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Mitch Marner being torched for giving up on a puck race to avoid a hit


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Ryan Smitheram
April 23, 2024  (5:14 PM)
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Mitch Marner steps on the ice for warmups before Game 2
Photo credit: Maple Leafs on Facebook

Mitch Marner chose to avoid taking a hit from Charlie McAvoy in Game 2 to keep the puck in the Bruins' zone and now he's being char-broiled for it.

On the very first shift of the third period in Game 2, the Toronto Maple Leafs were in the Boston Bruins' zone on a forecheck. The puck was wrapped around to the far side of the ice where Marner gave chase. Marner could have easily gotten to the loose puck, but made what many call a "business decision" and chose to avoid the oncoming Charlie McAvoy and hit, instead skating around McAvoy to try to make a play.
Former NHLer and ex-Toronto Marlie Jordan Schmaltz posted the clip to Twitter/X saying that he used to do it himself the odd time.
"The ole bailout, but make it look like you're competing. Classic...You ain't gonna win anything playing with a parachute on your back at this time of year."
-Jordan Schmaltz on Mitch Marner trying to avoid taking a hit

Last postseason, it was William Nylander who came under fire for doing something similar against the Tampa Bay Lightning:

The lack of compete at times from the Leafs is why they struggle so much in the playoffs. Hopefully this is something that is brought up by Sheldon Keefe and the rest of the coaching staff to Marner ahead of Game 3 on Wednesday in Toronto.
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APRIL 23   |   456 ANSWERS
Mitch Marner being torched for giving up on a puck race to avoid a hit

Would you have taken the hit to make the play if you were Mitch Marner?

Absolutely not408.8 %
Depends if I knew I was getting to the puck first8719.1 %
Absolutely. It's the playoffs32972.1 %
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