Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 4/21/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
- Author: Regina Holmes Apr 21, 2018,
Apr 21, 2018, 10:07
The Maple Leafs held a team meeting at the MasterCard Centre on Friday before travelling to Boston for Saturday night's Game 5 matchup against the Bruins.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have their backs against the wall after Thursday's 3-1 loss on home ice to Boston has the team looking at a 3-1 series deficit. The Bruins now have a 3-1 lead in this best-of-seven series.
Bergeron missed Game 4 on Thursday with an undisclosed injury - a surprise to the Maple Leafs, who had no warning he was hurt.
Nash took Bergeron's spot up the middle on the top line alongside David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand on Thursday and did enough to make the Bruins forget that their four-time Selke Trophy victor was a late scratch from the lineup. Tommy Wingels took his place on the Bruins' roster, while Riley Nash slid into his spot as the top-line center.
"We just need to stay with it". The Leafs have some good news as Nazem Kadri will be back after missing the last three games due to suspension. Neither star spoke with the media in the immediate aftermath of Toronto's disappointing Game 4 defeat. Pastrnak's Bruins will have a chance to close this conference quarterfinals series out Saturday in Boston. But that one (the Marleau goal) worked out against us.
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But above all else, he knows his role at this point in his career. "When he's not able to do that, he gets frustrated". But as you'll see here, he did more than just score the basketball.
Plekanec saw more ice time in those two games than in any other in his brief Leafs tenure. We just have to counter it with some better checking and adjustments in terms of their transition game that we have discussed and done a good job. In their three defeats Toronto has scored five goals after Tomas Plekanec lit the lamp at 7:43 of the first off of assists from Patrick Marleau and Mitch Marner.
Some drama escalated on the rink when Flyers player Radko Gudas did his best to push some buttons for Penguins player, Sidney Crosby. "Even though they got the next goal, I think it set the tone for us and I think we felt a little bit more comfortable". The Bruins struggled to make crisp plays in the period and in the defensive zone were scrambling around, allowing for plenty of Toronto shots on goal. The Leafs continued to outplay the Bruins, spending most of the period in the Bruins zone before Brad Marchand scored to put the Bruins up 2-1 through two. If he scored, it would have bee the goal of the playoffs. Torey Krug added his first playoff goal for the Bruins, who haven't advanced to round two of the Stanley Cup playoffs since the 2013-14 season.
"I'm assuming that (Matthews) thought he was going to come tonight and dominate the game".
This is particularly interesting when you consider that the Bruins were second-to-last in the league in blocked shots (1,072) during the regular season, a shade over 13 per game.
"I didn't see any guys dying out there", Columbus captain Nick Foligno said.
UNDATED (AP) - The Colorado Avalanche will go with backup goaltender Andrew Hammond for Game 5 Friday in Nashville after starter Jonathan Bernier suffered a lower-body injury.