Monday Game 3 preview: Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs

16 April, 2018, 14:32 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Despite series lead, Bruins must find a way to ramp it up for Game 2

Next up for the Boston Bruins is Game 2 of the series which will take place this Saturday once again at home with a puck drop time of 8:00 pm.

Pastrnak added his second of the night with 7:26 remaining in the third when he was allowed to walk out from behind the net untouched after Marchand lost the handle on a breakaway. And provided enough nightmare fuel to last a lifetime for Leafs head coach Mike Babcock. As of Sunday afternoon, the Bruins had the top four players in National Hockey League postseason points thus far with David Pastrnak already having nine points to his name and with Brad Marchand (6), Patrice Bergeron (5) and Torey Krug (5) not far behind.

David Pastrnak had the game of his life Saturday night. He had a goal and assist before the game was four minutes old, and he finished out the first period with two goals and three points. That came in Game 1 with Zach Hyman's highlight-reel goal. That remains to be seen, but if the Leafs were to lose again, Babcock would sleep a lot easier knowing he did everything in his power to shutdown Bergeron-Marchand-Pastrnak in a good old-fashioned battle of best-on-best. After going down 4-0 by the end of the first, Babcock again brought out the line blender, but nothing he came up with could contain the best threesome in the National Hockey League.

"He's done that all year", said Marchand. Through two games, the matchup has been a goaltender's duel, with Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and Kings counterpart Jonathan Quick surrendering just four goals in 155:16 of gameplay.

ESPN stats & info says Pastrnak is now the youngest player (21 years, 324 days) to get six points in a playoff game, besting Gretzky by 125 days. After all he spent the majority of the season as the third line center, and Cassidy has said that role is his when he's able to return.

"I think there's a lot of skilled players that are skilled when they have the puck; when they don't have it they don't necessarily want it as much as this guy right here".

"(Expletive) happens, I guess", Matthews said. Less than two minutes later, he scored his first of the game.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Six points in a Stanley Cup Playoff game with a hat trick?"

"We're going to have to tighten up defensively for sure", added fellow pivot Patrice Bergeron, who had an assist in the opener. Take the lessons, what they have for you. "Take the good from it and focus on what we've got to do in the start there because I know they will be buzzing". Having a good 20 minutes would've helped at least establish momentum.

Rask's final numbers won't impress you - 30 saves on 33 shots amounts to just a.909 save percentage. Also scoring in the win was Jake DeBrusk, which was his 17th of the year, Kevan Miller, which was his 1st of the year, Rick Nash, which was his 22nd and David Krejci, which was his 18th.

The Bruins have dominated the Maple Leafs all over the ice. That's something that needs to continue as Toronto tries to find a solution to stopping the Bergeron line.

That's where Tuukka Rask came into play. Especially considering how the Bruins played down the stretch, it was important for he and the rest of the team to get off to a good start.

Game 3 is Monday night in Denver.

Well, two games into this first-round series, and the Bruins have a commanding 2-0 series lead. His goal was his 24th postseason tally, tying Vincent Lecavalier for the second-most in Tampa Bay's playoff history. So, you lose 5-2, 5-4, 10-2, it doesn't matter; it's a loss. Boston got into the zone after a bad turnover, and Pastrnak picked up some loose change, drove past Morgan Rielly to the danger area and beat McElhinney high blocker.

The Washington Capitals have had an extra day to forget about-or learn from-their mistakes against the Columbus Blue Jackets in their 4-3 overtime loss in Game 1, including third-period penalties that led to two power-play goals from the Blue Jackets to pull even. Columbus stayed resilient despite several injuries and a Josh Anderson ejection, and will be looking for a second win before heading back to OH, but the Caps are still trying to prove they can be a playoff team.

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