Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock stressed how the first 10 minutes could mean the difference between winning and losing Game 5 against the Boston Bruins on Saturday night at TD Garden. Well, almost exactly at the midway point of the first period, the Maple Leafs had a two-goal lead and ultimately finished with a 4-3 victory to stave off elimination and force Game 6 on Monday (7 p.m.) at Air Canada Centre.
"It was a tough game," said Bruins forward David Pastrnak. "We let them get on the board early and they've been in the first period than us and that cost us the game."
Everything else you need to know from the Bruins' loss in quickie form and with BSJ analysis.
Tuukka Rask pulled: He described it almost perfectly postgame by saying he would've had a better chance at stopping the puck with his eyes closed. As a result of his inability to stop the puck, which was completely different from his Game 4 performance, coach Bruce Cassidy pulled his starter at 10:36 of the second period after the Maple Leafs gained a 4-1 lead. Cassidy said he decided to make the change and insert backup Anton Khudobin because Rask didn't have it tonight.