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
IN 2ND, KREJCI HITS CROSSBAR BUT THE PUCKS STAYS OUT:
THAT close! 👀 pic.twitter.com/6T7BQB4TFa— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) April 20, 2019
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.
Game 6: at Toronto, Sunday, 3 p.m., NBC
*Game 7: at Boston, Tuesday, TBA
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