Did anybody else breakout the defibrillators for that heart stopping, pulse pounding game 7!? The Boston Bruins never gave up, after being down 1 goal on 3 separate occasions. On a night where Tuukka Rask did not look comfortable in net, the Bruins offense stepped up big. The best looking Bruin? Jake Debrusk, the man drafted 14th in the 2015 draft who was written off by many critics. He scored two crucial goals, including the series winning goal.
The Bruins started off terribly, giving up the first goal of the game only 2:05 into the game. The goal came from Patrick Marleau, and it was exactly what the Maple Leafs wanted, an early goal to take the wind out of the TD Garden crowd. Thankfully Debrusk scored at 4:47 to tie the game at 1-1 off a deflection from Pasta, but Marleau’s second goal gave the Maple Leafs a 2- 1 lead at 6:12.
Danton Heinen tied it back up at 9:10, and Bergeron gave the Bruins the 3-2 lead with 37 seconds left in the first. After that crazy hectic period, the Bruins then played the worst period of hockey they had played all series long, letting Toronto tie it 2:07 into the 2nd period, and gave up a shorthanded breakaway to let Toronto take the lead 4-3. The Bruins went into the second intermission knowing they only had 20 minutes separating them from the golf course.
Krug took it into his own hands, channeling his inner Johnny Boychuck firing a Johnny Rocket from the point to tie it 4-4 at 1:10 of the third period. Then Debrusk scored the go ahead goal at 5:25 to give the Bruins a 5-4 lead. They didn’t look back after that dominating the third period, grabbing an insurance goal from Pasta at 11:39, and then Marchand netting the empty netter to make it 7-4.
The Maple Leafs played a hard fought series, which I expected to go to 7 games, but was shocked to see how badly they got blown out in the first two games. It was also shocking to see how badly the Bruins played once going up 3-1 in the series. Coming into game 7 was nerve wrecking, Toronto had most of the momentum, but as Jack Edwards once said “WITH THE POINT OF THE DAGGER IN THEIR THROATS, THEY RIP IT OUT OF TORONTO’S HANDS AND KILL THE BEAST!”
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