The Toronto Maple Leafs clinched a massive 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins last night, giving them a 2-1 series lead.
The Leafs were welcomed by an emphatic crowd at Scotiabank Arena, who in turn were treated to a dominant 60-minute performance. After a hard fought second period, both teams found their footing, scoring five goals in total. Fortunately, it was the Maple Leafs who exited the period with a 3-2 lead.
It seemed as though both teams had participated in some pre-game breathing exercises, because I was unable to spot any instances of knee-on-knee collisions and/or cross checks to the head. That was a relief.
Second period sealed the deal
IT WAS RAINING GOALS
Trevor Moore, who played more minutes than Patrick Marleau in the first period, opened the scoring for Toronto. Morgan Rielly and Tyler Ennis, who filled an empty slot due to the Kadri suspension, assisted on the play.
After David Krejci tied the game three minutes into the period, Auston Matthews appeared from the shadows to put the Leafs ahead 2-1. Andreas Johnsson and Mitch Marner collected the helpers.
With three minutes remaining in the period, Andreas Johnsson collected his first goal of the series and second point of the game, giving Toronto a 3-1 lead.
Charlie Coyle scored his second goal of the series in the dying seconds of the period, pulling the Bruins within one. Unfortunately for them, it was too little too late.
The Toronto Maple Leafs hold a 2-1 series lead over the Boston Bruins.
Get fired up, Toronto.
NEXT GAME: Wednesday, April 17 @ 7 p.m. ET