A long time ago that supporters of the Canadian have not attended a game of the playoffs at the Bell Centre. And although the team strives to remain in the race, it may well be that the duel from Saturday to be what will get closer and closer the more of this reality in the coming months.
Aware of the issue and the importance of each classification point, the two teams have offered the tight game, trying to limit the most possible the time and space to their rivals. At a certain point, we even saw the Leafs, usually focused on the attack, deploy a defense-like softly to the door.
“Both teams were solid defensively. On our side, which we missed during the first two periods, that is, that one brought a few things offensively, ” analyzed Claude Julien. We were doing a good job to meet their attack, but it did not generate a lot of things at the other end of the rink. “
What also added to the fun of the series is the few hundred supporters of the Leafs having made the trip in the quebec metropolis to cheer on their favorites.
Three in three
Their reaction was so loud when John Tavares beat Carey Price on the only shot of the Leafs in the third period, that one would have to believe that it was the Canadian who had just opened the brand.
“What is good is that we never gave up. Despite the decline, we kept coming back to the load [16 shots on goal in the 3rd period]. The purpose of [Marco] Scandella was huge for us, ” stressed the coach of the Canadian.
“It was like one of those games series where the last error that cost the victory. This is what happened this evening. The break [Suzuki] has virtually turned into two against one and we won the game, ” he later explained.
This gain was the third for the Habs in as many outings against Toronto since the start of the season. If he ever managed to double up in this race, there is no doubt that this series of gains would be stressed.