NHL playoffs 2019: Jake Gardiner’s costly turnover leads to Bruins goal in Game 7

first_imgJake Gardiner doing Jake Gardiner Game Seven™ things.Beautiful drop pass for Marcus Johansson.One problem: Johansson is wearing the opposing sweater. pic.twitter.com/S2JhzyFo1J— Ben “Playoff Hockey” Jones (@BenJonesNow) April 23, 2019Gardiner, 28, struggled throughout the first period Tuesday night, including on Boston’s first goal. Joakim Nordstrom scored past netminder Frederick Andersen while an out-of-position Gardiner looked on.Joakim Nordstrom opened the scoring for the @NHLBruins.The team that scores first is 128-44 (.744) in the 174 all-time Game 7s in the postseason. #NHLStats #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/Y3gyZwxUvQ— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 23, 2019Gardiner was minus-5 in last year’s Leafs-Bruins Game 7, which Toronto lost 7-4 in Boston. At -2 so far for the #Leafs tonight, Jake Gardiner’s current career mark of -9 in Game 7 of a series is the lowest plus-minus rating by a player in those situations over the last 30 playoff seasons (1989-)— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) April 24, 2019Toronto cut the lead in half in the second period on John Tavares’ second goal of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, but a subpar performance by Gardiner in the team’s most crucial game for the second year in a row has not helped the Leafs in their quest to reach the second round for the first time since 2004. Nobody epitomizes the Maple Leafs’ struggles against the Bruins in Game 7s more than Jake Gardiner.With 2:17 left in the first period of Tuesday’s Game 7, Gardiner’s attempt to bounce the puck off the boards stopped short and led to a turnover that was netted by the Bruins’ Marcus Johansson. The marker gave Boston a 2-0 lead on home ice and further accentuated Gardiner’s struggles in decisive games.last_img