Bruins-Maple Leafs Playoff Series: Dates And Start Times Announced
Apr 11 2019
He's likely going to be in for more of the same, especially in Boston, but is locked in for what's to come.
The Bruins gave up 36 fewer goals than the Leafs during the regular season. After all, he posted a goals-against average of 2.77 that was 22 percentage points higher than his career average, and his save percentage matched his career high.
Zach Hyman, Jake Gardiner, Trevor Moore, William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen scored for the Maple Leafs (46-28-8), who will face the Boston Bruins in the first round of the playoffs.
While the Leafs, who battled back from a 3-1 series deficit just to force Game 7 past year, might have an edge in depth up front, the Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak triumvirate could sink them on their own.
A thrilling end to an exciting season: Ryan Poehling's Shootout goal sealed the deal.
Gardiner wasn't overly verbal when asked about Game 7 on Tuesday. I can tell you right now: "We can't find another one", coach Mike Babcock said. "I need to keep controlling it for the next little while and then we move on to next year". Marchand, who had been disciplined by the NHL Department of Player Safety more than any other active player, was not fined or suspended once this season. "We know how exciting this city becomes under those situations and how important that is for us and we were hoping to be able to give them that. It's not about me right now, it's about this whole team and whatever I've got going on, it's on me to figure out, and I think I've done a good job of that".
"Definitely", Gardiner said. "Been with this team a long time, a lot of these guys, and definitely have to take advantage of it". "This is a different team, there are new guys on the team, it's a fresh start". But Andersen knows spending too much time thinking about last year won't do him much good this year. He's trying to be a real good pro and getting after it. "People should be excited for next year".
Get the inside scoop on the Bruins every week on CLNS Media's Bruins Beat Podcast with host and NHL Insider Jimmy Murphy. The Canadiens went 7-2-1 in their final 10 games to finish the season 14th in the overall National Hockey League standings with a 25-point improvement from last season.
"I think everyone should take it on themselves", Babcock said. So it's not like we finished the season 2-8. "There's no doubt there's something there to be learned and hopefully used down the road". "They've been through a lot in terms of their playoff experience and experience as a group". And it all stems back to last season's playoffs, when the winger made headlines for notoriously licking opposing players in scrums.
Boston's final three goals in a 7-4 loss. "Loud, full of energy". Now we've got to go out and execute. Just the character this team has. "We want to make up for a year ago".
"We've kind of looked at our year as a whole. It's just making sure we're not beating ourselves and making smart plays with the puck". TV for the if-necessary games obviously has not been scheduled yet. "Now we feel confident, we like our structure, we like what we have going on".