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Bruins notebook: Patrice Bergeron line having its way with the Maple Leafs

16 April, 2018, 14:31 | Author: Drew Briggs
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Toronto also won 14 more faceoffs than Boston in the game two loss.

Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock had a brief answer when asked Sunday what needed to be done against the Bruins' top line. This, after the first line accounted for two goals and four assists in the 5-1 victory in the series opener. The Sharks scored three straight-capped off by a highlight reel goal by Tomas Hertl-to build a lead, but Anaheim fought back.

Bergeron and Marchand each had four assists on Saturday.

The first power-play unit is basically the Bergeron line with defenseman Torey Krug at the left point and Rick Nash around the net. "At the end of the day they are going to be our best line every night".

"We are playing great as a line and we've been together for a while", Pastrnak said.

"He's done that all year", said Marchand.

After some hard lessons taught with a six-game series loss to the Senators previous year, one that featured both Marchand and Pastrnak largely held in check by a stingy Senator style that almost propelled them to the Cup Final, the B's best are not messing around.

Van Riemsdyk scored a power-play goal with 5:07 left in the game, the first man-advantage tally in eight attempts for Toronto in the series. The Leafs still boast enough firepower that a 5-2 game doesn't exactly feel safe halfway through the game. They beat the Leafs by four again in Game 2, but it never really felt that close. "I thought first couple periods we did a good job against [the Bergeron line]", said Matthews.

It's a ridiculously balanced lineup and for as much pressure as the Devils were able to put on late on Saturday (starting when the game was already 5-1 on the scoreboard) they just don't have the firepower to consistently match that. "So, I think he's taken a tremendous step this year by the way that he plays away from the puck and you mention that - that we talk a lot about it but that being said, like you said, it's vice versa - we learn just as much playing with him than he's learning from us". To say that he hasn't learned anything from the dynamic Bergeron-Marchand duo is an understatement. The youngest player to score six points in a playoff game in National Hockey League history, beating out Wayne Gretzky.

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"We're down 0-2 and we haven't been as good as we're capable of being", Babcock said.

"He's our guy. The puck was going in and it wasn't going our way so we got him out". Take the lessons, what they have for you. Having a good 20 minutes would've helped at least establish momentum. Try to get him thinking about stuff other than hockey because he's so tough to defend and he's all over the puck and tough to knock off it.

Boston scored five goals against Toronto with goals being scored by Brad Marchand, David Backes, David Pastrnak, Sean Kuraly, and David Krejci.

The Bruins, who struggled with getting off to a good start during the regular season, showed their muscle, exploited the Leafs D and showcased their depth in the opening 20 minutes.

Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen, who was pulled after allowing three goals on five shots Saturday, appears shell-shocked. He put the slow-footed Leo Komarov on the top line, but that was destined to fail.

That's where Tuukka Rask came into play. They actually dropped the first two games on home ice to Montreal in the 2011 Eastern Conference quarterfinals, and if memory serves me right that series (and ultimate ending to the season) turned out pretty well.

Hampus Lindholm had a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who are leaving Honda Center with an 0-2 series deficit for the third time in their last five playoff series. "We've got last change".

The Washington Capitals have had an extra day to forget about-or learn from-their mistakes against the Columbus Blue Jackets in their 4-3 overtime loss in Game 1, including third-period penalties that led to two power-play goals from the Blue Jackets to pull even. Columbus stayed resilient despite several injuries and a Josh Anderson ejection, and will be looking for a second win before heading back to OH, but the Caps are still trying to prove they can be a playoff team.

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