The Boston Bruins evened up their best of 7 series with the Toronto Maples Leafs with a 6-4 road win. That will set up a very important game 5 back in Boston. Zdeno Chara scored for Boston, making him the second oldest defensive player to score a playoff goal at the age of 42. The record is held by who other than the ageless Chris Chelios, who was 45 when he got the tally. The key for the Bruins last game was their power play, which they converted both of their attempts.
The Leafs were just 1 of 3 on their power play chances. Elsewhere in the NHL, 2 Eastern Conference match-ups ended in 4 game sweeps. Pittsburgh lost to the Islanders, and the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team with the best regular season record, somehow got swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Lightning ended the regular season with a whopping 128 points, the second closest team were the Flames and Bruins, with 107 each. Columbus had 98 points- 15 less wins than Tampa.
The Penguins were just 3 points behind the Islanders in the regular season, 103-100, but couldn't manage a win against New York. Calgary is looking to wrap up their series with the Colorado Avalanche where they hold a commanding 3-1 series lead. This Bruins-Leafs series will come down to a game 7 I think. I see each team winning their next homes games, so Boston-Toronto- and then Boston taking the 7th game at home.
They will win the series, but playing 7 games already in the first round may tire them out as they move forward. With Tampa Bay out, I don't see the Capitals repeating as champions, and I really can't picture a lot of other teams remaining hoisting the Cup, so I think it will be the Bruins and the Islanders in the East in the end, and I think whoever comes out of the East will win the Cup this year.