Leafs ready to roll against Bruins in Game 5
|Toronto Star 19 Apr 2019 at 12:57|
BOSTON – Maple Leafs winger Zach Hyman, who sat out the last few minutes of Game 4 after delivering a heavy, says he’s healthy and ready to play Game 5.
“It was a stinger. I’m good to go,” said Hyman. “It was scary for minute there. But got up and everything was where it should have been. I’m happy I’m good to go.”
Had Hyman not be ready to go, it would have been a huge blow to the Leafs to be without their first-line winger and one of their top penalty killers.
The special teams units worked out during Friday’s morning skate. Boston has had the edge both in power plays and penalty kills, a big reason they won Game 4 and tied the series at two games apiece. The Bruins are 5-for-11 on the power play, the Leafs 3-for-10.
“I think as crazy as it’s been I think we have a lot more to prove,” Hyman said of the penalty killers. “We haven’t been as bad as the numbers show. Just a couple of breakdowns, and the puck is in the back of our net.
“We just have to limit their chances, get back to playing our way, be confident out there and go after them.”
When a best-of-seven series is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 owns an all-time series record of 205-55 (78.8 per cent), according to the NHL.
The Bruins also got some good news on the injury front, with winger Sean Kuraly (hand) cleared to play Game 5. Joakim Nordstrom is expected to be scratched.
“We’ve got to get back to what we were doing. They didn’t have it going, suddenly they got it going. We’re the same way. This series has been about responding and we have to respond here today.”
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