Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Riley Nash could return to lineup in Game 3 vs

Riley Nash could return to lineup in Game 3 vs

David Pastrnak had the game of his life Saturday night.

After falling 5-1 in Game 1 on Thursday, the Leafs started with more energy on Saturday, but were quickly undone by defensive miscues, their inability to stop the Bruins top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak and the red-hot Boston power play in a 7-3 loss at TD Garden.

It began 5:26 into the opening frame when Pastrnak opened scoring with a dazzling display of hand-eye coordination, settling down a bouncing puck while spinning and then slipping one past Toronto's Frederik Andersen.

A lot of people have an opinion on Tuukka Rask. They need to build some confidence, but they will not be easy as the Bruins are playing like a team possessed at the moment. The Maple Leafs did little to help their own cause with multiple first-period penalties, though they were quite unlucky a few times as well.

Toronto swarmed the Bruins net for most of the opening five minutes, consistently gaining entry into the Bruins' zone and winning puck battles. He was going through his legs, and batting pucks out of mid-air. You want to be a good player, you better be prepared for extra attention. Only 19 times since the 1987-88 campaign has a player registered six points in a single playoff outing.

In his post-game media availability, Kadri explained what happened on the ice that led up to his hit and what happened during it.

Pastrnak (21 years, 324 days) is the youngest player in National Hockey League history to score six points in a playoff game, eclipsing the mark set by Wayne Gretzky (22 years, 81 days) in Game 3 of the 1983 division final. Giroux played no small part in the affair.

After Hartman gave the Predators a 5-3 lead, Alexander Kerfoot pulled Colorado to 5-4 with 35.8 seconds left.

The Bruins are 24-7 in their last 31 games playing on 1 days rest, 0-4 in their last 4 road games and 46-21 in their last 67 overall. Boston's 10-0 victory was no doubt powered by Esposito, too.

Capitalizing on multiple Toronto mistakes, Boston scored four goals on only six shots in the game's first 15 minutes to develop an insurmountable lead. Pastrnak didn't play poorly with four points in those six games, but it was a rather frustrating series for the 2014 first-round pick. He did add however that Gionta is a right wing, so it's not a lock that Donato is the next man up.

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This is not the way a playoff series is supposed to go. "That line has been good on the power play, been good five-on-five, been good at the net scoring".

With Wingels status for Game Two now in question, the coaching staff will be looking at potential replacements for him in the lineup. Three minutes later, he picked up his second.

It just doesn't matter who skates with Matthews because at this rate there's no stopping Marchand, Bergeron and Pastrnak.

Van Riemsdyk scored for Toronto on the power play at 14:53, but Pastrnak sealed his hat trick at 18:24 to put an exclamation mark on the beating. And while that's an awfully hard act to follow up, Sittler pulled a almost as impressive act out of his hat only a couple of months later. That's real disappointing. In saying all that, this is our first game at home in front of our crowd.

WAYNE GRETZKY, EDMONTON OILERS - APRIL 9, 1987 Only three games in playoff history have finished with a spread of 10 or more goals, and is anyone surprised to see the Gretzky-era Oilers among the teams to dominate an opponent in such a fashion?

But for all of the things they may have done well they just simply did not - and do not - have the talent to match up with what the Lightning have throughout their lineup, and that is going to be the problem going forward in this series.

DeBrusk was on the ice with the first unit in Nash's spot, but primarily hangs with the second unit.

Going into the series, we knew the Leafs' blue line was the weakness. Neither team scored in the third period.

Pastrnak's second goal came at 12:34 of the third and made it 6-2. And yes, this one is more impressive than the last, against the rival Calgary Flames, no less.

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