Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Marner, Leafs handle Bruins in Game 1

Marner, Leafs handle Bruins in Game 1

Marner, who finished with two goals, helped get the visiting Leafs playoff run off to a roaring start in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series. "They've been making the playoffs now for several years". The importance of discipline is magnified in the playoffs, and Nylander learned that the hard way when Bergeron snuck through the back door to take a pass from Brad Marchand to score with Nylander in the box.

"They pressured us", said Boston centre Patrice Bergeron, who scored Boston's lone goal on a first-period power play.

The Leafs' dominance on the dot was also evident, with Tavares and Auston Matthews combining to win 26 of 43 puck drops in Game 1, including Tavares' key faceoff win that directly led to Marner's first-period goal to tie the game.

In addition, Toronto's stars also proved to be the club's best players in Game 1.

That excitement on Sweeney's part set the bar, and hopefully the tone of this first-round series again the Toronto Maple Leafs starting on TD Garden ice. Yeah, we would have liked the penalty shot save.

"When you're a really good player, you're going to draw a ton of checking", Babcock said.

"We went through our lineup", Cassidy said.

"We lost one game". The Bruins have given up six postseason penalty shots, just two of them successful. Nothing has changed. A second straight loss will have an impact in the future odds. "He has always played well against us, always played hard against us", Cassidy said. Kuhlman practiced on the second line in Jake DeBrusk's absence. A pretty good round off boos sends the Bruins into the second intermission. When he was just outside the crease, Jake DeBrusk was called for bringing him down from behind, and sending him crashing into Rask. Torey Krug passed the puck to Brad Marchand, who faked a shot before feeding to a lurking Bergeron at the right side of the net with an open shot. "We need to find an answer to him". Bruins got to figure out something here, and quick.

"A guy in the elevator told me we were all playing on the same day".

Now they'll have to live with that shame until Saturday night, when they'll encounter an opponent brimming with confidence.

Bergeron replied for Boston, while Rask stopped 29 shots as the Leafs won a Game 1 for the first time since April 9, 2003, against the Philadelphia Flyers. "So, I'm not going to put any of this on Tuukka". has them at -148 to win game 2 in the money line. Frederik Andersen in net for Toronto versus Boston playoffs a year ago posted numbers of.896 save percentage and 3.76 goals-against-average, but judging by his much better 2018-19 regular season numbers (.917 save percentage and 2.77 goals-against-average), he will be more of a determining factor this time playoff series. Then the Leafs hit the ice in Boston to play Game 2 of their series on a day that also features Blue Jays and Toronto FC games - the baseball team is home to 2018 Cy Young victor Blake Snell and the Tampa Bay Rays, while the soccer squad is in Seattle for a rematch of the 2016 and '17 MLS Cups.

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