Playoff Game Day Thread: Round1, Game2 – Toronto Maple Leafs @ Boston Bruins

Bruins vs Maple Leafs

It’s game two between the Bruins and the Maple Leafs in thist first round of the playoffs, tonight on NBC. The Bruins are down by 1, with 3 to 6 games left.

The Bruins underperformed in game one of this series, giving up a game in which they had home-ice advantage.
Some fans are a little bit disappointed by this

They started out reasonably well, with Patrice Bergeron scoring first in a power-play on a feed from partner Brad Marchand.

They’d had a bit of bad outcome losing a lot of faceoffs early on, but this trend turned around and each team ended up winning half of the faceoffs.
Toronto would tie up the game before the end of the 1st period in 5×5 play.

Early in the 2nd period, the Bruins got a power play on a Kasperi Kapanen high sticking penalty.
All good, right?
Well, no.
The Bruins gave up a short-handed opportunity, with Mitch Marner in on Tuukka all by himself. Jake DeBrusk, in hot pursuit, would get his stick close to the back of Marner’s skate, and Marner fell over, (presumably tripped), sliding spectacularly into Tuukka. This resulted in Marner being awarded a penalty shot, which Tuukka failed to stop.

The Bruins would not score on the power play, and never really got their mojo back – though the Mojo-Coyle-Heinen line was the only one which actually generated serious scoring chances.
So do you think that Coyle would score on those opportunities?

Meanwhile, the Bruins gave up several bad scoring opportunities, and allowed the Leafs to extend their lead by another 2 goals.

On the plus side, there were no serious injuries, though Jake DeBrusk was involved in a couple of tough collisions, and is a game-time decision for tonight.

What do the lines look like? Well, not bad.
Sean Kuraly and John Moore are still injured, but most everyone else is back in the lineup.

The one notable exception – defenseman Kevan Miller missed the last game. Matt Grzelcyk has been skating with Connor Clifton. Clifton seems a bit speedier and is not afraid to throw a hit. Moore and DeBrusk both skated this morning wearing red no-contact jerseys. David Backes was held out of the last game, allowing Karson Kuhlman to matriculate into the lineup. Backes will return to the lineup tonight. It is not yet clear if DeBrusk, Kuhlman, Heinen or Wagner will sit.

UPDATE: Mojo out, Backes in.


Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

David Krejci

David Krejci

Karson Kuhlman

Karson Kuhlman

Danton Heinen

Danton Heinen

Charlie Coyle

Charlie Coyle

David Backes

David Backes

Joakim Nordstrom

Joakim Nordstrom

Noel Acciari

Noel Acciari

#14 - Chris Wagner

Chris Wagner

Bruins Defensive pairs
Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara

Charlie McAvoy

Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug

Torey Krug

Brandon Carlo

Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

Connor Clifton

Connor Clifton

Bruins Goaltending
#40 Tuukka Rask (#41 Jaroslav Halak)

Toronto is all self-satisfied about the win on Thurday night. There’s particular crowing about a hit that rookie Trevor Brown made on Zdeno Chara during the game. It was a good hit (though I honestly don’t remember it). There are no injuries to speak of on the Leafs’ roster. Goaltender Michael Hutchinson had been away due to a personal issue (his wife has just had a baby

It is possible that this is not a picture of Hutch’s new baby

)
but he should be back soon. Hutch is the one who I most fear developing “hot goalie syndrome”. Garret Sparks traveled with the Leafs in lieu of Hutch.
(h/t Daily Faceoff and TSN beat writer Kristen Shilton):

Maple Leafs Forwards
#11 Zach Hyman — #91 John Tavares — #16 Mitch Marner
#18 Andreas Johnsson — #34 Auston Matthews — #24 Kasperi Kapanen
#12 Patrick Marleau — #43 Nazem Kadri — #29 William Nylander
#42 Trevor Moore — #33 Frederik Gauthier — #28 Connor Brown

Maple Leafs Defense
#44 Morgan Rielly — #2 Ron Hainsey
#8 Jake Muzzin — #22 Nikita Zaitsev
#51 Jake Gardiner — #23 Travis Dermott

Maple Leafs Goaltending
#31 Frederik Andersen
#40 Garret Sparks

Here’s an interesting tidbit for tonight’s game:


Gronk always makes me smile.
But now it’s hockey time!

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Mekke lekke ho!!!!!

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Backes is bringing it!!!!

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Hello from the Garden, hockey pals!

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Hi there Anon!!!

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Pretty petty call on Pasta.

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Connor Clifton does not want to play WHO hockey ever again!!l

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Ummm, that’s AHL hockey, duh!

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Hey Pals!!!
Fuck the Leafs!
Fuck Kadri!
Go Bruins!!!
Marchand!!!

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I agree with all this

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