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

Carrie Guzman
April 14, 2019

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins meet Saturday in game two of the National Hockey League first round at the TD Garden. "That's going to be a problem for other teams to defend and that's something that we've got to take advantage of every single game - that speed".

"They are a 100-point team, so I don't think there was a lack of respect".

The 21-year-old got the Leafs back to even after the Bruins pulled ahead in the first period before connecting on his penalty shot with a ridiculous move on Tuukka Rask. "He reads the play so well". But Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy had no interest in blaming his netminder for what transpired in front of a surly Boston crowd. Play him hard, play him honest one-on-one. The Boston Bruins are averaging one goal per game and are scoring on 50 percent of their power play opportunities. "We know they're going to come out ready". "Muzzy and (defence partner Nikita) Zaitsev did a great job as well". Tavares assisted on Marner's first goal.

Mayor John Tory will be raising the Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Maple Leafs flags in celebration of the popular sports teams making the playoffs. By the end of the night there were a lot of Toronto players who you could say, that was the stuff. Moot now, we suppose, but the Leafs will have to at least match their own intensity in Game 2 ... "We have to be better". Marner had five shots in total and finished the game with a plus-three rating.

LAST 10 GAMES: Maple Leafs: 4-3-3, averaging 2.7 goals, four assists, 2.4 penalties and 5.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a.908 save percentage.

"I felt great. I did some good work in the last few days to get ready for this and get ready to compete". Frederik Andersen, who worked hard to re-centre himself down the stretch after a rocky March, was so cool that he messed with Brad Marchand on a third-period forecheck and flung the pass past Bergeron. With two goals on the night, Marner matched his entire postseason goal output from a year ago in one game. 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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Marner tied it 1-1 at 16:44 after his initial redirection hit the post but the rebound went back to him at the right side of the net. With the trio of Bergeron, Marchand, and Pastrnak accounting for over 40% of the team's goal production this season, shutting down the Bruins power trio is crucial to Toronto's success.

"You pressure them, and you can force turnovers and fumbled pucks", Muzzin said after Toronto took Game 1 of the first-round playoff series.

There would be no such comeback on this night.

"We won a game", said Babcock.

"I mean, I think when we play to our strengths and we take care of it, and we just utilize our speed and our skill, and we have that depth that we really believe in, we're a tough team to beat", said Matthews.

And there's little doubt Marner will meet that challenge head-on.

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