LGD: Keep on fightin’

Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

“Baby, this is what you came for.” – Rihanna, from the song of the same name.

It’s a cliche quote, but an applicable one. It’s the biggest NHL playoff game to be played at the ACC since Game 6 of the 2013 playoff matchup between Toronto and the Bruins. If it gives you any confidence, Toronto won that one, too.

In case you’re not into EDM-pop mashups, here’s a more fitting quote courtesy of the word maestro Mike Babcock who doubles as the Leafs head coach:

The Leafs head into tonight needing a win to stay alive, obviously, and with it would force a winner-take-all Game 7 Tuesday in Washington. Let’s do that lads, shall we?

The Leafs

LW C RW
Zach Hyman
Zach Hyman
Auston Matthews
Auston Matthews
William Nylander
William Nylander
Leo Komarov
Leo Komarov
Nazem Kadri
Nazem Kadri
Connor Brown
Connor Brown
James van Riemsdyk
James van Riemsdyk
Tyler Bozak
Tyler Bozak
Mitchell Marner
Mitchell Marner
Matt Martin
Matt Martin
Brian Boyle
Brian Boyle
Kasperi Kapanen
Kasperi Kapanen
Defensive Pairings
Matt Hunwick
Matt Hunwick
Morgan Rielly
Morgan Rielly
Jake Gardiner
Jake Gardiner
Nikita Zaitsev
Nikita Zaitsev
Martin Marincin
Martin Marincin
Connor Carrick
Connor Carrick

Tyler Bozak is a Leafs 3rd line centre, just like we all predicted. Except he’s at 55 points and scored an OT winner in the playoffs. I really don’t have any other intelligent commentary to add.

Here’s a story we wrote on him after he bowed out in Game 5 the last time the Leafs were in the playoffs. I was trying to find the Leafs lineup from that Game 6, but found this instead.

Why Tyler Bozak should have played his last game as a Leaf

That man helps to make decisions in the Leafs front office now, and I’m sure he couldn’t be happier to be wrong.

The Capitals

Defensive Pairings
Nate Schmidt
Nate Schmidt
John Carlson
John Carlson
Dmitri Orlov
Dmitri Orlov
Matt Niskanen
Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik
Brooks Orpik
Kevin Shattenkirk
Kevin Shattenkirk

Who’s coming up big for Washington tonight?

No one? Ok cool.

I mean, it’s a lineup that’s struggling to put away the Leafs! How good can they possibly be?

Starting in net

Unless something catastrophic happens, it’ll be the same matchup it’s been all series. If you can’t even name the starting goalies at this point, I commend you for being that oblivious.

Where to watch

After catching Sens-Bruins Game 6 at 3, the game will be on Sportsnet*** (not CBC) at 7 p.m.

  • lukewarmwater

    Adam first of all how could you not love a beautiful lady from Barbados as I once again out here in God’s country have to use my umbrella, umbrella, umbrella. But for some solid old fashioned, traditional great Canadian Rock. Let me quote Bachman Turner Over Drive. BBBBaby You Ain’t seen Nothing yet. That’s right people, who knows what will happen tonight, will comrade Ovie continue to do his flopping imitiation of Lebron James and sucker the refs into giving his opponent a penalty as he demands a priest to give him the last rites, only to come out the next period stappling leaf defencemen through the boards.
    But here is what I do know, we truly have not seen nothing yet as the 19 year olds, the 20 year olds mature with the playoff experience. As it was pointed out over the last few months the leafs finished 3 points behind the Capitals who of course were the top point team in the entire league. The Capitals like The Jays are an ageing group who is in their final shot at the Stanley Cup mug. The leafs to quote from a band who formed in Canada’s centennial year and the year the leafs last won the cup, namely Chicago. “It’s only the beginnings”. Great article Adam especially the journey down memory lane. What was with that cheap shot from that Carron guy about old guys phoning the 590 and pontificating the truth.
    I’m looking forward to GAME 7 BABY, when all the pressure of the world will be on Ovie and his collar tightening Capitals. GO LEAFS GO.

  • LAKID

    Caps blowout tonight and push them of the cliff! Twat was a nice season . Caps 4 laffers 1. Catch the Oiler game last night ? They will beat the Cap’s in the finals!