Toronto almost staged a comeback after falling behind in the best-of-seven series 3-1, and took a 4-3 lead into the third period Wednesday night at TD Garden, before surrendering four unanswered Bruins goals, an eerily similar script to the 2013 team that also lost in the first round against Boston in seven games. The B's dropped the previous two games and fell behind 4-3 on second-period goals by Travis Dermott and Kasperi Kapanen before earning the right to face the Lightning in the next round. DeBrusk scored the first goal of the night for the Bruins and later scored the eventual game-winner on one of the most energizing finishes you will see. Jake DeBrusk scored two goals in the victory last night.
DeBrusk scored the go-ahead goal, with David Pastrnak and Marchand (empty-netter) sealing the game.
The final stats may not be too impressive (20 saves on 24 shots), but Rask was quick to note that some of the goals he relinquished came off of last-second tips or deflections.
Boston, which led the series 3-1 before Toronto mounted a comeback to push the series to its limit, will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference semifinal.
"I thought the first half of the series my play probably wasn't good enough", said Matthews, who had 27 shots in the series and one goal. "Bergeron and Marchand and Chara and these guys, they're dialled in to play against you so you've got to find a way to get to the next level". "I'll never forget this series just in general", DeBrusk said.
The regular season also featured Anders Bjork and Ryan Donato making their marks on the Bruins, who dressed as many as six rookies for some regular-season games.
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Compare that to the regular season where Matthews had an shooting percentage of 18.2, scoring 34 times despite missing 20 games through injury. There's no time to not feel confident now and I just want to do anything I can to help the team. Babcock says that there was no reason for them to play like they did in the third and yet it happened. Boston is 2-1 in Game 7s against Toronto, including 2013. "I think just the whole season, I think that as the season got on I got more confident in my game".
This series definitely had its ups and downs for both teams, yet the Bruins came up clutch when it mattered most. Of those players, only Nazem Kadri and Patrice Bergeron are still with their former teams. "Game 7 should be the same". However, Rask wouldn't allow a puck past him in the third period, but that doesn't excuse him for giving up four goals. It was the most important game of the season and I didn't show up so not much I can say, really. "And then the second half of the series I had chances".
"These are the moments we hope to be in in the future". We put ourselves in a good position there, up by one in the third and a couple of mistakes cost us.
The Maple Leafs' recipe for success was an easy one.
"They wanted to make plays; they got back to their nuts and bolts and how they can play".
With the Bruins holding on to a one-goal lead at that point, they needed an additional goal for breathing room - especially with the way things were going up to then. The NHL's playoff system pushed Toronto into a series with a top-four team, but that's the game. "Obviously, you're trying to win the Cup".