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Need to Know: Game 6 | Bruins at Maple Leafs

Boston set for second chance at closing out first-round series

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

TORONTO - The Bruins' first-round series with the Maple Leafs has shifted back to Toronto, with the Black & Gold set for their second chance at closing things out on Monday night in Game 6.

With the Leafs now back on home ice, the Bruins - who hold a 3-2 series lead - know they must stifle any of the momentum Toronto may have gained after their 4-3 victory in Game 5. Getting off to a strong start, something they could not do on Saturday night, will be crucial.

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Fourth Line Was Once Again A Sparkplug

Trio of Schaller, Kuraly, Acciari combined for two goals in Game 4 loss

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - You probably wouldn't have an argument from many around the Bruins if you presented the opinion that the team's fourth line has been its best and most consistent during their opening round series with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The trio of Tim Schaller, Sean Kuraly, and Noel Acciari are relied upon to bring dependability and energy each time they hit the ice. They have done that and then some all season long, adding a bit of offensive flare - they combined for 28 goals in the regular season - from a portion of the lineup traditionally known more for its grit and intensity.

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Bruins Can't Close Out Leafs in Game 5

Series shifts back to Toronto with Boston holding 3-2 lead

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy saw both of last season's Stanley Cup finalists - the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators - fail to close out their respective first-round series on Friday night, despite holding 3-1 leads.

As such, he reiterated on Saturday morning the difficulty of ending a Stanley Cup Playoffs series. Despite those warnings, however, his club found out firsthand just how hard it is to secure the final nail in your opponent's coffin during the postseason.

Even after a valiant effort - highlighted by a dominating third period - to pull within a goal, the Bruins fell, 4-3, to the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 5 on Saturday night at TD Garden. The series now shifts back to Toronto for Game 6 on Monday with Boston holding a 3-2 lead.

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Bergeron 'Looking Good' for a Return in Game 5

Center (upper-body) was a full participant in Saturday's morning skate

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - As the Bruins look to finish off the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night in Game 5, they may have their best player back in the lineup.

A late scratch for Game 4 with an upper-body injury, Patrice Bergeron is "looking good" for a return to the lineup after participating fully in the team's pregame skate.

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Providence Drops Playoff Opener

Fitzgerald scores two in 3-2 loss to Phantoms

by Michael Tolvo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

PROVIDENCE - The Providence Bruins fell in game one of their first-round playoff series to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms by the score of 3-2. Ryan Fitzgerald scored both goals for the P-Bruins, with AHL All-Star Austin Czarnik recording a pair of assists.

The Phantoms, who earned the top seed in the Atlantic Division with 104 points, capitalized on their man-advantages, scoring on two of their five power plays.

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Bruins Battled Through Without Bergeron

Center (upper-body) not ruled out for Game 5

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - What happened to the Bruins on Thursday night was nothing new.

Playing a game minus one of their top players has become commonplace this season. And Boston has become particularly familiar with being down its No. 1 center.

Patrice Bergeron missed 18 games during the regular season due to injury, including 13 late in the year as he recovered from a fracture in his right foot. Nevertheless, Boston managed to post an 11-5-2 record without their MVP-caliber pivot.

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Bruins Week Ahead: April 20-27

Stay up to date on all the latest news, notes and numbers

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

THIS WEEK'S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

 

STAT OF THE WEEK: David Pastrnak' s six-point performance in Game 2 made him just the third Bruin all time to record six points in a playoff game and the first since Rick Middleton in 1983. At 21, 324 days old, Pastrnak became the youngest player in NHL history to accomplish the feat, passing Wayne Gretzky, who was 22 years, 81 days old when he did so in 1983. He also tied the NHL record for the most points through his team's first two games of a postseason, with nine (4 goals, 5 assists). In total, Pastrnak has notched four goals and seven assists this series heading into Saturday's game vs. Toronto.

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Coaches talk to me every day through the whole season, and especially playing with Bergy and Marchy - these guys know what it takes. To be honest, I wish every young guy in the league - obviously, in the league, there are a lot of good players - I wish every young guy got to play with these two players. Take the lessons, what they have for you. For me, it's just about listening to them, and I learned a lot, especially this year." -David Pastrnak

 

TWEET OF THE WEEK (WEEK 32): @GlobeKPD (Kevin Dupont, Boston Globe): The Leafs have about 8 hours to convince Canadian Customs to deny Pastrnak free passage over the border. If the border is a blue line, good luck.

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Keyser Soaking it All In

The 19-year-old prospect has been serving as Boston's third goalie during first round

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

TORONTO - Kyle Keyser doesn't go anywhere these days without a smile on his face. And who could blame him?

When the 19-year-old goalie prospect arrived in Providence earlier this month following the end of his OHL season with the Oshawa Generals, he figured it would be the only taste of pro hockey he would be getting this spring.

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Rask's Stellar Night Leads B's in Game 4

Netminder makes 31 saves to lift Boston to 3-1 series lead over Toronto

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

TORONTO - Jake DeBrusk potted a crucial goal on Thursday night. His insurance tally early in the third period was the dagger in the Bruins' pivotal 3-1 victory over the Maple Leafs in Game 4 of their opening-round series.

But even the rookie winger knew whose performance was most important on this night.

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Marchand Pens Story for The Players' Tribune

Forward discusses his childhood, hockey career and love for Boston

by Mark Garbino @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - Since being drafted by the Bruins in the third round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Brad Marchand has developed into one of the most elite snipers in the league, as well as quite a thorn in the side of opposing players and fans. In a story published Thursday on The Players' Tribune, Marchand shared some experiences from his childhood and early days in the NHL that provide insight into how he became the person and player that he is today.

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