Playoffs Roundup: Mitch Marner Leads Maple Leafs' Charge Past Bruins

Bruins Drop First Playoff Game Against Maple Leafs 4-1

In fact, they recorded the same amount of hits and shots as Boston; the Maple Leafs were just a lot more effective in front of the goal. Rookies Karson Kuhlman and Connor Clifton will also make their playoff debuts. Bergeron's score was assisted by Torey Krug and Brad Marchand, but the team would never score again.

Bergeron scored a power-play goal at 9:31 to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

"It's a weird play, but we'll take all goals", defenseman Jake Muzzin said on Thursday night after Mitch Marner converted Toronto's first successful postseason penalty shot in two decades to propel the Leafs to a 4-1 victory over Boston.

The ghost of playoffs past haunted Boston with non-existent secondary scoring in Game 1.

"I just don't want to overwhelm myself".

As Maple Leafs faithful already know, Marner is in the final year of his entry-level contract and is in line for a big raise this summer. It was Toronto's first successful postseason penalty shot since Mats Sundin converted in 1999. "You go through different periods where it goes better for you (and) sometimes it doesn't go as well".

"He was a rock back there for us", defenceman Jake Muzzin said.

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"We lost one game".

Instead, over time, the challenge that the Bruins present, which includes and won't be limited to their vast talent and often overwhelming physicality, the hostile environment they call home and the confidence borne out of previous successes, all seemed more manageable this time. It's so special. He is so good, it is just such a pleasure to watch him play and to be on his team. They out-skated the Bruins in the first period and into the second and created problems with that speed when not forced to defend, looking truly vulnerable only when defending the defensive zone flat-footed while down a man. What was Mike Babcock saying the other day about line matching, now that Tavares is here, and Kadri is a third-liner, and Tomas Plekanec doesn't have to spend three games with Kadri suspended as a second-line centre? "But other than that, we had a pretty good night". The Maple Leafs are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Boston and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The 2018 second overall pick will try to help Carolina even its first-round series against Washington in Game 2 Saturday (3 p.m. ET, NBC). "We need to find an answer to him". It's a quick turnaround time in the playoffs and the Bruins have to rebound quickly.

Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen made 37 saves and frustrated the Bruins on several occasions.

There's no denying that the Bergeron line needs to be much better in Game 2, as the Tavares line kept them in check all night long.

So much for all that work to secure home ice advantage.

"If you put a bunch of pressure on yourself, then you're getting in your own way". The Bruins outshot Toronto 21-14 in the second period, but gave up two goals. And while the Bruins are likely to come out with a characteristic physical response in Game 2, the best betting value in this series can be found in a Toronto club that looks to have finally come of age.

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