Riley Nash's screen took away Andersen's eyes and was a crucial part of Krug's shot finding the back of the net. But an argument could be made Toronto still hasn't played 60 minutes of hockey they could be proud of regardless of the outcome. They have scored six times in the first period against Toronto, six in the second, five in the third ... They just couldn't hang with the Bruins on this ice.
So now, as the Leafs try to avoid elimination with their top line of Auston Matthews, William Nylander and Zach Hyman spinning its wheels, Kadri has to make amends if they are to survive for Game 6.
As Leafs head coach Mike Babcock pointed out, the team's best lines in Thursday's loss were the second one with Plekanec in Kadri's spot between Marner, the Leafs' best player in the series, and Patrick Marleau, and the fourth line with Dominic Moore between Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson.
UNDATED (AP) - The Colorado Avalanche will go with backup goaltender Andrew Hammond for Game 5 Friday in Nashville after starter Jonathan Bernier suffered a lower-body injury.
In those nine games, Rask had a 2.44 GAA and a.913 save percentage, not as good as his regular-season numbers, but far better than his overall closeout-game statistics.
For example, when the Bruins were down one in the third and the Leafs had a 2 on 1. Andersen has gone 11-3 in 15 career games against the Bruins and he has allowed 2.40 gpg in those games.
As uncertainty surrounded the team prior to the game, Tuukka Rask stepped up and backstopped the B's to a huge victory in Toronto. He will surely add a spark of energy to a Leafs team that needs it right now.
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Nash played the second most minutes amongst Bruins forwards in Game 4 with 19:10. It was his 2nd goal of the series and 36th of the year.
That was the year the Bruins went up 3-0 against the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round, but lost the series in seven games.
The play of Tuukka Rask was absolutely phenomenal. The Bruins have won only 43.7 per cent of faceoffs, but are outshooting the Leafs 32.8 to 30.5 on average ...
Boston was solid on offense during the regular season as they ranked 6th in the league in scoring at 3.26 gpg, while also ranking 8th in shots taken (33.0 spg) and 4th in power play conversions, converting on 23.6% of their chances. In fact, they were just flat through a good chunk of the first two periods, chasing pucks and flubbing passes. "At that point in the game, I did not feel like it was a malicious play to go in and try to hurt him, but it was more of a statement thing, making a lot of contact with the majority of the boards". "We saw that last night with games [in other series]".
The Leafs had a number of chances earlier in the period to push ahead - including a Marner breakaway that Rask turned aside with the blocker - but were unable to break through.
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