“Playing with Bergy and Marchy – these guys know what it takes [to win in the postseason]”, Pastrnak, entering some B’s and National Hockey League record books after the aforementioned six-point Game 2 performance Saturday, offered.
From the Leafs’ regular season analysis, the Bruins should pay attention to the penalties they allow in this first-round series. In Game 1, Boston quickly got under Toronto’s skin, which was exactly their game plan.
“We are playing great as a line and we’ve been together for a while”, Pastrnak said.
While the veterans of the Bruins stole the spotlight in Game 1 for the most part, some of the Bruins’ newest team members have proved themselves in the regular season and could potentially be that extra push the Bruins need this year to get to the cup. It happened pretty quick.
The trio combined for 14 points on Saturday night (20 through two games) in a dominating 7-3 victory in Game 2 over the Maple Leafs.
NASHVILLE – Ryan Hartman’s empty-net goal with 1:09 left wound up the victor as Nashville held off Colorado for a 2-0 lead in the first-round Western Conference series. “That goes hand in hand but we believe that is an area we want to force them to defend if they are willing to hang in there and battle us there”.
Anyways, I don’t think the Leafs are done.
Game time is set for 7 p.m. The bottom line is, you’ve got to keep it out of your net. Leo’s played in that spot (before) and it looks to me like they’re matching (Patrice) Bergeron against them so that gives them a good job and a net-front presence. Babcock said. “That was a positive thing”. In over six minutes of a five-on-five head-to-head between Toronto star center Auston Matthews and Bergeron, the Leafs outshot the Bruins 5-3, but were out-chanced 6-4 and outscored 2-0. Then Jake DeBrusk established inside positioning on him at the top of the crease and tipped home a Torey Krug pass on the power play at 9:46. The Bruins added another power-play goal – their second of the night and fifth of the series – to make it 4-0 after one.
The Leafs did play better in the second half of the game with an altered lineup, but it’s hard to tell whether that was because of the changes made or because the Bruins lost a little intensity with such a large lead. “I think people on the outside are getting to know”.
Mitchell Marner scored on a 2-on-1 following a turnover to cut it to 4-1 at 1:22 of the second period.
Krejci answered, though, to thwart any momentum at 3:46. Tyler Bozak made it 5-2 at 9:02 on a one-timer in the slot.
Van Riemsdyk scored on the man advantage in the final frame, but the rest of the period was the Pastrnak Show (as if the rest of the game hadn’t already been).
“Hell of a night”, Marchand said. You’re goddamn right I am. “They played a 200-foot game and you can talk about Bergy and Marshy on the (penalty kill) as well”. Boston is 0-4 after scoring four or more goals in its previous game.
Pastrnak’s goal at 5:26 of the first period.
Pastrnak has simply been toying with Toronto, so it’s only fitting that he completed his hatty on Saturday with this foolish between-the-legs backhander late in the third frame. As it turns out, the Bruins needed every bit of their first-period barrage.
“We’ve still got to come up with what we’re going to do when we get home”.
Game 3 is Monday night in Newark, New Jersey. “We could be better in certainly just about all aspects”.
“Two extra seconds and we might have been able to get that right”. With two goals on four power plays, the Bruins are now five for 10 in the series.
In order to make this a series, the Maple Leafs are going to have to somehow figure out how to stop the Bruins top line.