Boston, MA– The first round matchup in the NHL post-season between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins has officially become a best of three series as the two teams have gone back and forth with wins and losses, and now the series is tied at two games apiece. Games one and three saw the Leafs win by respective scores of 4-1 and 3-2, whereas the Bruins won game two by a score of 4-1 and then game four last night, by a 6-4 margin.
Boston was completely in control offensively throughout the game as they scored two goals in each of the game's periods. The scoring began just three minutes into the first period with a power play goal from Charlie McAvoy. Brad Marchand's second playoff goal came three minutes later to give Boston a 2-0 lead, but two unanswered goals from the Leafs left the game tied early in the second period. Fortunately, David Pastrnak went on a tear and scored two goals in two minutes, the latter of which on a power play. Zdeno Chara kept Boston's run going in the third period with an unassisted goal to give the Bruins a 5-2 lead. After the Leafs stormed back to make it 5-4, Joakim Nordstrom buried Toronto in the waning seconds of the game for a 6-4 win.
Tuukka Rask saved 38 shots on goal from Toronto.
Now, the series will return to Boston for game five, with the Bruins hoping to take their first lead as the series will now inevitably go to a sixth game. With the flip-flop nature of the series, a game seven is not out of the realm of possibility either. If the Bruins win two more, they set themselves up for a date with the Columbus Blue Jackets, who shockingly toppled the Tampa Bay Lightning in round one. A historic season for the Lightning came to an end in a major sweep upset that could leave the Bruins in a better position going forward. As long as they can get past the Maple Leafs first.