Out of the eight first round series, it was thought that the Bruins-Maple Leafs matchup was most likely to go seven games.
Think again. The Bruins have outscored the Leafs 12-4 and find themselves with a 2-0 series lead. It’s only been two games, but Boston is playing with a vengeance and have put themselves in position to take control of this series with just one win in Toronto. Here are some takeaways from the Bruins 7-3 Game 2 victory.
The Leafs have no answer for the Bruins’ top line
To be fair, no one would. The Bruins top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak have been on an absolute tear. Through just two games the Bruins top line has accounted for 20 points, 13 of which came in Game 2. Their elite defense has held the Auston Matthews line to only one goal. These guys are unstoppable in both zones.
David Pastrnak developing into a superstar
Through two games, Pastrnak has nine points, tying Phil Esposito for the most points through two playoff games in league history. The 21-year-old showcased his offensive prowess with a historic six-point game on Saturday, including his first career playoff hat trick.
The young forward has flourished under the tutelage of Bergeron and Marchand, becoming an effective two-way player. At just 21 years of age, the sky is the limit for the Czech.
Don't go to bed just yet.
Tuuka Rask on top of his game
The Bruins top line has overshadowed the play of their goaltender. Rask has stepped up when it matters most in the first two games. His team has left him hung out to dry more than once, but he has made timely stops to keep Boston in front. The Bruins will look to clean this up moving forward because eventually it could hurt them.
As the series heads to Toronto, the Bruins have the Leafs right where they want them, fighting for their playoff lives.