Jake DeBrusk and the Bruins rebounded in Game 2 in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
The Bruins got off to a quick start against the Leafs in the first period after Charlie Coyle slotted a David Backes pass into the back of Frederik Anderson’s net just 4:44 into the frame. 12 minutes later, Brad Marchand doubled the Bruins lead after a nifty behind the back pass from David Pastrnak left him one on one with Anderson.
In the period, the Bruins both out shot and out hit the Leafs in a completely one sided first frame of the game. Early on the Bruins established a physicality and energy that Toronto could not match at all in the first period.
Jake DeBrusk also showed his scrappier side after getting into two scrums with Toronto players. The first resulted in matching minor roughing penalties after DeBrusk got into an altercation with Leafs’ forward Nazem Kadri while the second with defenseman Travis Dermott was broken up before any penalties could be called.
Just ten minutes into the period Leafs’ defenseman Jake Muzzin blindsided Bruins’ defenseman Torey Krug, sending him to the locker room, forcing him to miss the remainder of the period and the game.
Ten seconds later, Toronto defenseman William Nylander gifted Danton Heinen the Bruins’ third goal of the night after failing to get the puck back to Anderson in a weird exchange along the side of the net.
DeBrusk continued his excellent play in the second, showing that he was ready to throw his body around regardless of who he was up against. Late in the period he and Kadri collided knees, sending Kadri to the locker room in the waning moments of the period. However, Kadri came back to start the third period for the Leafs.
The teams were relatively even in the opening ten minutes of the third but with 9:16 left in the game Kadri scored Toronto’s first goal of the game to make it 3-1.
The Bruins then lost a second defenseman in the final minutes of the game when Connor Clifton went to the locker room after sustaining an injury, joining Krug in missing the end of the game.
With 5:57 left in the game, things got completely out of hand between the two sides. DeBrusk began the extracurriculars with a shot to Patrick Marleau against the glass, but then Kadri responded with a cross-check to the side of DeBrusk’s head. The play resulted in an ejection for Kadri along with a five minute major. Based on Kadri’s history and the hit itself, it looks like he could miss the remainder of the series and potentially more because of his antics on Saturday.
Just a minute later, the Bruins capitalized on the major penalty when Patrice Bergeron scored off of a Marchand pass to make it 4-1 with 4:57 to play. From there the Bruins shut down the Leafs en route to the win.
With each team winning a game, the series now shifts to Toronto on Monday for the next two games.