Babcock Explains Why The Muzzin-Zaitsev Pairing Works So Well Against Bruins.

Published April 17, 2019 at 9:27

The Toronto Maple Leafs will try and take a two game lead on the Boston Bruins tonight as they host Game 4 at ScotiaBank Arena. The Leafs' did a great job at shutting down not only the Bruins' top line but one of the best lines around the NHL in Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak. With the advantage of having the last change on Monday, Leafs' head coach Mike Babcock was able to play chess against Bruins' head coach Bruce Cassidy when it came to the B's top line. For Babcock, the check mate has been the defensive pairing of Nikita Zaitsev and Jake Muzzin, the head coach explained what he likes about the matchup. "I watched them play all winter. I watched and just saw them and thought they were good. Now, you never know. When we acquired Muzz, we didn't know he was playing with Z. We didn't know Gards was getting hurt. I don't want to say by accident, but it's worked out. They are hard guys to play against. They play hard. Muzz can really move the puck as well and Z we think closes faster than anybody on our team and makes it harder on the other team. Those guys, and then obviously each guy up front has a different skill set and they are good players who play hard."
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