Bruins teach Leafs a playoff lesson in Game 1

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It was important for Marchand not to just produce, but to show the confidence he's shown with the puck on his stick for most of the first 82 games of the season.

Prior to their game, the Boston Bruins announced their lines for game one and there are some slight changes from the beginning of the week.

They probably had enough opportunities for Boston to win by two or three more goals than the four by which the Bruins won. "We're talking all the time about what we're doing and how we're doing it". "That's what it looked like to me", Cassidy said after the victory.

"Generally speaking, we've allowed our players to play, " Cassidy said. "Leo and (Kapanen) and him, or Leo and (Johnsson) and him, I think, it gives me real good options there".

"Everyone bought in, we managed it well, and off we went".

"They're elite players any way you look at it. Bergeron is real good in the faceoff circle, they all work real hard and compete real hard, Marchand and Bergeron are elite penalty killers so they know how to play the game without the puck and for the longest part of the year they hardly got scored on". At the end of the day, Jake's healthy, a young winger; [Danton] Heinen, a left winger, has played well for us; Marchy (Brad Marchand); [Tim] it's a bit of a positional thing as well.

Goalies_Toronto, Andersen 0-1 (40 shots-35 saves). Kadri had 17 minutes in penalties, all in the third period.

Toronto surrendered another power play goal, and spent nearly half of the period shorthanded, forcing players like Auston Matthews to wait on the bench. Like I said before, they have two really good units they have so many skilled players that can make plays, that's was huge. "He's got the skills to make plays and moves".

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It means lights out for the Leafs, at least in Game 1, with the Toronto penalty kill giving up three goals, David Krejci doing the playoff thing he has done so often, and Rick Nash not scoring at all, but drawing penalties for unsafe looks that resulted in goals.

Power-play opportunities_Toronto 0 of 3; Boston 3 of 6.

Forcing the Leafs into low-percentage clearing attempts, it was a keep-in from the Bruins' Matt Grzelcyk that kept the puck in the attacking zone, where Krejci dished to a net-front David Backes and through Andersen for a 2-for-2 mark on the power play. 2, Toronto, Hyman 1 (Brown, Rielly), 16:52. The Leafs did not have even one shot on goal during five-on-five play and were fortunate to be down only one goal. Just plain clowning the Tomas Plekanec line around in the attacking zone, Pastrnak's first try from between the circles.

This time, and on an unsettled puck, Pastrnak did not miss.

Leafs centre Nazem Kadri was ejected from the game late in the third period when he drove Boston forward Tommy Wingels into the boards. 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.

"I tried a one-timer on the short side, but as soon as I had to stop the puck I didn't see anything on the short side", Pastrnak said, describing the buildup to his goal. "It's hard to be patient in my role". Wingels left the game and did not return.

Donato scored five goals and had nine points in 12 games for Boston after signing an entry-level deal in March.



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