Revisiting last year's Bruins-Maple Leafs first-round matchup
It's deja vu for the Bruins and Maple Leafs as they prepare for a rematch of the first round of last year's playoffs with Boston again having home-ice advantage.
The B's were victorious in 2018, but the Leafs didn't go down easy. Toronto made things interesting by storming back in the series and forcing a Game 7.
In case you need a refresher, here's a game-by-game recap of how last year's series went. . .
Final score: Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 1
The Bruins spread the wealth in Game 1 of the series with David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, David Krejci, David Backes, and Sean Kuraly all scoring goals. Tuukka Rask tallied 26 saves in the victory, and Boston rolled into Game 2 with plenty of momentum.
Final score: Bruins 7, Maple Leafs 3
Goals continued to come easy for the B's in the second game of the series, especially for David Pastrnak who had three goals and three assists in the win. With his sensational performance, Pastrnak tied the NHL record for most points by a player in the first two games of the playoffs.
Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen was pulled after allowing three goals on five shots in the first period.
Final score: Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 2
Toronto earned its first victory of the series in Game 3 with veteran forward Patrick Marleau notching two goals and young star Auston Matthews adding another. Defensemen Zdeno Chara and Adam McQuaid both scored, but it wasn't enough as the Maple Leafs brought the series to 2-1 in the B's favor.
Final score: Bruins 3, Maple Leafs 1
No Patrice Bergeron, no problem for the Bruins in Game 4. Brad Marchand, Torey Krug, and Jake DeBrusk each scored, but Tuukka Rask was the star with 31 saves to bring Boston one game away from advancing.
Final score: Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 3
The Maple Leafs weren't ready to go home just yet. Frederik Andersen put on a show with 42 saves in Toronto's victory, including 19 in the third period. The Bruins outshot the Leafs 45-21, but Andersen's performance forced a Game 6.
Final score: Maple Leafs 3, Bruins 1
Andersen followed up his 42-save performance in Game 5 with a sensational Game 6, tallying 32 saves in the win. Suddenly the Bruins, who at one point were in control of the series, found themselves in a do-or-die Game 7 scenario.
Final score: Bruins 7, Maple Leafs 4
They didn't make it easy on themselves, but the Bruins were able to finally break through vs. Andersen in Game 7 and advance to the second round.
The B's were down 4-3 in the third period before Torey Krug came up clutch and tied it up at 4. Jake DeBrusk scored the tiebreaker, and Boston handed Toronto a heartbreaking Game 7 loss for the second time in five years.