Closing Out Series Against Toronto Maple Leafs Will Be Tough For Boston Bruins

By Justin Söderberg
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins are bringing a 3-1 series lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs back to Boston, Mass. on Friday night, but their series lead doesn’t mean the team will have no problem putting the Leafs away in Game 5.

The third win over the Maple Leafs in Game 4 was not a simple win for the Bruins, it was actually fairly difficult. The fourth win will be much harder than expected. However, with a win on Friday night, the Bruins will advance to their fourth Eastern Conference semifinals in the past five years.

David Krejci seemed like the hero on Wednesday night and he was part of their success, but the outstanding goaltending of Tuukka Rask in this series has been the key to the success of the Bruins. Krejci recorded a hat-trick in Wednesday night’s win, including the game-winning goal in the overtime period and helped give the Bruins the 3-1 series lead.

Even with the three goals by Krejci, Rask stood on his head in net and stopped 45-of-48 shots fired at him. During the series, the Bruins net-minder has recorded 45 or more saves in the last two games.

For the Bruins to beat the Maple Leafs on Friday night, Rask will have to be as outstanding as he was on Wednesday or the team won’t go far into the postseason. Additionally, Krejci will need help with the scoring, he can’t do it all by himself.

Friday night will be a tough game for the Bruins, but if the two things happen that are mentioned above, the Bruins will beat the Maple Leafs and move on.

Justin Soderberg is a Boston Red Sox and NHL writer for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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