Toronto Maple Leafs @ Boston Bruins - Game 2 - April 13th, 2019: The Big Bad Bruins Came Back
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, April 14, 2019
BOSTON BRUINS 4 – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 1 FINAL: SERIES TIED 1-1
BOSTON, MA – The Maple Leafs played their game in Game 1 on Thursday night and on Saturday night, the Bruins played theirs. There wasn’t a glimmer of the Toronto team fans saw on Thursday as Boston laid a classic Bruins beatdown in Beantown.
Fredrick Andersen was the Leafs’ best player on the ice by far. He had to make multiple incredible saves to keep his team in the game, but wasn’t bailed out too often by his defence, who had a particularly rough game.
Jake Muzzin and Nikita Zaitsev were noticeably bad together, with a combined 3 giveaways that directly led to goals-against and a -3 for both of them.
Nazem Kadri was being his usual pesky self, battling particularly with Jake DeBrusk throughout the game. Debrusk laid a dangerous knee-on-knee hit on Kadri late in the 2nd period that went uncalled, but Kadri remained in the game. He tipped in the Leafs only goal after a great shift of offensive pressure for the Maple Leafs, but later, crosschecked Debrusk in the head after watching him hit Patrick Marleau dangerously along the Bruins bench.
Kadri was tossed for that infraction and given a 5-minute major. With just over 6 minutes left to play, that sealed the game for the Bruins. Patrice Bergeron scored on the ensuing powerplay to make it 4-1 and put the game out of reach.
The officiating was very questionable for both sides. Hockey twitter was blowing up asking why the Nashville/Dallas game was being called by the book but, in the Toronto/Boston game, it seemed you were able to get away with murder.
The line-match game was strong from both Head Coaches Mike Babcock and Bruce Cassidy. It was obvious that Babcock wanted the Tavares line against the Bergeron line and tried to get them out against the Bruins’ top line whenever he could. Meanwhile, Cassidy much preferred to have the Bergeron line out against the Matthews line or the Leafs’ Fourth line, as both lines have struggled against the three-headed monster in Boston.
Cassidy won this round of line matching.
It seemed the Maple Leafs and Bruins swapped roles from Thursday’s game and head to Toronto in a 1-1 tie.