Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Boston Bruins: It was a Pasta party on Saturday night

Boston Bruins: It was a Pasta party on Saturday night

Until his team's six-period horror show at TD Garden, that is.

With the Bruins already leading the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0 in the best-of-seven opening round series, Boston's 21-year-old top-line star dominated Game 2 - and put his mark all over the scoresheet - in a way few players have in National Hockey League history. David Pastrnak leads Boston with four goals, Brad Marchand has five assists and Patrice Bergeron has seven shots on goal.

Asked to recall a similar performance, Babcock couldn't. "I try to help the team as best I can and if it goes in the net that better".

"They're a great home team", Cassidy said of the 29-win Leafs, two of those one-goal results versus his team.

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Pastrnak has been special in both games of the team's first-round series, as the Czech Republic native registered three points in a Game 1 victory.

"I've gone back and forth all year", Marleau said of moving to the middle. Then Jake DeBrusk established inside positioning on him at the top of the crease and tipped home a Torey Krug pass on the power play at 9:46. Kadri, a 32-goal scorer during the regular season, attacked Wingels after Wingels hit Leafs teammate Mitch Marner.

Two nights after Frederik Andersen allowed five goals in the series opener, he gave up three more on five shots in the first 12:13 before he was replaced by backup Curtis McElhinney. Partly, because they're heading back to Toronto after this game for Game 3 and 4.

"We've got plenty of stuff to look at (and) get ourselves prepped", Toronto defenceman Ron Hainsey said. "We've got to get off to a good start in our building". This included 14 on Saturday night, as David Pastrnak earned the first star with a hat-trick and six overall points.

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And when the Bruins forward completed the hat trick, faking out a second goalie with a forehand deke before sliding the puck between his legs, it was just one more chance for the Boston fans to celebrate his playoff coming-out party. "He has been great for us all year", Marchand said of Pastrnak's efforts. You know the one about one of these things not being like the others? "I'm sure they will feel that loss but they have a lot of depth and make the necessary adjustments but at the end of the day they are missing a very good player". The most memorable was Game 5, which he extended by scoring a goal that sent the game into overtime, before scoring the victor in the second extra period.

The goal came moments after Toronto's Kasperi Kapanen rang a shot off the post on a shorthanded breakaway. This time, the building got loud, the ice got covered with hats, and the Bruins leave town with a 2-0 series lead. The blip hasn't shaken Andersen's confidence in himself though, or in his ability to lead Toronto to their first victory of the series when he re-takes the starter's net in Game 3.

Already minus the suspended Nazem Kadri and looking for any kind of spark, Leafs head coach Mike Babcock put his lines in a blender to start the second period, and it paid off when Marner took a nice feed from Zach Hyman at 1:22 to make it 4-1. For Game 7, I made a decision to set it up based on the chance I might catch some memorable reactions from the guys.

Tyler Bozak got it back to 5-2 after linemate Connor Brown beat Adam McQuaid to an open puck and found him in front, and Toronto earned a couple power plays early in the third period. "That's our first priority". Kadri was assessed a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct midway through the third period Thursday night. If he can't play, Matt Martin or Josh Leivo would take his place. Leafs winger Leo Komarov appeared to hurt his left knee in a collision with Miller in the second period and did not return.

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