Pastrnak gets hat trick, six points in Bruins battering of Maple Leafs

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When David Krejci scored at 3:46 of the second period to give the Bruins a 5-2 lead, it meant that the Bruins had outscored Toronto by an aggregate count of 14-2 in their 101 minutes and 33 seconds of playoff hockey against one another, dating back to midway through the third period of Game 7 of their 2013 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. With Kadri being out for games three and four as well, Boston can put the Leafs on thin ice if they take care of business tonight at the TD Garden.

Nash buried a rebound on McElhinney just 11 seconds later at the 15-minute mark to make it 4-0 - the 11th power-play goal Toronto has given up in its last seven games. Here is what we learned following their 7-3 victory Saturday night.

It was no secret the key to victory for Toronto in this series would be how well they contained the Bruins' top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Pastrnak.

Notes: The Bruins donated $200,000 to the Humboldt Broncos relief efforts, the money from a luxury suite auction and the team's share of the 50/50 raffle at Game 1 of the series. Pastrnak showed some fancy stick work in the win and though he has been good all season, he is playing at an even higher level through the first two games of the post season. Two of which were highlight reel material. With Nazem Kadri's suspension, Hyman was moved down the Leafs lineup in an attempt to create more balance.

Kuraly did speak about his experience with defenseman Matt Grzelcyk and wingers Jake DeBrusk and Danton Heinen (all three were teammates last season at Providence), but didn't go overboard. "They're great forecheckers and everyone brings something to the table, so it's definitely tough to defend them and then they're your best defensive players as well".

It wasn't too long ago that the leagues best teams were built around dominating top lines.


David Pastrnak looks like a grizzled playoff veteran.

Toronto has a young, quick team that played a far more competitive game than the score indicated in game one. "Now we've got to show it". "That's what amazes me with him". The veteranwinger did try and return to the game with another shift, but left the bench again in a hurry afterwards and was officially ruled out for the rest of the game at the start of the third period. To say that he hasn't learned anything from the dynamic Bergeron-Marchand duo is an understatement. In two games this postseason, Pastrnak is already up to nine points.

"I didn't like the hit", said Wingels, who was on his knees against the boards when Kadri launched into him, making substantial head contact. Our power play has been good all year; we've got guys who can score. Take the lessons, what they have for you. It even makes them that much stronger in those quick strikes, so we lost it a little bit there in terms of what we were doing well in the neutral zone - not allowing them to come through with speed, but we got it back. Having a good 20 minutes would've helped at least establish momentum. Curtis McElhinney, who came in to replace the Leafs' No. 1 didn't fare much better.

The Bruins' top line got all the headlines and deservingly so. We were all super-excited to see what was going to happen with the Leafs being big underdogs going into the series.

A lot of people have an opinion on Tuukka Rask. The Leafs had some good stretches and they outshot the Bruins in this one, but it was never close. "Most of the time, in the playoffs, it's one game". If you add it up, it's 12-4 over six periods.

"We've got to go home and get regrouped".

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