Chara credited the work ethic of the Bruins' top line and its ability to score when it gets a quality opportunity.
Pastrnak assisted on each of Boston's first three goals and added another on Bergeron's third-period goal, giving him 12 helpers in eight playoff games. "But we are battle tested now, and we've got to bring that mentality into the next round". They swept the homestand because they scored 30 goals (5.00 per game).
Over the final two periods of play, the Bruins netted five goals on 11 shots. Nash now has three goals in the postseason this year, while Bergeron now has three as well in the postseason. "It sucks. I'm glad we won". "We're having fun. We need to play a little bit simple, especially at the beginning and just put pucks deep". "He got pushed around a few times and got back up, made some like you said, blocks and had a good stick and finally got the puck out". Does Rask win or steal big games?
But Jake DeBrusk's game-winning charge-to-the-net goal to help the Bruins rally and knock off the Toronto Maple Leafs in the decisive Game 7 of their playoff series on Wednesday capped off the 21-year-old rookie's playoff coming-out party.
The Rask critics always say "Tim Thomas would've made that save or got that win?"
The Bolts' second goal, scored by defenseman Mikhail Sergachev on the power play at 13:22 of the second, occurred while Rask was dealing with a broken left skate blade.More news: Nashville Waffle House reopens after slayings
Rask retrieved the blade, brandishing it angrily in the direction of the referees, before throwing it across the ice when it became clear that the goal would stand. He will match the Bergeron line against the other team's top line.
For the Toronto Maple Leafs, there is lots to learn from this series, and their experience going forward will be valuable.
Rask said he knew what he was doing with the blade toss. If I threw it at somebody, I'd like to apologize, but I didn't. "I wasn't sure if he should have thrown that skate blade, and I was like, 'No, don't do it, '" Patrice Bergeron said about the freakish sequence.
Unfortunately for Rask, the only equipment malfunction that an official will blow the whistle for is if the goaltender's helmet comes off, but it provided some entertainment for fans and a boost of morale for the Bruins.
Any team would've been ecstatic to add a player with nearly 450 goals and more than 800 career points to a lineup that already was challenging for the Presidents' Trophy. That's what my focus was. His 34 saves did just that and gave his team a leg up in the hotly-anticipated series which continues Monday night in Tampa Bay for game two before the teams travel back to Boston. Though the reaction may have been different, had the Bruins lost the game. The Lightning ousted the New Jersey Devils in five games in their opening-round series. Bergeron's health. He has been plagued by injuries all season and missed one game in the first round with an upper-body injury. After getting drilled by left winger Alex Killorn in the Bruins zone and struggling to get up, DeBrusk blocked a shot from Yanni Gourde and then proceeded to make a diving play to get the puck out of the zone.
The Lightning, No. 1 in the conference and Atlantic Division until dropping those two games to the B's in March, answered with a 4-0 win in Tampa on April 3.