Boston, MA– After falling to the Toronto Maple Leafs in game one, 4-1, and then coming back to tie the series in game two, also 4-1, the Boston Bruins now once again find themselves looking up at the Maple Leafs as they head into game four of the first round of the NHL post-season.
In a nail biter of a game three, Boston fell to Toronto by a narrow score of 3-2. The loss turns tomorrow night's game four of the series into a must-win for Boston because they desperately want to avoid going down three games to one in the series. Toronto is already in the driver's seat, but that advantage would be demoralizing for a team that has lost more outright games during this series than they did for the entirety of February.
Fortunately, no one can string together wins like the Bruins can and they are far from down and out in the series. It definitely promised to be a tough first round match and it won't come easy for the Bruins. Hopefully, however, they can learn from the mistakes they made in game three and get their offense going to the gear that they know it belongs in.
In the game, all of the scoring came in the second period as both teams missed their fair share of opportunities in the scoreless third period, but Tuukka Rask's 31 saves were simply not enough as he allowed the three pivotal goals that ended Boston's game three hopes. These goals were yielded to Trevor Moore, Auston Matthews, and Andreas Johnsson, chronologically, with the latter two coming on the power play.
Charlie Coyle's late second period goal also came on a power play for the Bruins, but it would be the final score of the game as the match finished 3-2. Coyle's score, his second of the series, was assisted by Danton Heinen and Matt Grzelcyk. David Krejci scored first for Boston, courtesy of assists from Jake DeBrusk and Karson Kuhlman. There are definitely elements to build on, but Boston will certainly need to prove their might tomorrow night.