Power-play goals propel Bruins past Maple Leafs in playoff opener

David Pastrnak Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak Patrice Bergeron

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock has a healthy roster and no shortage of matchup options against the Boston Bruins.

There's lots of work to be done in that department, and a host of others, after Thursday night. "We were winning pucks, getting it behind their D, the way you want to play early on".

Koropatnicki says a long playoff run by the leafs could add up to almost $20,000 in food and drink sales and they're not the only business benefiting.

"What's different about that line is lines that can really score, lots of times they don't defend", Babcock said beforehand. "The building was rocking, they were feeling the energy". David Pastrnak also picked up an assist on the goal. Torey Krug added two assists.

Goalies_Toronto, Andersen 0-1 (40 shots-35 saves).

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is back at the TD Garden on Saturday night.

The B's take a 1-0 series lead into Saturday's Game 2. Toronto has five holdovers with bitter memories of that postseason, including forward Nazem Kadri, who thought he clinched it when he scored with 5:29 gone in the third to make it 4-1. "That's what it looked like to me", Cassidy said after the victory. "He was turning up the wall so I was committed to the hit, and then he ended up falling".

"It's in the hands of the National Hockey League". So when he saw David Pastrnak's shot hit off the post and flutter into the air, it was tough for Kuraly to be patient.

Bergeron said an emphasis on communication between the three has been crucial to their success. "That's been key to creating that chemistry".

Boston limited space in the neutral zone at even strength as Auston Matthews, Marner and William Nylander struggled to find room to operate. Keeping in mind the sheer unpredictably of the NHL Playoffs (part of what makes them so great), here are five reasons why Boston could be hoisting the Cup sometime in June. But lashing out is no way to get your team back on track on the ice. "It seemed like we spent a vast majority of the game on our half of the ice". The B's forward banked the puck off Andersen and into the net. Hyman tied it for the Leafs with about three minutes before the break but Backes put Boston back in front early in the second on a pass from Krejci.

Boston stretched its lead to two with 38 seconds left in the period when Pastrnak took a feed from Marchand out of the corner and zipped a shot past Andersen's glove. Season ticket holders had first priority, leaving 209 tickets for members of Leafs Nation fan club.

"It's agitating at that point".

Boston stormed out of the gate in the first inside a raucous TD Garden, and grabbed the lead on the power play at 5:28 when Krug fed a pass between the skates of Leafs defenceman Roman Polak off the rush to Marchand, who beat Andersen on a move to the backhand. "I think like all older guys, they get a little more juice at this time of year and we expect him to be good". "Two Original Six teams".

The Bruins finished the regular season with 112 points, good for second in the Atlantic Division and fourth in the overall standings.

The Boston Bruins had trouble closing out games in the third period against the Toronto Maple Leafs this season, but they finished the job easily in a 5-1 drubbing in Thursday night's Game 1 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series.

Jake DeBrusk, Matt Grzelcyk and Danton Heinen all played in their first career Stanley Cup playoff game. They lost once in overtime, were struggling to stay at.500 when they met for a road-home series in early November, and have added Rick Nash, Tommy Wingels, Nick Holden and Brian Gionta to their lineup since the last meeting on February 24.

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