Raptors and Leafs playoff games highlight Toronto's super Saturday

15 April, 2019, 12:13 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Mirtle Why I’m picking the Bruins over the Maple Leafs

Leafs winger Mitch Marner scored twice to lead the Leafs to a Game 1 win over Boston.

Auston Matthews believes he and his Toronto Maple Leafs are more prepared to take on the Boston Bruins in the playoffs this time around. "It doesn't matter if you started on the road or where you finished (in the standings), it can go either way". His successful penalty shot went down as a short-handed goal 2:47 into the second frame. Bruins will get the first power play of the night. "Obviously, that did the opposite".

The night was not a complete loss for hockey in Massachusetts, though, as the hockey team at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst won their game in the Frozen Four NCAA Hockey semifinals against the University of Denver.

"It's one game, but it gets us a step closer to where we want to get to", said John Tavares, who added an empty-netter to clinch it. Nikita Zaitsev and Muzzin drew the Bergeron line assignment, played a two-minute first shift replete with turnovers - "Yeah, that was a good start, eh?"

Frederik Andersen was excellent in net for Toronto, stopping 37 of the 38 shots he faced.

Made to wait a little longer after the referee pointed to the centre circle in response to Jake DeBrusk taking out his legs on a breakaway, Marner showed no signs of being unsettled by spending a few more moments in solitary to realize the stakes.

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Boston forward Jake DeBrusk is questionable with the injury that knocked him out of Game 1 against the Maple Leafs. 2-1 Toronto. 1:30 remains on the Bruins power play. "Trying to see what they're doing on the face-off ... things you can see from up there of ways if I do get a look that I can be effective or more effective". "It was a nice move, fresh ice too, so I probably should've recognized that, but yeah, good move". If the stretch pass worked any better this season than the feed Nazem Kadri gave Nylander, we must be forgetting it ...

Rask stopped a Tavares breakaway and then another odd-man rush at the end of the second period.

"Now all of those guys have got their first game out of the way, they should get some confidence", coach Bill Peters said. "He has always played well against us, always played hard against us", Cassidy said.

Boston pulled the goalie with 2:35 left, but Tavares scored off a center-ice faceoff with 79 seconds left.

NOTES: The Leafs have only been awarded four postseason penalty shots, and the only other time they have scored was Sundin against Buffalo on May 29, 1999.

Instead, over time, the challenge that the Bruins present, which includes and won't be limited to their enormous talent and often overwhelming physicality, the hostile environment they call home and the confidence borne out of previous successes, all seemed more manageable this time. The last attempt was by Philadelphia's Ville Leino in 2010. Frederik Andersen in net for Toronto versus Boston playoffs past 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. Muzzin, a trade deadline acquisition who missed the final regular-season game with an illness, assisted on Marner's first goal.

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