Remember The 2013 Game 7 Toronto Maple Leaves Vs Boston Bruins
Game 7 between the Toronto Maple Leaves Vs Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Sounds familiar, right? The situation these two teams find themselves in today is similar the Bruins went up 3-1 only to see Toronto storm back forcing a Game 7…
And that’s when all hell broke loose.
The Leafs were up 4-1 in the third period before the Bruins got their heads out of their asses and came back to tie the game, which they would eventually win in overtime, 5-4. It was one of the greatest single-game comebacks in Stanley Cup Playoffs history, and it is absolutely one of the greatest comebacks in Boston sports history.
And while that’s a lot of fun to reminisce about this Game 7 is different in too many ways to list.
This Is Not 2013 – Toronto Maple Leafs Vs Boston Bruins
Here’s what isn’t different – the Leafs have the momentum coming in to Boston. Many like the Leafs in Game 7 because of their youth and speed. Toronto uses their speed well all series but will need to do it one more time in an effort to advance. The stage is set but is the stage to big for them?
Some positives to for the Bruins.
- Tuukka Rask is coming off a Game 6 in what was his strongest performance of the series. He is playing well and has plenty of big game experience in his pocket.
- First line of David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand seemed to find a rhythm in Game 6, dominating stretches of play while they were on the ice. For game 7… these guys will be ready to roll.
- This may be pushing the envelope but despite his inability to score in Game 6 – Rick Nash was a presence. Nash generated shooting attempts early and seemed to be in the right spots. We feel Nash is due!
Also although it did not make our top 3 list… lets not forget that Game 7 is in Boston. For any game 7 – better to be playing at home than on the road.
Players to watch:
The Bergeron line: they had 20 points in the first couple games of this series and have been ice cold ever since. This is the best line in hockey and they need to play like it.
Rick Nash and David Krejci: I listed Nash as a player to watch in the playoff preview because of his reputation as a playoff no-show and that he was acquired for this exact reason. Aside from one power play goal, he hasn’t done much, and the locals aren’t too thrilled. But he’s not totally to blame. Krejci has been pretty nonexistent except for a play or two in this series. When the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011 and went to the final in 2013, he led the team in playoff points. If the first line gets shut down again, it’s going to be up to Krejci and Nash to pick up the slack
Fantasy Hockey Take & Prediction:
- Bruins win 4-2
- Frederik Andersen UNDER .918 SV %
- Brad Marchand + David Pastrnak OVER 1.5 Combined PTS
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