The Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Boston Bruins tonight for Game 6 of their series. Here are all the highlights from the game.
The first period opened with a fast pace, with both team getting shots on net early. Brad Marchand had the first real scoring chance after a Leafs turn over, beating Frederik Andersen but the puck dribble just wide of the net. The Bruins had quality chances every time the top line was on but failed to convert in the first. The score was 0-0 after one solely because Frederik Andersen was his usual incredible self.
The Bruins finally cracked Andersen a minute into the second period, with Jake DeBrusk scoring his third goal of these playoffs. Less than a minute later, William Nylander put home a rebound for his first goal of the series to tie the game at 1-1. Zach Hymen beat Tuukka Rask minutes later but the play was overturned on a coaches challenge from Cassidy that showed Hyman’s left leg taking Rask’s stick out of the play.
The Bruins went back to dominating puck time after a brief push by Toronto. The Leafs were turning the puck over at a blistering pace, putting every ounce of pressure on their goaltender. After what felt like 14 minutes in the Leafs zone, Mitch Marner capitalized on a turnover and scored goal to put them up 2-1.
Neither team could capitalize on power play opportunities early in the third. The Maple Leafs did a great job balancing this game out in the final period. Both Andersen and Rask made great shoulder saves to keep this at 2-1 through most of the period until Tomas Plekanec scored an empty net goal to ice it. 3-1 is your final score.
3. William Nylander
Nylander finally cracked the scoreboard with his first of the series to open the scoring. The Leafs will need him to be good again in Game 7 if they want to steal this series from the Bruins.
2. Mitch Marner
Marner has been a candidate for the best player in this series not named Frederik Andersen. He’s been playing the Bruins top line and contributing on both offense and defense. He had the game winner tonight. Marner is only 20 years old. He is going to be a very good NHL player.
1. Frederik Andersen
Anderson was fantastic once again. He stopped pucks left and right each time the Bruins peppered him with a barrage of shots. He’s been the key for the Maple Leafs in a series that probably could have been over after five games with anyone else in net.
The Bruins and Leafs will play in Boston on Wednesday night in what is sure to be a very exciting Game 7 of this series. Expect more fantastic goaltending in that one.