Bruins surge past Maple Leafs in Game 2, even Eastern series
Tuukka Rask made 30 saves, and the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round at TD Garden on Saturday.
The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1. Game 3 is at Toronto on Monday.
“Yeah we had guys dialed in tonight,” Bruins forward David Backes said. “I think Game 1 was a slap in the face (4-1 loss), a little wake-up call, and guys responded excellent tonight. Even with some of the shenanigans going on, we were focused on what we needed on our next opportunity.”
They said it
“We’ll go home and have an off day, get regrouped, and get back at her. Every game in this series is supposed to get better, it’s supposed to get harder, and obviously, we have to elevate our game and response. But the bottom line is whichever team is into the other team’s defense is going to have a lot of success.” — Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock
“Well it was entertaining, I guess. But you know I just try to stay focused on the puck. You know next shot, that’s it. I can’t just really be a spectator, but you know it was a good pace, lots of hits, hard-fought match.” — Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask
Need to know
Bruins defenseman Torey Krug left the game in the second period with an undisclosed injury. There was no update on his condition. … Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton also left the game in the third period. No update was provided after the game. … Rask earned his 36th Stanley Cup playoff win, tying Andy Moog for second in Bruins history. Gerry Cheevers is first with 53.
Game 3 of Eastern Conference First Round at Scotiabank Arena on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, NESN)