What a difference two games can make.
The Bruins, which were launched in series by the Maple Leafs on Thursday, did not take long to settle in a comfort zone. The sheets looked baffled and confused in the meantime from Boston's Counter 2 punch.
It all came together in front of a huge TD-Garden crowd that was struck by Rob Gronkowski's performance on Saturday night. The Bruins gave their fans something to look forward to as Charlie Coyle, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Danton Heinen found the back of the net in their rebound action.
Here's what we got from Boston's 4-1 win The Best of Seven series.
Fourth Line Indicates an Early Tone
Bruce Cassidy is not shy about putting his fourth line against the top line of the opposition. So it was no surprise when Joakim Nordstrom, Noel Acciari and Chris Wagner drew this order in Game 2 against Zach Hyman, John Tavares and the talented Mitch Marner.
This sent two messages: Cassidy was not shy to pull the train again and that the Bruins showed a physical tone early after they had been exposed in Game 1
"Yes, I just wanted to play. And if you start against a neat line, you want to set some kind of anticipation and be tough on them, "Wagner said about the game against the Tavares line. "We did it all year round. Me, Noel, Nordy and Sean [Kuraly]. It's a big responsibility, and I thought we did a pretty good job tonight.
The fourth line showed the physical energy from the beginning. It had a trickle effect on the rest of the lineup. Even Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and David Krejci had participated in 20 during the opening round.
And it pays off early on the scoreboard. Coyle – shot dead after a night of scores in Game 1 after an attack – scored a 4:44 lead to give the Bruins an early lead.
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"Yes, they did a great job all year long. If necessary, set the tone and play her role pretty well, "Coyle said on the fourth line. "They do their part in turning off their top guys, and it's huge. That's what makes a team, it's those little things that do not necessarily find the score, but they keep the guys away. It was like that all year round, and especially now it's so big.
DeBrusk and Kadris Bad Blood from Game 1
Jake DeBrusk had some bumps and bruises after being hit in Game 1. Skeptics interviewed His claim to be 100 percent on a night in which DeBrusk lost control after trying to break Marner's runaway led to a penalty kick – and suffered an ugly crash after colliding with Nazem Kadri.
Nevertheless DeBrusk The skates for Game 2 laced as well as Kadri. The two collided on Saturday on numerous occasions. It did not end well for both parties.
It started after DeBrusk's first goal and a few more shots before the officials separated the two wingers.
DeBrusk and Kadri went on pic.twitter. com / 4fG8ks7rxV
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Then came a knee-knee collision that sent Kadri late in the locker room in the second period.
Kadri injured after knee-knee collision with DeBrusk pic.twitter.com/OaJOjzibeG
– Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) 14. April 2019
The enigmatic Leafs went back for the third. There things escalated in ugly territory. Kadri's unnecessary cross-check to DeBrusk's face ended his night late in the third period.
Nazem Kadri crosses Jake DeBrusk's face.
Kadri receives a 5-minute drough and game offense. pic.twitter.com/9CTdHuGNfb
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Kadri received, as you may recall, a ban on three games a defenseless Tommy Wingels in the first round of the final round. He will not be so happy this time because the league offered him a personal interview. You probably will not hear Kadri's name for the rest of the series.
DeBrusk is meanwhile waiting for results of his tests in the concussion protocol. The first Allrounder 2015 did not have much to say about Kadri Postgame. Instead, he will have the final decision taken by Player Safety.
"Yes, I think it's up to the League to be honest," DeBrusk said. "Yeah, I did not get a comment about that."
📹 DeBrusk did not have much to say about the Kadri hit after going through some post-game testing. He does not see himself as a dirty player, having previously commented on his knees on a knee-collision with Kadri. pic.twitter.com/3TUlPM77tO
– Bruins Daily (@BruinsDaily) April 14, 2019
McAvoy plays at elite level
The Bruins played with four defenders A good one Part of the third period when Torey Krug and Connor Clifton went into the locker room. That did not change Charlie McAvoy's game at all. In fact, he only got better.
McAvoy's pucking skills and calm skating give the Bruins a dynamic in all three zones. Boston University's former challenger and first round of the 2016 round was not shy. On Saturday, he took part in the Boston hit parade.
McAvoy's season of 25:44 Ice Age included a series of moments, from John Tavares in front of the Tuukka Rask to worn-out dolls, skating in all three zones with speed and purpose.
"When I grow up with playoff hockey I think one of the things you notice is how physical it is. Boys play hard, "McAvoy said of the infectious physical nature of Game 2." Everybody's life is at stake, so we have guys who like to play that style. So we can do that and we just have to make sure we do that.
The Bruins had no Kevan Miller and John Moore in their first two games. They could do without Krug and Clifton when the series moves to Toronto.
The Maple Leafs will have some kind of reaction for Game 3 on Monday. McAvoy and the Bruins want nothing else to reassure the crowd of Toronto.