From the NHL Newswire at 985TheSportsHub.com.
The Boston Bruins’ season will be on the line in Sunday’s Game 6 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto took a 3-2 series lead on Friday night in Game 5 at TD Garden with a 2-1 win.
It didn’t come without controversy. Auston Matthews put the Leafs on top in the third period, but it appeared that Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask may have been a victim of goalie interference. Officials upheld the call on the ice and the game went on.
Rask stopped 25 of 27 shots in the tough-luck loss. The real issue was the Bruins losing puck battles to the Leafs all night at both ends. Check below for a recap of our live updates.
Recap: Third Period
— 0:43: David Krejci scores from the low faceoff circle to cut the Leafs’ lead to 2-1. But they are running out of time to tie this game. The goal is upheld after a review for offsides.
— 6:15: Kasperi Kapanen scores to make it 2-0 Leafs. He powers a one-timer past Rask on an odd-man rush. Kapanen missed on a breakaway earlier in the game, this time he buries his chance.
— 8:27: Auston Matthews gets the Leafs on the board with his fourth goal in third games. Bruins lose sight of him in the defensive zone and he blasts the one-timer past Rask to make it 1-0 Leafs. But the Bruins challenge for goalie interference, and they may have a case. (UPDATE: Goal is good after referees deny the Bruins’ goalie interference challenge.)
— 12:46: Marcus Johansson serves a penalty for too many men on the ice. Leafs go to their dangerous power play.
— 12:46: “End to end they go,” as NESN’s Jack Edwards would say. The Bruins and Leafs are both generating chances at the offensive end, with a slight edge for Toronto. Both teams having trouble breaking out after getting pinned deep in their own zone.
— 15:16: Chris Wagner buries Connor Brown behind the net just as Rask makes another save. Shots are even 18-18.
— 16:29: Charlie Coyle sprung Sean Kuraly for an odd-man rush, but Travis Dermott got back and made a nice sprawling block on his shot attempt.
— 19:13: Rask with a couple of early stops as the Leafs get quick zone entries to start the period.
Recap: Second Period
— Second Period Thoughts: Much better period for the Bruins, who controlled this one after the Leafs dominated the first. David Krejci had their best scoring chance of many in the frame, but his shot just barely hit the crossbar and stayed out of the goal. Bruins created plenty of scoring chances. The issue was finishing around the net. They faltered due to a combination of timely Frederik Andersen saves, getting mugged by the Toronto forecheck, and flat-out whiffing on their shots.
The goalies are the story so far, as Andersen and especially Tuukka Rask have stood tall in their goals.
— 7:00: David Krejci nearly scores, but the replay shows the puck barely clanged off the crossbar and stayed out.
— 11:36: Third power play of the night for the Bruins. Mitch Marner whacks the puck carelessly over the Bruins bench for a delay of game penalty. Can Boston cash in this time?
— 15:47: Another power play for the Bruins. Patrick Marleau called for hooking against David Krejci.
I feel like the Bruins have been gifted these power-plays. Doing nothing on them would be a sin.— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) April 20, 2019
— 17:04: Bruce Cassidy has reshuffled his lines to start the second.
To start second:— Matt Porter (@mattyports) April 20, 2019
— 17:17: Bruins getting some zone entries to start the period, but the Leafs continue to show good layers on defense and quick breakouts.
Recap: First Period
— First Period Thoughts: Not a great first half of the period for the Bruins, who still have plenty to figure out in 5-on-5. The Leafs have been the quicker team to loose pucks at both ends, resulting in faster breakouts and plenty of offensive zone time for them. Tuukka Rask had to save their bacon a few times. The B’s gained a little traction near the end of the period, but easily their best chances all came on the power play. Can’t rely on getting man advantages and Rask making game-saving stops for you all night. Figuring out the breakout battle is at the top of the list for period No. 2. — Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
— 1:00: Boston generates two shots on goal on the power play without scoring. They were buzzing, creating a few other quality chances.
— 3:00: Bruins to the power play. Zach Hyman called for tripping Charlie McAvoy.
— 7:35: Rask with a couple more stops, including one on a Zach Hyman bid that John Tavares set up after a Torey Krug turnover.
— 8:20: DeBrusk-Krejci-Pastrnak creates a pair of high-danger scoring chances, forcing Frederik Andersen to make a couple of saves. The first daylight of the game for the B’s, but a promising couple of opportunities.
11:40 gone in the first period. Leafs came out flying, but Bruins appear to be coming to life here. Good looks for the Krejci line on their last shift.— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) April 19, 2019
— 11:42: Rask makes a save on a deflection from a point shot. Still scoreless, but Leafs now out-shooting the Bruins 5-1.
— 13:37: Bruins finally start to get something going in the offensive zone, but still can’t find legit chances. Shots are 3-1 Toronto early.
— 15:49: Zach Hyman got behind the Bruins on a breakaway, but Rask and Zdeno Chara combined to stop the scoring chance.
— 16:42: Rask with another save. The Leafs haven’t had many quality chances to start, but possession belongs to them so far.
— 18:17: Tuukka Rask with a solid save early on a deflection by Zach Hyman, and he freezes it.
— 18:46: The Kuraly line starts off by getting the puck deep in the Leafs’ zone, essentially neutralizing any attack the John Tavares line had on the opening shift.
— Kuraly-Acciari-Wagner will start against Zach Hyman-John Tavares-Mitch Marner. The fourth line played well against the Leafs’ top forward group in Game 2. They hope for Kuraly to give them an added boost.
— Sean Kuraly is on the ice for warmups. Kuraly is poised to return to the Bruins lineup and resume his regular role on the fourth line. That group has needed a spark more and more as the series has gone along.
— NHL announces start time of Game 6. The Bruins and Maple Leafs will square off in Game 6 on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC and 98.5 The Sports Hub.
The start time for Game 6 of the First Round series between the @NHLBruins and @MapleLeafs has been set for 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 21, in Toronto (NBC, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports). #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/mab3tNVgsn— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 19, 2019
— Bruins F Sean Kuraly on his likely return in Game 5: “There will definitely be energy. That’s what my job is and that’s expected of me, to bring energy, so luckily I’ve got a little bit of that.” (via Joe Haggerty)
Likely lineup:— Fluto Shinzawa (@FlutoShinzawa) April 19, 2019
— Former Bruins center Marc Savard will be in attendance. Savard made a call 10 days ago for the Bruins to make him the fan banner captain for Game 5, so it’s possible he makes a special appearance.
— Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock doesn’t believe in damn curses. The “Drake Curse” is infiltrating the Maple Leafs again after the Toronto rapper appeared at Game 4. You can’t expect Babcock to actually feel his presence has anything to do with the Leafs losing.
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