Heading into Game 2, the Bruins have the momentum on their side. They’re in front of their home crowd and coming off a Game 1 win in which the score was closer than it should have been. They also saw arguably the best game of the playoffs from deadline acquisition Marcus Johansson, who will be a player to watch tonight. The winger couldn’t find his way on the scoresheet but he was buzzing all night, setting multiple playoff highs.
Johansson did everything but score against the Blues. The highlight of his night came in the first period when he split the defense on a powerplay entry and beat Jordan Binnington high, only to hit the post.
All night, he was flying around with the puck, getting good looks, finding teammates and winning puck battles. With nine points in 16 playoff games, Johansson has given the Bruins exactly what they needed when they traded for him: secondary scoring.
Boston will continue to have the advantage of first change in Game 2, which means Bruce Cassidy can keep the third line of Johansson, Charlie Coyle, and Danton Heinen away from the tougher matchup if he pleases. Tyler Bozak is no slouch, but he’s an easier matchup than Brayden Schenn or Selke candidate Ryan O’Reilly. So keep an eye on that third line, and especially Johansson. He could be in for a big Game 2 if he continues his dynamic play.