FINAL SCORE: Bruins 6, Maple Leafs 4
IN BRIEF: David Pastrnak had two goals and Brad Marchand a goal and an assist Wednesday night as the Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 6-4 in Toronto to tie their first-round playoff series at 2 and send the teams back to Boston for a pivotal Game 5 Friday night. BOX SCORE
McAVOY GETS B'S ON BOARD WITH BU CONNECTION PP GOAL:
MARCHAND MAKES IT 2-0 6:38 INTO 1ST WITH ASSIST FROM McAVOY:
ZACH HYMAN DEFLECTION CUTS IT TO 2-1 LATE IN 1ST:
AUSTON MATHEWS TIES IT AT 2 IN 2ND:
PASTRNAK PUTS B'S BACK ON TOP WITH 1ST GOAL OF PLAYOFFS...
...AND 1:35 LATER PASTRNAK AGAIN FROM MARCHAND:
CHARA BOOMER MAKES IT 5-2 IN 3RD:
FROM JOE HAGGERTY:
*Great start by the Bruins perhaps spurred on by the old switcheroo from Bruce Cassidy, who moved Danton Heinen up with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand in a surprise move ahead of puck drop. It turned into a power-play goal early and then a 5-on-5 score for Brad Marchand that Heinen actually earned a secondary assist on. Marchand already has more shots on net (2) in this one than he did in all of Game 3, so at least some of Boston’s best players are responding to the change in the forward lineup. It was followed by David Pastrnak scoring his first two goals of the postseason in the second period to help extend the lead for the Black and Gold.
*Charlie McAvoy went out and made a big impact in the good start for the Bruins as well. After a blah early possession for the top B’s power-play unit, the second unit came over the boards and Charlie Coyle fed McAvoy for a top corner blistering shot as he crashed down close toward the net. Then it was McAvoy again with the centering pass from the corner to a wide-open Marchand backdoor for Boston’s second goal. McAvoy looked for a little more for offense tonight and it worked well for the Bruins. Through two periods he’s got a goal, two points and a plus-2 while pushing up close to 20 minutes of ice time.
*Finally it appears that David Pastrnak has awoken in this series. He scored his first two goals of the playoffs in the second period, and the second one was a trademark Pastrnak snipe from the face-off circle after a slick backhanded saucer dish from Brad Marchand on the power play. It appears that Bruce Cassidy switching things around with the lines finally spurred him into waking up offensively and becoming a factor in the series. Pastrnak has the four shots on net and two goals in 11 plus minutes of ice time through the first two periods and continues to skate with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk.
Game 5: at Boston, Friday, 7 p.m., NBC Sports Network, NESN
Game 6: at Toronto, Sunday, TBA
*Game 7: at Boston, Tuesday, TBA
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