BOSTON (AP) — Joakim Nordstrom and Sean Kuraly each and every had a target and help, Tuukka Rask stopped 32 photographs and the Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs Five-1 in Recreation 7 on Tuesday evening to wrap up their first-round Jap Convention playoff sequence.
Marcus Johansson added his first target of the postseason for Boston and Charlie Coyle scored on an empty netter past due within the 3rd. Patrice Bergeron additionally had a past due target.
It’s the Bruins’ 2d consecutive Recreation 7 win in opposition to the Maple Leafs and 3rd in 3 playoff matchups between the groups. Boston up to now knocked Toronto out of the postseason with Recreation 7 victories in 2018 and 2013. The Maple Leafs have now misplaced six consecutive street Recreation 7s.
Boston advances to the Jap Convention semifinals, the place it is going to meet the Columbus Blue Jackets.
John Tavares had Toronto’s target on an help through Tyler Ennis. Frederik Andersen completed with 27 saves.
The Maple Leafs’ loss method there are not any Canadian groups closing within the playoffs. Calgary and Winnipeg up to now misplaced their first-round sequence.
The Bruins led 2-1 after two classes and wanted simply 2:40 of the 3rd so as to add to it.
Toronto pressured motion in Boston’s defensive zone prior to it was once poked out close to the middle of the ice and regulated through Kuraly. He promptly cut up between Tavares and Ron Hainsey, crossed in entrance of Morgan Rielly and fired a wrist shot previous Andersen to offer the Bruins a two-goal edge.
Boston got here up empty on more than one early shot makes an attempt prior to its fourth line broke via with the primary target of the evening.
Joakim Nordstrom discovered a small seam left open through Andersen and slipped the puck previous him to position the Bruins up 1-Zero with Five:31 left within the first length. Matt Grzelcyk and Kuraly were given assists.
A little bit greater than two mins later Toronto’s Jake Gardiner gave it away at the back of his personal internet after being forechecked through Karson Kuhlman. Johansson managed the puck, spun in entrance and fired a handy guide a rough shot simply within the left submit to make it 2-Zero.
Toronto struck again at three:54 of the second one. Ennis jarred the puck unfastened together with his forecheck on Grzelcyk. The puck discovered its strategy to Tavares, who punched via his 2d target of the playoffs to drag the Maple Leafs to 2-1.
Toronto were given a one-man benefit with 11:38 left in the second one after Brandon Carlo was once known as for a go test on Andreas Johnsson. Boston’s protection stepped up, dodging 8 Maple Leafs shot makes an attempt to notch the penalty kill.
Tempers flared in short simply prior to the top of the length after Toronto was once known as for an offside. However a possible combat was once temporarily damaged up.
It came about once more in entrance of the Maple Leafs’ bench simply after time expired in the second one. Brad Marchand and Auston Matthews had been in the course of the scrum. It, too, was once transient and ceased after only a few gentle shoving.
The offensive aggression from Recreation 6 carried over to Recreation 7, with each groups combining for 8 photographs on target in first seven mins.
One of the most perfect early runs was once through the Maple Leafs halfway during the opening length.
Mitchell Marner weaved his approach via Boston’s protection on a one-man rush and were given off a blank shot from simply out of doors the faceoff circles. However Rask had quite a few time to arrange and was once there to corral it. He additionally stopped two different shut makes an attempt through Marner.
NOTES: The Bruins advanced to 15-12 in Recreation 7s (14-Eight at house). Toronto falls to 12-12 in Recreation 7s (Five-11 at the street). … Tavares’ target in the second one length was once his first Recreation 7 target in his 2d contest. His first got here for the Islanders within the first around at Washington in 2015.