Boston Bruins: Slight changes to the lines for game one

Kenny Tucker
April 13, 2018

They have depth and speed, and young as they are, they thought this could be a special year.

Boston's top line gave the Bruins some insurance with 38 seconds to go in the second, with David Pastrnak uncorking a rocket of a shot past Andersen from the slot to make it a 3-1 game. The Bruins came out, as a Russian goalie once said, like gorillas out of a cage.

"We got lucky tonight", said Marchand, trying to downplay Boston's success. Matters failed to improve in the third.

With the Bruins taking Game 1, eyes will be on Saturday night when the two teams play again.

"It's kind of insane how things worked out, " forward Brad Marchand said after practice Wednesday. "Again, we got to let it go, can't get stuck on it and on to the next one".

But when the B's top power-play unit could not find daylight, Cassidy turned to his second unit for the final 45 seconds of their opportunity for a late-period lead. The Bruins finally showed a crack in that regard when a bad clearing attempt wound up on Leaf defenceman Jake Gardiner's stick with about six minutes to go.

Camped out near the crease, Backes corralled the puck off a feed from Krejci. For the first 15 minutes of the game they scarcely allowed the Leafs to draw a breath.

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But that's all they were.

With very few stoppages early on, the two teams traded chances early on, with Boston controlling the majority of the action. At the end of the day, that's the lineup we chose. Very [difficult]. Played very well for us. "And from then they cranked it up and we didn't answer".

This was a problem a year ago against Washington. The NHL's system is an insecurity-based mess, and here that means pitting the fourth-best team in hockey against the seventh-best team. I like seeing Acciari and David Backes back together. "We're confident in the guy replacing Riley, but we'll miss him". But Marchand opened the scoring on a power play and was at his agitating best, planting a kiss on Leo Komarov for the second time this season. The only way I see Donato getting playing time is if someone happens to get injured. "So I just thought if you keep touching me, it may go closer than he might want to".

"What's different about that line is lines that can really score, lots of times they don't defend", Babcock said beforehand. Our job is to understand that and know what they do. Well, you have 48 hours, and here's your chance. Marner led both teams in scoring in their four meetings with nine points while nobody on the Bruins had more than four. Rielly and Hainsey got buried so far down they couldn't breathe, and they got buried by everyone.

"I tried a one-timer on the short side, but as soon as I had to stop the puck I didn't see anything on the short side", Pastrnak said, describing the buildup to his goal.

A suspension is at least possible.

The Leafs scored the third-most goals in the league this season and ranked second in power-play percentage. That's what he said in front of the microphones and cameras in the dressing room after the game. Kadri is often honest and delightful, but he was far from reality on this night. "We need to be a little better than we were in the next game". Then Leafs forward Patrick Marleau took a hooking penalty at 13:59 during one of the frequent nasty periods of the game.

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