The Boston Bruins survived game 6 due to their defense and this was arguably their most complete game. Rask looked a little shaky at times and he appeared to be battling the puck almost every time it was shot. Rask let in a soft goal to start off the game but was able to rebound back with help from some stellar play from Bradon Carlo. Carlo has missed the last couple of years to play in the playoffs and finally in his first year he has shown up big time along with Brad Marchand.
The defensive pairing of Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo have had some bad games together this year but in game 6 they both played to their potential. Carlo looked like a strong presence in front of the net as he cleared the crease for Rask to see the puck. He looked like a first defensive pairing of the future for the Bruins and it’s good to see him adjust so quickly to a tough environment. Torey Krug took over most of the offense from these two as he scored a goal and was all over the ice in the rush. Having these two play like this is huge for the Bruins because they need the offense with Krug but when Carlo can jump up in the rush and cover for Krug when necessary this D pairing looks like a machine.
On the offense, Brad Marchand showed up in a big way and that’s what you expect from a veteran like him, he thrives in these games. The others in this line, however, have failed to show up to this series. Patrice Bergeron has almost been a non-factor in this series and is basically a no show right now. If the Bruins want to go on an extended run this year then he needs to find his game before it’s too late.
The Bruins need all of the lines to show up and be physical on Tuesday or else they’ll be golfing sooner than they thought. The fourth line has found its game again with Sean Kuraly entering the lineup along with speedster Nordstrom. Karson Kuhlman will stay on the third line with Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson and that line has seen some chances so it looks like the B’s might have found options for secondary scoring. Rask needs to be sharp in this one or it could get quite fast in the garden. The Bruins need to cut down on turnovers in the neutral zone and in their own defensive zone. That’s where they tend to get beat and if Rask isn’t on his game it won’t be pretty. The Maple Leafs will probably come out with a lot of energy and will try to silence the crowd early on. If they can weather the storm and the flurries of offense that comes with the Maple Leafs then the Bruins should be able to come away with the win.
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