Boston, MA– The first round post-season series between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL has been a stressful one for Bruins fans. Every game has seemed like a must-win since the series began. The Leafs won game one and game three, pushing Boston to win each succeeding matchup to avoid being backed into a corner. Now, the flip-flop nature of wins in the series is exacerbated to a critical point as Toronto came away with a 2-1 victory last night in the TD Garden. With Toronto leading three games to two, Boston is now facing a win or go home situation.
It's not a great position to be in, but I do have faith in Boston's ability to prevail in must-win games. It's just unfortunate that they received such an unlucky draw in the first round of the playoffs, but the team is filled with players who can adapt to even the toughest of situations. I don't doubt the team's drive. They just have to hold on a little longer against the Maple Leafs. Their next chance to do that will be tomorrow afternoon in Toronto for game six. It will be broadcast on NBC and it will determine if the round one series will go to a seventh game in Boston.
As for yesterday's game, it was an absolute heart breaker for the Bruins. With Tuukka Rask in goal, Boston's defense was entirely impenetrable for the majority of the game. Unfortunately, so was Toronto's. Halfway through the third period, the game remained tied with a scoreless scenario of 0-0, but Toronto managed to strike first with Auston Matthews' fourth goal of the series. Two minutes later, they delivered the dagger when Kasperi Kapanen scored the winning margin and gave Toronto a 2-0 lead. Rask did make 25 saves and David Krejci scored a last minute goal with assists from David Pastrnak and Torey Krug, but it was not enough, and Toronto came away victorious.
It was an unfortunate turn of events in a game that Boston played about as well as they could have. But they have to play the puck as it lies. And right now, the puck has them facing elimination. If the Bruins want to salvage their season, they will have to play their best hockey tomorrow.