Boston Bruins Post Game Recap: Game 6 ECQF

(Photo Credit: Frank Gunn/ The Canadian Press via AP)

By Mike Cratty | Follow me on Twitter @Mike_Cratty

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Wingels

Rick Nash-Riley Nash-Backes

Schaller-Kuraly-Acciari

Defense

Krug-Miller

Chara-McAvoy

Grzelcyk-McQuaid

Goalies

Rask

Khudobin

Toronto’s Lineup

Forwards

Hyman-Matthews-Brown

Marleau-Kadri-Marner

Johnsson-Plekanec-Nylander

Van Riemsdyk-Bozak-Kapanen

Defense

Reilly-Hainsey

Gardiner-Zaitsev

Dermott-Polak

Goalies

Andersen

McElhinney

First Period

Tommy Wingels is a top-six forward, Rick Nash moves to the third line, and Danton Heinen sits for game six. Chances were traded to start with neither team coming out with a clear advantage. Tuukka chants reigned down from the Toronto fans early in the game. Weird that they want him back after this point after he was traded to Boston in 2006.

About 6:20 into the period, Kasperi Kapanen fumbled the puck in his own end, leading to Brad Marchand getting the first big chance of the game, beating Andersen on the five-hole, by ricocheting to the left corner.

The halfway point passes and Jake DeBrusk skies the puck out of play, warranting a delay of game penalty and a Toronto power play with 9:50 to go. After some pretty good power play chances, the power play was killed and the Bruins went back to even strength with under eight minutes to go.

Toronto gained momentum for a bit following the power play. But Marchand, Bergeron, Pastrnak came out and got the momentum back in the Bruins’ favor with some solid chances.

Marchand then knocked a puck out of the air a few minutes later, just missing the post before Roman Polak mugged David Pastrnak in the near corner.

One of the themes of games four through six has been a lack of execution, despite plenty of chances. That continued this period when Rick Nash nearly scored with less than a minute to go before Morgan Reilly knocked the net off its pegs. Patrick Marleau then responded with a chance of his own flying up the wing before Kevan Miller put him into the earth’s crust with a hit. No score after one.

Ahead of their three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto, 19 members of the Boston Red Sox came to support the Bruins in game six, plus manager Alex Cora and other staff members.

(Via @mkmolnar on Twitter)

Score: 0-0 

Second Period

Who doesn’t love David Pastrnak?

(Via @mkmolnar on Twitter)

The action got started quickly when Jake DeBrusk rolled off of the right circle off the draw and sniped one past Frederik Andersen just 1:02 into the period. Oh wait, there’s more. Fast forward 29 seconds later to when William Nylander picked up a rebound to tie the game. Chara and McAvoy just let Nazem Kadri screen Tuukka Rask, making things difficult for Rask to track the puck. Next thing you know, goal. Not a good look for the Chara-McAvoy pairing.

(Via @mkmolnar on Twitter)

Controversy followed with 16:56 left when Zach Hyman glided across the crease, nullifying the goal after the goal review showed his skate dragging Tuukka Rask’s stick out of his hand. No goal. Plenty of chances came from the Bruins’ bottom-six and the Bergeron line following the no-goal call. It’s getting to a point where the Bruins should nearly be scoring double digits with all of the great chances they just haven’t been able to finish as of late.

The chances didn’t land leading up to Mitch Marner’s goal with 6:35 left in the period off of a funky backhander that snuck past Tuukka Rask. Torey Krug misread the play, giving Marner plenty of space to shoot. Bad defense on both goals, but that was one that Tuukka could have had at the same time. 2-1 Toronto.

(Via @PeteBlackburn on Twitter)

To make matters worse, Kevan Miller takes a roughing penalty with 5:41 to go, Toronto to the power play. Luckily, the penalty was killed off. Just when it looked like the rest of the period was quiet, Nazem Kadri slashes Riley Nash and heads to the box with 9.6 seconds left.

Score: 2-1 Toronto

Third Period

The beginning of the third period was highlighted by an epic Frederik Andersen flop after light, accidental elbow contact. This lead to matching roughing penalties for Roman Polak and David Backes as a scrum ensued after Polak went after Backes.

The flopping continued, this time from Nazem Kadri causing Charlie McAvoy went to the box for “tripping.” 4-on-3 coming up. All of the penalties were killed off, back to full strength we go.

Back-and-forth chances ensued until Tuukka Rask made the save of the game on a nice chance from William Nylander. Meanwhile the Bruins are still striving to execute.

Finally, a delay of game penalty that’s not against the Bruins as Tomas Plekanec heads off with 5:43 left. Frederik Andersen continued to play out of his mind and held the Bruins scoreless on the power play. Tuukka made his fair share of saves off the rush on Kasperi Kapanen and Auston Matthews.

The referees miss a clear interference at center ice and Tomas Plekanec ices the game on the empty netter with 1:14 to go. Cool, I guess. Watch Marleau at the beginning of the clip below.

(Via @BruinsCLNS on Twitter)

Game seven, TD Garden, Wednesday. I’m upset.

Final score: 2-1 Toronto

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