The 4-1 win represented another milestone for the more superstitious type, breaking what some describe as a "curse" that strikes the Leafs in a very specific scenario: namely, having four goals and a lead on Boston in the third period at TD Garden. Both power plays produced (two of Toronto's three goals in the second period; one of Boston's two), and Matthews was able to make his presence felt with his first goal and his first assist of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Scoring in the win was Charlie Coyle, which was his 13th of the year, Brad Marchand, which was his 37th, Danton Heinen, which was his 12th, and Patrice Bergeron, which was his 34th. Many judged that the referees let the game spiral out of control with their inconsistency on penalty calls. We felt like we needed to play more that style. "We'll clean it up and get ready for the next one". That helped the Leafs keep their equilibrium, but the Bruins were defensively sound, getting in front of a lot of Leafs shots in the early going. Here's the reality, a penalty in the regular season isn't always a penalty in the playoffs.
The Toronto Maple Leafs were thought of as the team to beat in the Eastern Conference at the start of the year, but it hasn't really panned out that way.
This year's team may only have clinched a few games before the season's close, but they've been all but a sure thing since midseason. "Walking out of here at 1-1 going into our barn, we have to use the momentum as much as we can just like they did". They just need to hold on to it, but it will not be easy as the Bruins are one of the best teams in the league.
Kadri and DeBrusk had a running battle throughout Game 2. Kadri and DeBrusk had gone at it numerous times throughout the first two games of the series before the veteran Leaf lost his cool with the cross-check, which also drew a five-minute major and an ejection.
"We're in a best of five now, we've got to dig in".
"Obviously, the league decides on all this kind of stuff", Babcock told the media after the game.
After all, you do not want to be the person calling for the trade of a superstar because they happened to hit a cold funk for three games in April or made one bad mistake at the worst possible time. During the regular season, he went 36-23 with a 2.77 GAA, including 18-11 with a 2.81 GAA here at home and 1-1 with a 4.52 ERA against the Bruins. He goes into tonight's matchup considerably improved, with a GAA of 2.50 and a sv% of.937.
There are some who have been speculating about Mike Babcock's future as the Maple Leafs head coach if they were to have another first-round exit.
Not only does Kadri have an extensive track record of incidents that have risen to the level of supplemental discipline, resulting in several suspensions, but this is the second year in a row he has taken himself out of a playoff series for an extended period of time due to his own recklessness and selfishness.
Matthews, who had just two points against the Bruins in the 2018 post-season, picked up the second assist to match his total from previous year. They're 0-2-0 on the over/under and 0-0-0 on the road. They're 0-2-0 on the over/under and 0-0-0 at home.
Toronto got on top of Boston's defence in Game 1 with its speed.