Ray Ferraro thinks goaltending could be the key to everything for the Leafs this spring: Leafs Morning Take

Nick Alberga
10 days ago
Bring on the Boston Bruins.
It had been Florida, Florida, Florida for so long that it almost feels weird preparing for Leafs/Bruins.
Yet here we are.
How did we get here?
Simple: Boston lost 3-1 to Ottawa on Tuesday night and the Leafs fell 5-2 in Sunrise effectively handing the Panthers the Atlantic Division title and a date with the Lightning.
We kicked off the Wednesday edition of Leafs Morning Take by discussing the fact that the Leafs will have a chance to do the funniest thing ever in Round 1. And that’s to end long-time Bruins play by play man Jack Edwards’ broadcasting career. On Tuesday, the 67-year-old, who’s been calling Boston games for 19 years, announced in a press release that he would be retiring at season’s end. Oh baby.
Presented by DoorDash, in the Appetizer, we touched on the puzzling collapse in Sunrise. After leading 2-0 after 20 minutes, Toronto was outshot 29-4 in period two and outscored 4-0. Naturally, we talked about the concern level and where it’s at right now. After all, this game didn’t have much bearing in the standings —at least for the Maple Leafs. The top-six was terrible, Auston Matthews didn’t pot his 70th, and Joseph Woll had another inconsistent outing. Yeah, one of those nights.

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After that, thanks to our friends over at Charm Diamond Centres, we got more into the first-round match-up with the Bruins. In four regular season meetings with their vaunted rivals, Sheldon Keefe and company went 0-2-2. That said, that doesn’t mean a whole lot when the puck drops for real on Saturday night. For the record, the Leafs haven’t beaten the B’s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 1959. Furthermore, the previous three series have all gone seven games.

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Then, brought to you by Douglas, NHL Analyst (ESPN/ABC/SN) Ray Ferraro dropped by to give his thoughts on the Leafs ahead of the playoffs. While there’s no question this team has considerable worts, Ferraro actually feels pretty good about them. At the very least, he thinks that they’re a much harder team to play against than in years past.

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Lastly, courtesy the Wendy’s Daily Faceoff Survivor, we previewed the season finale in Tampa. For all intents and purposes, this game’s all about Matthews’ chase for 70 goals and Nylander’s pursuit of 100 points. Oh, and not getting hurt.
Anthony Stewart will fill in for Jay Rosehill on the Thursday edition of Leafs Morning Take. Obviously, Leafs/Bruins will be top of mind. Additionally, Claude Julien, who was Boston’s coach in 2013 for that horrifying Game 7 against Toronto, will drop by to give his thoughts on the series.
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