The Boston Bruins lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Friday night at Scotiabank Arena in the final game of the regular season.
The Bruins finish the regular season 51-26-5, and the Maple Leafs finish the regular season 54-21-7.
You can check out the full box score here.
ONE BIG TAKEAWAY
The Bruins came into Friday night’s game in Toronto with an interesting predicament. A win and a Tampa Bay Lightning loss would have bumped the Bruins up to No. 3 in the Atlantic division, thus pitting them against the Maple Leafs in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Boston and Toronto came into the game resting their regular starters. Things looked promising for the Bruins when center Trent Frederic opened up the scoring just 1:10 minutes into the game.
However, the Maple Leafs made their comeback in the first period and did not relinquish their lead. Toronto scored three goals in the first period, including two long-distance goals that were redirected. Nicholas Abruzzese scored one of those goals, the first of his NHL career.
STARS OF THE GAME
— Williams Nylander scored two goals for the Maple Leafs. Both goals were unassisted.
— Jake DeBrusk scored a power play goal in the third period. The goal was DeBrusk’s 25th of the season.
— Craig Smith provided an assist on the Bruins’ two goals on Friday night. Smith finished the regular season with 20 assists.
Frederic’s odds to score the first goal of the game were priced at 35-to-1, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. This means a $100 bet on Frederic to score first on Friday night would have paid out $3600.
The Bruins, as the No. 1 Wild Card in the Eastern Conference, will take on the Carolina Hurricanes, winner of the Metropolitan Division, in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.