Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins - 4/16/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The same question about a trio registering five goals and 15 assists in two games was put to Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly, whose answer was more brief: "I just did, yeah". They had all they needed after a four-goal first period, and took a 2-0 lead in the series with a 7-3 victory at TD Garden.

Indeed, when Pasternak scored his first of three goals on Saturday he had the entire front of the net clear to work the puck on his stick - and eventually over top of Andersen. Bruins 7, Maple Leafs 3. "That line has been good on the power play, been good five-on-five, been good at the net scoring". That came in Game 1 with Zach Hyman's highlight-reel goal. Twenty points Bergeron line: Zero points for Matthews and William Nylander. They're followed by Torey Krug, who is tied with Patrice Bergeron with five points. "They do things 200 feet in the d-zone and translate it into offense for them, and then they hound the puck like no other team. I think you see the nice goals, it looks pretty easy for them, but I'm sure we can fix that".

"Hell of night", Marchand said of Pastrnak's performance. The Bruins penalty kill units held their ground and kept Toronto at bay.

Pastrnak alone has been responsible for nine of those points, compiling six points on a hat trick with three assists in Game 2 alone. The Leafs haven't just lost the first two games.

Pastrnak (21 years, 324 days) is the youngest player in National Hockey League history to score six points in a playoff game, eclipsing the mark set by Wayne Gretzky (22 years, 81 days) in Game 3 of the 1983 division final. "I thought first couple periods (of Game 2) we did a good job against them". "For all the doubters out there, there you go", Claude Giroux said after the 5-1 Game 2 win. He has, after all, scored as many as 20 goals in one season and just once made it to 50 points. Through two games in this series, all he has managed to do is validate those who are most sharply critical of him. To say that he hasn't learned anything from the dynamic Bergeron-Marchand duo is an understatement.

Considering how polarizing of a player Rask has been in recent years, it may surprise many that he'd make so many big stops in a playoff game.

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"Coaches talk to me every day through the whole season and especially playing with Bergy and Marchy - these guys know what it takes", Pastrnak said about learning from Bergeron and Marchand. Playing at home does wonders for a young team. Take the lessons, what they have for you.

And look no further than the Leafs' top line, to get an idea of how bad things are right now. Having a good 20 minutes would've helped at least establish momentum. He's an unrestricted free agent in the off-season and, if you try to project the future, who gets paid how much for how long, it just doesn't feel like there's a place for him at all going forward.

Pastrnak shattered his previous career high of four points, scoring his third goal with 1:36 left to bring two trash cans full of caps and winter hats fluttering down to the ice. Jake DeBrusk scored on the power play to double the lead before Kevan Miller got a insane redirect off Nikita Zaitsev to make the lead three. The timing wasn't great either - the game was in its death throes, the Leafs hopelessly out of it.

After Andersen exited, Curtis McElhinney inherited the 3-0 deficit and didn't fare much better against the high-flying Bruins, turning aside 19 of 23 shots for an.826 save percentage. "We've got courage, for one", said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy.

A lot of people have an opinion on Tuukka Rask. Even potential Eastern Conference Finals matchups with one of the four Metro Division teams seem similarly in favor of the Bruins. What the hell can you do to get back into this opening-round series starting with Game 3 Monday night?

What will be more hard for the Maple Leafs to figure out is how to stop them. "Most of the time, in the playoffs, it's one game".