Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs: Game 5 preview and prediction


The Maple Leafs will welcome a critically important player back to their lineup on Saturday night, theoretically increasing their chances of playing again on Monday night. However, he added that he arrived at Air Canada Centre Thursday anticipating that he'd be good to go for Game 4.

Torey Krug and Jake DeBrusk also had goals for the Bruins, who can win the Eastern Conference quarterfinal when they host Game 5 on Saturday at Boston's TD Garden. Continued strong play from Mitch Marner and perhaps a little more from Auston Matthews will be key for a Leafs victory tonight. "Now it's do or die". I thought we did tons of good things last night, we didn't give up very much, we made a couple of mistakes on a couple of two-on-ones and they didn't go our way. "I've played with Brown before and it has always gone well". This one sets up nicely for the Bruins to close out the series and the clincher is the fact that the home teams are 5-1 the last six games in this series.

Snatching up the win in game-four was Tuukka Rask, who stopped 31 of the 32 shots that he faced in the game to improve to 3-1 with a 2.28 GAA and a.928 save percentage in the series and 33-24 with a 2.13 GAA and a.928 save percentage in the playoffs in his career. Despite the fact that the Bruins were unable to finish their plethora of chances during Game 3, especially in the third period, it was the solid 40-save performance by Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen that made the difference in the outcome. DeBrusk finished off a two-on one after taking a perfectly placed pass from David Krejci.

"That's a huge priority for us", Babcock said.

"Obviously you have to make some adjustments", Cassidy said postgame and with season-long repetition, "but we lived this for a month".

"In the end, that's the game". Boston had difficulty in the neutral zone and entering the Leafs zone.

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Pastrnak now has 11 points in the series (four goals, seven assists), while Marchand has seven (two goals, five assists) despite Boston's top line getting shut out in Game 3. If Bergeron, who skated for roughly 40 minutes on Friday morning, can play, it could blunt the impact of the Leafs getting standout two-way center Nazem Kadri back from a three-game National Hockey League suspension. The final line will see William Nylander with Plekanec and Johnsson. That didn't happen, but the other people you're playing against are pros and they're trying, too, and they're competitive.

Regard for one's life and limbs are put on hold during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

"Sometimes you have great players and it doesn't fit together but here I think we're all a good group of guys and any time someone gets hurt the guy who comes in does a very good job".

The visitors stunned Toronto just 28 second to pull the plug on an electric atmosphere when Krug's snapshot from the sideboards found its way past Nash and Plekanec in front before glancing in off Andersen's shoulder.

"He is a good player, a 30-goal scorer and he plays hard", said Cassidy.