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It was a thrilling victory for the Bruins and crushing defeat for the Maple Leafs
By Chris Yackel
It was thrilling it was nerve racking, but it was a great game seven match-up between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs. This game started fast and boy did it finish fast with the Bruins coming victorious in a very back and forth contest between these two teams.
It all started just 2:05 into the game as the veteran Patrick Marleau got the Leafs on the board first with a power-play goal. The Bruins would then respond with a power-play goal of their own as Jake DeBrusk deflected a David Pastrnak shot into the net. Patrick Marleau would get back onto the board to give the Leafs a 2-1 lead.
This back and forth play between the two squads would continue with the Bruins evening the game up nearly three minutes later. Dante Heinen made a beautiful spin around shot past Andersen on that goal. In the last minute of the first period the Bruins took a 3-2 lead into the locker room with a goal by Patrice Bergeron.
The first period was just great back and forth action, but the Bruins were just slightly better. The script would flip in the second period as the Maple Leafs were in control. It started just 2:07 into the second period as Travis Dermott scored his first career playoff goal on a beautiful shot from the blueline to tie the game 3-3. Then later in the period Kasperi Kapanen scored a beautiful shorthanded goal as he outmuscled Brad Marchand for a puck and made a beautiful move past Tuuka Rask to give the Leafs a 4-3 lead.
The Leafs would go into the locker room up 4-3, but just 1:10 into the the first period the Bruins would even the score 4 a piece as Torey Krug’s slapshot beat Freddy Andersen. The Bruins continued to dominate the third as Jake DeBrusk would give the Bruins the lead later in the third period 5-4 on a bad goal let up by Andersen. David Pastarnak would later score and Brad Marchand’s empty netter sealed this one to give the Bruins a 7-4 victory.
The goaltending in this matchup was not great to say the least as both Tuuka Rask and Frederick Andersen both looked great at times, but allowed some bad goals too. This game also really came down to third period, but the Bruins proved that they were not only the better team in the game, but the series too. Auston Matthews just was not great in this series and had limited impact. Ultimately, coming into this game seven the Bruins were the better team and just weren’t able to match the level of play they had in games 1-4 in games 5 and six. The Bruins regained that level that gave them a 3-1 lead tonight. If that third period was any indication on the heart of the Bruins, then the Lightning should get ready for a seven game battle.
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