Saturday Game 5 preview: Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins


"But we'll make that decision after warm-up but it's looking good", said coach Bruce Cassidy.

As Leafs head coach Mike Babcock pointed out, the team's best lines in Thursday's loss were the second one with Plekanec in Kadri's spot between Marner, the Leafs' best player in the series, and Patrick Marleau, and the fourth line with Dominic Moore between Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson. But it appears a decision on whether Bergeron will miss a second consecutive game with an undisclosed injury will not be made until game time on Saturday.

Torey Krug opened the scoring just 28 seconds into the contest, stunning the Toronto faithful, some of whom hadn't even taken their seats yet.

It was a shot Frederik Andersen should have had, and seemed to have deflated the bench. However, he added that he arrived at Air Canada Centre Thursday anticipating that he'd be good to go for Game 4. "This would definitely make a good story ... you never know how much things can change in the course of one game".

From then on both teams traded chances and the period was pretty even the rest of the way.

The Presidents' Trophy-winning Bruins lost Games 6 and 7 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Second Round to the Montreal Canadiens, a disappointing end after a triumphant regular season. It was Hammond's first playoff appearance in three years.

Tuukka Rask was up to the task.

A minute after Marchand's chance, the Bruins won a defensive zone faceoff where Adam McQuaid banked the puck off the glass and Pastrnak exited the zone with speed past the Maple Leafs defenseman, leading to a 2 on 1 with Marchand. Rask kept the Leafs scoreless initially as their chances kept mounting.

Toronto enters the matchup with the second-strongest power-play unit in the National Hockey League, as it's converted on 24.8 percent of its extra-man advantages in 2017-18.

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This was probably the biggest difference in the game! Pastrnak moved in on a 2-on-1 with Marchand, faking a shot to draw the overaggressive Nikita Zaitsev to him before feeding his linemate with a slick pass for a wide-open net.

Brad Marchand finished-off a lovely two-on-one play, caused by a bad pinch from Leafs' defenseman Jake Gardiner. "He's one of the best goalies in the world".

It's game day in Boston.

Aside from Mitch Marner, several of Toronto's key players were invisible for most of the evening. The trio was spectacular in Game 3 and made a huge impact, but were nowhere to be seen yesterday.

Nash took Bergeron's spot up the middle on the top line alongside David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand on Thursday and did enough to make the Bruins forget that their four-time Selke Trophy victor was a late scratch from the lineup.

Toronto did battle to try and get back within striking distance. Game three is what everyone expected the whole series to be.

Komarov, meanwhile, said he is "ready to go", after suffering a left knee injury in Game 2.

Facing elimination, the Maple Leafs are doing their best to stay positive ahead of a do-or-die game on Saturday, and Auston Matthews admitted that his line needs to be better in order to keep the series alive.