Bruins Take a 2-0 Series Lead on the Back of Pastrnak's 6-Point Night
Boston (7) Toronto (3) Final
Sunday, April 15, 2018
After dropping a 5-1 decision in Game 1 on Thursday, Toronto was looking to even up the series in a pivotal Hockey Night in Canada matchup. Despite dropping the opening games, the Maple Leafs were confident in rebounding to steal a win before returning home on Monday.
The Leafs would be without Nazem Kadri, who was suspended three games for a disturbing hit against Tommy Wingels—who missed the game with soreness.
As the action got underway, Boston asserted their dominance early and often before chasing Frederik Andersen with three goals on just four shots to start the game.
The top line of Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Patrnak dominated the game and finished with a combined 15-points by the time the sun went down.
Curtis McElhinney entered the game in relief of his masked companion, Frederik Andersen, and didn’t fare much better with four goals against on twenty-four shots.
Boston took a commanding 4-0 lead within the opening twenty minutes of play to give their home crowd something to cheer about, including taunts directed at various Toronto players. David Pastrnak, Jake DeBrusk, Kevan Miller, and Rick Nash each scored, respectively, to claim the game’s momentum heading into the first intermission.
The second period told a much different story, as Toronto found life with goals from both Mitch Marner and Tyler Bozak—but it was interrupted by a crucial tally by David Krejci.
The Bruins protected their 5-2 lead and even managed to build upon it with a contribution from David Pastrnak, who posted his second goal of the game and elevated the stakes with an insurance marker.
James van Riemsdyk found his scoring touch but didn’t have much of an impact on the game otherwise aside from a very poor defensive performance. His goal came on the power play courtesy of a threaded play orchestrated by the brains of the operation, Mitch Marner.
It wouldn't amount to much, considering David Pastrnak recorded his third goal to complete the hat-trick before the end of regulation time.
With the goal, Pastrnak became the youngest player ever (22) in NHL history to record six or more points in a playoff game.
Toronto did not trail in possession stats for the majority of the game, and finished with an overall 62.96 CF% and led 38-22 in shots.
When it was all said and done, the Bruins walked away with a decisive 7-3 victory to take a commanding 2-0 series lead before seeing the series to Toronto for Game 3 on Monday night.
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