2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

BSJ Game Report: Maple Leafs 3, Bruins 1 — Cassidy’s tweaks can’t overcome Andersen

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TORONTO -- Nothing beats a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. That's what will happen at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night at TD Garden. It will be the Boston Bruins vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs for the chance to advance and face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round.

The Bruins held a 3-1 series lead until the Maple Leafs won the last two games, including a 3-1 win in Game 6 Monday night at Air Canada Centre. And, for the second consecutive game, Toronto goalie Freddie Andersen was the difference and he finished with 32 saves.

"If anybody would have told us at the start of the year that we're going to be in Game 7 in the first round at home, we'd take it," said Bruins' Brad Marchand. "It's tough given the position we're in, but we're going to look forward to the next game and it's all we can control. Whatever has happened the last six games really doesn't mean anything. We're both fighting for our lives next game, so it's going to be a lot of fun. It's going to be a big challenge. They're a great team. They've played really well this series and every game has been very tight, so it's going to be fun. We're looking forward to it."

Everything else you need to know from the Bruins' loss in quickie form and with BSJ analysis.


Tweaking: After the team's optional morning skate, Bruce Cassidy said he was considering making some changes to the forward lines in order to generate more offense, while keeping the defensive game balanced.