located in a warm, low income tax state where the players don’t function in a pressure cooker and are allowed to have lives away from the rink. Also lock in Nathan MacKinnon cheap is a good lesson too.)
The exact question was: “What lesson do you want the Leafs to learn from the Lightning and Avs?”
Depth scoring matters. Yes, it’s important that Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, John Tavares, and William Nylander are scoring, but other players need to chip in too. When I look at Tampa right now, Nick Paul is doing wonders and I believe Toronto is one piece like that away from being a tough team to beat.
You put that together with strong goaltending and great defence like they had and it’s a recipe for a long run in the playoffs.
Just to be snarky, I want to say that the lesson to learn from the Lightning is that if you complain loud enough, you can get a pe …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation