Another Maple Leafs Game 7: See you on the other side
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By Nick Barden1 year ago
Here we are. We’ve made it. Game Seven between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning.
How are you feeling?
Tonight can either be spent hugging your loved ones and people on the street as the seconds tick down to a Maple Leafs win, or it can end like the last nine elimination games have — in defeat.
The closer we get to puck drop on Saturday night, the larger the nerves get. This game won’t only be watched by Maple Leafs and Lightning fans, but every fan in across the hockey universe. This game is massive.
Every player on the Maple Leafs must be on the top of their game because the Lightning are going to come out just as hard. Tonight will be a tsunami of emotions for everyone — win or lose.
It’s the Maple Leafs’ biggest game in a very long time.
Both teams will enter Game Seven with the same lineups they had on Thursday night.
If you missed the game, or missed what the lineup looked like, here’s how the Maple Leafs’ lines shape up ahead of Saturday night’s do-or-die game.
If you’re wondering what any of the Maple Leafs had to say prior to Game Seven, it’s all very encouraging. Each of the players and Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe are excited for the opportunity.
William Nylander had the best quote after the morning skate, saying “We don’t need to be scared to lose.”
Keefe added that this is the most confident he’s ever been as the head coach of the Maple Leafs. He’s ready for everything.
Just looking at the way each of them are speaking, it feels like this outcome should be different than past elimination games. They’re ready for the challenge and not shying away from it.
Speaking of the challenger, here’s what the Lightning’s lineup looks like heading into Game Seven.
It’s going to be interesting to see what happens in this game, especially who is the big goal-scorer. Which team will flourish during the most tense moments? Lightning head coach Jon Cooper is ready for anything.
As it’s gone for every game in this series, Jack Campbell and Andrei Vasilevskiy will be the starters. Similar to last game, it’s the challenge of getting their save percentage above .900. I believe whoever wins this game will get over that hump.
If you’re interested in watching tonight’s game — because why wouldn’t you be — puck drop is set for just after 7PM ET on CBC in Canada and TNT in the US. For the radio listeners, it’ll be on TSN1050.
Enjoy tonight. And if they win, boy, enjoy it even more.
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