After starting the series off with a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Boston Bruins were unable to continue their success into Game 2 on Saturday night, falling to the Maple Leafs, 4-2. With the series now tied up at 1-1, the teams shift to the Air Canada Centre for games three and four.
For the first time in nine years, the Maple Leafs will be hosting a NHL Playoff game at home. The last time the Leafs played in the postseason, Barack Obama wasn’t in office and the Boston Red Sox had still yet to win a World Series since 1918. The Leafs will hope to use the momentum sustained in Saturday night’s win and take at least one game on their home ice.
The Bruins completely outplayed the Maple Leafs in Game 1, last Wednesday night, but were given a taste of their own medicine on Saturday night. The Maple Leafs were able to match the physicality and outhit the Bruins in Game 2.
A key to beating the Maple Leafs in this series is for the Bruins to score more goals. They were able to net four goals during Game 1, but only two in Game 2. The Bruins are looking for Jaromir Jagr to be more active on the scoresheet, along with his line mates Rich Peverly and Chris Kelly.
The Air Canada Centre will be packed with screaming Maple Leafs’ fans on Monday night and the Leafs will use that to their advantage. The Bruins will have to get past being on the road quickly and get on the board first.
“Well, they were a much hungrier team, and it showed [in Game 2]. We know we’ve got to be better,” said Zdeno Chara to the Bruins Blog.
Puck is set to drop at 7:00 p.m. ET on the NHL Network nationally and NESN locally.