Originally, I wanted to call this something else but the ghosts of 2013 continue to haunt. The important thing to remember is that the Bruins won last night’s game and they did it without Patrice Bergeron.
Just prior to the game, Patrice Bergeron was scratched from the lineup. He did not take warm-ups and is listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury. NESN speculated that it was perhaps a concussion or some other injury that wouldn’t allow him proper movement, citing his heroics in 2013 as a proof. It is true, in the playoffs you find a way to play. However, after the game Bruce Cassidy updated the media on Bergy.
Bruce Cassidy said Bergeron’s injury is something they’ve been dealing with for a bit. Hopes he will play in Game 5
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) April 20, 2018
You know what, it’s better we not know. No need to exploit it. Get better soon, Bergy.
Torey Krug took only 28 seconds to score the first goal in the game.
— NHL (@NHL) April 19, 2018
Tomas Plekanec took longer to score his. But scoring isn’t really the story of this game, like Torey Krug is not the one hero. It was Tuukka Rask.
Are we all willing to admit Tuukka can steal playoff games now or nah?
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 20, 2018
Tuukka kept the B’s in this game for the two periods that the rest of the team was finding theirs. For much of the first two periods, the Bruins found themselves pinned in their zone, having difficulty moving and keeping the puck out. Tuukka saved 11 of 12 in the first period, then continued to be a wall for the rest, saving 20 more shots.
At 16:55 of the second period, Brad Marchand solved the Andersen problem going bar down with a one-timer on a feed from David Pastrnak.
What a feed from Pastrnak pic.twitter.com/uscGYNyhLL
— Marina Molnar (@mkmolnar) April 20, 2018
They took that 2-1 lead into the break.
The B’s would score only once more, an insurance goal if you will, from Jake DeBrusk.
— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) April 20, 2018
After that, the game was the Bruins to take. It seemed that the air was sucked out of the Leafs. Frederick Andersen left the ice with 2:55 left in the game, not to return and the B’s dealt with 6 attackers for that time. They had little issue sending the puck up the ice, threatening to score the empty netter but choosing to toy with the Leafs players by eating up time and making them submit to their whims. It was glorious.
To sum up:
Credit where it's due. Tuukka Rask was excellent tonight. Important game and he kept the Bruins in it until they got into Bergeron-less gear late in the second period. That's exactly what they needed from their goalie
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) April 20, 2018