The Boston Bruins found a way to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs and advance to the second round of the playoffs.
Game 7 lived up to the hype. The Boston Bruins may have caused a few years to come off of my life, but they found a way to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs and will now be facing the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Bruins can thank their younger players who sparked the team when they needed it. When the Bruins needed to play great they did just that and more. Now the team will get a few days to rest as they prepare for their next series.
No.1 star of the series
The best player of the series was Jake DeBrusk by a landslide. He scored five goals and had two assists in his first playoff series. DeBrusk scored two goals in the pivotal game 7 and his final tally of the night gave the Bruins the lead.
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Everybody was looking for David Krejci or Rick Nash to dominate but the rookie was the one doing the damage. DeBrusk is falling in line just like Charlie McAvoy did last season. I didn’t expect such a great output from DeBrusk but hopefully it will continue when the Bruins faceoff against the Lightning.
The powder keg that started it all
The Bruins comeback started with a slapshot. The 3rd period had just started, and the Bruins were taking a faceoff in the Leafs zone. It was 4 on 4 with Krejci, and Zach Hyman sitting in the box. Kevan Miller managed to retain the puck off the faceoff and rifled a pass to Torey Krug.
It seemed as though Frederik Andersen lost track of the puck as he was still looking at Miller. Then Krug blasted a shot from the point and it was in the net before Andersen could do anything to stop the puck.
The goal gave the Bruins life. It recharged the TD Garden and gave Bruins fans hope. Something that was very much needed, Krug may get criticized for his defensive play, but he deserves credit for scoring the goal that kicked off the Bruins comeback.
The first line finally scores
After a terrible effort in the 3 losses to the Maple Leafs, the Bruins first line was able to get on the stat sheet. Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak were still dangling and twirling, but they seemed to be skating a lot better.
The best play of the night for them was Pastrnak’s goal. Marchand used his great speed to rush the Leafs defenders and muscled his way into getting the puck. Then Patrice Bergeron sent a great pass to Pastrnak who was able to put it home.
That play shows the level that the first line can play at. They need to continue to score and can’t dip back down to the level they were playing at.
If the Bruins first line can be their dominant selfs the Bruins will be a tough team to beat.
For now we can celebrate. The Boston Bruins are in the second round of the playoffs. They showed that they have guts, courage, and heart. Hopefully, this will be the start of a long playoff run.