Boston fell behind a couple times against Toronto in what was a wild game from pretty much start to finish, but third-period goals from Jake DeBrusk and then David Pastrnak gave them the lead and the insurance to take Game 7. They will now face Tampa Bay in the second round.
From a fantasy perspective, a 7-4 game will have a lot of fantasy goodness, this one being no exception. Patrick Marleau had a pair of tallies, Kasperi Kapanen scored a beautiful short-handed marker, DeBrusk scored his fourth and fifth of the series, Patrice Bergeron had three points, and Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak both had one and one. The goaltenders, however… not so much.
Of all things to happen in this series, for me, it was a coming-out party for DeBrusk. He never took a game off and his speed was too much for the Leafs blue line to handle. Beyond the speed, he was going hard to the net at all times and showed good finish. Assuming Rick Nash doesn’t sign, maybe DeBrusk can be their net-front guy on the power play next season. I am very interested in his potential fantasy value. He’s a guy that’s made an impression on me all season and the playoffs cemented the belief he can very productive in the fantasy game
It was announced by the team Wednesday afternoon that both Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin will miss Pittsburgh’s first game of the second round against Washington. Malkin missed the series-clinching game against Philadelphia but Hagelin did play. Alas, the Penguins will be without two-thirds of their second line.
Not to say this is a killer but Pittsburgh better hope that it’s just one game for Malkin. Derick Brassard provides a safety net for the team but he’s nowhere near the player Geno is (obviously). Washington looked a lot better against Columbus than they had at almost any point in the regular season and being without one of your stars could be a tough uphill climb.
The World Championships usually aren’t at the forefront of hockey news at this time of year but I was intrigued to see that both Olli Juolevi and Miro Heiskanen will be on the roster for Team Finland: