"That's just the way it was your whole life", he continued. "Obviously, it's going to be exciting for us tomorrow and it's going to be a lot of fun out there". "This is a logistical challenge that we are thrilled to face and an experience that we are excited to deliver for our fans".
It's easy to consider the Capitals' history of playoff disappointments and assume that Holtby's failed to convert regular season brilliance to strong postseason goaltending, yet Holtby's always been a dependable presence when the games matter the most. Tuesday, Toronto joined the long list of cities attacked in some way when a van jumped a curb and mowed people down. Some of it is just about good, fundamental defense as the Bruins simply didn't play 2-on-2 situations very well on rushes from the Toronto forwards in their Game 5 loss at TD Garden. In the National Hockey League, 296 teams have fallen into a 3-1 hole after four games and only 28 managed to survive and win the series (9.5 per cent).
A year ago there was only one conflict, when Game 2 of the Maple Leafs' first-round series with Washington fell on the same night as Game 1 of the Raptors' Eastern Conference quarterfinal with Milwaukee.
"We're sending all our love", said Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner, who scored the tiebreaking goal and added an assist. Leafs coach Mike Babcock recently showed up at a Raptors game dressed head-to-toe in the team's gear. Rask lost to Philadelphia in 2010 and to Washington in 2012. After The Star-Spangled Banner and a rousing, fan-aided rendition of O Canada, the game quickly did what it was supposed to do, take everyone's mind off the outside world and absorb everyone in the sport at its best. He didn't land a shot on net until the third period and he had six attempts blocked.
His teammates were not as good. Monday night's rendition proved to be especially moving. They're still getting badly outchanced, and even if they've done a better job limiting shot quality over the past couple games, you can only allow so many before goals start flying in.
"In games like that we have to be a little better defensively", said Brad Marchand, referring to Game 5's defeat where they scored three goals. That's the approach that we have.
The Leafs couldnt connect on their third power play moments later, and Andersen stoned Sean Kuraly with under 10 minutes to go.
The over is 10-2-4 in the last 16 Bruins home games. "It's not the only indicator, but I think they had like 21 shots in the first half and we finally settled in, played better in the neutral zone, broke the puck out better and we had some time at least not buried in our end in the second half".