Toronto Maple Leafs Likely Lose Kadri, Boston Bruins Come Back To Life

The Toronto Maple Leafs went into game two hungry and determined to bring the series back to Toronto up 2-0, but they failed.

The Boston Bruins had other plans. The Bruins proved to their fanbase that game one was a mistake and they aren’t going to quit. The big bad Bruins tallied four goals to secure a victory over the Maple Leafs.

First Period 

The Toronto Maple Leafs looked flat. Constantly throughout the first period of play, the Leafs found themselves in their own zone and failed consistently to rack up possession zone exits. Instead, fans witnessed timid defensemen like Ron Hainsey and Nikita Zaitsev fail to make smart decisions. In the below videos, you’ll see Hainsey complete a pass to no one in his defensive zone and you’ll see Zaitsev dump the puck without even trying to make a pass. 

On the other hand, the Boston Bruins were on fire. At the 15:22 mark, the Bruins were in Toronto’s zone. David Backes, who was scratched in game one, found himself behind Frederik Andersen with the puck. His teammate, Charlie Coyle planted himself right in front of Andersen. Backes delivered a swift pass to Coyle and Coyle put the puck past Andersen to grab a 1-0 lead.

Two minutes later, Coyle was back at it again. While he wasn’t able to capitalize for a second goal, he was truly effective at getting the puck from zone to zone. In the GIF below, you’ll see Coyle evade Morgan Rielly of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He shows off beautiful speed and puck handling in an attempt to create another scoring chance for the Bruins. 

Near the tail end of the first period, the Bruins were able to add to their lead. David Pastrnak collected a stretch pass and entered into the Maple Leafs zone. He skated with the puck up towards Andersen. When Pastrnak got to the hash marks, he delivered a behind the back pass to his teammate, Brad Marchand. Marchand collected the puck and fired a wrist shot behind Andersen for a 2-0 Boston lead. 

Second Period

The second period began with a bang. Bruins defenseman, Torey Krug skated into the Maple Leafs zone and found himself with the puck. Krug wasn’t aware that Jake Muzzin was hustling towards him. Muzzin made contact with Krug and knocked him down. It took Krug a minute or two to make it back to the bench and he required help from the Bruins’ medical staff.

Later on in the second period, William Nylander was in the defensive zone as he was looking to start a rush. He was behind Andersen and as soon as he began to move, he lost control of the puck. Bruins winger, Danton Heinen was able to grab the puck and quietly threw the puck in the back of the net. Unfortunately for Leafs fans, Andersen wasn’t focused on Heinen, as he predicted that Nylander was going to successfully create an offensive rush.

Towards the tail end of the period, Nazem Kadri was sent to the box for a two-minute hooking penalty. Once the penalty was over, he flew out of the box and charged into the offensive zone. After Kadri was able to steal the puck from David Krejci, Jake DeBrusk ran right into him. It was a knee-on-knee hit, but fortunately both Kadri and DeBrusk were all right after the collision. 

Third Period

In the third period, the Toronto Maple Leafs were hungry to get back into the game. The most effective Maple Leafs player in the third was Frederik Andersen. He made some great saves against Marchand and Krejci. Andersen truly gave the Maple Leafs a chance to win tonight, but you need more than goaltending to win a hockey game. In the two GIFs below, you’ll see Andersen make two outstanding glove saves.

At the 9:19 mark in the third period, the Maple Leafs were finally able to get onto the score sheet. William Nylander skated towards the blue-line with the puck. He found Travis Dermott at the point and passed the puck to Dermott. Dermott delivered a one-timer towards Tuukka Rask, but Dermott needed some help to get the puck behind Rask. That’s when Kadri stuck out his stick and deflected the puck in.

Unfortunately for Leafs fans, the excitement ended there. At the 6:04 mark in the third period, trouble brewed at TD Garden. In the GIF below, you’ll see an altercation between Jake DeBrusk and Patrick Marleau in Boston’s zone. Kadri took offense to the situation and decided to lay-out DeBrusk. Kadri rushed to the boards and delivered a check to the head of DeBrusk. His decision almost led to a fight with Zdeno Chara. But, it did lead to five minute major penalty and a game misconduct. After the game concluded, Leafs fans found out that the NHL’s Department of Player Safety had asked Kadri to meet with them to discuss the hit against DeBrusk.

During the Bruins’ five minute power-play, Patrice Bergeron struck gold. He parked himself next to Andersen and collected a rebound off of the Maple Leafs goaltender. Bergeron didn’t wait two seconds before trying his luck. Bergeron chose to go top shelf as Andersen was lying on the ice. The shot attempt paid off and the Bruins were able to add to their lead.

My HERO:

If I had to choose a hero for the game, I’d have to go with Marchand. He was instrumental in creating two goals. Marchand was able to grab the second goal of the game in the first period and his shot in the third period on the power-play led to Bergeron’s goal. Marchand’s shot on the power-play was stopped by Andersen, but due to the momentum of the shot, it was difficult for Andersen to cover up the puck. Instead, his shot created a rebound.

My VILLAIN:

If I had to pick a villain, I’d pick two. Jake DeBrusk and Nazem Kadri. Both, DeBrusk and Kadri pushed each other’s buttons. DeBrusk trucked Kadri in the second period and DeBrusk’s check on Marleau in the third led to Kadri’s illegal check to the head. 

While it doesn’t appear that DeBrusk will be suspended (unlike Kadri), his shenanigans paved the way for Kadri’s physical display.

Three Stars of the Game:

THIRD STAR: Travis Dermott, 1 assist, 15:49 TOI

SECOND STAR: Charlie Coyle, 1 goal, 15:16 TOI

FIRST STAR: Brad Marchand, 1 goal, 1 assist, 20:44 TOI

Game Three:

The series will continue on Monday night in Toronto. The Bruins and Leafs will face-off at 7:00 pm EST/4:00 pm PST on NBCSN and CBC. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs will likely be without Nazem Kadri, so you should expect Mike Babcock to do some line-shuffling. Babcock might opt to move Nylander to third line and have him centre the third line. In his place, the Leafs could place Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen on Auston Matthews‘ line.

For the Boston Bruins, they might be without Torey Krug. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy might be able to plug John Moore in his place. Yesterday morning, he participated in practice, but was wearing a non-contact jersey. If Moore still isn’t healthy enough, they might have to call a defenseman up from Providence.

stats from hockey-reference.com and NHL.com

featured image photo credit – Nikos Michals/Josh Tessler

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Author: Josh Tessler

Josh Tessler is the Editor and Founder of Puck77. Josh was born in Montreal, Quebec, but has spent most of his childhood and adult-life in the United States. From an early age, Josh had a passion for hockey. He spent a lot of time watching hockey with his grandfather, Sidney Schwartz. His favorite player growing up was Ray Bourque and he’s chosen to honor Bourque by using his number “77” in the blog’s name. Prior to Puck77, Josh wrote for FanSided’s Editor in Leaf (Toronto Maple Leafs blog), SB Nation’s Amazin’ Avenue (New York Mets blog) and Clark University’s The Scarlet. @JoshTessler_ - Twitter