BOSTON — The Boston Bruins will take a 2-0 first-round Stanley Cup playoff series lead to Canada after a convincing 7-3 Game 2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden on Saturday night.
The B’s won the first two games by a combined score of 12-4, led by a dominant performance on special teams with four power-play goals and a perfect penalty kill.
Six different players have scored a goal for Boston in this series, with David Krejci (two goals) and David Pastrnak (four goals) leading the way. Pastrnak scored a hat trick in Game 2.
Here’s how Game 2 unfolded:
B’s forward Ryan Donato made his playoff debut in Game 2.
David Pastrnak opened the scoring just 5:26 into the first period with his second goal of the series. A twist and a dangle helped him beat Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen, sending TD Garden into a frenzy.
It was a good response by the Bruins after a strong, energetic start by the Leafs.
Jake DeBrusk scored his first career playoff goal at 9:26 of the opening period to double Boston’s lead. It was the third power play tally of the series for the B’s.
POURING IT ON
Kevan Miller put the Bruins up 3-0 with a goal that chased Andersen from the net after he allowed eight goals in less than four periods throughout the series. Leafs backup goalie Curtis McElhinney replaced Andersen between the pipes.
POWER PLAY DOMINANCE
Rick Nash scored his first playoff goal as a member of the Bruins with five minutes left in the first period. It was Boston’s fourth power play goal of the series — extending their special teams dominance over the Leafs.
Pastrnak (one goal, two assists), Torey Krug (three assists) and Patrice Bergeron (two assists) all tallied a multi-point first period.
LEAFS GET ONE BACK
Mitch Marner gave the Leafs some life with a goal on a 3-on-1 rush just 1:22 into the second period, trimming Boston’s lead to 4-1.
David Krejci put the Bruins back up by four goals with his second tally of the series, this one coming on a nice redirection. Pastrnak picked up an assist for his fourth point of the night and seventh of the series. Brad Marchand also earned a helper on the goal.
LEAFS WON’T GO AWAY
The Leafs didn’t fold after Krejci’s goal, and Tyler Bozak trimmed Boston’s lead to three with a goal at 9:02 of the second period.
Pastrnak scored his second goal and fifth point of Game 2 with a third-period tally that increased the Bruins’ lead to 6-2.
LEAFS FINALLY SCORE ON POWER PLAY
Toronto finally scored on the Bruins penalty kill when James van Riemsdyk converted on the power play at 14:23 of the third period. The Leafs were 0-for-6 on the man-advantage in the series before JVR’s goal.
Pastrnak completed his hat trick with another sweet goal at 18:24 of the third period.
The series resumes Monday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
Thumbnail photo via Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports
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