Bruins beat Maple Leafs in Game 7 once again, move on to face Blue Jackets

Evan Marinofsky
April 23, 2019 - 9:40 pm

The Boston Bruins came out flying. The Toronto Maple Leafs did not. 

On Tuesday night, the Bruins took down the Maple Leafs 5-1 in a riveting Game 7. The game was to be the third Game 7 the Bruins and Leafs had played against each other in the past six year. 

The Bruins won in 2013. The Bruins won in 2018. 

And then the Bruins won in 2019. 

With 14 minutes gone in the first, the fourth line finally found their game. Sean Kuraly, Noel Acciari and Joakim Nordstrom, with help from Matt Grzelcyk, created a forecheck coaches would kill for. It ended in a Nordstrom goal, which was a soft one for Frederik Andersen to give up. 

Just a few minutes later, Jake Gardiner channeled his past TD Garden performances and left a drop pass behind his own net for....Marcus Johansson. The acquisition brought it out front and ripped it past Andersen to make it 2-0. 

To open the second period, the Leafs came out with rockets on their skates and it paid off when John Moore failed to get the puck out of his zone and John Tavares capitalized with a wrist shot past Tuukka Rask. 

Though the Bruins came into the third up 2-1, they didn't have the momentum. The Maple Leafs applied lots of pressure to the Bruins in the second and had them on their heels. 

That all changed because of the Bruins fourth line striking...again. 

Splitting through defenders like Randy Moss, Kuraly skated past Ron Hainsey and challenged Morgan Rielly. With a little move to his left, Kuraly ripped one top corner over Andersen to make it 3-1. 

Then with two and a half minutes remaining, Charlie Coyle put the cherry on top with the empty-netter. 

Patrice Bergeron added one at the horn. 

The Bruins put together one of their best efforts together of the series, but there was one Bruins player who sure did play his best game of the seven-game set: Tuukka Rask. 

Rask was at his best Tuesday night, stopping 32 of 33. Andersen stopped 27 of 30. 

The Bruins will move on to face the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round. 

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