"He should feel good about himself".
Kapanen, who came in with zero points in the series and just three in his last 19 games, helped set up his team's first, and then scored its second when he finished off a 3-on-2 just 2:12 later.
What a difference a year makes.
After being largely held in check through the first nine periods of the series at 5 on 5, the Bruins' top line of Marchand, Bergeron and David Pastrnak registered six points in Game 4, although the latter played with Krejci and Jake DeBrusk most of the night as head coach Bruce Cassidy gave the Leafs a different setup.
It was back in 2004 that the Leafs last made it to the postseason's second round, and since the National Hockey League introduced its salary cap in 2005, only Toronto and Florida have failed to get out of the first round at least once.
Game 6 of the best-of-7 series is at Boston on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).
It's been the face of the franchise, Auston Matthews, leading the way with four goals in the last three games, Matthews and the young core are growing up and now they have to finish the job against the rival Bruins.
Kasperi Kapanen doubled the lead just over two minutes later, beating Rask with 6:15 left. Matthews was as effective in his end as he was in the offensive zone, breaking up Boston line rushes and starting fast breaks all game.
The goal aside, Babcock said the former No. 1 pick's commitment to a 200-foot game is the reason he put up his best performance of these playoffs. "He was outstanding. He was involved in so many breakouts. He was there and available for the [defensemen]". "I thought it was a good goal", Hyman said, according to TSN's Mark Masters.
"I didn't know, because you don't know how things are, right?" he said. "I don't know, [there is] a lot going through your mind there. You have to learn how to do it".
Like his linemate, Hyman didn't dare glance at a replay. "Exciting times. I didn't sleep much".
Matthews seems to have bought what the coach is selling and is poised to take the next step in his game, much like his team. "I haven't had the best of luck as far as those go", said Matthews.
"I thought the adversity we went through [late in the regular season] got us to buy in a little bit", said Babcock. "You always just hope for the best". The value of having patience under duress, often while knowing you're about to get hit after you make the more poised play, has vast value. "I didn't want to watch it". We have to go out there, play well and execute at a high level and lay it all out there.
The Boston Bruins need a road victory here to force a game seven on Tuesday. We have time to get ourselves back in the game and regroup. "It's something that we haven't been able to do".