Their recent history with the Boston Bruins, however, makes it hard not to take a long gaze in the rear-view mirror.
Boston, MA- After a 49-24-9 record for 107 points in the standings, the Boston Bruins have officially secured a date in the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Shaw gave the Canadiens a 4-3 lead before William Nylander made it 4-4 at 17:33 of the second on a wraparound. Boston is tough enough to beat with just the one line, but if this second unit is causing a physical hassle to the Leafs and contributing on offence it calls into question Toronto's perceived advantage at forward.
Jake Gardiner's game play will be in question all series as he attempts to recover from a back injury while putting the nightmare behind him that was his minus-five performance in last year's Game 7 loss.
Is another Game 7 overtime victor from Bergeron too much to ask for? If it comes down to it the Bruins will get the goals they need.
"We all lost. We all were there". You don't like the feeling."+".
The 21-year-old Matthews was thwarted at every turn by the grinding Bergeron and hulking Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara. "We are going gonna start a whole new season tomorrow". They came back down to earth just in time for the playoffs to take on a rematch of last season's first round. They are loaded with young talent, and of course were the big winners of all off-season acquisition after the signing of veteran John Tavares.
His presence down the middle coupled with the chemistry developed alongside Mitch Marner presents a potential "pick your poison" scenario against Boston. They won the season series against Toronto, three games to one, and they match up extremely well with the Leafs.
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There's no question the Bruins' defensive game as a team is better than the Maple Leafs.
If the series goes that far the Bruins will host Game 5 (April 19) and Game 7 (April 23). "One of the best in the league, one of the most productive".
The Bruins and Leafs are heading for another seven-game clash.
Last season Andersen was very solid in the regular season, winning 38 games with a.918 save percentage and a 2.81 goals-against average.
Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask congratulates goaltender Jaroslav Halak after their 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks at TD Garden.
The Maple Leafs are 11-5 in their last 16 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 2-7 in their last 9 playoff games as an underdog and 1-4 in their last 5 games as a road underdog.
Babcock said the so-called "hostile environment" in Boston shouldn't be an issue. "I think after a little bit we'll get a feel for how the game is being played out there and then we'll have more space."@wmnylander on simplifying the game in the early going. "It's going to be on the ice, amongst two teams. We're going to identify (a few) things we really want to focus on". There's going to be moments in the game where they have momentum.