Bruins say Bergeron's status for Game 5 game-day decision
Apr 22 2018
The Bruins weathered a counterpunch in a frantic first period but took away Toronto's main advantage in the second and third: speed. Krejci's feed was deposited into the net by the rookie, giving the Bruins the insurance marker they needed. A win means it's on to the second round of the playoffs. The Leafs will hope to break Boston's suffocating home-ice defensive line matching dressing a deep, speed based lineup that should hopefully be able to exploit the Bruins weaker players. Scoring their lone goal in game four was Tomas Plekanec, which was his 1st of the series and 7th of the year. After being thoroughly outplayed in the middle period, the Bruins had an unlikely 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.
The Maple Leafs entered the postseason with a high-powered offense but with the exception of their Game 3 victory, the club has only managed to score five goals in their three losses. But as was the case during the regular season, the Bruins were automatic on defence with the lead.
The Boston Bruins have proven all year that they have heart. But it appears a decision on whether Bergeron will miss a second consecutive game with an undisclosed injury will not be made until game time on Saturday. He will surely add a spark of energy to a Leafs team that needs it right now.
The B's picked up a 3-1 win in Game 4 despite Bergeron's absence to take a 3-1 lead in the series heading back to Boston with the chance to advance and eliminate the Maple Leafs.
Game three was a very different game than the first two. Despite the fact that the Bruins were unable to finish their plethora of chances during Game 3, especially in the third period, it was the solid 40-save performance by Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen that made the difference in the outcome.
Marchand snapped a 1-1 tie with 3:05 left in the second period after the Bruins were whistled for icing.
Toronto is 50-36 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 4.4 units this year.
Jake DeBrusk had a phenomenal game on Thursday. They came out flying and outplayed the Bruins the whole game.
The Leafs kept coming and almost grabbed the lead later in the period, but Rask shot out his pad to deny Zach Hyman from in close as Toronto outshot Boston 12-7 through the opening 20 minutes. During the regular season, he was 34-19 with a 2.36 GAA and a.917 save percentage overall, including 21-9 with a 2.26 GAA and a.919 save percentage here at home. "They're a good team". Disregard what the stats say scoring first is everything, it means even more in on their ice.
After Boston's opening strike, Toronto wrestled back control of the game. So, even though that series ended in a painful fashion, Gardiner and Kadri do have some experience being on a team that dug out of a big hole against this Bruins core.