Bruins vs Maple Leafs has been a good series to date and we have NHL Playoff tips for Game 7.
The NHL playoffs are in full swing now, and the Toronto Maple Leafs will be hoping to make it through to the second round for the first time since 2012. This matchup has undoubtedly been the tightest, with neither side able to win back to back games in the series so far.
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The Boston Bruins will enter the seventh and final game high on confidence after tying the series in the most recent game. They won 4-2 in Toronto, and Mike Babcock stated that he thought the Bruins played their best game of the series so far. That’s not a great sign for Leafs fans who have been put through the wringer against the Bruins for the second consecutive year.
Babcock himself has been critical of his team for starting slowly in the games so far, but a ferocious Scotiabank Arena helped the Leafs to make a much better start in game six of the series.
Morgan Rielly put the Leafs ahead, but any confidence that the home fans had was quickly sucked out of them when Boston equalised less than two minutes later. There would have been an even greater sense of déjà vu later in the period when the Bruins pulled ahead through two power-play goals.
The Leafs were dominated for much of the first after they opened the scoring, with Boston leading 14-6 on the shot stat.
This continued into the second period when the Bruins continued to dominate the play, and that atmosphere which was hostile at the beginning was evaporated.
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The Leafs were short on ideas and struggled to pass the puck, never mind building up an attack that looked to pose a threat to a strong defensive unit. In fact, it looked as if the Leafs were happy to get into the third still in the game.
Things went from bad to worse for the Leafs when they fell a further goal behind after a blistering move from David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk, with the latter calmly slotting past Frederik Andersen. From this point, the result never looked in doubt, and the momentum was with the travelling Bruins side.
The Leafs found their feet again in the third, and got an important goal through 21-year-old Auston Matthews; his fifth of the series. The Scotiabank Arena must have thought the momentum was with them after a fine save from Andersen and Tuukka Rask in the Bruins goal forced to make a string of excellent saves.
However, the decision to pull Andersen in favour of another attacker backfired and allowed the Bruins to make sure of the result; leaving much to ponder for Babcock and his team ahead of the crucial seventh game in Boston.
The parallels are uncanny between this series and last year’s heartbreaking end for the Leafs, but are we going to see the same result?
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Of course, no two games of hockey are the same, but the similarities are there for everyone to see. The Leafs were ahead in that series before squandering their chance, while if the squad from game six is the same for the seventh game, there will be 13 players involved for the consecutive season.
Last year Toronto was ahead entering the third period, before going onto lose 7-4. For the Bruins, there could be 12 players involved from last year.
It could be a case of history repeating itself, or the Leafs finally gaining retribution. The early pointers and the fact that Boston has home advantage could help us to suggest that the Leafs will fall short again.
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