Toronto Maple Leaf Game Report - April 19
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Friday, April 19, 2019
LEAFS 2 @ BRUINS 1 GAME 5
The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Friday in Game 5 to secure a 3-2 series lead before the series shifts back to Canada.
A strong goaltending performance by Frederik Andersen saw him turn away 28 shots en route to the crucial victory. Kasperi Kapanen led Toronto on the scoresheet with two points—a goal and an assist.
Boston struggled to find their offensive touch but their forecheck was noted and neutralized by Toronto. Tuukka Rask recorded 25 saves in a losing effort in from of the TD Garden faithful.
Either team failed to score in the opening frame and created a tight knit battle for the upper hand in the series.
David Krejci believed he had scored the opening goal with 7:21 remaining in the second period, only for the review to show it hitting the post.
Auston Matthews and William Nylander were briefly reunited in the second—but only for a total of 2:28 throughout the game.
Zach Hyman absorbed a bodycheck upon entering the zone and progressed the play into Boston’s defensive zone. The puck found its way to Jake Muzzin at the point, who located Matthews for a cross-zone pass and one-timer to open the scoring 1-0.
Boston challenged the play for goaltender interference, however, the call on the ice was confirmed to be a good goal. Many would disagree nonetheless.
The Leafs added to their newfound lead 2:12 following their opening goal, as Kasperi Kapanen notched his first of the series. A big save by Frederik Andersen saw the play transition up-ice with Morgan Rielly at the helm before dropping to Andreas Johnsson, who then connected with Kapanen for a one-timer.
Although Toronto held a two-goal advantage with little time remaining, Boston continued to press and injected life into their bench with a last-gasp goal to cut the deficit in half. Krejci found his scoring touch with a one-time finish off of David Pastrnak’s cross-zone pass, following a shot fake.
The Bruins determination persisted up until the final buzzer, including several scoring chances, but would ultimately fall by a final score of 3-2.
Game 6 is scheduled to be played on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. This will be the first time the Leafs will have an opportunity to close out a series on home ice since the beginning of the Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner era.