After two-straight games of complete no-show performances by many in the black and gold. The Bruins as they did all season, come back in the 3rd-period 2-goals down to take down the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Finally. Just finally. Thank God this series is over. The Bruins had three chances to close out the Maple Leafs as they were up 3-1 in the series and could not do it until Game 5 or 6. But in Game 7 the Bs finally got it done in their own building.
My first takeaway from this game was goaltender Tuukka Rask continued his game-7 woes. Rask faced 20-shots the whole game and finished with a horrible .833 save percentage. Once again, when the Bs needed a save, Rask was not there to deliver. And don’t even say to me he stepped up in the 3rd-period. Rask did not face a shot in the first 10-minutes in the 3rd-period. Rask was not good. He did not play like a 7-million-dollar a year goalie last night and he never has in elimination games. Here are his stats in elimination games before last nights game.
Secondly, on the bright side. Jake DeBrusk has arrived. He is no longer a rookie. The 21-year-old finished Game 7 with 5-shots on the net and potting 2 of those for goals, one being the go-ahead-goal in the 3rd-period. Not to mention, that goal was NASTY.
The Bruins might have found something special in Jake DeBrusk, he was an absolute stud this series finishing the series with 5-goals, 2-assists, and 7-points. He is tied with David Pastrnak for the most goals on the Bs. DeBrusk was the most consistent player this series and by far, the best player on the second line for the Bruins.
My final takeaway from this wild Game 7: The Bruins have to play a WHOLE lot better if they want any shot against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bruins in their own zone were terrible last night. It looked like a fire drill every time the puck entered the Bruins zone.
If the Bs think they are going to get away with that play against guys like Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, Yanni Gourde, and Tyler Johnson. It is going to be a short series starting Saturday. This Lightning team is loaded up front and I didn’t even mention Victor Hedman and Ryan Mcdonough batting the down the hatches in the back end. Don’t forget about Anton Stralman as well. This D-core is not Toronto’s dog crap of a D-core. We are not facing Jake Gardiner and Nikita Zaitsev anymore. Man, they were terrible.
The Bruins got it done in Game 7 against Toronto, but now they have an even tougher task ahead of them with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Can the Bs beat them? Absolutely they can. The Bs did take three out of 4 regular season games against Tampa. It is going to take stellar goaltending from Rask and better defense for sure.
We’ll see starting Saturday at 3:00 p.m ET. The Bruins will travel to Tampa for Game 1 of the second round.
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