Marner's penalty shot goal lifts Leafs past Bruins in Game 1

Marner's penalty shot goal lifts Leafs past Bruins in Game 1

I think that was our breakdown there and that was on us as a team.

"We had lapses, we had mistakes, we let them have it easy", Coyle said. "He's nearly one step ahead, to be honest".

While a save on either one of those might have changed the game, Coach Bruce Cassidy didn't blame his goalie. "He's always played well against us, always played hard against us".

It did get off to a rollicking start, though, as Patrice Bergeron scored the game's first (and the Bruins' only) goal just nine minutes into the first period on a power play.

"We went through our lineup", Cassidy said.

"They're a team that works hard and gets their chances by putting the puck on net and converging", Bergeron said.

William Nylander and John Tavares also scored for the Maple Leafs, who lost in the first playoff round to Boston last season. It was Marner's second goal of the night.

"It was a great move", said Auston Matthews. "We really kept our composure".

Now they'll have to live with that shame until Saturday night, when they'll encounter an opponent brimming with confidence.

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"Still six games left here to get the job done", Marchand said. DeBrusk takes Marner down who is awarded the penalty shot, and undresses Rask for his second goal of the night.

If Mitch Marner's coolness was emblematic of a more composed, unbothered and resolute foil to the Boston Bruins, and not an exception as he turned out to be last spring, then it seems the Toronto Maple Leafs may now have the mettle. The Lightning unraveled the Bruins a year ago in the second round, preventing their bottom six from registering a single point, and that issue won't go away if Frederik Andersen plays at the caliber that originally placed him in the Vezina conversation.

Boston almost tied it moments later, but Andersen stopped Charlie Coyle before the Bruins centre rang a shot off the post. So it must have felt extra good to score the 3-1 goal for the Leafs after being sprung on a breakaway with a great pass by Nazem Kadri.

The Bruins took only 36 seconds to capitalize on the first power play of the game when Bergeron scored at 9:31 of the opening period but it was downhill from there.

"Each year you just gain more and more experience and, from our first now to our third year, you just kind of know what to expect going into it", Matthews said. Marner deked Rask easily for what proved to be the game-winner at 2:47 of the second period.

However, the Maple Leafs' superiority over Boston in terms of depth was clearly evident in Game 1.

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

Speed will definitely be a factor in this first-round series, and the question remains, will the Bruins be able to match the speed of the Leafs successfully, much of that will depend on the youngsters (see Jake DeBrusk) who've become such an important part of this team. Frederik Andersen in net for Toronto versus Boston playoffs previous year posted numbers of.896 save percentage and 3.76 goals-against-average, but judging by his much better 2018-19 regular season numbers (.917 save percentage and 2.77 goals-against-average), he will be more of a determining factor this time playoff series.

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