Marner has 2 goals, including penalty shot, Leafs top Bruins

Annette Crawford
April 14, 2019

Well, sure, I will be fooled again in many areas of my life over and over, but not by the Maple Leafs. What I want to say is that I'm not taking the Maple Leafs to win their first round series against the Boston Bruins, and I'm asking for forgiveness from Leafs fans everywhere. That's the playoffs. That's how you've got to kind of prepare yourself. It is the exact same number they had previous to the game 1 performance. "But we stayed with it, Fred stayed with it, there was no issues with Fred". "Muzzy and (defence partner Nikita) Zaitsev did a great job as well".

"My 19-year-old year, when it was April, I was drinking beers in my frat basement", Dallas defenseman Ben Lovejoy said. Both teams are relatively inexperienced when it comes to playoffs, but they seem to be laying better than anyone in the West right now and would be fun to cheer for.

"I think with all of us we go through some adversity in our life", Babcock said.

In this first round matchup, Toronto now leads one game to zero over Boston, but the Bruins will have a chance to come back and even the series at home when they take on their foe tomorrow night.

"I think Charlie Coyle was very good, arguably our best player", Cassidy said. "Years ago I remember (people saying about Wayne) Gretzky, 'Why doesn't anybody hit that guy?' Well, it's not that easy". It becomes containment issues. "We need to find an answer to him". Amusing what the playoffs bring out in players.

In addition, Toronto's stars also proved to be the club's best players in Game 1.

And on top of giving Toronto a 2-1 advantage at the time, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 draft joined some elite company with the twine-tickler. It was a reminder - the goal especially, which broke open a 2-1 game - of why Kyle Dubas hung on to Nylander even as his contract dispute stretched until the very last possible day, and hour, in December.

Frederik Andersen settled the puck behind his net, patiently faked out the hard-charging Brad Marchand and zipped a pass beyond Patrice Bergeron to clear the defensive zone. But he could not come up with the save on a breakaway by William Nylander. The importance of discipline is magnified in the playoffs, and Nylander learned that the hard way when Bergeron snuck through the back door to take a pass from Brad Marchand to score with Nylander in the box. It's so special. He is so good, it is just such a pleasure to watch him play and to be on his team.

Toronto then went on a 4-0 scoring run to close out the entire game. Interesting start for Muzzin, whose initial shift from the opening faceoff was one minute 21 seconds, when he was unable to get to the bench.

"He's calm", Muzzin said. Making an impact in limited minutes: Trevor Moore ...

But the Bruins did absolutely no favors for their goaltender in what was a downright brutal second period that featured four different breakaways or odd-man rushes on Boston's net.

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