Game Day Report: Leafs vs Bruins – Game 2 S.C. Playoffs
MAPLE LEAFS at BRUINS
8 p.m. EST CBC NBC
Toronto leads Best-of-7 series 1-0
Game Day Report: Stanley Cup Playoff Edition – Game 2
Game 2 between the Leafs and the Bruins goes tonight at T.D. Bank Garden in Boston. The Leafs came out of the gate in Game 1 with an excellent effort. To a man, they played a big game in all areas of the ice frustrating the Bruins with their speed, skill and physicality. Yes, physicality. Game 1 was easily one of, if not, the best game we have seen from this group all year. If the Leafs continue to bring that level of intensity, attention to detail and dictate the pace of play they will find success against a slower Bruins squad.
For the Bruins part, they feel they may have under estimated their opponent in game 1
Brad Marchand: “I think maybe we thought it was going to be a little bit easier than it was out there."
— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) April 12, 2019
Fair enough, or is that another troll job from everyone’s favourite rat.
Let’s go with option b because Marchand.
Tonight the Bruins throw David Backes back into the mix hoping to bring a more traditional Bruins style back to play. Look for the Bruins to be far more aggressive and physical into tonight’s game. Read -dirty. The Bruins will try to use physical play and intimidation to back the Leafs off. Prior to Game 1 I would have said this was a solid strategy, and it still may work but the boys showed up in a big way. Like they flipped a switch or something…. 😀
In all seriousness, the Leafs played an entirely different kind of game then we had seen all season. They were battling for pucks, and winning. They were dumping in and being first on. They were not intimidated by any Bruins physicality. They didn’t play scared from the perimeter. No, they were in it to win it. Everybody was hitting and what a difference all these things made.
- Maple Leafs Projected Lineup
Zach Hyman – John Tavares – Mitchell Marner
Andreas Johnsson – Auston Matthews – Kasperi Kapanen
Patrick Marleau – Nazem Kadri – William Nylander
Trevor Moore – Frederik Gauthier – Connor Brown
Morgan Rielly – Ron Hainsey
Jake Muzzin – Nikita Zaitsev
Jake Gardiner – Travis Dermott
Scratched: Tyler Ennis, Nic Petan, Martin Marincin, Calle Rosen, Michael Hutchinson, Joseph Woll
- Bruins Projected Lineup
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk – David Krejci – Karson Kuhlman
Marcus Johansson – Charlie Coyle – Danton Heinen
Chris Wagner – Noel Acciari – David Backes
Zdeno Chara – Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug – Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk – Connor Clifton
Scratched: Joakim Nordstrom
Injured: Sean Kuraly (fractured hand), John Moore (upper body), Kevan Miller (lower body)
A couple of treats from Game 1
Mitch Marner makes Rask look like a Beer Leaguer
Mitch Marner with the patience to beat Tuukka Rask on the penalty shot pic.twitter.com/TlZLrto6CD
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) April 12, 2019
Trevor Moore – Seek and Destroy on Chara
Watching Trevor Moore (5’10”) demolish Chara (6’9”) is giving me life. pic.twitter.com/DR9bI7uDna
— x – maple trees (@mapletreeleafs) April 12, 2019