Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Game 7 - April 23, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
The Boston Bruins set an NHL record with their 15th Game 7 victory in franchise history, with a commanding 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs to end their season.
Marcus Johansson scored his first goal of the postseason while Joakim Nordstrom and Sean Kurlay each had a goal and an assist in the win for the Bruins, who face the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round. Tuukka Rask made 32 saves for Boston.
John Tavares scored the lone goal for the Leafs, while Frederik Andersen stopped 27 of 30 shots.
Boston started built a 2-0 lead in the first, over some costly turnovers by Toronto. The first goal came after a Travis Dermott turnover during a clearing attempt, with the puck finding its way to Nordstrom, who buried the puck between Andersen’s glove and pad short side. The second goal came when Jake Gardiner gave the puck away behind the Leafs net and Johansson picked it up, spun out in front and fired a shot inside the left post for the two-goal lead.
The Leafs opened up the second with Tavares burying the puck beyond Rask’s blocker at 3:54 to make it 2-1.
Kurlay made it 3-1 to start off the third when he danced around Ron Hainsey in the neutral zone and beat Andersen at 2:40 for the two-goal lead. Charlie Coyle and Patrice Bergeron both added empty netters in the final three minutes to make it 5-1.