There was almost no chance that the Leafs were going to avoid having to play at TD Garden more than twice in the first round. With a low probability for a sweep and home ice advantage for Boston, Toronto’s team knew that they’d have to head into enemy territory more often than not as the first round went on.
The good news is that the Leafs have avoided the kind of decimation that two teams have already faced this spring, outlasting both the Tampa Bay Lightning (lmao!) and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the wake of a pair of early first-round sweeps.
The bad news, though, is that it looks to be another long and bloody series between the divisional rivals – so even if Toronto comes out of this all-too-crucial game triumphant, they’ll have less energy to spare than they’d like.
It’s a 2-2 tied series, and we’re here for Game 5.
Leafs lines at morning skate
Hyman-Tavares-MarnerJohnsson-Matthews-Kapanen Marleau-Nylander-Brown Ennis- -MoorePetan
Rielly-Hainsey Muzzin-Zaitsev Gardiner-Dermott Rosen-Marincin Holl-Ozhiganov
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) April 19, 2019
As mentioned by The Toronto Sun, there have been 293 recorded hits so far across just four games this series. That’s over 70 …
Author: Cat Silverman / The Leafs Nation