Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 23, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Boston Bruins -145 / Toronto Maple Leafs +125 -- O/U: 5.5
The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins meet in a winner take all game seven of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series from the TD Garden in NHL action on Tuesday night.
Everything hangs in the balance in game seven as Toronto looks to advance past the second round for the first time since 2004 while Boston looks to vanquish Toronto for the second straight season after forcing game seven with a 4-2 Bruins win in game six on Sunday.
Morgan Rielly opened the scoring for Toronto just before the midway point of the opening frame but the lead lasted all of 1:41 as Brad Marchand would tie the game up for Boston and Torey Krug would give Boston a 2-1 lead on the power play with less than three minutes to go in the 1st period.
Jake DeBrusk pushed the advantage to 3-1 with the lone goal of the 2nd period, followed by a marker from Auston Matthews to cut the deficit back to 3-2. That’s as close as Toronto got though as Marchand iced the victory with his 2nd goal of the game on an empty net with just under two minutes to play to secure the win.
Tuukka Rask got the win for Boston to improve to 3-3-0 after stopping 22 of 24 shots faced in the winning effort while Frederik Andersen allowed three goals on 40 shots faced for Toronto to fall to 3-3-0 in the losing effort.
Toronto is 3-8 in their last 11 playoff games as an underdog and 3-7 in their last 10 conference quarterfinal games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 road games. Boston is 22-10 in their last 32 games overall and 52-22 in their last 74 home games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite. The home team is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings between these two teams.
Again, as a Toronto fan, I really hope I’m wrong here, but it seems like Boston has all of the momentum after winning game six. Toronto started the first half of the first period strong, but when Boston responded, it took all of the air out of the sails for the Maple Leafs and Boston just pounced from there. The Bruins have played the kind of grit and grind hockey that perfectly counters Toronto’s game, and while the Leafs have stolen home ice a couple of times in this series, I just think Boston deserves the edge based on experience so I’ll begrudgingly lay the juice with the Bruins here.