Mitch Marner faked out Tuukka Rask so badly on this goal

How the Leafs can win Round 1 and how the Bruins can prevent that from happening

The NHL playoffs are the best time of the year to be a sports fan, at least when it comes to the first round.

They looked jittery at times, especially some young players. Andersen has been lights out for the Leafs, with 28 saves through two, including several high danger area saves. They passed when they should have shot much of the night. Playing some of their most disciplined and opportunistic hockey of the season, Toronto limited Boston's vaunted top line to just two points and nine total shots in Thursday's 4-1 victory.

The Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference first round with a 1-0 lead in the series. Had they had more, the seven points between them and the Bruins probably would have been smaller and perhaps the Leafs would have had a shot at home ice. After opening the postseason as -145 favourites to claim their sixth playoff series win over Toronto since 1959, the Bruins now lag as +135 underdogs while the Maple Leafs have moved to -155 chalk on the series prices.

Toronto Maple Leafs (46-28-8, third in the Atlantic Division during the regular season) vs.

Tavares scored into an empty net with 1:19 remaining in the third period for the 4-1 final. "Too many turnovers. And when that happens, you don't really establish your forecheck or get any rhythm out of it".

"They pressured us", said Boston centre Patrice Bergeron, who scored Boston's lone goal on a first-period power play. That would be a recurring theme. However, after netting his second goal of the contest, the Bruins must be concerned about the totality of his game.

"Yeah, it wasn't fun causing the turnover there". "He has always played well against us, always played hard against us", Cassidy said.

"Getting the first one is huge, now you have to follow it up", said Patrick Marleau. "He's done that in practice", said Rask. I put my whole weight on my right foot, and then I just couldn't get there anymore. Grzelcyk tried a pass that never got there.

Nylander scored through Rask's five-hole with 1:35 left in the period to extend the lead to 3-1 after Kadri sprung him on a breakaway with a long pass. "I kind of had an idea of what I wanted to do".

"Listen, you want your goalie to stop everything", said Cassidy. I'll state the obvious. During his breakaway attempt, he was upended, though, and awarded a penalty shot. "Might be a different game".

Conversely, Toronto has received offensive contributions up and down the lineup, with seven players hitting the 20-goal mark, enabling coach Mike Babcock to roll three scoring lines. Plenty of time to come back after that.

The Bruins hit the post on a shot by Charlie Coyle late in the same power play. Then we give up the next breakaway. This isn't the Leafs team we saw this year. "Muzzy and (defence partner Nikita) Zaitsev did a great job as well". "And away you go".

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.

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