WASHINGTON(2) at TORONTO(1)
WASHINGTON WINS SERIES 4-2
So, as most of you probably already know, the Leafs were eliminated tonight by the Washington Capitals. I could tell you about the goals, how Auston Matthews scored an absolutely filthy one to give the leafs a 1-0 lead. I could tell you about the saves, Freddie Andersen and Braden Holtby were unbelievable tonight. I could tell you about all of those things, but I won’t. You saw the game, so you know what happened. I’m going to tell you about this season, and how excited I am for the future of this team.
This is without a doubt, the most special hockey season I’ve ever experienced. There was the pure euphoria of opening night, and Matthews potting four against the Sens. There was Marner ripping home his first career goal, while his mom was washing her hands in the bathroom. There was Naz shutting down McDavid, not once but twice. There was the road trip before and after Christmas out west and down to Florida, when lots of teams might be distracted, but we took eight out of eight points.The Centennial Classic was a day to remember as well, with Matthews taking the game over in the third period and overtime. As the season ebbed and flowed through the dog days of January and February, we found ourselves in the thick of the playoff race, as almost simultaneously we all started to believe that this was really possible. There was the road trip to California that nearly killed our dreams, as well as the disheartening 7-2 loss to Florida where we actually fell out of a playoff spot for the last time, before a 5-0 win in Tampa two days later vaulted us into the playoffs for good. How many of us will ever forget Bozak’s tie breaking goal against Boston with less than two minutes to go, or how he was playing through multiple injuries since late February. And how about Kadri’s 30th of the year, giving the Leafs some breathing room late in their excellent win in Columbus. Of course we can’t leave out the three goals in 43 seconds in Buffalo, or the night that we finally clinched that spot against the Penguins, with Kapanen’s first career goal tying the game, Connor Brown’s 20th winning it, and Auston Matthews’ 40th sealing it. It was a great season, and it even had the added bonus of Kasperi Kapanen’s double overtime winner and Bozak’s sick tip. In the end the Leafs fell to the Caps, but I think it’s safe to say the ride exceeded everyone’s expectations.
This morning in church, my pastor preached about vision, and how many can look, but few can actually see. The people in charge of this team have vision, and you can bet they can see that this is just the beginning. Thank you for reading this year, I’ve enjoyed writing, and I can’t wait to write the post game for the opener next year. Be well, and BeLeaf.
FINAL BOX SCORE
SCORING BY PERIOD
Toronto Goal 7:45 A. Matthews (4) assisted by M. Rielly and Z. Hyman
Washington Goal 12:51 M. Johansson (1) assisted by L. Eller and B. Orpik
Washington Goal 6:31 M. Johansson (2) assisted by J. Williams and J. Carlson
SHOTS BY PERIOD
POST GAME SCRUMS