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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins - 4/16/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins - 4/16/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rask stopped 30 shots on Saturday night and was one of the best players on the ice. But the saves themselves? Through their time they have been the Leafs' most often rumoured to be sent away in trade, rumours that were probably more wishful than substantiated.

The Leafs actually had a better start than Thursday when they were almost run out of the rink in the game's first 10 minutes, but the Bruins grabbed the lead at 5:26 when Pastrnak picked up the puck in front of Andersen and made a slick move to score his second goal of the series.

Babcock has already had to shuffle his lineups in the series, which has made it more hard for him to try and line match against the Bruins.

In a matter of nine seconds, the Boston Bruins' top line produced two incredible scoring chances.

At least the Leafs now get to return to the ACC, something with coach Mike Babcock talked about, when assessing the disaster which occurred on Saturday night.

David Pastrnak's first goal required a 180-degree spin as he settled down a bouncing puck, shifted it from his forehand to his backhand and flipped it into the net. The Avs kept the pressure on, but the Preds held firm to preserve a 5-4 win and a 2-0 series lead.

"There were points in the game [on Saturday] where we were able to control the puck more than we were in Game 1", he said.

Ron Hainsey's attack on Tim Schaller after the Bruins forward finished a check that took down Mitch Marner gave the Bruins their second power play of the period at 14:49. Jake DeBrusk scored on the power play to double the lead before Kevan Miller got a insane redirect off Nikita Zaitsev to make the lead three. Especially considering Boston took 2 penalties early in the period, and the risky Toronto powerplay headed to the ice. Would've been great for Rask to bail out the rookie on the play, but a tough play to expect any goalie to make.

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Tyler Bozak (1) and James van Riemsdyk (1) each scored for Toronto.

Coupled with a 5-1 victory in Game 1, Pastrnak (four goals, five assists), Marchand (one goal, five assists) and Bergeron (five assists) have combined for 20 points, leaving the Maple Leafs in search of a solution. Brad Marchand was not one of those surprised people. He's one of the best goalies in the league. Tampa needed all of Vas's 41 saves to get this win. They put a push on and it easily could've been a different game.

"I feel good", he said. It didn't play out that way in Game 2 - really it only served to remind you just how vital Kadri is to this team. But defensively, they did start to look gassed and disorganized late in the second and in the first half of the third. "That being said, yeah, we had some good looks in the first two games, but we can't stop there". Pastrnak also tied the Bruins franchise record for points in a playoff game.

"I didn't like the hit, I think I was in a vulnerable spot", said Wingels, who skated in the B's pregame practice at Warrior Ice Arena.

"... Were a good team". They turned it up.

"Their power play unit is very good, they have a lot of firepower on that unit", added Bozak. "We've got to get your minds right and you've got to play right". Well, here we are after Game 2 and one Original Six organization is already halfway to clinching the series, while the other leaves Boston with more questions than answers. Anaheim couldn't solve Martin Jones on any of its 25 shots on target in Game 1, but Jakob Silfverberg beat him on the very first Ducks shot of Game 2 for an early lead for the home team.

"We have to keep them off our net a little bit on the kill", said Rielly. Especially considering how the Bruins played down the stretch, it was important for he and the rest of the team to get off to a good start.