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Ryan Reaves making promises to Leafs fans before Game 5
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Ryan Reaves making promises to Maple Leafs fans before Game 5

Published April 30, 2024 at 4:16 PM
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In a recent media appearance before Game 5 against the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ryan Reaves discussed various aspects of the team, including the current state of affairs and a notable incident involving his teammates during Game 4.

Ryan Reaves, known for his outspoken nature, offers a new perspective as the Maple Leafs prepare for Game 5. He discussed the team's mindset and attitude going into the crucial match.


''Not a single guy is ready to pack his bags and go home,'' Reaves said. ''Summer is not around the corner for us. Everyone believes we can come back. I certainly do. We've won three in a row this season before, so it's not something we can't do.''



Reaves maintains his faith in the team but acknowledges the need for change. He emphasizes the necessity for increased urgency in the Maple Leafs' performance, especially in a do-or-die situation like Game 5.

''You've got to adjust, and you've got to play desperate,'' Reaves said. ''You definitely can't go into the game nervous. If you go into the game nervous, you already lost.'' ''You've got to adjust, and you've got to play desperate,'' Reaves said.


Reaves also addressed the on-ice dispute between Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander during Game 4, shedding light on the incident.

''It shows a little emotion, a little passion, shows that you care,'' Reaves said. ''It's one thing if it's trickling into the locker room, if it's carrying over shift after shift. But that's not the case. You talk about it. You move on.''

Reaves also delved into the on-ice altercation involving Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander during Game 4, providing insights into the incident.

''It happens and it's not because a couple of those guys don't like each other or that there's cracks in the room. It's just trying to get better. Sometimes it's frustrating when things aren't going your way. So when you talk, sometimes frustration comes out. But you're going back on the ice and battling for each other.''

The Toronto Maple Leafs are banking on Ryan Reaves' assessment of the team's locker room and mental state to be accurate as they face a crucial moment in their season. With Auston Matthews' availability uncertain for tonight's game, every player must be fully focused and committed to extending the series.

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