The dreaded building of TD Garden continued to haunt the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday evening, dropping Game 2, 7-3 to the Boston Bruins.
Led by a spectacular performance from Bruins forward David Pastrnak, the Maple Leafs lacked any sort of answer for Boston’s top line yet again.
The youthful Pastrnak set an NHL record, eclipsing Gretzky’s record for youngest player to tally six points in a single playoff game.
Boston’s power play continued to be too much to handle for the Leafs struggling penalty kill, going 2/4 on the night, and now is 5/10 in the series.
Toronto once again was behind the eight ball early on, going down 4-0 in the first period, resulting in Fredrik Andersen being chased from the game after the third goal.
Freddy allowed three goals on five shots, but was a victim to poor defensive coverage and execution.
Pastrnak, DeBrusk, Miller, and Rick Nash all tallied in the first frame, leaving the game all but settled after 20 minutes.
Leafs defensemen Nikita Zaitsev was on the ice for all four goals, and admitted after the game that he has to be better.
Toronto seemed to have some push back at the beginning of the second period, and were rewarded just over a minute in, on a goal from Mitch Marner (1).
The Leafs also received goals from Tyler Bozak (1) and James Van Riemsdyk (1) later in the game, but Boston kept pace with a goal from Krejci and another pair from Pastrnak to complete the hat-trick.
Coach Mike Babcock seemed at a loss for words following the defeat, as he believed his team got off to a great start, but just couldn’t get that allusive first goal before the Bruins.
It was evident the Maple Leafs were missing a key cog in their lineup in Nazem Kadri, who is usually tasked of shutting down opposing team’s top lines.
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Toronto may be down another key forward for their next game, as agitator Leo Komarov suffered a lower-body injury after colliding with defensemen Kevan Miller.
The Maple Leafs will have to come up with an answer for Boston in a hurry, as the series shifts to Toronto for Game 3 on Monday, in a pretty much do or die game for the Buds.
Puck drop is set for 7:00pm from the Air Canada Centre and can be seen on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.
More coverage to follow. Image from Sports Illustrated.