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Game Four The Win
The Leafs are up 2-1 in a series that many believed they had no place getting a single win in. Many fans are confident that Toronto has gotten into the heads of the Washington Capitals. Babcock has talked about the pucker factor that’s affecting Washington. Ever since Game One, the Leafs have been the better team. However, the Leafs should take note of what happened Tuesday night in San Jose. The Oilers got dismantled 7-0 despite going into the game with a 2-1 series lead. The young team was starting to get the upper hand on the veteran team. Although the Leafs are up, they have to continue their strong play. Washington is a much more desperate team than San Jose. With the city and the fans panicking, they’re going to start to fight back and the Leafs need to be ready.
It never gets old in Buffalo. As much as a star Jack Eichel has been during his games with Buffalo, it’s been a rough ride. From the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery when GM Tim Murray said it was a disappointment for the team to draft 2nd overall all the way to now. Paul Hamilton of WGR 550 reported that Jack Eichel will not want to sign a long-term contract extension with the team. That’s upsetting if you’re a Sabres fan considering Eichel is a franchise player. Hearing that the potential reasoning behind this decision is because of coach Dan Bylsma is concerning. So if you’re GM Tim Murray what do you do? Do you give in to the demands of your star centre and fire the coach, or is it better to not let the players run the team. Now of course Eichel and his agent did serious damage control and denied everything. It’ll be interesting to see how the offseason for Buffalo plays out, perhaps fans will get hints to whether any of these remarks were true.
How Many Games? – Leon Draisaitl
Welcome to another installment of How Many Games where we predict the suspension of dirty plays in the NHL. Today’s contestant is Leon Draisaitl from the Edmonton Oilers. It’s pretty simple, he speared the Chris Tierney in the family zone. The Oilers were being blown out 5-0 at the time so Draisaitl was looking for a means to take out his frustration on, not the best idea. The refs handed the former first round pick a five-minute major and a game misconduct as a result. So, how many games? To be honest, I could see this being a fine. It helps Draisaitl’s case that he doesn’t have a history of suspension and that Tierney returned to the game afterwards. One other thing, that may not be fair to look at, is the Matt Calvert cross check. It’ll be pretty surprising if Draisaitl gets the same amount of games as that which looks a lot worse.
Leon Draisaitl gets five and a game for spearing Tierney in the nuts pic.twitter.com/LDBAu4gCAd
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 19, 2017