Hours after a van struck and killed 10 pedestrians and wounded many others in Toronto, the host Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 in Game 6 to force a seventh game in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
All of it is about holding players like Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and Nazem Kadri in check as the Bruins have done for long stretches of the series with a steady diet of Zdeno Chara greeting the Leafs franchise center wherever he goes. “It nearly gets us going, too, and makes you want to quiet them down”. I think there’s a lot on the line that way.
“But it’s so important that we rally around these people, help out and do whatever we can”.
It’s been 14 years since a Leafs team advanced to the second round of the postseason. At the same time, the Leafs farm team, the Marlies, will try to close out its AHL best-of-five series against the Utica Comets on the road. He posted an.880 save percentage in Games 1 to 4 but has stopped 74 of 78 shots for a.949 SP in Toronto’s Game 5 and 6 victories. Game 7 tomorrow. I can’t wait.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are playing for more than just their season in Wednesday’s Game 7.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, our first responders, and to all those affected”, the Leafs announcer said. Babcock indicated that the veteran winger is healthy enough to go on Wednesday, but he has not played since Game 2.
Marleau and Hainsey have each been influential veteran leaders for the Leafs throughout the season, while 35-year-old Tomas Plekanec stepped up in a big way during playoffs.
The team that had scored the first goal had won each of the first five games of the series before Monday. The Caps took the last four games after dropping two straight at home. “Any rest day you can get in the playoffs is a good day”. We need to defend it better from our end. “In saying that, she’s a brand new slate now”.
“Ha, I’m not going to change anything”, Pastrnak said with a derisive snort. Instead, that line has no points in its past three games, not including the game Bergeron missed with a mystery injury. “It’s not the way we want to play”.
Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs Game 4 tonight is a big one.
One is that the streakiest goaltender in the league, Frederik Andersen, continues the hot hand he developed after the two lopsided losses that opened the series against the Boston Bruins. That’s not stirring any demons for the Leafs, though. With a win tonight the B’s will take a commanding 3-1 series lead. “They had a blast just like us as a coaching staff”. We’re not thinking specifically about [a past] with Boston.
This turned out to be the winning goal, and it’s a worth a look.