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Domination By The Boston Bruins

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

A couple minutes before the hats came flying down, Jake Gardiner smashed his stick over the crossbar. “The whole game was frustrating and it kind of just built-up at the end there,” he said. David Pastrnak and the Boston Bruins still had more pain to inflict.

Along with Nikita Zaitsev, he’d been handed the dossier to the toughest assignment in hockey right now: Trying to do something, anything, to neutralize Pastrnak’s flash while dealing with the relentless puck pursuit of linemates Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.

It didn’t go well. In fact, this was an outright disaster for a Toronto Maple Leafs team that went from the high of a 105-point season to staring down the barrel of an early spring exit inside 72 hours.

Zaitsev was on the ice for four goals inside a 10-minute stretch during the first period. One banked off his left skate, another saw him lose positioning during a penalty kill and a third came when he shaded Marchand so closely that he skated right out of the picture.

He was given six shifts inside that window and four ended with the foghorn blaring through TD Garden.


Below, watch the post-game press conference with Mike Babcock ("they're dominating us") and the game highlights of the 7-3 Boston win.



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Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Auston Matthews barely looked up. Really, what was there to see?

Maybe he has had nights worse than this one. Maybe he’s been in games — two of them now in Boston — where the Maple Leafs played the part of passengers and the Bruins drove the train.

The count is almost historical and you might say hysterical after two games of this series. The Bruins, with 12 goals scored and two easy victories. The big Boston line of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, running their own hockey pool, with an inexplicable, breathtaking, mind-boggling 20 points in two games.

Matthews, the future, the present, the Leafs No. 1 centre, the eventual captain, with no points and no real answers afterwards. His regular linemate, and part-time centreman Saturday night, with no points.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/15/18 at 08:31 AM ET

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