Not very often do you get to witness a record that Wayne Gretzky holds get broken. But in the Bruins dominant 7-3 Game 2 win over the Maple Leafs David Pastrnak did just that:
And to add to it all, the Bruins team defense, specifically Torey Krug and Kevan Miller, shut down, scored, and led the way to a solid team win. Boston now has a nice grip on the first round series with a 2-0 lead heading back to Toronto.
Here are the key hits from Game 2:
- Again, David Pastrnak (3 goals, 3 assists in Game 2) is on fire. He now has 9 playoff points (4 goals, 5 assists) in just the first two games of this series. His goal to open the night was a next level thing of beauty, corralling a loose bouncing puck, spinning to his backhand, and tucking it by Frederik Andersen with ease. Then late in the 3rd period he picked up a Patrice Bergeron (4 assists) chip off the wall, drove the net from the corner, burying short side shelf. And lastly, he washed all that down with a between the legs deke and finish for the hat trick. Pasta has made a massive jump in all areas of his game compared to his less than desired playoff performance against Ottawa last year. And he may just be getting started.
- Both Jake DeBrusk and Rick Nash picked up their first playoff goals as members of the Bruins. Jake tapped home a Brad Marchand (4 assists) feed while parked on the doorstep with the man advantage. Nash picked up some garbage off a Patrice Bergeron redirect and tucked it into a wide open net.
- Frederik Andersen allowed 3 goals on just 5 shots (.400 save percentage) before getting yanked by Leafs coach Mike Babcock in the first period.
- Not only did Boston bury consistently but the timing of their goals amplified things. Kasperi Kapanen had Tuukka Rask (33 saves) beat on a breakaway, hit the post, and moments later Boston scored. When Mitch Marner (1 goal, 1 assist) got Toronto on the board early in the second, Boston answered with a David Krejci tip in immediately after. Those types of things made playing from behind doubly difficult for the Leafs.
- The Bruins power play went 50%, 2-for-4, for the second straight game. Lethal.
- Kevan Miller (1 goal) was a stud in Game 2. He led all Bruins defensemen in ice time with 23:25, leveled Leo Komarov, and did a fantastic job on the penalty kill.
- Torey Krug (3 assists) also lit it up, grabbing two of his assists on the power play while continuing to quarterback that red hot power play.
- It wasn’t the best playoff debut for Ryan Donato. He wasn’t terrible by any means, but a few struggles (getting the puck out on the breakout) and falling asleep on a defensive assignment (that allowed a Tyler Bozak tap in goal) highlighted his night. It’s the usual growing pains.
- This one wasn’t completely over just because Boston got off to a hot start. Boston mixed in plenty of sloppy play at times that gave Toronto life. And Toronto maintained a lot of pressure in the 2nd period. When the Leafs cut the B’s lead to 5-2 in the 2nd they still had plenty of good looks and pressure to get the game to 5-3 but couldn’t quite finish. In those windows where the B’s weren’t sharp the Leafs nearly made them pay for it.
- The refs tried to be stars of the game. And I don’t mean by calling penalties. On nearly every faceoff they were eager to take the spotlight and wave center after center out of the circle regardless of team. Bergeron led the way, getting waved out SIX times. Stripes could afford to tone that down. No one is there to watch them nit pick.
Game 3 comes at us Monday night in Toronto. I do believe the Leafs have enough to steal one in their barn and keep this a series. However, I think a lot of it is predicated on whether the B’s stay on the gas or get a little too comfortable after Game 2. We’ll find out in less than 48 hours.
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