A pair of teams from the Atlantic Division will square off in the first round of the NHL Playoffs as the Toronto Maple Leafs grapple with the Boston Bruins at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The series is tied at 3-3, which sets up what should be a very exciting game seven.
The Leafs Had Their Chance
Toronto still has a chance as they have won two of the three here in Boston in this series, but the Leafs had a chance to end this series at home and they came up just a bit short in the 4-2 loss. Toronto has struggled down the stretch 0f the season as they won just four of their final 14 games, but they have played better in this series. Still, they can’t put together back-to-back wins and have now lost their last nine games when coming off a win. I guess it’s lucky for them that they are coming in off a loss. Scoring in the loss was Morgan Rielly, which was his 21st of the year and Auston Matthews, which was his 5th goal of the series and 42nd of the year. Matthews has now scored in four straight games and he is hoping to keep it going and lead his team into the 2nd round.
"Everyone’s hungry for it. It’s not just the fanbase, it’s the people in this locker room, people in the organization. We’re all in the same boat there, everyone wants to win."
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 22, 2019
Absorbing the loss in game four was Frederik Andersen, who allowed three goals on 40 shot attempts. During the regular season, he went 36-23 with a 2.77 GAA, including 18-12 with a 2.73 GAA on the road and 1-1 with a 4.52 ERA against the Bruins. In his career, he has gone 25-19 with a 2.62 GAA in the postseason and 11-2 with a 2.42 GAA against the Bruins (Reg Sea). The Maple Leafs have gone 25-19 on the road and they have averaged 3.34 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%.
Bruins Live To Fight Another Day
The Boston Bruins headed to Toronto down 3-2 in this series, b8ut they stepped up their game and were able to stave off elimination with a 4-2 road win. the series is now tied at 3-3 and the Bruins have this game at home where they have been strong this year. Still, we note that Boston is just 1-2 at home in this series so they have their work cut out for them. Boston trailed the Leafs 1-0 at the 9:42 mark of the first, but they fought back and held a 2-1 lead after one and didn’t look back after that. Scoring in the win was Brad Marchand, who scored twice and now has four in the series and 40 on the year, Torey Krug, which was his 7th of the year and Jake DeBrusk, which was his 28th of the year. Boston will look to close out this series on their home ice.
🎥 Patrice Bergeron on playing in his 11th career Game 7: "You’ve got to go out and leave it all out there…that’s why you play hockey." pic.twitter.com/pHE5Ges0wu
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 22, 2019
Grabbing the win was Tuukka Rask, who stopped 22 of the 24 shots that he faced. Rask went 27-18 with a 2.48 GAA on the year overall, including 15-8 with a 2.32 GAA here at home 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 38-33 with a 2.27 GAA in the postseason. The Bruins have gone 30-14 here at home and they have averaged 3.32 gpg and have allowed 2.43 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%.
- 2-5 in their last 7 games as a road underdog
- 3-8 in their last 11 playoff games as an underdog
- 12-4 in their last 16 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- 17-6 in their last 23 games playing on 1 days rest