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Boston Bruins are Rolling

April 16, 2018

The way the Boston Bruins finished the regular season gave me flashbacks to UMaine hockey. 

 

The B's were hosting a Florida Panthers team with nothing to play for to close the regular season, with a chance to finish with the most points in the Eastern Conference, but didn't hold serve at home, giving the Tampa Bay Lightning the top spot in the East and relegating the Bruins to a first-round clash with Toronto. 

 

Sounds like a certain college hockey team which could only muster one win in four home games against its league's two bottom-feeders, and we all know how the season ended.

 

But the Bruins have done more than held serve on Causeway Street in the first two games against the Maple Leafs.

 

They've dominated to the tunes of 5-1 and 7-3 victories to take a commanding 2-0 series lead heading into Monday's Game 3 in Toronto. 

 

Can anybody in the NHL stop the Bruins' top line of David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron? 

 

That line has showed why it's head and shoulders the best line in the league, culminating with Pastrnak's hat trick in Game 2. Toronto didn't do itself any favors when Nazim Kadri, arguably the Leafs' top blueliner, got suspended for three games after a cheap shot to Tommy Wingels' head in game one

 

Toronto's speed and skill concerned me a bit heading into this series, but Boston's blue line has held Auston Matthews in check, and Tuukka Rask has been efficient between the pipes. 

 

Now, Boston heads into the Lions Den for Game 3. If the Bruins can find a way to split the next two games in Ontario, they should be able to dispatch the Leafs in five. 

 

It certainly helped that these young Bruins made the postseason last spring and pushed the Ottawa Senators, an Eastern Conference finalist, close to the brink. Through two games, the Bruins have looked like the best team in the East.

 

It's just too bad the two best teams in the East, Boston and Tampa Bay, will meet in a series that won't have a trophy at stake thanks to the new playoff format. But that's a topic for another day.

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