NHL first-round playoff action on Monday evening and a pair of teams from the Atlantic Division will square off as the Boston Bruins tangle with the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario. This is game three of a best-of-seven series, which is tied at one game apiece.
Bruins Even The Series
The Boston Bruins tied the Calgary Flames for the 2nd most points in the league this year, but they did not play well down the stretch and they went out and lost game one on their home ice by a score of 4-1. Boston bounced back in game two with a solid 4-1 win and will now be looking to grab back their home-ice advantage with a win in this one. Boston has scored just five goals in their first two games of this series, but they have still averaged a solid 3.80 gpg over their last 10 games. That has helped them offset the fact that they have allowed 3.40 gpg over the same stretch. Scoring in the win was Charlie Coyle, which was his 13th of the year, Brad Marchand, which was his 37th, Danton Heinen, which was his 12th, and Patrice Bergeron, which was his 34th.
🎥After a highly contested Game 2, @Matt_Grzelcyk5 discusses keeping the intensity up for the remainder of the series: "It was obviously really intense. We felt like we needed to play more that style. Just happy we got the win." pic.twitter.com/4i8G6xXLpu
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 14, 2019
Grabbing the win in game two was Tuukka Rask, who stopped 30 of the 31 shots that he faced. Rask went 27-18 with a 2.48 GAA on the year overall, including 12-10 with a 2.65 GAA out on the road and 1-0 with a 2.00 GAA against the Maple Leafs. In his career, he has gone 17-9 with a 2.13 GAA against the Maple Leafs (Reg Sea) and 36-31 with a 2.24 GAA in the postseason. The Bruins have gone 20-21 on the road and they have averaged 2.85 gpg and have allowed 2.73 gpg in those games. During the regular season, Boston ranked 3rd in the league in power play conversions at 25.9% and 16th in penalty kill at 79.9%.
Leafs Just Can’t Build Momentum
The Toronto Maple Leafs were thought of as the team to beat in the Eastern Conference at the start of the year, but it hasn’t really panned out that way. Yes, they are in the playoffs, but they have been an inconsistent team for most of the year and they come into this game having lost 11 of their last 16 games. They took game one of this series in Boston but were not able to make it two in a row and the Leafs are now 0-7 in their last seven games when off a win. They just cannot build any momentum, but at least they have grabbed home-ice advantage in this series. They just need to hold on to it, but it will not be easy as the Bruins are one of the best teams in the league. Scoring their lone goal in the game two loss was Nazem Kadri, which was his 1`7th of the year. Kadri could be out for this game as he is facing a possible five-game suspension due to a high hit on Boston’s Jake DeBrusk.
"We're in a best of five now, we've got to dig in."
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 14, 2019
Absorbing the loss was Frederik Andersen, who allowed four goals on 41 shot attempts. During the regular season, he went 36-23 with a 2.77 GAA, including 18-11 with a 2.81 GAA here at home and 1-1 with a 4.52 ERA against the Bruins. In his career, he has gone 23-17 with a 2.60 GAA in the postseason and 11-2 with a 2.42 GAA against the Bruins. The Maple Leafs have gone 23-18 here at home and they have averaged 3.56 gpg and have allowed 3.00 gpg in those games. During the regular season, Toronto ranked 8th in the league in power play conversions at 21.8% and 17th in penalty kill at 79.9%.
- 10-3 in their last 13 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- 15-5 in their last 20 games following a win
- 3-7 in their last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games
- 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record