2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Moran’s Breakdown: Mike Babcock made his mark on Leafs’ PK, and expect to see him work refs in Game 6

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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.


Mike Babcock’s adjustments on the penalty kill: The B's went 1-for-6 and they easily should have gone 0-fer except for a lucky bounce off the metal stanchion behind the net on David Backes’ goal. Early in the series, the Leaf's killers were running all over trying to create pressure when the Bruins' skills guys had full control and the Bruins' PP ate them alive. In Game 5, the killers were much more patient and had active sticks to shut down the passing lanes. Sure, the Bruins created a ton of shots, but they were usually clear and by not running around so much, the Leafs' killers outnumbered the Bruins' in front of Freddie Anderson, but it got them the win.


Subtle shove: