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PREVIEW: Bruins host Maple Leafs for Game 2

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Boston dropped Game 1. Time to shake that Etch-a-Sketch and take a step in the right direction.

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PREVIEW

Just the Facts

What: The Boston Bruins host the Toronto Maple Leafs for Game Two of their first round series.

When: 8:00 PM ET

Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA

How to watch: NBC, CBC, TVAS

Rival SBN site: Pension Plan Puppets

Know Your Enemy

Team Leaders

Mitch Marner has two goals, John Tavares has 1-1=2, and Frederik Andersen saved 33 of 34 in Game 1.

Game Notes

  • If you’re still looking for something to blame for the Game 1 loss, blame overconfidence. Everyone was picking Boston going into the series, and whether or not Toronto took exception to it, the Bruins didn’t live up to the hype. The entire room needs to show up tonight to get the team back on its feet.
  • Will a roster change come? It’s hard to see any of the top nine getting swapped out, and David Backes for Joakim Nordstrom is a six-of-one swap, is there even a point?
  • Through one, Toronto has a decent handle on Boston’s play. It would be in Boston’s favor to get away from the bad habits shown in Game 1. Too often were there low-reward desperation plays gone wrong on offense, and several times you could see players missing coverage by trying to jump the passing lane without actually playing the receiver. See evidence filed under Nylander, William - Breakaway Goal, Game 1.
  • Last of all, the silver lining here is that Marner scored two highly-skilled goals, and Boston made turnovers. Boston has control of one of those things, and controlling their turnovers would have prevented at least one goal on Thursday. With better puck control, Toronto would have less chances to capitalize.

Simple enough, right?

Let’s get it done.