The only reason that's pertinent to the Bruins' current situation is their play in Monday night's 3-1 loss at Toronto in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference first round looked like a tribute to their former coach.
"I hope they go four overtimes and beat the crap out of each other", Vinik, speaking at a Marriott groundbreaking in Tampa, said when asked for his thoughts on Wednesday's Game 7 meeting between the Bruins and Maple Leafs.
Maple leafs goalie Frederick Anderson watched the puck from a scramble in front during the first period of Monday night's game 6 of the National Hockey League playoff series against the Bruins. During Game 6, five of Pastrnak's shots were blocked, with only one reaching Andersen. "As for tonight - we're going to play our heart out for this city".
"We're sending all our love", said Leafs forward Mitch Marner, who netted the victor on Monday.
With the event coming a day after the bad van attack north of the downtown core that took 10 lives on Monday and injured many others, Eaves thanked "our partners at the City of Toronto and Toronto Police Service for their help delivering a safe and positive event for our fans to celebrate our teams and our city". "But you want to come in here tonight and make sure we played the game we wanted to, and I think we did".
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Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen followed up his Game 6 performance with an even more impressive showing in the net, stopping 32 shots. With a win tonight the B's will take a commanding 3-1 series lead. William Nylander notched the tying goal 1:37 into the middle period, 35 seconds after Jake DeBrusk gave Boston a very brief lead. Only a few players remain from that Toronto team, but this is the franchise's shot at both redemption and its first post-season series victory in 14 years. "Tough given the position we were in".
Rask made some insane saves in the 3rd period. But at the same time we are talking about the game, the series with the Blue Jays.
The Leafs couldn't connect on their third power play moments later, and Andersen stoned Sean Kuraly with under 10 minutes to go. His best save of the night came on Auston Matthews.
While his top line hasn't produced as of late, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said that the chances have been for the trio - with frustration perhaps being a factor in their recent lack of production. The Raptors will need to bring Wizards stars Bradley Beal and John Wall back down to earth after they each scored 28 points in Game 3, and combined for 58 in Game 4. Game three is what everyone expected the whole series to be.