Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Game 6 - April 21, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, April 21, 2019
The Toronto Maple Leafs had a chance to end a 15 years drought and advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Easter Sunday.
No naturally, Game 7 is set for Tuesday in Boston.
Brad Marchand scored two goals as the Bruins beat the Leafs 4-2 in Game 6 in Toronto. David Pastrnak had two assists while Tuukka Rask stopped 22 shots in the win.
Morgan Rielly and Auston Matthews scored for the Leafs, while Frederik Andersen made 37 saves for the Leafs, who have not advanced to the second round since 2004.
The Leafs struck first at 9:42 of the first when Rielly took a pass from William Nylander and one-timed it short-side after the Bruins failed to clear the defensive zone. This was Rielly’s first of the playoffs.
The Bruins came back just 1:41 later when Marchand netted his third goal of the series on a shot off the draw that hit Leafs defenseman Ron Hainsey and beat Andersen five-hole.
Boston took the lead with 2:58 left in the period with a power-play goal. Pastrnak’s rebound found its way to Krug and fired one upstairs on Andersen to make it 2-1. This was his first goal of the postseason for Boston, whose power play was held in check in Game 5.
DeBrusk made it 3-1 for the visitors when he left the puck for David Krejci on a 2-on-2 rush before diving and poking in the rebound at 7:57. This was the first of the playoffs for DeBrusk who had six goals, including two in Game 7, against the Leafs past spring.
Mathews made it 3-2 at 4:15 of the first, but the Bruins took a two-goal lead again at 18:06 of the third to make it 4-2.
Game 7 is set for Tuesday in Boston. The winner will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets, a team that swept the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning.