The Boston Bruins continued their march toward a historic season on Thursday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto went into the game looking to tie the season series 2-2. The Bruins came into tonight gearing up for their playoff run. Boston was without David Krejci for load management purposes. Jeremy Swayman got the start.
Boston kept the Maple Leafs on their toes in the first period. Momentum shifted back and forth but neither team could take the lead into the first intermission. Toronto took the lead in the second after a turnover in the neutral zone. Boston seemed a little flustered in the second but was able to string some good scoring chances at the end of the period. The Bruins came out into the third period with some extra spring in their step. Charlie Coyle tied the game up after Toronto wasn’t able to clear the puck from their end. The Garden woke up and the Bruins faithful were chanting in peak playoff form. The third period ended with no winner so the game went to overtime. Brad Marchand drew a hooking penalty which sent the Bruins on the power play. David Pastrnak slammed home a one-timer as the penalty expired to give the Bruins the 2-1 win, their 61st of the season.
Charlie McAvoy left Thursday’s game with an Upper-Body injury but coach Jim Montgomery said at the end of the game that it was mostly precautionary. If Charlie is gonna miss some time Boston could call up a defenseman from Providence to fill the void. With the Playoffs around the corner, I think Boston should call up some young players and give the main roster some rest. However we all know that will not happen nor should it.
History in the Making
Boston is one win away from tying the single-season wins record at 62 with 4 games left in the regular season. The Bruins could very well have the best season in league history when all is said and done. Alas, the team won’t put much thought into it because everyone has their eyes on the big prize. the Stanley Cup.
Tonight’s first star is David Pastrnak for his game-winning goal in overtime. Pasta’s goal was the 57th of the year continuing to push his career high as the season goes on.
Pasta and the Bruins look to make history on Saturday against the Devils.