TORONTO — Despite the absence of Patrice Bergeron, the Boston Bruins have taken a significant step towards qualification to the second round of the playoffs thanks to a victory of 3-1 against the Maple Leafs on Thursday in Toronto.
The gain of the Bruins in the castle of the Leafs, and lets them take a lead of 3-1 in the series. They will have the chance to eliminate Toronto at TD Garden, Saturday (20h).
About 30 minutes before the start of the game, the Bruins announced that Bergeron was suffering from a wound to the upper body and that his case would be re-evaluated on a daily basis. This is Riley Nash who replaced Bergeron at the center of Marchand and Pastrnak.
“With Bergeron, who did not play tonight, it would be well for us,” said the Globe and Mail the head coach of the Maple Leafs, Mike Babcock.”We had to find a way to win. We were in our arena, we needed to win.”
In spite of everything, Pastrnak has again imposed by collecting two assists, bringing his points total to 11, tops in the NHL since the start of the playoffs. He first took part in the first goal of the series of Torey Krug, after only 28 seconds of play. He then contributed to the eventual winning goal, scored by Brad Marchand at 16:55 of the middle period.
Jake DeBrusk has donned the insurance goal at 4:17 of the third twenty. Tomas Plekanec in the first period, managed the only goal of the Leafs, who have directed 32 pucks toward Tuukka Rask. During this time, the Bruins have been limited to 21 shots to Frederik Andersen.
“I think we have done good things in this game”, said the attacker Leafs James van Riemsdyk. “But there was not a lot of scoring chances. It was a very tight match, the kind of match in which you expect to compete in the series. In the end, they did things just a little better than we do.”
Even if they will be able to count on the return of the player of center Nazem Kadri — he has just finished a suspension of three matches for the fifth match, the task ahead was very difficult for the troupe in toronto.
“It is a good thing, because it adds the ability to our alignment”, emphasized Mitch Marner. “It’s going to be eager to play. As for us, we must be sure to make things right and start more towards the net.”
The Caps bring back the world to zero
Beaten twice at home, the Capitals have righted the situation by playing the same trick to the Blue Jackets. Inspired by an evening of three points Evgeny Kuznetsov (1 goal, 2 assists), on Thursday, the band of Alex Ovechkin tied it up in the series by signing a second consecutive win in Columbus, this time by a score of 4-1.
Tom Wilson and Ovechkin have collected each a goal and an assist. Ovi has tallied six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in four games. The only Good Jenner was able to defeat Braden Holtby, author of 23 stops. At the other end, Sergei Bobrovsky has been put to the test 32 times.
The series now returns to Washington, where the fifth will take place on Saturday (15h).