The problem for the Leafs is that without the home advantage of last change on Wednesday, Boston head coach Bruce Cassidy will be able to keep the Bergeron line against the Leafs’ top line of Auston Matthews, Connor Brown and Zach Hyman.
It all comes down to game seven between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. The first round series between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs has delivered in nearly every possible fashion and each game has been ripe with intrigue, but now comes time for the real fun as Game 7 approaches.
The visiting clubhouse is a fair walk from the first base dugout at the massive downtown Toronto dome, but that’s unlikely to stop Boston’s players and staff from receiving regular updates on Wednesday’s Game 7 with Toronto. I think there’s obviously a lot on the line that way and we’d like to play in the next round, Boston wants to play in the next round, something’s got to give. No matter who wins that game, they will have to travel for two games at Amalie Arena to start the series. “They had a blast just like us as a coaching staff”.
Aiding the Bruins in their attempted comeback bid was a lack of discipline from the Leafs.
Issues with special teams played a role in putting Toronto down 2-0 in the series. That’s why the Lightning will be the envy of whoever they play next.
“Both teams have grumped about series” officiating, but within bounds. It’s not just all that time off, either.
“There’s no skating in the Dominican”, Ramirez said. “It’s good for our young guys to have them around”.
Babcock was also diplomatic about what he thought of the referees. Witnesses said the driver was moving fast and appeared to be acting deliberately, but police officials would not comment on the cause or any possible motive. “Ask me that in that summer”.
Will history repeat itself with another blown 4-1 lead? “Do your job, I guess, is kind of the cliche, but that’s how you have to approach (a Game 7)”. “Why did I feel like that?”
The Raptors will host the Washington Wizards in Game 5 of an NBA Eastern Conference quarterfinal, with the series tied at two games apiece. “Last night wasn’t one of those nights”. That’s not a margin the Bruins want considering the Leafs, for all their faults, are finishers.
The Bruins were eliminated in a Game 7 each of Julien’s first three seasons before they learned how to win those do-or-die games and won three on their way to the 2011 Stanley Cup championship.
Leafs forward Leo Komarov remains out with a lower-body injury. Mike Babcock pointed out the Leafs are among teams who “pre-scout’ the zebras with a photo of the game night referees in the room summarizing what types of minors they tend to call or let slide”. “Eighty-five per cent doesn’t cut it at playoff time”.
Unlike Game 5, the Bruins came out ready to play. Either way, the Bolts’ first Round 2 game will be Saturday.