The Bruins playoffs continue tonight.
The Bruins continue their first round playoff series versus the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Screw those guys
The Bruins lead the series 3-2 and have the opportunity to eliminate their opponent tonight.
Hopefully we’ll all have fun watching the Bruins complete the journey all the way through the leafs
I don’t know about you, but I’m done with seeing the Maple Leafs. I know they are a tough opponent, and that level of competition is good experience for a team trying to make a deep playoff run, but I don’t care. Come on Bruins, FINISH THEM!
In game #5, the Bruins let in 4 goals. The first was on the inability of the defense to clear the crease, the 2nd was a 2-on-2 that was handled poorly. The last two were ones that Tuukka could have had, and he got replaced by Khudobin.
On the offensive side, the Bruins did dominate in shots on goal, with 45-21 and won the faceoff battle 35-31. But they were unable to capitalize on 5 of their 6 power play opportunities, including over 1 minute of 5 on 3.
The Leafs were playing on the edge (read: they were interfering, holding the stick, etc.) and the refs were mostly generous with the penalties, which should have strongly favored the Bruins, but it was not enough. Also strangely, they were throwing guys out of the faceoff really late. They got Bergy twice and Plekanec once. This also happened in Game 2. The pantomime that is the faceoff is difficult to interpret from a distance, but clearly the players were more upset about being ejected than usual.
The high note was the 4th line – with both Kuraly and Schaller scoring. The top-6 should have been more effective.
Let’s do some lines.
Scuttlebutt says that Bergy left practice early but is still planning to play tonight, and Cassidy thinking of juggling the lines a little, probably putting in Donato or Wingels for Heinen
Wingels with Krejci and DeBrusk
Soooo, like I said prior to this series, it's Nash-Nash-Backes.
— Joe McDonald (@JoeyMacHockey) April 23, 2018
It sounds like Babcock is sticking with the updated lines from game #5.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|Tuukka Rask||(Anton Khudobin)|
The Leafs get Nazem Kadri back from his suspension, but Leo Komarov is still out due to a lower body injury from an attempted hit on Kevan Miller in game #2.
Latest lineup info h/t Jonas Siegel (@jonassiegel):
Maple Leafs Forwards
Maple Leafs Defense
Maple Leafs Goaltending