Rick Zamperin: It isn’t easy being a Toronto Maple Leafs fan

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins - 4/17/19 NHL - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Bruins top line was not great on Monday. Game 4 will be completely different and at some point in this series, David Pastrnak is going to wake up and unleash hell on the Maple Leafs. Not long after, Charlie McAvoy dumped the puck past netminder Frederik Andersen for the Bruins' first goal of the game. Trailing by three goals in the third period, the Leafs managed to climb back into the game and pull within one thanks to goals from Auston Matthews and Travis Dermott. But the Bruins never panicked and stuck to their game plan down the stretch.

The Bruins relied on their star players to seize back the momentum. And it paid off.

Brad Marchand has the line's lone five-on-five goal.

Absorbing the loss in game three was Tuukka Rask, who allowed three goals on 34 shot attempts.

Hopefully the game was exciting and that the Toronto Maple Leafs won.

John Moore on nearing a return to the lineup: "We were able to get ahead of it and have a timeline and kind of exceeded expectations". "Second chances, we talked about rebound recovery and see if we could break them down that way". We got away from it a little bit at times but for the most part I think we stuck with it.

And with the end of their season around the corner, AS Roma didn't want to take any chances, tweeting: "All Roma players banned from taking photos with Drake until the end of the season".

I insane for thinking that Rask finally did exactly that in a 38-save, 6-4 victory in Game 4 at Scotiabank Arena?

Better late than never. Just be ready to bounce back. Pastrnak did just that.

"Big game overall for the whole team", Pastrnak said postgame. "Not easy to win in this building". Leave it to the 2014 first round pick to pick a ideal time for his belated arrival to the postseason.

The Calgary Flames now hold a narrow lead on the Avalanche after 40 minutes of play, but it could have easily been a tie game heading into the third period. "He wasn't on top of his game for whatever reason".

Game 4 was a confidence builder for Pastrnak. When you have two teams that are this evenly matched and playing such a low-event, low-scoring series, you are pretty much turning every game into a coin toss. That is more than 62 percent of the series, and significantly more than any other series has experienced in the first round. "Scorers when they don't score can get antsy. Good for him, good for us". "So getting his two goals, they get recharged".

One game won't make or break a player's season - or in this case a player's postseason.

Which goes right back to the speed game. And those numbers are what they are with Andersen being so hard for the Bruins.

The Bruins left TD Garden last week with the series tied 1-1. In their second loss of the series, a 3-2 setback in Game 3, it was more a death of thousand nicks and cuts.

Chara, who topped the Bruins with 24 minutes 12 seconds of ice time, was happier about the win than entering the record book with his goal. Instead of using speed, the Maple Leafs exposed the Bruins with quickness.

The eye-test alone told you that this was a rough night for the Black and Gold's defense.

"We are trying to worry about the game that is in front of us", Bergeron said. Again, as Bruins fans, we don't dwell on things like this.

This series is now the first to two wins and it doesn't matter the combination. The first game, all Toronto. But they'd much rather find themselves in the proverbial driver's seat with a Game 5 victory.

The curse seemed to be for real on Wednesday, with the Leafs going down 2-0 within the first 6:38 of the game.

Marchand hit the post with just over two minutes to go, but Boston held on late before Nordstrom scored into an empty net.

At no point should a three-goal lead with nine minutes left in the third period turn into a nail-biter.

Cassidy had a lot to like about Game 4.

For the sake of the Bruins position in this series, they sure hope so.



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