After conceding an early goal with one less man on the ice, Boston quickly rebounded and scored four times without allowing another goal. They have an outstanding record against the Maple Leafs and an arena packed with enthusiastic fans, therefore are justly regarded by bookmakers as favorites to prevail.
Match: Boston vs Toronto
Bet: Over 5 Goals
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 1.87
For those who watched the events of the previous playoffs edition unfolding, it looked like once again the underdogs will prevail and send the favorites at home after the first series. Toronto was clearly the better team in the first minutes of the opening game, but after taking an early lead the Maple Leafs faded. By the end of the second period they had sank into near irrelevance and the Bruins marched to victory with two more goals to take a lead in the series.
They have won six consecutive games at home and have a good chance to add the seventh, if they find a way of keeping the goals production high. Tuuska Rusk had an easy mission in containing the visitors, but he should expect a barrage of shots at his net in the second match of the series. The Maple Leafs have nothing to lose and they know that unless they level the score tonight, their underdog status will be taken to a whole new level. Erecting an impenetrable backline on such a short notice is impossible, but the visitors can compensate their defensive woes by putting up a more convincing offensive display.
For some odd reasons, Pinnacle Sports expect this to be a low scoring match and offers odds of 1.87 for more than five goals to be scored. It would be a shame not to take advantage, especially with the stake being returned if exactly 5 goals are scored.