Despite the significant injury, Hyman appeared in all seven playoff games against the Bruins, scoring one goal in the series. Ultimately, it was the Bruins who kept the carousel spinning with a win on home ice to send the Leafs packing. Boston also beat Toronto in a Game 7 in the first round in 2013 and 2018.
So, it wasn't about the star players for the Bruins in the most important game in the series, it was instead about the role players stepping up to be Stanley Cup playoff heroes in Boston's time of need.
Cassidy is giving his players the day off Wednesday while his coaching staff breaks down film and puts together a game plan for the Blue Jackets.
It was the Bruins' second straight Game 7 win over the Maple Leafs and third in three playoff matchups between the teams. It eluded Frederik Anderson, turning a heart-rate quickening 2-1 Bruins lead into a much more placid 3-1 advantage. Not only do they have the right to match any offer, they can also take a haul of four unprotected first-round picks in the unlikely event a rival tables something so far out of line with the marketplace that it's not worth doing so. "Just want to play for this team, I love the people in this locker-room and the people that work in this organization". They finished last in the National Hockey League with 69 points, won the draft lottery and drafted Auston Matthews.
The 60-year-old Tortorella, the argument went, was having trouble getting his message across to a team that had loaded up with new talent at the trade deadline but was still stuck in the mud.
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Speaking at the noon news conference will be Crystal Lake Police Chief James Black and FBI Special Agent Colin McGuire. Andrew Freund Sr . told dispatchers during a 911 call that he last saw his son when he put him to bed around 9:30 p.m.
And after a disappointing series previous year, Babcock had a chance at redemption. He failed both tests, and the Leafs lost twice. He was at his best in Game 2 of the series when he finished with four points, helping to turn the Lightning into "a five-alarm fire".
There were other issues, of course.
This time it was supposed to be different for the Leafs.
A long, hard-fought series can tell you a lot about a team. Given his struggles in the postseason compared to what felt like a breakout year on Boston's fourth line, it was easy to point to the lower-body injury that shelved Wagner for the final two games of the regular season as the reason for his struggles. You've got to keep pushing till you get through these opportunities and you keep advancing. They didn't get high enough in the standings to allow home ice for the first round.
Seeing how much closer the Leafs were to even at 5-on-5 in this series, the next question is where in the lineup did the Bruins press their advantage? But halfway through his contract, Babcock's end product simply hasn't delivered as promised.