Friday, April 20, 2018
Morning Playoff Notes (Apr 20)
No Patrice Bergeron? No problem. The Boston Bruins were without their top centre for Game 4 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, due to an lower-body injury, but the Bruins were able to still able to grind out a 3-1 win and thus, take a 3-1 series lead as well. Brad Marchand netted the eventual winner for the bonus point, David Pastrnak had 2 assists and Tuukka Rask made 31 saves for the win. It was the usual suspects getting it done for the Bruins and now they can go home to finish the series over the weekend.
There is no such thing as home-ice advantage in the Washington/Columbus series, as the two sides faced off at Nationwide Arena and it was all Washington, right off the hop. The Capitals piled on the pressure and took a 2-0 lead into the 3rd period, keeping Sergei Bobrovsky busy and not letting too much get to their keeper, Braden Holtby. The game finished as a 4-1 romp, T.J. Oshie scored the winner in the 2nd period, Evgeny Kuznetsov had a 3-point night, while Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson each had a goal and an assist. Holtby made 23 saves for the win and now the series shifts back to Washington tied at 2-2.