Boston, MA– The way the NHL post-season seedings in the bracket shake out is always very complicated and almost always detrimental to the odds of the Boston Bruins. In the Eastern Conference, Boston boasted the second best record, but they were saddled with a matchup against the team with the third best record because they were not winners of the division. It was a tough draw for a first round series and the Bruins clearly had the highest hurdle to clear of any NHL team. With their backs against the wall multiple times in the series, the Bruins found themselves facing elimination in both game six and game seven, but the team pulled through on the heels of great defense and a widespread scoring attack.
The Boston faithful got extremely loud in support of the Bruins when Julian Edelman emerged onto the ice to hype up the crowd and drop (or spike) the puck. Many local reporters commented that the fans were ready to blow the roof off of the TD Garden. This energy fed into Boston's performance as the team prevailed in a do-or-die game seven by a dominant score of 5-1!
First of all, Boston's MVP in the game was undoubtedly Tuukka Rask. He allowed one goal to John Tavares in the second period, but did not allow any others and ultimately saved 32 shots, including a plethora of attempts in the second period as the Leafs dominated the clock and the attack.
Boston shared the wealth on offense with a ton of depth, though, by jumping out to a big lead in the first period with goals by Joakim Nordstrom and Marcus Johansson. Then, the team poured it on in the third period with three goals by Sean Kuraly, Charlie Coyle, and Patrice Bergeron's. Bergeron's goal came in the final second of the game and was one last dagger in the heart of the Leafs.
The Bruins are now in the playoffs' second round, but they won't be losing home ice advantage. After the Columbus Blue Jackets upset the league-leading and historic Tampa Bay Lightning with a sweep, they now get a date with the Bruins. Game one comes very soon (tomorrow night, in fact) and it's back in the Garden. Let's go Bruins!