The under is 5-1 in Maple Leafs last 6 overall. In addition to Mitch Marner's two goals, John Tavares chipped in with a goal and an assist while dominating in the faceoff circle, winning 16 of 26 draws, and goaltender Frederik Andersen turned aside 37 of 38 shots.
The Bruins actually scored the first goal of the game, but Marner answered on a rebound in the first period to tie things. Cassidy said if DeBrusk can't play, veteran David Backes will go into the lineup. That's the playoffs. That's how you've got to kind of prepare yourself. They're up 1-0 early. The Muzzin-Nikita Zaitsev pair especially was effective. We've been exposed by them on those breakaways. "A couple times there was good talk and good communication with me playing the puck".
The Bruins and Maple Leafs meet for the second consecutive postseason, with the Bruins victorious last April in seven games.
The Boston Bruins scored the first goal of the game but the Toronto Maple Leafs scored the next four to beat the B's 4-1 in the first game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. I thought Coyle was arguably the Bruins best player. "Years ago I remember (people saying about Wayne) Gretzky, 'Why doesn't anybody hit that guy?' Well, it's not that easy". It becomes containment issues. "He's always played well against us, always played hard against us". If you can be physical against him, do it. "We weren't doing him a lot of favours down the stretch (in the regular season)". Has two of the Bruins three shots thus far. Amusing what the playoffs bring out in players. But with a newfound confidence and maturity that seemed to often elude them in the regular season, the Maple Leafs are now in the driver's seat, and poised to rewrite a decades-long narrative.
Later on Saturday night, the scene shifts to Scotiabank Saddledome as the Calgary Flames take on the Colorado Avalanche in Game 2 of their Pacific Division semi-final matchup as heavy -230 favourites. Marner's second goal and Tavares' were both unassisted. He was beaten only on an expertly-crafted backdoor feed from Brad Marchand to Patrice Bergeron on Boston's first power-play try of the series. It's their best player, in my estimation, (scoring) a goal.
Lars Eller added an empty-net goal and goalie Braden Holtby finished with 27 saves. It didn't help that the Leafs had a bumpy start in the defensive zone.
"They'll come out twice as hard", said Muzzin. "That's one way to get back into it".
Rask stopped a Tavares breakaway and then another odd-man rush at the end of the second period. The Leafs quickly transitioned, with Nazem Kadri making a great pass to spring Nylander, whose shot jumped over Rask's stick and between his pads for a 3-1 lead.
The overall numbers were similar to his first two campaigns in Toronto, but he wound up making six fewer appearances than in 2016-17 and 2017-18, largely because of a groin injury that kept him out of the lineup for almost three weeks and no doubt impacted his mobility at times. Connor Brown absolutely rocked Marcus Johansson in the first period with the biggest open-ice hit of the game.
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