Auston Matthews broke a scoreless tie within the 3rd era, Kasperi Kapanen added every other function and the Toronto Maple Leafs hung at the beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 Friday to take a Three-2 lead of their first-round playoff collection.
With the goalie pulled for an additional skater, David Krejci were given the Bruins at the board with 43.7 seconds left, however Boston could not tie it up.
The Maple Leafs, who’ve alternated wins and losses within the first 5 video games, now have a possibility to near out the collection when it shifts again to Toronto for Recreation 6 on Sunday.
Frederik Andersen had 28 saves for Toronto. Boston’s Tuukka Rask completed with 25.
Boston did not convert on its 3 persistent performs, and Toronto used to be zero for 1.
The Maple Leafs’ objectives broke up what were a defense-dominated sport for two half classes.
Matthews’ fourth function of the postseason got here after he took a feed from Jake Muzzin and located an open nook of the online on a slap shot with eight:27 left. The Bruins challenged Matthews’ function, arguing that Rask used to be interfered with, however the function used to be upheld after a overview.
Kapanen were given Toronto’s 2d function lower than two mins later, scoring on a wrist shot off assists from Andreas Johnsson and Morgan Rielly. Kapanen used to be additionally credited with an help on Matthews’ function, together with Muzzin.
Toronto did not covert on its persistent play within the 3rd after the Bruins had been nabbed for having too many males at the ice.
The Bruins had been 2 for two on persistent performs in Recreation four, serving to propel them to the win. Alternatively they could not make the most of their possibilities in Recreation five.
Boston were given its first power-play alternative with 3 mins final within the first after Zach Hyman used to be known as for tripping. Nevertheless it overlooked on two pictures and Jake DeBrusk used to be extensive of the online on every other try in a while prior to the top of the era.
A 2d one-man merit got here simply four:13 into the second one after Patrick Marleau used to be despatched to the penalty field for hooking Krejci. This time the Bruins had two excellent possibilities. First Patrice Bergeron used to be denied on a wrist shot. A slap shot via David Pastrnak used to be additionally treated via Andersen.
Remarkably Boston were given its 3rd power-play likelihood about 4 mins later when Mitchell Marner despatched the puck over the glass for extend of sport. As soon as once more, the Bruins could not convert, mishandling the puck within the offensive zone a couple of occasions. Then Torey Krug bobbled a cross, giving Matthews a breakaway. However his he overlooked over the online.
Krejci idea he had a function with 7:20 left in the second one with a slap shot that slipped via Andersen’s shoulder. A video overview confirmed the puck bounced off the crossbar, failing to move the road.
Each groups performed conservatively and blended for best 13 pictures on function within the opening 15 mins.
Rask smothered 3 unfastened pucks that hung across the web as a part of seven first-period stops. Andersen had six saves within the first, his easiest coming when he grew to become away a tip-in alternative via DeBrusk off a feed from Pastrnak.
NOTES: Sean Kuraly began at left wing for the Bruins, making his playoff debut after lacking a month with a damaged hand. … With Toronto’s Nazem Kadri suspended for the rest of the primary around, William Nylander performed middle on a line together with Patrick Marleau and Connor Brown for the primary time at the highway.
Recreation 6 is Sunday afternoon in Toronto.