Bruins jump on Leafs for resounding Game 1 victory

Bruins jump on Leafs for resounding Game 1 victory

Bruins jump on Leafs for resounding Game 1 victory

The play is controversial earlier in its development where the Boston Bruins may have been offside on two fronts.

BOSTON - Brad Marchand, David Backes and David Krejci each scored a power-play goal, and Tuukka Rask stopped 26 shots to lead the Boston Bruins to a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night in Game 1 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

A mere handful of shifts after scoring the series' icebreaker with a tidy move on Frederik Andersen after he strode in on by the lead-footed Roman Polak, Marchand stole a moment with Komarov as the two found themselves mixed up between benches.

And the Boston power play was the reason. Pastrnak quietly has three goals and three assists in seven career playoff games, a very good total for a 21-year-old.

For as good as the Blue Jackets offense was a season ago (they finished sixth in the National Hockey League in goals scored) they still lacked a go-to-forward that could be a difference-maker.

The Bruins had an extended power play when Nazem Kadri drew a five-minute major and 10-minute misconduct for drilling Tommy Wingels against the boards.

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"Outscored 3-0 (on) special teams ... that's most likely never going to get it done", Leafs defenceman Ron Hainsey said.

Backes snapped a 1-1 tie on the power play at 15:43 of the second when he chipped a loose puck up and over Andersen. No. 42 roofed it for the power play tally to put the Bruins back on top, 2-1. And they got it late in the period, when David Pastrnak took a pass from Marchand and ripped a wrist shot past Andersen to make it 3-1.

Toronto killed off two penalties to start the third, but Kuraly made it 4-1 when he batted the puck out of mid-air after Andersen robbed Pastrnak.

With James Van Riemsdyk off for hooking, Marchand scored on a backhander to give the Bruins the lead 5:28 into the game. The Leafs, meanwhile, wracked up a franchise-record 105 points, which earned them the division's third seed and the league's seventh-best record.

They got another lesson Thursday about what it takes to win at this time of year.

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