Final: Bruins top Maple Leafs 4-1 in dominant Game 2 performance

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal in the first period of a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal in the first period of a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

The Bruins rebounded excellently from their Game 1 defeat to the Toronto Maple Leafs, notching a dominant 4-1 win in Game 2. They head to Toronto with the first round series tied 1-1.

Recap: Third Period

-- 4:57: Patrice Bergeron buries the rebound on a power play to make it 4-1 Bruins. The B's have a 5-minute power play after Nazem Kadri received a game-misconduct for cross-checking Jake DeBrusk in the face. Kadri could face supplemental discipline for the play.

-- 7:32: David Krejci gets an odd-man rush with Jake DeBrusk and sets up the winger with a drop-pass, but Frederik Andersen barely makes a sprawling save.

-- 9:16: Nazem Kadri gets the Leafs on the board. He deflects a shot from the point past Tuukka Rask to make it 3-1 Bruins.

-- 14:24: Bruins to the penalty kill. David Krejci called for roughing against Zach Hyman.

-- Bruins defenseman Torey Krug is not on the bench to start the third period. Nazem Kadri is back out for the Leafs after taking a knee-on-knee hit from Jake DeBrusk.

Recap: Second Period

-- Second Period Thoughts: The Leafs have only grown more frustrated with this game. It translated to a lack of focus and discipline at key points of the period, especially on the goal scored by Danton Heinen. Just an inexcusable mistake by William Nylander to cause the score, but good awareness by Heinen to take advantage. The Leafs couldn't get anything going unless they were on the power play. This one is starting to look like a foregone conclusion for the Bruins. -- Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

-- 1:36: A turnover by Brad Marchand sparks a rush for Zach Hyman, but Charlie McAvoy tracks him down and snuffs him out.

-- 3:08: Leafs' Nazem Kadri called for hooking on Brad Marchand. There will be up to 40 seconds of 4-on-4 play.

-- 4:28: Bruins go to the penalty kill. Zdeno Chara called for delay of game after flipping the puck out of play.

-- 4:28: Danton Heinen very nearly made it 4-0 Bruins on a rebound bid, but Frederik Anderson sprawled with his glove to make a terrific save. Easily the save of the game so far.

-- 7:38: Leafs' Frederik Gauthier called for roughing. Bruins to the power play with a 3-0 lead.

-- 9:21: Danton Heinen makes it 3-0 Bruins. The winger took advantage of a bad turnover behind the net by William Nylander and just tucked it in.

-- 9:32: Torey Krug takes a big hit from Jake Muzzin and loses his helmet. After the whistle he struggles to get up then eventually heads to the locker room.

-- 12:06: Bergeron line with a sustained shift in the offensive zone. Brad Marchand generates a shot on goal from the slot. Things get a little chippy after the whistle, as Nikita Zaitsev and Chris Wagner have to be separated as they jaw at each other.

-- 17:32: Brad Marchand smacks a loose puck toward the center and finds a streaking Jake DeBrusk, who gets a shot off in the slot. Frederik Andersen makes the stop on the high-danger chance.

-- 19:36: Tavares line gets a brief shift against the Bergeron line to start the period, then Bruce Cassidy immediately puts the fourth line out against them at the first whistle.


Recap: First Period

-- First period thoughts: Bruins dominate first period from top to bottom. They looked like the faster, more physical, hungrier team. Matching the fourth line up against the Zach Hyman-John Tavares-Mitch Marner line has made a huge difference. And thus the Bruins' top line has had more room to operate. David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand capitalized on a costly neutral zone turnover to pot the Bruins' second goal of the night. Now, it's time to keep the pressure on for 40 more minutes. -- Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

-- 1st period, 1:03: David Pastrnak called for charging after hitting Jake Muzzin high and hard behind the net. Leafs go to the power play with a late chance to get back in the game.

-- 1st period, 3:56: Bruins score again! David Pastrnak throws a behind-the-back pass to a wide-open Brad Marchand, who hesitates before flipping it by Frederik Anderson to make it 2-0 Bruins.

-- 1st period, 4:38: Things are getting chippy out there. The Leafs may be getting frustrated early. Bruins seem to be going right at Nazem Kadri to see if he makes an ill-advised mistake.

-- 1st period, 8:48: Jake DeBrusk has had about enough of Nazem Kadri. The winger scrapped with the notoriously rough Leafs center to cause a stoppage in play. Kadri may face supplemental discipline for a high hit on David Krejci earlier in the period.

-- 1st period, 9:33: Leafs superstar and Bruins killer Mitch Marner has had a tougher time finding space so far than in Game 1. Bruce Cassidy is sending his fourth line out against him, John Tavares, and Zach Hyman. More of a grind in the early going for the Leafs' best line from Game 1.

-- 1st period, 12:16: It has been all Bruins so far. They're out-shooting the Leafs 9-1 and it feels even more dominant than that. Fortunately, they did not let the Leafs quickly answer Charlie Coyle's goal to make it 1-0.

-- 1st period, 15:36: Bruins strike first. Charlie Coyle buries the behind-the-net feed from David Backes to make it 1-0 Bruins. Boston cashes in on a scorching hot start to Game 2.

-- 1st period, 18:30: Bruins take it to the Leafs for the first couple of shifts. Toronto got two rushes the other way, but both fizzled out. Charlie McAvoy ripped down Zach Hyman on a bid down low.

-- Former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski served as one of the honorary flag wavers before the game.

-- Bruins lineup in warmups:

-- 7:37PM: Jake DeBrusk took the ice with the Bruins for their routine pregame warmups. He is a game-time decision, but it appears that he will play.

-- Jake DeBrusk will be a game-time decision for Game 2 on Saturday, according to Bruce Cassidy.

Game 1 Analysis

-- How the Maple Leafs quieted the Bruins' top line in Game 1 win

-- It's been a long time since Bruins looked this bad

-- Bruins make life easy for Leafs with poor puck management and neutral zone defense

-- Bruce Cassidy isn't putting Game 1 loss on Tuukka Rask


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