Bruins put together much better effort, crush Maple Leafs in Game 2

Evan Marinofsky
April 13, 2019 - 10:44 pm

There was no doubt on Saturday night that the Boston Bruins came out for Game 2 ready to go, which led to a 4-1 Bruins win. 

The Bruins game plan was obvious because they carried it out from the start: hit every Toronto Maple Leafs player in sight and be aggressive. 

And that was exactly how the Bruins scored their first one. 

Heavy on the forecheck, Danton Heinen and David Backes went to work, forcing Nikita Zaitsev to cough up the puck. Backes threw the puck in front to an open Charlie Coyle who put the puck past Frederick Anderson to make it 1-0 Bruins. 

Anderson was noticeably deep in his net on the goal. 

When the energy in the first died down, the chemistry ramped up and there was no moment more evident of that than the Brad Marchand goal. 

And nothing showcased more comfort in Game 2 than David Pastrnak's behind the back pass. 

The second period was more of the same for the Bruins, as puck luck would benefit them greatly halfway through the frame. 

William Nylander took the puck behind his net and lost it to Danton Heinen who put it past a confused Anderson to make it 3-0 B's. 

The Leafs answered with one of their own halfway through the period when a Travis Dermott shot from the point was tipped by Nazem Kadri. 

The Bruins would respond with a Patrice Bergeron power play goal to make it 4-1 after Kadri took a major penalty for crosschecking DeBrusk in the head

Tuukka Rask finished with 30 saves on 31 shots. On the other hand, Anderson finished with 37 saves on 41 shots. 

Aside from the scoring, the Bruins consistently kept their cool throughout the game. A perfect example of this was in the second period when Kadri hooked and tried to bring Marchand down behind the play. 

Marchand skated to the bench while Kadri ended up making the trip to the box. 

A scary moment took place in the second period when Torey Krug got hit by Jake Muzzin and his helmet flew off. Krug headed down the tunnel. 

If the Bruins can put together a performance like they did on Saturday night in Game 3, they'll be just fine.

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