I’m sure many Leaf fans were dissapointed when they found out that the Leafs had to face the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs. I’m sure many anticipated a series sweep. But you shall never underestimate a team. The Leafs are definitely leaving an impression by not letting a team like Washington push them around. Washington may have took the first game, but the Leafs came back in game 2 in double overtime with a goal by the rookie Kasperi Kapanen.
It was expected that Washington was not going to come back strong. With game 3, The Caps took a 3-1 lead in the game, leaving Leaf fans hopeless, but if you bring hustle, heart, and determination anything is possible. The Leafs end up tying the game bringing the series to another overtime game. With the Leafs having the spark in the third period and carrying a power play into overtime, luck was on their side.
Surely enough, Tyler Bozak gets the game winning goal to make it a 2-1 series and shocks the NHL world. This series has been nothing but satisfying. It is so nice to see a team that has continually struggled finally start to show some success. Watching the Leafs keep up with the Washington Capitals is invigorating. This game brings so much positives for the Leafs. It will give them all the confidence they need for game 4.
It’s safe to say that the Leafs brought the overtime magic to stun the Caps. The Leafs showed resiliency in both game 2 and 3. In game 2 it was with the Roman Polak injury and in game 3 it was coming back from behind. The key with hockey is to stay optimistic despite what the circumstances are.