The Boston Bruins knocked off the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round with a 5-1 Game 7 victory and will advance to play the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round.
During that Game 7, there were spurts of hope from the Maple Leafs in the offensive zone, but they were only able to capitalize once, when John Tavares got the puck wide open in the slot and beat Tuukka Rask.
However, there were some key players who were completely shut down by the Bruins defense, such as Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, who were lined up with the Bruins top lines. William Nylander would have been the only one who could make something happen against the bottom of the Bruins lineup, but he was practically invisible.
Brutal stat line for William Nylander as well. 0 sog... pic.twitter.com/5QaSUW7AYU— NHL Prospects Watcher (@Prospects_Watch) April 24, 2019
In his 16:13 registered total time on ice, he literally did nothing. He had a 43 percent faceoff percentage, and one takeaway in Game 7. The biggest stats, all those zeros across the board. He did not register a goal, assist, point, shot, hit, or blocked shot in the 16+ minutes he was on the ice. The only good zeros on his stat line were penalty minutes and giveaways.
The worst of all those numbers, mostly zeros, was his plus-minus statistic. He was a -2 in the win-or-go-home elimination game. He was on the ice for both empty net goals, the fourth and fifth Bruins goals.
Thank you Leafs Nation.— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 24, 2019
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Regardless, the Toronto Maple Leafs postseason nightmares continue, as they got knocked out in the first round once again. It's been 15 years since they won a playoff series. Ouch.