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From Both Sides - Leafs/Rangers

12/16/2022 at 1:51am EST

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

“Fundamentally as a coach I believe we can win every game. No matter what’s happening, that’s my approach,” head coach Sheldon Keefe said. “Our execution was off with the puck here today.

“Just weren’t sharp.”

Truth is, the Maple Leafs almost escaped New York with a win, despite bringing their B-game.

Passes weren’t quite as crisp, neither side gave away too much on the inside, and the Leafs’ uncharacteristically sloppy power play went 0-for-4. “Horrible, really,” Marner said.

Puck management was an issue, too. Toronto committed 29 giveaways to New York’s nine. Marner had six of those, Auston Matthews four.

And yet, at even strength, the game was a 1-1 draw, and the Leafs held an edge in most possession metrics.

“They had two scoring chances, really, and scored on them both,” Keefe said.

more, game highlights are there too...

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There were 59 seconds remaining on the Rangers’ first and only power play of the night when Chris Kreider chipped one off the ice into the netting ahead of an offensive-zone faceoff.

Normally — as in for essentially every power play over the last two-plus seasons — the first unit would have stayed on for the draw. But, lo and behold, in this instance, head coach Gerard Gallant sent the second unit consisting of Filip Chytil, Alexis Lafreniere, Kaapo Kakko, a reinstated Vitali Kravtsov and Jacob Trouba onto the ice.

It is as if pigs were flying in the Garden.


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