It was a monumental performance for the 21-year-old, who becomes the youngest player in National Hockey League history to record six points in a playoff game, surpassing Wayne Gretzky's record by four months.
The six points tied Phil Esposito and Rick Middleton for the Bruins' franchise playoff record. He promoted Plekanec to second-line centre, Nazem Kadri's job before he was suspended for three games due to a massive brain cramp.
Pulled after allowing three goals on five shots in the first period of Game 2, Andersen robbed Pastrnak on a jaw-dropping diving stick save with Rask on the bench for an extra attack with just over two minutes to go to help preserve Toronto's win.
"He's got that confidence", said Bergeron, the center on the line. He wants to make those plays.
Before I bet a line I think is questionable, I always try to deduce what the catch might be. The Leafs had Marlies play by play man Todd Crocker in the press box and ready to call the game had Bowen not been available.
If you missed any of Sunday's action, you can see a recap of the Penguins, Wild, Blue Jackets and Golden Knights' wins by checking our updates here. "You can talk about Bergy and Marchy on the PK too while you're at it".
The Patrice Bergeron Line is rolling, with a combined 20 points through two games and looking better than they have all season. "In the playoffs, the intensity increases, so that's what we got".
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"We're going to play hard against them", he said.
The Maple Leafs did have a 33-28 advantage in shots on goal, including a 26-22 edge in shots on goal when the teams were at even strength.
Toronto has been outscored 12-4 in a series many predicted would be one of the more evenly-matched series in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Despite another early surge for the Leafs in the third period, it was Pastrnak who scored the first goal of the period and his second of the game. We had good starts the last two games; we can definitely do better in the second and third - especially [Saturday]. That's real disappointing. In saying all that, this is our first game at home in front of our crowd. Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara bounced a shot off Andersen's helmet from in close for the goal. "We're going to be great".
"Oh yeah, for sure, 100 percent", Babcock said.
The outdoor viewing party for tonight's playoff game against the Boston Bruins was suddenly cancelled after the extreme weather from the weekend trickled into today and didn't let up.
"We weren't good enough in their building, in front of our net".
The one bit of encouraging news for the Maple Leafs is they could look towards the series between the Minnesota Wild and Winnipeg Jets for inspiration. "Freddie is our guy and he'll be back tomorrow".