After a tough and really disappointing Game 1, the Toronto Maple Leafs came back with a brilliant effort to take Game 2. Randy Carlyle and crew took it to heart to come back with a better game and it showed last night. The past season has been full of ups and downs, but everyone knows if you plan on playing more than four games in the playoffs, you have to find a plan that works and stick to it.
The Leafs played crazy hard through the first period, but after one it was 0-0, so the biggest question in everyone’s mind was: Could they keep it up? Boston came back with a quick goal, but the Leafs battled and stuck to their game plan and found the back of the net, not once but twice, to lead it 2-1.
Enter Phil Kessel. This time it was Leafs fans’ turn to chant, “THANK-YOU KES-SEL!” after he made it 3-1. Boston added another goal and had plenty of chances, but James Reimer stepped up and kept the slim one-goal lead.
After a couple of minutes of Boston on the attack, Mikhail Grabovski and James van Riemsdyk hooked up for what the kids call a “beaut” of a goal to make it 4-2. That’s how the game would end. Toronto will now take the series back home after stealing one in Boston.
Can Carlyle keep the Leafs’ heads straight and stick to their game plan? We know Boston will come back with a strong effort, but knowing Leafs Nation, they will be like a sixth man for their team Monday night. I have a feeling the Leafs can ride the excitement for another game and take a 2-1 series lead.
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