Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Mike Babcock Has Hilarious Reaction To Bruins' Top-Line Productivity

Mike Babcock Has Hilarious Reaction To Bruins' Top-Line Productivity

Yet the Predators rallied again to take their first 2-0 lead when starting a best-of-seven series in their own building. His regular linemate, and part-time centreman Saturday night, with no points. Hopefully, the Bruins can keep up the great play and sweep the Leafs. Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron each had four assists, and Torey Krug had three.

So naturally, after the lopsided Game 2 loss, Matthews was asked about being held scoreless against the backdrop of the line he's matching up against putting up 20 points. Babcock said following the game. That came in Game 1 with Zach Hyman's highlight-reel goal.

Game 1: The Bergeron line had six points. Third Star went to Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller, who had a goal, seven hits and three blocked shots.

Martin on the other hand has played only three times since the All-Star break and lost his place in the lineup to faster skilled forwards such as Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson, but the big winger could provide the Leafs some pushback that they have sorely lacked and protection to small forwards like Mitch Marner, who continued to receive special attention from Boston forwards on Saturday.

Pastrnak's historic night is a sign of postseason maturity.


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And the Maple Leafs can blame David Pastrnak for their troubles.

"You earn [confidence] all year, you work hard to put yourself in the playoffs and win games and to have a good record", said Morgan Rielly. Toronto also was without forward Nazem Kadri, who was serving the first game of his three-game suspension for his hit on Bruins forward Tommy Wingels in Game 1.

The Bruins have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series, with Game 3 at Air Canada Centre on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, NESN). "That's what amazes me with him", Bergeron said about Pastrnak. It takes the combined effort of all six players on the ice to slow them down.

The Boston Bruins have scored 12 goals in their first two games of the playoffs.

"It's not going to happen every night", Cassidy said. This has been a mismatch of epic proportions between the quality players on the two teams. Take the lessons, what they have for you.

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Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist, and Viktor Arvidsson, Ryan Johansen and Austin Watson scored a goal apiece. They were inherited from the old regime, the Brian Burke days, and, as such they were survivors of the last disastrous time the Leafs faced Boston in the post-season. But then Pastrnak opened the floodgates at 5:26 of the first.

"What we'll do is we'll fly back, we won't practice tomorrow but we'll get together, we'll regroup, and count on our leadership group to help out as well, and get ourselves on track".

And Babcock pulled Frederik Andersen after allowing three goals on five shots in 12 minutes and 13 seconds.

The Tampa Bay Lightning's top line of Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and the newly acquired J.T. Miller deserves all the accolades that it gets-it's one of the best units in the league-but where would the Lightning be without their depth scoring?

That's where Tuukka Rask came into play. If Pastrnak can continue to score the Bruins will be a tough team to beat. "It's hockey, we've got to rebound". Pastrnak also tied the Bruins franchise record for points in a playoff game. 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. So, you lose 5-2, 5-4, 10-2, it doesn't matter; it's a loss. Basically, we brought them in here today just to clean the mechanism out and let's get ready to go and get after it.

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There will be more of an indication of what changes will occur at the morning skate on Monday, but for Toronto to get back into the series, they will need their top players to step up and perform.

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