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May 8: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

TSN Drive is live from the ACC, as Dave and guest co-host Steve Simmons tee up the pivotal Game 4 matchup between the Leafs and Bruins with James Mirtle and Bruce Arthur and are also joined by MLSE COO Tom Anselmi and Marlies defenceman Morgan Rielly.


Audio:

Hour 1:

Dave Naylor and co-host Steve Simmons discuss the NHL playoffs with The Globe and Mail's James Mirtle and TSN's Chris Cuthbert. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Dave Naylor and co-host Steve Simmons are joined by Bob McKenzie, Morgan Rielly, Tom Anselmi and Bruce Arthur. Hour 2 Audio


Recap:

4:30 – The Globe and Mail's James Mirtle

Looked at the positives that have emerged in the Leafs being down 2-1 to the Bruins. Nazem Kadri is the best in the NHL at drawing penalties. Diving, or drawing penalties, is a more accepted tactic than it used to be. The size and skill of the Bruins Milan Lucic- David Krejci- Nathan Horton line makes them difficult to defend. People were wondering whether Lucic was hurt this season and that the Bruins general manager and coach were worried about him, but he has come out of his slumber in the playoffs. The Leafs need to challenge Bruins captain Zdeno Chara with speed, like Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin does.

4:45 – TSN commentator Chris Cuthbert

Commentated the San Jose/Vancouver series, which ended last night in a 4-0 sweep by the Sharks. Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault said one reason the Sedin brothers have struggled is the lack of a right-handed shot on their line. Vigneault is expected to be fired, but it might not be the right decision, citing his President's trophies as proof of his ability. The Canucks probably won't fire general manager Mike Gillis. The Sharks look like a contender in the Western Conference. Roberto Luongo has been a pro through this "botched" situation in Vancouver. The Canucks need someone to step up, like Logan Couture in San Jose, for them to be successful.

5:00 – TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie

Believed the Bruins are better equipped than the Leafs to win in a tight game. There has not yet been a one-goal game in this series. Maple Leafs forwards Joffrey Lupul, Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk are threats to score every time they take the ice. McKenzie agreed with Rangers head coach John Tortorella's assessment that there is no such thing as momentum in the playoffs. There have been plenty of questionable calls in the playoffs, ranging from face-offs to icings, kicked in goals to penalties. The boarding call on Daniel Sedin in overtime that led to the series-winning goal was "soft." Some of the contracts in Vancouver will make it difficult for them to make big changes. The Canucks are "selling low." Simmons wondered whether it was time for the Sedins to be moved out. after the Casey Cizikas goal last night, Marc-Andre Fleury can't be trusted. Tomas Vokoun will start Game 5 for the Penguins. Fleury may have lost his place in the mix for Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The "pesky Sens" score by committee and are a team to be feared.

5:15 – Maple Leafs first round pick Morgan Rielly

Stopped by to discuss his ascension from WHL star to Toronto Marlies defenceman. He said getting a chance to play with the Marlies has been helpful for him. Being a high pick brings pressure with it but he is trying to keep playing the same way he always has. Rielly has 72 points in 78 games the last two seasons with the Moose Jaw Warriors. Rielly said he is "trying to be a sponge," learning from teammates Mike Komisarek and Paul Ranger, who have both played in the NHL. He needs to keep working hard and improve every aspect of his game to make it to the NHL. The Marlies will start their second round playoff series against the Grand Rapids Griffins, the AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. Rielly said he liked the Canucks growing up but is happy to be a Maple Leaf.

5:30 – Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment COO Tom Anselmi

Said the atmosphere in Maple Leafs square was amazing and "a lot of fun." The Leafs are a young team that is learning and growing. There is a lot of expertise in the Leafs front office. Tim Leiweke will be taking over as President and CEO of MLSE and Anselmi called him "one of the best in the business." Their desire to win allows them to make difficult decisions, such as sending Tim Connolly and Mike Komisarek to the minors and scratching John-Michael Liles. There is a lot to be optimistic about and he likes the future of the team, including Morgan Rielly. The ticket price increases are standard for the league and big markets generally increase their prices more than smaller markets. He also said they haven't increased prices in a while and they have been out of the playoffs for nine years. He added there would still be 20,000 happy people in the Air Canada Centre tonight.

5:45- The National Post's Bruce Arthur

Believes close games favour the Bruins because they have playoff experience and the Leafs blue line is weak. Secondary scoring has been an issue for the Leafs as well, whereas the Bruins are getting scoring from up and down their lineup. In the Bruins two wins in the series, Boston's fourth line has been instrumental. Their fourth line centre Gregory Campbell is useful because he doesn't make mistakes. This series is "found money" for Maple Leafs fans because no one expected them to make the playoffs. The sweep at the hand of the Sharks marks the end of an empire for the Canucks. Making head coach Alain Vigneault the sacrificial lamb in Vancouver is unfair and general manager Mike Gillis created the goaltending circus. David Booth and Keith Ballard were pointed out as "dead money" on the cap. Arthur is not certain the Leafs success this season is sustainable and does not think they are a playoff team over a full 82-game schedule.



May 7: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Dave and guest co-host Steve Simmons chat with Darren Dreger and Kerry Fraser about the faceoff controversy in the Leafs/Bruins series and Bob McKenzie checks in to discuss the Canucks being on the verge of a surprising early playoff elimination.


Audio:

Hour 1:

Dave Naylor and Steve Simmons are joined by Tobias Moskowitz, discuss the NHL playoffs and play Nailed it or Failed it? Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Dave and co-host Steve Simmons are joined by Darren Dreger, Dan Shulman, Gary Washburn and Matt Sekeres to discuss NHL, NBA and MLB hot topics. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Dave is joined by Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun, TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, and former NHL referee Kerry Fraser. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

4:45 – University of Chicago Financial Economist Tobias Moskowitz

Compared sports teams playing at home as opposed to playing on the road. The NHL teams at home win from 56%-57% where in the NBA it is higher with 63%-64%. It is different in the playoffs for NHL because it is much lower. Referees often make calls according to the home crowd reaction. In the NBA, scoring is so high so it is more continuous and the more talented teams are more likely to come on top. In most seasons, most teams in the NBA win more at home than on the road and that's not the case in hockey.

5:00 – TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger

Was at Maple Leafs square last night prior to game three against Boston and the atmosphere was buzzing, however, it wasn't the same inside the ACC. There are rules according to the officials for taking face-offs and Tyler Bozak admitted that he was a bit off in terms of timing. The Leafs had a lot of turnovers and they have to to control and manage the puck. Jake Gardiner needed more conditioning after the lockout and when he went down to the AHL the defensemen on the Leafs began to play well and that forced Gardiner to stay there. If the Canucks get swept tonight, there will be a change in the head coach and the asking price for Roberto Luongo will have to go down. Toronto has no reason to pursue him now. There was a tentative meeting scheduled between the NHL and the Grosby group but the meeting was cancelled by the NHL. The officials will be watching closely between the Senators and the Canadiens but Carey Price needs to steal the game.

5:15 – Gary Washburn

Didn't vote for LeBron James for MVP because he felt that Carmelo Anthony was more valuable to hist team than James was for the Heat. James is an incredible player but even Michael Jordan didn't win MVP every year. James was second on Washburn's ballot. He thinks that the NBA should have a most outstanding player and a MVP, and people thought that James was the best player on the best team where Anthony elevated his team and his game this year.

5:30 – Voice of MLB on ESPN Dan Shulman

Doesn't think that John Gibbons is close to being let go. This is year one of this contract and it is unusual for a manager to get let go in the first year. So many of the Jays are under performing right now and they have to put a winning streak together to make a dent in the standings. They had a good chance to take the division this year, but there have been injuries that set them back. Just because players make a lot of money, it doesn't mean that they are worth it. Roy Halladay went with two more starts even though he was feeling discomfort and when he comes back he has a chance to put up hall of fame numbers. It is amazing to see how players in their late 30's and early 40's can still compete at a high level.

5:45 – Matt Sekeres of the Team 1040

Isn't surprised with Cory Schneider starting tonight's game as Alain Vigneault mentioned that he was the team's MVP. Goaltending wasn't the problem in the first two games and it was a similar situation last year when the Canucks fell down 2-0 to the Kings. Roberto Luongo gives the team the best chance to win tonight but he is going with Schneider. There was speculation that this was a GM call and that Schneider will carry the team into next season. Teams are able to focus on the Sedin brothers more and they aren't on the right side of the referees whistle. When the Canucks were in the final two years ago, the officials were calling more hooking and interference calls that aren't being called today. Daniel Sedin doesn't look as aggressive on the puck as he used to.

6:00 – Ottawa Sun sports columnist Don Brennan

Discussed the Senators struggles in the face-off circle, Tomas Plekanec is "killing them" in the dot. The big story in the Ottawa-Montreal matchup has been the animosity between head coaches Paul MacLean and Michel Therrien. Simmons suggested that MacLean is under Therrien's skin and Brennan agreed pointing to the timeout the Senators coach called late in Game 3 and Therrien's reaction to it. A lot of the bad blood stems from the Eric Gryba hit on Lars Eller in Game 1, which drew a two-game suspension for the Sens defenceman. Brennan said the Canadiens shouldn't be worried about seeking retribution on Gryba, the Senators "sixth or seventh defenceman," who returns to the lineup tonight. PK Subban will be looking to rebuild his image after losing his cool and going after Ottawa's Kyle Turris, a non-fighter, late in Game 3. Brennan said of Subban: "If anyone can make an impact on the game, it's him."

6:15 – TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie

Discussed the Buffalo Sabres' decision today to retain Ron Rolston as head coach, removing the interim tag, a decision McKenzie called unsurprising but added that folks in Buffalo are not happy. McKenzie said Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller will likely be traded this summer but points to the Vancouver situation with Roberto Luongo as an example of how difficult such a situation can be. The Colorado Avalanche have a good foundation to build on but their coaching and management situation is murky with head coach Joe Sacco recently let go and general manager Greg Sherman possibly joining him on the way out. Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa's diving comments about the San Jose Sharks was a diversionary tactic from how poorly the Canucks have played and said every team dives, including the Canucks.

6:30 – Former NHL referee Kerry Fraser

Discussed the complaints against referees in the playoffs. Leafs centre Tyler Bozak said he was getting caught cheating more than the Bruins centres and his timing was off. Taking a face-off is "not rocket science" and guys who are being thrown out consistently need a talking to. There are more players being kicked out of the faceoff circle this year and Fraser suggested it was a lack of communication between linesmen and players. Ex-linesman Ray Scapinello was a good communicator. There is often a different standard of penalty calls in the playoffs and Fraser said the focus was on "letting the players play the game." As a referee, Fraser didn't worry about whether a player would be getting suspended when he assessed major penalties. He wished he was refereeing tonight's "grudge match" between the Sens and Canadiens and that those types of games excited him. He looks for the "hot spots" and removes them from the game. He offered Brandon Prust as an example of a player who should have been removed from Game 3.



May 6: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Live from the ACC, Dave and guest co-host Bruce Arthur tee up Game 3 with Maple Leafs VP of hockey operations Dave Poulin, Darryl Sittler, Jonas Siegel and Dave Feschuk.


Audio:

Hour 1:

Bruce Arthur co-hosts with Dave and are joined by VP of Hockey Operations for the Maple Leafs Dave Poulin. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Dave is joined by TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, TSN 1050 Leafs reporter Jonas Siegel, Maple Leaf legend Darryl Sittler, and Dave Feschuk. Hour 2 Audio


Recap:

4:45 – Maple Leafs VP of Hockey Operations Dave Poulin

Took a look back at game one and no team knows what to expect going into the first game. There is so much pressure being built up because they haven't been in the playoffs in so long and the team is young. Two days off could have been a long time off but management did a great job taking care of preparing for game two. From the start of game two you could see the difference in energy and little details in the players. The experience of the Toronto Marlies getting to the Calder Cup last year helped tremendously under Dallas Eakins this year. The Leafs group has grown together and the they have so much speed and with speed a lot of things happen. Nazem Kadri needed to experience an NHL playoff game and now that he is comfortable you will see him shine. Phil Kessel's speed is his biggest skill, he isn't expected to run players over.

4:45 – TSN 690 Montreal Canadiens commentator Sergio Momesso

Looked back on Eric Gryba's hit on Lars Eller. You never want to see players laying on the ice and it was obvious that it wasn't Gryba's intent to injure him. It was a clean hockey hit but unfortunately has consequences. It is a grey area and when comparing Andrew Ference's hit on Mikhail Grabovski there wasn't as big of an injury and that is why he only got one game. The game has changed in the sense of speed and the equipment is stronger, and players that are playing still want to be protected. Michel Therrien is angry with Paul McLean's comment about it being a hockey hit.

5:00 – TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie

Would be surprised if Alain Vigneault still had a job with the Canucks after these playoffs. He is a good NHL coach but it comes down to shelf life and the team is the same as last year where there should be change. The most successful general managers in the league make mistakes and they are allowed to continue on with their job and Mike Gillis probably has at least five years left on his contract there. When it comes to Cory Schneider and his playoff performance last night, Vigneault has to go with the goaltender who he believes will get a win. In the last few weeks, it would make more sense to play Roberto Luongo but it wouldn't be surprising if Schneider was in goal for game four. There is a huge difference between losing in the first round in four games or overtime in game seven. Right from the beginning of the game, the referees were taking control of the game between Ottawa and Montreal. There was nothing that happened in that game that would lead to supplementary discipline.

5:15 – Darryl Sittler

Joined Dave and Bruce from the booth in the ACC and can feel the excitement in the city of Toronto to finally have playoff hockey in May. It was exciting to see Phil Kessel score the winning goal against the Bruins. The city gets electrified and the fans hung in there and now have something to look forward to. James Reimer is a great goalie and winning teams need that. The fans in the Maple Leaf Gardens when Sittler played were always loud and supportive of the team. His favourite playoff moment when on the Leafs was against the Islanders in game seven and he goes into further detail why. Nazem Kadri is the type of player that gives the team more depth in the scoring department and can make or break a game. Randy Carlyle is highly respected and he expects all his players to give him their all and play with intensity.

5:30 – TSN 1050 Maple Leafs reporter Jonas Siegel

Spoke with the Leafs and informed Dave that they don't want to sit on game two because it doesn't matter any more, they have to move forward and be ready for game three. The four games that the Leafs played against Boston in the regular season, they lost three of them but even played their best. Mikhail Grabovski only wants to get in the playoffs and the intensity gives him a lift. He loves playing against Boston and he enjoys the challenge playing against a team like this. James Reimer makes the big saves and when Jake Gardiner bounced the puck off the boards and gave the puck away in his own zone, Reimer was there to stop the puck. The Bruins won't let the Leafs skate the way they did on Saturday. It will be easier to match players up at home because of home ice advantage.

5:45 – Toronto Star's Dave Feschuk

Spoke about the Boston Bruins and said that they know game one and two are done and have to look forward to focusing on game three. Claude Julien asked his team to play a physical game and that takes a toll on the players. The Bruins weren't as good a team as they were in game one. Tuukka Rask doesn't have the same affect on the Boston team as Tim Thomas in terms of getting the team fired up. It will be tough to replicate game two, Phil Kessel scored one goal even strength, but it doesn't mean that he broke the "curse". There is a big buzz in the city and it is hard for the players to be their own worst critic when everyone is patting you on the back.



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