Through two games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, no one looks more like a tire fire than the Toronto Maple Leafs. After getting blown out 5-1 on Thursday, you’d at the very least expect some sort of fight back from the Leafs.
Instead, the Boston Bruins kept the train rolling, scoring four times on seven shots in the first period, including three goals on five shots against Frederik Andersen — who got the yank after 12:13 — en route to a 7-3 demolition on Saturday night in Boston.
The Bruins hold a 2-0 series lead as they move to Air Canada Centre for Games 3 and 4.
Andersen, who has allowed eight goals on 45 shots in the series thus far, didn’t get a chance to break a sweat. Curtis McElhinney, who came in to replace the Leafs’ No. 1 didn’t fare much better.
And the Maple Leafs can blame David Pastrnak for their troubles.
Pastrnak scored a hat trick and had six points to bring his two-game point total to nine.
Yes, nine. 9. Neuf. IX.
Pastrnak’s line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron are responsible for 20 points in two games. Twenty.
- Pastrnak – four goals, five assists
- Marchand – one goal, five assists
- Bergeron – five assists
That is utter dominance. An unstoppable force with no immovable object in sight.
The Maple Leafs need to get their belongings together. Partly, because they’re heading back to Toronto after this game for Game 3 and 4. But also partly because if this is all they can muster in the series, they might as well start packing for the offseason, because it’s coming very, very soon.
They’re down 2-0 in the series and there’s nothing to suggest they have any hope of winning one game, never mind four at this point.
Hell, the Maple Leafs may not even get a lead in this series.
Boston looks unstoppable so far.
Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck