Bruins Win Ugly Game 4, Lead Maple Leafs 3-1 in Series - NECN

Bruins Win Ugly Game 4, Lead Maple Leafs 3-1 in Series



    New Surgery Empowers Breast Cancer Patients
    Getty Images

    Sometimes, you play your worst and win anyway.

    The Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 Thursday night in a weird Game 4 they probably didn't deserve. But quick-strike goals by Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk helped erase a brutal second period for the B's, who now own a commanding 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. Game 5 will be Saturday night in Boston.

    The bad news for Boston started shortly before puck drop when top center Patrice Bergeron was unexpectedly scratched from the lineup with an upper-body injury. With their best player listed as day-to-day, Riley Nash was promoted from the third line as a replacement.

    Nash promptly made an impact. The Bruins jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 28 seconds into the first period when Torey Krug beat Frederik Andersen from the left circle in the game's opening sequence. Nash provided a screen that left Andersen with little chance to make a save.

    Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty

    [NATL] Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty

    Michael Cohen, a former personal attorney for President Donald Trump, plead guilty to tax fraud charges as well as campaign finance charges stemming from hush money related to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.

    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018)

    That's about all that went Boston's way for much of the game. Bruins-killer Tomas Plekanec evened the score eight minutes later, ripping a one-timer in the slot past Tuukka Rask's blocker. The sequence began when Nash lost a board battle with Toronto forward Mitch Marner deep in the Boston zone. Marner fed Plekanec from his knees for the equalizer.

    The Maple Leafs took that momentum and nearly ran away with the game.

    In the second period, the Bruins were easily submitting their worst hockey of the playoffs. Sloppy with the puck and chasing the play, the B's looked overmatched. Toronto buzzed the Boston end-all period but couldn't solve Rask, who finished the game with 31 saves.

    Then, out of nowhere, came Marchand's game winner.

    With just over three minutes remaining in the second, David Pastrnak challenged a pinching Leafs defenseman inside the Bruins' blueline, stealing possession along the right-wing wall and darting off for an odd-man rush. Pastrnak found Marchand in the middle for a one-time strike. It was the Czech star's second assist of the game and his league-leading 11th point of the playoffs.

    Insurance came on a very similar play just 4:17 into the third period, when another ill-advised pinch by the Leafs allowed David Krejci to spring for a two-on-one. Krejci dished to DeBrusk in the slot, and DeBrusk patiently waited out Andersen before burying the puck.

    Colorado Man Charged With Five Counts of Murder in Deaths of Wife and Daughters

    [NATL] Colorado Man Charged With Five Counts of Murder in Deaths of Wife and Daughters

    Christopher Lee Watts was charged with five counts of murder Monday for the deaths of his wife Shanann Watts and their two daughters Bella and Celeste. Watts had initially pleaded publicly that his wife and daughters had gone missing. Their bodies were discovered on the property of the oil and natural gas company Watts worked for. The D.A. said that it's "too early" to discuss whether prosecutors would seek the death penalty.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 20, 2018)

    With timely goaltending by Rask and two transition strikes, the Bruins turned an ugly game upside-down and escaped from Toronto with the first road victory of the series. They can now end the Maple Leafs' season Saturday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. on NBC10 Boston.

    Get the latest from necn anywhere, anytime

    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android