After three games played so far in this first-round matchup, the Boston Bruins hold a 2-1 series lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Most recently, the Bruins snagged a 5-2 victory on Monday night up in Toronto. That city has not hosted a playoff game in over three thousand days, so no doubt that place was eager to see some postseason hockey.
This series has not disappointed thus far as both teams have certainly had some bright spots offensively. The difference has been the production from the unlikely candidates (for a lack of a better phrase) of the Bruins. Wade Redden, Adam McQuaid, and Johnny Boychuk all have recorded at least one goal during the playoffs. The Leafs have multiple goals from Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel, their top scorers.
If the Bruins can get some production from players like Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron, they should run away with this series.
Tuukka Rask has outplayed James Reimer in net and that has not been a surprise. Rask has seen more shots, but he has come up with some big saves to keep his team in it. Reimer, on the other hand, has always had trouble making clean saves. He is a rebound-producing machine.
Finally, Leafs captain and defenseman Dion Phaneuf continues to play like a clown. He is all over the ice and chooses to go for the hit or score a goal than play his position. It plays into the Bruins hands to have him on the ice believe it or not.
So far, so good for the Black and Gold. The series resumes on Wednesday night.