Published: Mon, April 16, 2018

Maple Leafs-Bruins, 1st Ld-Writethru,741

Maple Leafs-Bruins, 1st Ld-Writethru,741

Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak was a one-man wrecking crew Saturday night, tallying three goals and three assists in the team's 7-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Bruins top line - Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand were simply dominate. "For me, it's just about listening to them and I learned a lot especially this year".

Hyman was one of the lone bright spots for Toronto in Game 1, scoring on a terrific solo effort to tie things 1-1 in the first period.

Asked about the disparity, the second-year star was blunt in his reply.

"I've gone back and forth all year", Marleau said of moving to the middle.

"It's a seven game series for a reason, so there is no reason to get down and frustrated this early in the series", said Tyler Bozak. Jake DeBrusk scored on the power play to double the lead before Kevan Miller got a insane redirect off Nikita Zaitsev to make the lead three.

Pastrnak will look to continue his magical run Monday night in Toronto for Game 3. You need courage. You get people there and you need to get pucks to arrive there and it becomes a mindset. Then, late in the second, Esposito notched two more goals in a five-minute span to bring his total to four, and later capped his night with another power play assist and skated away with a point on six of Boston's 10 goals. Only Wayne Gretzky (three times), Mario Lemieux and Patrick Sundstrom have recorded more than six points in an National Hockey League playoff game. Veteran Leo Komarov has been elevated to the top line with Matthews and Nylander, in theory to provide a bit of resistance if Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy chooses to match the Pastrnak-Bergeron-Marchand line in a head-to-head matchup.

"We're going to play hard against them". For the second straight contest, the "other" Lightning forwards featured prominently to help build up a big lead-Alex Killorn scored twice on the power play in the second period, part of a four-goal period for the Lightning to establish a 5-1 lead.


Rask's final numbers won't impress you - 30 saves on 33 shots amounts to just a.909 save percentage.

Boston's deluge continued at 12:13 when Miller was allowed way too much time and space in the corner before firing a puck in front that deflected in off Zaitsev. It's a matter not only of confidence that the Leafs get both those units going, but that the disparity is killing them in the long game of the series against an opponent that gives them so little to work with as it is.

The Boston Bruins have scored 12 goals in their first two games of the playoffs. "It's many things", defenseman Ron Hainsey said.

Boston laid an absolute beatdown on the Maple Leafs, who looked young, inexperienced and overwhelmed by a Bruins attack that netted a dozen goals in the first six periods of the series. The trio has combined for an absurd 20 points through two games - 16 of which have come at even strength.

Pastrnak added his second of the night with 7:26 remaining in the third when he was allowed to walk out from behind the net untouched after Marchand lost the handle on a breakaway.

As the Bruins' first power play group began to leave the ice in the midst of an offensive zone possession, rookie Jake DeBrusk jumped on and made it from the bench to the crease to deflect Krug's pass off Andersen at 9:46.

"I don't know how the matchups are going to be", Matthews said. So that's our first priority. Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said after Saturday's morning skate.

While the Bruins were outhit by the Leafs 42 to 37 in game one, from this pair of eyes the Bruins appeared to be the more physical team and were winning more battles for much of the night.

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