David Pastrnak: Back on track in Game 4

Boston Bruins' Rask steals game 4, can close out Leafs on Saturday

Patrice Bergeron took the ice in Brighton on Friday, skating on his own and ran some drills after sitting out of the Bruins' 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 4 on Thursday night.

Boston is now up 2-1 on the Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs, but Toronto took Game 3 with a 4-2 victory and will get back Nazem Kadri in Game 5 from a three-game suspension.

Playing with basically their season on the line, the Maple Leafs responded with a much better team-wide effort in Game 3 on Monday at Air Canada Centre, a 4-2 victory to cut Boston's series lead to 2-1. They had their chances in Game 3, but when it was over the Leafs cut Boston's series lead to 2-1 by keeping the trio from producing.

The Boston forwards couldn't get anything going in Game 3 as the Toronto defensive gameplan stifled them for the duration.

New Jersey top defenseman Sami Vatanen is listed as day to day with an upper-body injury as the Devils prepare for a must-win Game 5 of their first-round series with the Lightning. The 27-year-old defenceman tried to keep the puck in at the point, but an Adam McQuaid clearance got by him springing David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand on a two-on-one rush. One key reason for that: the play of Riley Nash, elevated to the No. 1 center chair between Marchand and David Pastrnak. "They're going to bring everything they've got, so we need to have the same attitude coming in".

When the Maple Leafs attempt to stave off elimination on Saturday in Boston, they'll do so with forward Nazem Kadri back in their lineup. Over is 4-0-4 in Bruins last 8 home games and over is 3-0-2 in Bruins last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and over is 4-0-2 in Bruins last 6 games following a win. After Rask saved the initial shot, Tomas Plekanec found a soft spot in the slot between Krug and Pastrnak fired a one-timer past Rask to tie the game at 1.

"We gave them opportunities and they didn't miss", Leafs forward Mitch Marner said. On Auston Matthews' game-winner, Miller was a fraction of a second behind to block the young phenom's shot.

The Maple Leafs will be in full desperation mode Saturday night, eager to extend their season at least one more game.

"We talked about that here today", he said. To me, if you're these players and you've seen that, you want to see it again.

Bergeron tallied 63 points this season behind 33 assists and 30 goals.

Some drama escalated on the rink when Flyers player Radko Gudas did his best to push some buttons for Penguins player, Sidney Crosby. "I think you're kind of innocent until proven guilty". Trying to slow the Bergeron line is enough of a job by itself but Kadri has the ability not only to frustrate an opponent but to score on him as well. Last year, they took the Capitals to six games, but this year, they could be out in five, especially since they lost the two games here in Boston, in this series, by a combined 12-4 count.

Cassidy, whose team leads the series 2-1, spoke to the officials at the beginning of the second period and wanted to know who of the four (two referees, two linesmen) chose to give Nash the two-minute penalty.

"We all know the fourth one is the most hard", said veteran defenseman Adam McQuaid.

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