Boston Bruins fall to Toronto Maple Leafs in first-round opener
Boston Bruins fall to Toronto Maple Leafs in first-round opener
Mitch Marner scores twice as Maple Leafs down Bruins 4-1 in Game 1
13 April, 2019, 12:55
Pucks were going in off teammates and sticks from weird angles, but more troubling was that Andersen looked out of sorts.
Now sporting their first lead in a playoff series with Boston since 1959 - also the last time they beat Boston in the postseason - the Maple Leafs have turned the tables on their divisional rivals in National Hockey League playoff betting, climbing to short -160 favorites to knock off the Bruins on the National Hockey League series prices at Bovada.
William Nylander and John Tavares (into an empty net) also scored for the Maple Leafs. He is determined to improve on his 3.76 goals-against average and.896 save percentage in a seven-game elimination to Boston in the first round a year ago.
David Backes was a healthy scratch for the first time in his playoff career Thursday night in the Boston Bruins'4-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden. Instead, Andersen ignored their barbs and shut out the Bruins for the remaining 50 minutes, 29 seconds.
"A great win for us", Marner said. "You can only worry about things you can control, not things that you can't".
"Freddie is a guy we trust", Toronto head coach Mike Babcock said. Alex Ovechkin also scored in the first period, and John Carlson notched a hat trick of assists, getting helpers on all three first-period goals.
"He's one of our special players", said Toronto defenceman Jake Muzzin, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Los Angeles Kings. "It's a battle. I think for all of us, like I said the last couple days, we're extremely hungry and we all feel ready for this challenge". Everybody likes feeling good in everything you do.
Game 1 felt like 60 minutes of attempted shortcuts and cheats from the Bruins.
With a little help from his friends in blue-and-white, of course. 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.
However, the Maple Leafs' superiority over Boston in terms of depth was clearly evident in Game 1. "It's good we won, now we focus, re-fuel and keep your brains ready for (Saturday)". In this game, Toronto has the chance to apply a lot of pressure by playing freely. "But the key was that Freddie made the saves".
"We're a fast team", said Marner, who pointed to Toronto's confidence as a difference this time around against Boston. "He's calm. He's cool".
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.
Andersen anticipates the Bruins will attempt to make his life more hard by getting more bodies into his sightlines and around his crease.
"You just work through it", Andersen said of those March struggles that started to evaporate once the calendar flipped to April. "You go through different periods where it goes better for you (and) sometimes it doesn't go as well".
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