The Boston Bruins once again showed on Saturday night that they are one of the most dangerous teams in the NHL.
The Boston Bruins have scored 12 goals in their first two games of the playoffs. They have only allowed 4. The Bruins have completely dominated the Toronto Maple Leafs and will look to do the same when they play their first game in Toronto on Monday night. The Bruins are now two games away from advancing to the next round of the playoffs, and they have been playing some fantastic hockey.
A record-breaking night for Pastrnak
David Pastrnak showed on Saturday night that he is one of the best players in the league. He was weaving through defenders and pulling off moves that players around the league wish they had the ability to. He was going through his legs, and batting pucks out of mid-air. Pastrnak had complete control and is now officially a member of the all hands team.
He scored 3 goals and had 6 points on the night. “Pasta” became the youngest player to have 6 or more points in a playoff game. Who held that record before Saturday night? Just one of the greatest hockey players of all time, Wayne Gretzky. Pastrnak also tied the Bruins franchise record for points in a playoff game. In only two games he has 9 points this postseason. If Pastrnak can continue to score the Bruins will be a tough team to beat.
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The second line wasn’t too shabby either
The Bruins first line is the most dominant line in the league, but on Saturday night they got support from the guys below them. Rick Nash, Jake DeBrusk, and David Krejci were all able to put the puck in the net.
It was nice to see Nash score since he is returning from injury. He continues to be a beast in front of the net. With the Bruins on the powerplay, Nash went to the front of the net and was able to backhand a loose puck past Curtis McElhinney.
The Nash trade is paying off. This team is so deep that even when one line struggles, another is able to pick up the slack.
Tuukka Rask is good
A lot of people have an opinion on Tuukka Rask. Most seem to be negative, but he has proven the doubters wrong so far this postseason. Rask stopped 30 shots on Saturday night and was one of the best players on the ice. After Toronto’s second goal of the game Rask made key stops to keep the momentum on the Bruins side.
Rask has been great so far, and if he continues to make the big saves he will show that he is one of the best goaltenders in the NHL.
The Bruins have dominated the Maple Leafs all over the ice. It’s a reoccurring theme, but the Bruins need to keep up the pressure. They can’t think they can just walk through this series because they have a 2-0 lead. They could lose all the momentum if they come back to Boston with the series tied at 2 games.
The Bruins get their first taste of playing up in Toronto this postseason on Monday. Hopefully, the Bruins can keep up the great play and sweep the Leafs.