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Toronto on the Brink: 6 Takeaways from Bruins’ Game 4 Win vs. Maple Leafs | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

Written by on April 28, 2024

If the Maple Leafs wind up losing this series to Boston, one of the biggest reasons why they do will be their power play.

With a team loaded with offensive weapons like Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander, John Tavares and Morgan Rielly, it feels almost insulting to see how poorly the power play has performed.

The Leafs’ power play is 1-for-14 in the series and it’s not just the results that make it look terrible, it’s also the complete lack of execution of it along with the decisions with the puck. For example, Toronto had a brief 4-on-3 power play in the second period and as they circled back through the neutral zone to bring the puck up, they used a drop pass to try and get the puck carrier through with speed… against three defenders. It’s abysmal.

“I think we’ve had a lot of looks up until tonight, and tonight we just couldn’t seem to get into any looks, that we want to get anything clean, and we didn’t retrieve pucks as well,” Maple Leafs captain John Tavares said. “Throughout the series, the numbers don’t look great, but I think the opportunities have been there and we just haven’t been able to cash in and find ways to get maybe more second and third opportunities, but obviously, we needed to flip the script in that area.”

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