Bruce Cassidy 'Absolutely' Wants To Return As Bruins Head Coach

Cheryl Sanders
April 26, 2017

The Washington Capitals beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 on Sunday to capture the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final series in six games. "It looked like, from my vantage point, that Pasta [David Pastrnak] was trying to backtrack and help on the back-check and got tangled up with [MacArthur]", said Cassidy.

TORONTO - Marcus Johansson stuffed his second goal of the game past Frederik Andersen at 6:31 of overtime, lifting the Washington Capitals to a series-winning victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6.

"Well, now we're making a lot of assumptions", he said.

"We liked (Kuraly) but we just put some guys ahead of him that had been here all year", said Cassidy.

Despite being a matchup of the playoff-tested Presidents' Trophy victor with 118 points and the inexperienced eighth seed with 95, Washington and Toronto are separated by only one goal through five games - four of which went into overtime - and are tied at 175 shots apiece.

If the Bruins pull out a win Sunday afternoon, they'll return to Ottawa for the deciding Game 7 Wednesday night.

Anderson made 28 saves in Game 6 while Rask made 26.

Ottawa blew a two-goal lead in Game 5, continuing a leaguewide trend.

MacArthur scored the overtime victor Sunday to end the series capping what has already been an emotional return for the 32-year-old. Ottawa went in to the game with a 3-2 series lead over Boston. During the regular season, the teams met three times, with the Rangers winning two of the games and the Senators winning one.

Winger Tommy Wingels, who has been a healthy scratch for four straight games in this series, will likely replace Stalberg if he can't play.

"But to be honest, I have nothing bad to say about him". Noel Acciari nearly certainly won himself a full-time job in Boston next season with his gritty, nose-to-the-grindstone play. "I thought we played great in the overtime, and instead of being scared to lose, we were hungry to win". He's still blocking shots, then we come in today, what he did today. They've got a lot of skill over there, they're a smart veteran team. I think every game was a one-goal game, so it was a hard-fought series and just didn't go out way. So, yeah, I'm proud of the guys' effort from February 9 on.

In case anyone had any doubt, Bruce Cassidy had a bullet-quick answer to the final question of the 2016-17 Bruins' season. But when all was said and done, it was a disappointing way to end the season, and they have no one to blame but themselves. As if that is not enough for a teenager making his National Hockey League debut, McAvoy led his team with total power play ice time with 17:26 and was second with six takeaways and in shot attempts with 113.

They weren't. And now the Senators play the Rangers in the next series. Both the Bruins losses and wins in round 1 were by the slimmest of margins.

"We were fortunate our kill came through big time and we were able to regroup from that", said Cassidy, whose team lost center David Krejci when he was injured by a Chris Wideman hit in the first period. Senators W Tom Pyatt suffered an upper-body injury in the first round and missed the last two games. But, I mean, this was one of the more physical series I've been a part of. LW Matt Beleskey was back in for his third game in the series. The second line is comprised of Pageau, who tallied his only goal against Boston in Game 5, centering Hoffman (two goals and an assist) and Stone (goal and assist).

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