A big road game in the playoffs, where if they lose their season is over.
How did the Leafs play?
Let’s start by looking at this:
Shots on goal by
Kind of ugly right?
How about this?
Penalties – Bozak Tor (slashing) 13:54.
Penalties – Zaitsev Tor (tripping) 9:28; Grzelcyk Bos (tripping) 11:24; Hyman Tor, Gardiner Tor, Backes Bos (roughing) 12:51; Bozak Tor (interference) 13:18; Polak Tor (slashing) 13:45; Johnsson Tor (hooking) 18:33.
Penalties – Dermott Tor (holding) 3:10.
Blame the refs if you want. Blame the Leafs for not playing disciplined. But whatever you want to blame, oh my goodness was that a stressful set of penalty kills along the way.
And hey, for good measure, check this out!
Can you say “hold the heck on” for the win? It was not pretty by any means, but all that matters is putting one more win in the W column.
Connor Brown popped in the Leafs’ first goal of the game, which coincidentally was his first career playoff goal. The ginger-faced assassin batted this puck out of the air and past Tuukka Rask to give the Leafs just their second lead of the series.
A few minutes later, we’d have another first career playoff goal!
This time, it’d be the young (but not really that young Swede Andreas Johnsson with his first career playoff goal. Beautiful teamwork with Nazem Kadri, and a slick move past Rask.
Tyler Bozak and a Game 5 in Boston? Flashback to 2013, much? Oh, the Bruins scored their first goal sometime before that, but just under a minute later, Tyler Bozak restored the two goal lead.
Time to chase Rask? Time to chase Rask. The man with a plan, James van Riemsdyk comes through and scores well, the only way he knows how, apparently. Four goals on 13 shots isn’t a bad way to get things going, and whooooooop, it’s Anton Khudobin taking up his spot inside the Bruins net.
After that…. we don’t really want to talk much. As we mentioned, there were about 45 minutes of the Bruins power play, a 5 on 3 at one point, a pair of Bruins goals and about 700 Bruins shots. There’s a very obvious joke there, but the Leafs were able to hang onto the lead, despite any leakage it may have caused from any area of your body.
But hey, the Leafs won, and we’ll see you at 7 p.m. on Monday night.