Bruins blow past Maple Leafs, grab 1-0 series lead

Bruins blow past Maple Leafs, grab 1-0 series lead

Bruins blow past Maple Leafs, grab 1-0 series lead

While the game wasn't completely out of hand, Nazem Kadri did his best to prevent the Maple Leafs from mounting any comeback attempt.

The Bruins, led by the Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak line as expected, came out strong and hard. The Bruins made them pay, not on the power play, but moments later, when Sean Kuraly provided the finishing touches on a Pastrnak bid stopped by Andersen. "That's what it looked like to me", Cassidy said after the victory. Like I said before, they have two really good units they have so many skilled players that can make plays, that's was huge. However, it is tough to judge anything based on the season series after all the irregularities that occurred in the four games.

During yet another dominant Bruins shift, this time by Krejci's second line, Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk took a hooking penalty in his own end at 5:04. Both Marchand and Bergeron notched assists on the play. The Leafs coach sent out Tomas Plekanec and the fourth line for the defensive zone faceoff and wound up seeing Marchand fool Kasperi Kapanen with a head fake before setting up Pastrnak for the 3-1 goal.

And so it went for the next 10 minutes with the Bruins alternately wheeling and hitting the helpless Leafs.

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With the Bruins taking Game 1, eyes will be on Saturday night when the two teams play again. The line had 13 shots on goal.

But as the first period wound down, the Leafs earned themselves a respite with another of their characteristics in the regular season - the ability to capitalize on the opposition's mistakes. His slapshot bounced off the post but it was a sign of life from the Leafs.

Tuukka Rask impressed in net for the Bruins, posting 25 saves against a Maple Leafs team that relinquished 40 shots on goal.

With Zdeno Chara pinching up on the play, Hyman raced towards a sliding puck and beat David Krejci to it before eluding Charlie McAvoy in the Bruins' slot. But lashing out is no way to get your team back on track on the ice. The Leafs visibly shook off the pianos on their backs and started controlling the puck a little more. If they have their entire lineup back healthy the Bruins have a pretty good chance at winning the Stanley Cup. You think you're a special team?

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Toronto surrendered another power play goal, and spent nearly half of the period shorthanded, forcing players like Auston Matthews to wait on the bench. Both times they were decent enough in possession terms but failed to generate much in the way of scoring chances.

Two-goal leads can be among the most unsafe in the game, but when you put your team short-handed so much, it is all for naught. One game into the playoffs, and it was like the Leafs weren't even there. Kadri is likely to get the Bergeron matchup.

Toronto only played one of the four regular-season games against Boston with Auston Matthews in the lineup and they lost it. With the score 4-1 in the third Tommy Wingels, who ended the second period holding Mitch Marner in a headlock, elbowed Marner in the face along the boards and fell down.

The two Original Six teams don't have much of a playoff history - at least not lately, or compared to the Bruins and Canadiens.

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