Until his team's six-period horror show at TD Garden, that is.
Asked to recall a similar performance, Babcock couldn't.
"I certainly wasn't trying to hit him while he was down like that", he said.
"Obviously it hasn't gone the way we wanted". Kinkaid, whose stellar play since January helped New Jersey finish strong and claim its first playoff berth since 2012, yielded five goals on 15 shots. Boston's top line is a freight train - Pastrnak and Marchand were on the ice for all seven goals, and Bergeron for six - and without Kadri the Leafs don't have the matchup they want against them.
Asked about the disparity, the second-year star was blunt in his reply. I think [Pastrnak] has moved around better, still able to find [Bergeron] in the bumper.
Netminder Tuukka Rask was spectacular saving 26 of 27 shots he faced which is good for a.963 save percentage.
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Game 3 is on Monday night at Toronto's Air Canada Centre, with Game 4 there on Thursday night.
No doubt Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock has watched the tape over and over while game planning how to counter Boston's attack.
Babcock spoke long before the judgement was handed down by the league's department of player safety, but based on his line combinations at practice on Friday, he seemed resigned to being without the 32-goal man for Saturday's rematch.
David Pastrnak made playoff history on Saturday, besting one of Wayne Gretzky's many National Hockey League records to become the youngest player in history to score six points in a playoff game.
Pastrnak also matched the franchise record for points in a playoff game, joining greats Phil Esposito and Rick Middleton, who achieved the feat in 1969 and 1983, respectively.
"It's not going to happen every night", Cassidy said. "He's an awesome player".
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After taking a 3-1 lead in the series but failing to close out the Maple Leafs in Games 5 and 6 of their first-round series in 2013, Boston fell behind 4-1 in the third period of the decisive seventh game before sending it into overtime with two goals in the last 82 seconds of regulation. Game 2 featured the atrocious work of Jake Gardiner and Nikita Zaitzev, who were on the ice for the first four Bruins goals of the game on Saturday. In the postseason, goals are usually harder to come by and the adrenaline of the moment brings hard hits that cross the line; a year ago, Penguins star Sidney Crosby missed a game with a concussion after a cross-check to the head from the Capitals' Matt Niskanen.
Less than three minutes later, Boston made it 3-0 when Kevan Miller banked a shot off Anderson from the corner with eight minutes left in the first period.
The second one came because Hainsey saw Mitch Marner almost get crushed by fourth-liner Tim Schaller, and fought him. This is a talented Toronto squad and until a Boston power play goal broke a 1-1 tie four-plus minutes into the second period, the Maple Leafs had the hosts on their heels. Plus, the fact that Kadri has been suspended three other times in his career was taken into account.
It's something the Maple Leafs noted in particular after Game 1; not only did they give up three power-play goals, but they did not score any themselves.
James van Riemsdyk scored a late power-play goal, but it didn't improve the outlook for the Leafs. "That's our first priority".
The Leafs did take three of four from the Bruins during the regular season, but just couldn't hang with them in game one and now they are in danger of heading back to Toronto in a 2-0 hole. Wingels took part in Saturday's morning skate, but didn't play. The most memorable was Game 5, which he extended by scoring a goal that sent the game into overtime, before scoring the victor in the second extra period. From there, the Bruins content to ride the coattails of one magical player and coast to a 7-3 win in Game 2 of the first round.
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