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Highlights of the Bruins' 2-1 Game 5 loss to the Maple Leafs

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Highlights of the Bruins' 2-1 Game 5 loss to the Maple Leafs

FINAL SCORE: Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 1

IN BRIEF: Goals by Auston Matthews and Kasperi Kapanen in a two-minute span of the third period gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-1 victory over the Bruins at TD Garden on Friday night in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series that sent the Leafs home with a 3-2 series lead and a chance to close out the B's on Sunday afternoon. The B's got a David Krejci goal with 43 seconds left, but it wasn't enough. BOX SCORE 

HIGHLIGHTS:

IN 2ND, KREJCI HITS CROSSBAR BUT THE PUCKS STAYS OUT:

FINALLY, MATHEWS BREAKS THROUGH FOR LEAFS IN 3RD:

2:12 LATER, KAPANEN MAKES IT 2-0:

PASTRNAK TO KREJCI FOR B'S ONLY GOAL WITH 43.4 SECONDS LEFT:

FROM JOE HAGGERTY:

*A massive call took place on the go-ahead third-period goal for the Maple Leafs as Auston Matthews scored on a cross-ice pass from Jake Muzzin for a one-timer. But it was Zach Hyman crowding in front of the net and bumping into Tuukka Rask in the crease after he gave a little cross-check shove in the back to Charlie McAvoy in front of the Boston net. The contact arrived prior to the Matthews shot getting there and it clearly looked like there was some level of interference while Rask was trying to make the save. The game officials stayed out of the fray, however, and called it a good goal. People will be bitching about this in Boston for the entire offseason if the Maple Leafs end up winning this series.

*The Bruins actually outshot the Leafs 29-27 in the game, but all anybody is going to talk about is the lack of offense and lack of execution, on the chances Boston did have to score. The Bruins had three power plays to just one for the Leafs, and their vaunted, dangerous PP unit wasn’t able to score a goal as they went scoreless until Krejci notched one with the goalie pulled in the closing minute. Instead, the Bruins top line and power play was held off the board. 

*It was a very careful, mostly defensive game for both teams. Looks like neither one of them wants to make the big mistake. Maple Leafs edge Bruins in shots, 16-15, and the Bruins have had the benefit of three power plays where they haven’t been able to get one past Freddie Andersen. But this game had the feel of which team is going to crack first in the third period after playing mostly mistake-free hockey on defense and in between the pipes.

*A pretty good first two periods from Rask, who has stood tall and was able to shut down anything that goes the B’s defense. Matthews missed high on a shorthanded rush in the second period, and then Rask’s best save was probably shutting down Tyler Ennis on a speed rush after he managed to go wide on Matt Grzelcyk for a clear shot at the net. Rask is 16 saves and counting for the Bruins.

UP NEXT:
Game 6: at Toronto, Sunday, 3 p.m., NBC
*Game 7: at Boston, Tuesday, TBA

*if necessary

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NHL free agents 2019: Ranking top 25 players available this offseason

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The 2019 NHL Draft is scheduled to begin Friday, and less than two weeks later free agency will open for all 31 teams.

It's going to be a busy and important couple of weeks for franchises looking to make major changes to their rosters with the hope of winning the Stanley Cup in 2020 and beyond.

Let's take a look at the top unrestricted and restricted free agents that could hit the market in July.

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Bruins plan to address Bruce Cassidy's contract as he enters final year of the deal

Bruins plan to address Bruce Cassidy's contract as he enters final year of the deal

As Bruce Cassidy enters the final year of his contract as head coach of the Boston Bruins, it probably goes without saying that he deserves an extension. 

The good news for B's fans, according to Joe McDonald of The Athletic, Boston is pleased with Cassidy's performance and plans to address his contract. 

'He’s under contract, so we have decisions that we’re going to progress with, and he’ll be part of that,' general manager Don Sweeney said. 'He’s under contract, so it’s not a concern right now, but we will address it.'

After a 107-point 2018-19 campaign, good for the second-best mark in the NHL, Cassidy led the Bruins to the brink of a Stanley Cup only to fall in Game 7 at TD Garden to the St. Louis Blues.

One of the major themes of this year's Bruins team was their resiliency under Cassidy. Boston fought back from a 3-2 deficit in the first round of the playoffs against Toronto and a 2-1 deficit against Columbus to win those series, and then won another Game 6 on the road down 3-2 to the Blues. 

The Bruins have made the playoffs in each of their first three seasons with Cassidy leading the charge, improving their finish in the postseason each year. 

BRUINS UNDER CASSIDY

2016-17: 44-31-7 (95 points), lost in the first round (4-2)
2017-18: 50-20-12 (112 points), lost in the second round (4-1)
2018-19 49-24-9 (107 points), lost in Stanley Cup Final (4-3)

Cassidy is the second-fastest Bruins coach to reach 100 wins as he has cemented himself as one of the best coaches in the league. And team President Cam Neely certainly thinks highly of him. 

'He’s done a very good job for us, obviously,' Neely said. 'Coming in when he did and getting us to the playoffs and then almost having two, back-to-back 50-win seasons — pretty impressive. He learned from our playoff losses and how to maybe coach a little bit differently in the playoffs.'

We'll see if the Bruins extend Cassidy before the 2019-20 season starts, but it definitely seems like they view him as their long term answer on the Black and Gold's bench. 

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