Bruins respond again, even series with Game 4 win at Toronto

Matt Kalman
April 17, 2019 - 9:48 pm

The win-one-lose-one pattern of this series doesn’t favor the Bruins in the long run, but for now they’ll take it.

For the second time in the Eastern Conference first round the Bruins responded to a defeat with a series-tying victory, this time taking Game 4 at Toronto 6-4 on Wednesday.

The Bruins, who also won Game 2, will host Game 5 at TD Garden on Friday.

It took just 3:03 for the Bruins to take a 1-0 lead on Charlie McAvoy’s power-play goal after a tic-tac-toe pass play that went from Matt Grzelcyk to Charlie Coyle to McAvoy.

Brad Marchand extended the lead to 2-0 at 6:38 with a goal off a sweet pass through the slot by McAvoy.

The Bruins killed off consecutive minor penalties to Patrice Bergeron and McAvoy, but then the Maple Leafs struck 11 seconds after McAvoy’s penalty to cut the lead to 2-1. Zach Hyman scored on a high tip after some breakdowns by the Bruins.

Auston Matthews tied the game 2-2 just 1:07 into the second period.

But then came the David Pastrnak eruption.

Reunited, for one shift at least, with Bergeron and Marchand, Pastrnak scored on a net drive at the end of a 2-on-2 rush with Marchand at 3:16.

Then McAvoy drew a penalty and Pastrnak buried a one-timer from the left circle for a 4-2 Boston lead at 4:51.

The Bruins escaped the second period with a two-goal lead despite being outshot 14-8.

Then Zdeno Chara extended the lead to 5-2 at 5:39 of the third period.

Matthews scored his second goal of the game at 11:52, and then Travis Dermott scored at 13:27 to get the Maple Leafs within 5-4.

The Maple Leafs pulled goalie Frederik Andersen with two minutes to go and spent almost all that time in the Boston end, but eventually David Krejci chipped the puck out to Joakim Nordstrom for a victory-sealing empty-net goal at 19:58.

The Big Bad Blog is presented by: 

 Technology Decisions Aren't Black and White. Think Red. Click here for more.

Related: Patrice Bergeron named Selke Trophy finalist for 8th straight season