7th Heaven At Boston Garden

7th Heaven At Boston Garden

Javier Howell
April 27, 2018

There were no games last night for us to recap, but of course, tonight will feature Game 7 of the series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins. Toronto then earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first team in National Hockey League history to blow a three-goal lead in the third period of a Game 7 as Boston stormed back from a 4-1 deficit before winning 5-4 in overtime. DeBrusk, with a sense of urgency, scored his second goal of the game to give the Bruins a 5-4 lead. In seven playoff games, he had two points (one goal, one assist). David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand added insurance tallies to clinch the victory.

"For entertainment value, that was probably one of the better Game 7s you'll see", said Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who stopped just 20 of 24 shots. He has it in him, and the Bruins will need him to find it against the risky Tampa Bay Lightning. Heinen justified the boost he received from Cassidy by scoring his first goal of the series, which tied the game at 2 at 9:10 of the first period. Every now and again they don't live up to the hype of the series that got them to the win-or-go-home game, but when they do, it's something that people talk about for years. Asked on Tuesday about the pressure his team faces heading into a winner-take-all game, Cassidy said he has tried to keep things in perspective.

Matthews had 34 goals in his sophomore season, which was limited to 64 games due to injury.

The Capitals and Penguins await the start of the second round, when they will play each other for the third straight postseason. If Boston wants a deep run, it will need Rask at his best, similar to a nine-game run in the middle of the 2013 playoffs during which he posted a.959 save percentage. "Game 7 should be the same".

While the stats suggest he was unlucky in the series, the former No. 1 pick received extra attention from the Bruins, with Boston head coach Bruce Cassidy deploying centre Patrice Bergeron and hulking defenceman Zdeno Chara as much as possible when Matthews was on the ice. "We play a game that we love and it is a great opportunity and a great challenge and embrace it and have fun".

The young players like Jake DeBrusk stepped up and carried the team.

No fewer than nine Leafs had more points in the series than Matthews. The Bruins were lucky to escape allowing just the pair of Leafs goals, as they entered the third period with a one-goal deficit.

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Game 2: Bruins at Lightning, Monday, April 30 at 7 p.m.

"And then the next half, I had chances".

"These are the moments we hope to be in in the future", Matthews said. We put ourselves in a good position there, up by one in the third and a couple of mistakes cost us.

Perhaps there will be a sense of momentum for the Maple Leafs though, given that they won the last two games and looked particularly solid in Game 6. They knew they would have to endure an onslaught from the Bruins, but still couldn't afford to sit back and try to hang onto the lead.

That, however, didn't make watching the replay any easier.

Now that the dust is beginning to settle on the Maple Leafs season, there will be plenty of explanations as to what went wrong and led to Toronto's elimination, but one rumor has already surfaced. And they lost to a team that aims to win a Stanley Cup this year.