Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) tries to transparent Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Zach Hyman (11) divided from goalie Tuukka Rask during a initial duration of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019, in Boston. (Associated Press)
Another Game 7 matchup between Boston and Toronto, another feat for a Bruins.
Joakim Nordstrom and Sean Kuraly any had a idea and assist, Tuukka Rask stopped 32 shots and a Bruins kick a Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7 on Tuesday night to hang adult their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.
Marcus Johansson combined his initial idea of a postseason for Boston and Charlie Coyle scored on an dull netter late in a third. Patrice Bergeron also had a late goal.
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It is a Bruins’ second true Game 7 win over a Maple Leafs and third in 3 playoff matchups between a teams. Boston formerly knocked Toronto out of a postseason with Game 7 victories in 2018 and 2013. The Maple Leafs have now mislaid 6 true highway Game 7s.
The teams had alternated wins in this array until a Bruins won a final dual games.
“I usually consider a final dual games a impression of this organisation shone,” Johansson said. “We warranted a approach to Game 7 in Toronto and to a win tonight. That’s a good feeling.”
Boston advances to a Eastern Conference semifinals opposite a Columbus Blue Jackets, starting with Game 1 during home on Thursday night.
Bruins manager Bruce Cassidy pronounced his group benefited from contributions adult and down their register though pronounced Rask might have come adult a biggest.
“Generally vocalization we need your goaltender to reason we in there,” Cassidy said. “He was outstanding.”
John Tavares had Toronto’s idea on an support by Tyler Ennis. Frederik Andersen finished with 27 saves.
The Maple Leafs’ detriment means there are no Canadian teams remaining in a playoffs. Calgary and Winnipeg formerly mislaid their first-round series.
“It’s disappointing. we suspicion a array this year compared to final year, we were a approach improved hockey club. In a end, we weren’t rewarded,” Toronto manager Mike Babcock said.
The Bruins led 2-1 after dual durations and indispensable usually 2:40 of a third to supplement to it.
Toronto got into Boston’s section before a puck was poked out nearby a core of a ice and tranquil by Kuraly. He soon separate between Tavares and Ron Hainsey, crossed in front of Morgan Rielly and dismissed a shot past Andersen to give a Bruins a two-goal edge.
Boston came adult dull on mixed early shot attempts before a fourth line pennyless by with a game’s initial goal.
Nordstrom found a tiny join left open by Andersen and slipped a puck past him to put a Bruins adult 1-0 with 5:31 left in a initial period. Matt Grzelcyk and Kuraly got assists.
Nordstrom pronounced a group talked before a diversion about carrying a “shot-first mentality.” He pronounced he was a customer of Kuraly dire a front of a net.
“It finished adult going in, so we’ll take it,” Nordstrom said.
A small over dual mins after Toronto’s Jake Gardiner gave it divided behind his possess net after being forechecked by Karson Kuhlman. Johansson tranquil a puck, spun in front and dismissed a discerning shot usually inside a left post to make it 2-0.
Toronto struck behind during 3:54 of a second. Ennis mixed a puck lax with his forecheck on Grzelcyk. The puck found a approach to Tavares, who punched by his second idea of a playoffs to lift a Maple Leafs to 2-1.
Toronto got a one-man advantage with 11:38 left in a second after Brandon Carlo was called for a cross-check on Andreas Johnsson. Boston’s invulnerability stepped up, dodging 8 Maple Leafs shot attempts to nick a chastisement kill.
Tempers flared fast usually before a finish of a duration after Toronto was called for an offside. But a intensity quarrel was fast damaged up.
It happened again in front of a Maple Leafs’ dais usually after time lapsed in a second. Brad Marchand and Auston Matthews were in a center of a scrum. It, too, was brief and ceased after usually some amiable shoving.
Both teams mixing for 8 shots on idea in initial 7 minutes.
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One of a best early runs was by a Maple Leafs mid by a opening period.
Mitchell Marner weaved his approach by Boston’s invulnerability on a one-man rush and got off a purify shot from usually outward a faceoff circles. But Rask had copiousness of time to set adult and was there to corral it. He also stopped dual other tighten attempts by Marner.
Tavares pronounced Toronto left a ice with a lot to lament.
“There were opportunities where we had a lead in a array and we weren’t means to unequivocally put them in a tough spot,” he said. “That’s a approach it goes sometimes.”