The Boston Bruins have defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games for the second year in a row, by a score of 5-1. They will welcome the Columbus Blue Jackets, who are fresh off a sweep of the top-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning and well-rested on top of that. Game 1 is scheduled for Thursday night in Boston. Also, props to a hard-fighting Toronto Maple Leafs team. Although they are a bunch of dirty jerks, they played a great series, and they made it tough for the Bruins to get anything going. The Bruins will play the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.
The Bruins have lost Game 5 in Boston 2-1. After an extremely disappointing showing, the Bruins will travel to Toronto with their season in jeopardy. Tuukka Rask was absolutely amazing, only allowing 2 goals on 27 shots, keeping the Bruins in the game while their offense sputtered. Game 6 will be in Toronto on Sunday at 3 PM.
Down 2-1 in their best of seven series, the Bruins needed better effort and execution from their best players in Game 4 in order to even up the series heading back to Boston. Marcus Johansson and John Moore returned to the lineup as the Bruins looked to find consistency within their team.
The Bruins dropped game three in Toronto by a final score of 3-2. The Leafs were simply the better team Monday night, and it showed, as it felt like the Bruins were lacking in many departments, and it wasn't as close as the score indicated. Tuukka Rask was able to keep the Bruins in the game, but the poor offensive production and a slow starting attack ultimately did them in.
Every Bruins fan should already hate the Toronto Maple Leafs. After the victory over Toronto, it would be a despicable sight to see a Bruins fan who didn't hate the Toronto Maple Leafs after their classless, dirty performance, especially from noted scumbag Nazem Kadri, who will face a hearing and may be forced to miss the rest of the series. Additionally, injuries to Jake DeBrusk (who was intentionally injured by Kadri) and Torey Krug, who received a high, but clean hit from Jake Muzzin only created more problems between the Bruins and Leafs.
The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs kicked off Wednesday night, but the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs would have to wait one more day to begin their best of seven series Thursday at TD Garden. The two Original Six rivals met in the first round for the second time in as many seasons, with the the Bruins narrowly emerging in a thrilling game seven finish only a year ago. Boston would win both games at home to start the series by 5-1 and 7-3 margins. This time around, the Leafs looked to get off to a better start against their long-time rival.
Game 82 of the regular season saw the two best teams in the eastern conference go at it as the Bruins and Lightning both closed out their regular seasons.
With home-ice in the postseason locked up for the Boston Bruins, the final remaining tasks for the regular-season are a strong and healthy finish. But in a game that holds no real significance to the playoff picture, one of those things greatly outweighs the other.
The Bruins defeated the Minnesota Wild, 3-0, as Joakim Nordstrom, David Pastrnak and Zach Senyshyn supplied the offense in the final road game of the campaign while Jaroslav Halak picked up his fifth shutout of the season, stopping all 26 shots in an otherwise uneventful night.
With a first-round playoff meeting with the Toronto Maple Leafs officially guaranteed after a 2-1 Toronto victory over the New York Islanders Monday night, the Bruins had three regular season matches left heading into their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday. Boston, who has hit a rut as of late with back-to-back regulation losses to the Florida Panthers and the Detroit Red Wings, could not afford to take the foot off the pedal as they battled a Blue Jackets team still fighting for its postseason life with only three games remaining on its regular season schedule, and the Montreal Canadiens only two points behind outside the last wild card spot.