TORONTO – The Bruins scored just under three goals in their playoff series with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Offensive was really no problem against a team from Toronto, which can not consistently stop the black and gold. No, it's much more about defending and slowing the Maple Leafs, while avoidable goals remain from the back of the net.
The point is to effectively reduce the transitional passports that Toronto likes to use to launch its offensive. That means aggressively minimizing risk-taking while making sure that it does not come to leaking opponents defense. Some of them are just good, basic defense as the Bruins just did not play very well in 2-on-2 situations on storms from the Toronto Forwards in their Game 5 loss at TD Garden.
It's about keeping players like Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and Nazem Kadri in check, as the Bruins have done over long stretches of the series on a constant diet by Zdeno Chara, who greets the Leafs franchise center wherever he goes also goes. [1
Bruce Cassidy has played the first three goals that the Bruins have booked in their Game 5 last weekend, and each of them needed better "rush defense" from the Bruins. The first was a one-man rush of Matthews into the zone, the second was Andreas Johnsson, who came behind the Bruins Defense before he paired Kadri with a perfect pass, and the third was a tough Tyler Bozak score from the time after the Bruins just shot and took momentum in the game. All of them came through Toronto's speed and aggressive mindset into the offensive zone, and that's something that stifled Boston to a much more effective degree by Saturday night.
"You make a game up the wall where we normally are to deny that slide and have the proper accommodation between the forward and the & # 39; D. & # 39; We do not slip until the onslaught. This is addressed and addressed, we have to do that against Toronto if we have the numbers and we did not do it, "said Bruce Cassidy. "Then they won a puck on the net where we are generally good, but they put it on the net, give them credit, they got it there, they made it into the net and won a battle by going to the
"The second goal was a 2-on-2 and a good game, but still a 2-on-2. We have to defend it better from our end. From the end it is a nice game. The third goal was to get up quickly, we were a bit late to kill it. … We were a bit late in each area, we needed a rescue there and we did not understand it. These are the three goals I'm looking at, and I look at the quick defense that could have been better.
Given that the Bruins scored 20 goals in five playoff games against Toronto and scored 40 shots online, the Best of Seven series is about keeping the Leafs a little more effective as they have done in their three wins, if the Bruins play the sound defense and slow down the Maple Leafs Track encounter on the ice again, then it's doubtful if this series will return to Boston for Game 7.