2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Moran’s Breakdown: Odd-man rushes, Chara v. Matthews, DeBrusk & elite D skaters stand out in Game 4

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By Ian Moran
Special to BostonSportsJournal.com

Ian Moran played in over 500 NHL games, including 66 in the postseason, in 15 years as a defenseman with the Penguins, Bruins, and Ducks before retiring in 2008. The Acton native attended Belmont Hill and Boston College before being a sixth-round pick of the Penguins in 1990. The Duxbury resident is currently the head New England scout for Neutral Zone, a first-of-its-kind hockey scouting and news site which identifies, ranks and profiles NCAA and Ontario Hockey League (OHL) prospects from across North America. Ian will be breaking down each Bruins playoff game for BostonSportsJournal.com. You can follow Ian on Twitter at @IMHockeySkills.

WHY THE BRUINS WON GAME 4

Odd-man rushes — Toronto gets donuts from their three (2-1, 1-0, 2-1), Bruins get two goals on their two (2-1, 2-1): It’s as simple as capitalizing on opportunities. Toronto had three potential game-changing threats and came away with nothing. Yes, Tuukka Rask made the saves look easy, but he learned from last game. In Game 3, we saw Patrick Marleau score on a quick 2-on-1 as he drove the net, got a pass from Mitch Marner and went on the ice 5-hole for a goal. Similar opportunity in Game 4 but this time Rask was ready for the 5-hole tap in and made the save look easy. The second 2-on-1 was on a quick turnover and Dominic Moore had the puck in the high slot. There is no doubt that Moore shot high glove in practice constantly last year while he was with the Bruins and Rask was ready for it: quick shot, quicker glove and you could almost hear Tuukka telling Moore to suck it.

THREE OTHER THINGS THAT STOOD OUT

Zdeno Chara was hard on Auston Matthews, he wasn’t ready for it and Mike Babcock said as much