The Golden Rule, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,’ were never truer spoken than describing the Leafs in Boston on Saturday. The previous night against a ‘never quit’ New Jersey Devils, the pucks found the back of the net from all angles for the Toronto side in a 6-1 drubbing. Even the 50/50 was the high of the season so far.
The Leafs playing probably their best period of the season that night took the game to the level they are capable, out-shooting the Bruins 15-2 before the halfway mark. A lucky goal for Boston deflated the Leafs with the “here we go again” approach.
The Bruins are a one-line team with a cast of pluggers and when David Backes plays regular on the second power play you really have to wonder how far this team will go.
But having said that the ‘secret sauce’ appears to be let the big line get us a lead and the rest ‘don’t let your guy score.’ If that isn’t enough, then a revitalized Jaroslav Halak subbing for the absent Tuukka Rask was brilliant. That’s a playoff formula at its best and they executed it perfectly.
They got some breaks, the Leafs robbed and if the goalies had switched, so probably would have the score. Sparks played like a guy who hasn’t played for a while, out of position, fighting the puck and no confidence, lethal for a goalie. He better get mentally tougher pretty quick or his dressing stall will soon be at the newly named Coca-Cola Coliseum faster than a David Pastrnak one timer went by him. Hope the maybe sadly soon to be ex-Leafs William Nylander, was watching last night and asking if he really think’s he’s worth more than Boston’s 88?
Leaf killers, the ageless Bergeron and Pastrnak with super pest Brad Marchand are dynamite every time they hit the ice and were the undoing of the Leafs that night.