Published: Sat, April 13, 2019
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Mitch Marner undresses Tuukka Rask for lovely short-handed penalty shot tally

Mitch Marner undresses Tuukka Rask for lovely short-handed penalty shot tally

He scored the 3-1 goal that effectively buried the Bruins, fired three shots on five attempts, won 4 of 6 draws, took and drew a penalty (which he later forgot about) and even dished out two hits.

The overall numbers were similar to his first two campaigns in Toronto, but he wound up making six fewer appearances than in 2016-17 and 2017-18, largely because of a groin injury that kept him out of the lineup for almost three weeks and no doubt impacted his mobility at times.

Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots for Boston, and Bergeron scored a power-play goal midway through the first on a pass from Brad Marchand.

NOTE: Game two of the series is Saturday night at 7:30pm and its live on Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket.

Patrice Bergeron scored the only goal for the Bruins, who could not get much offense from their top line. That Game 1 victory didn't win them the series but it sent a strong message to a Bruins dressing room that thought Thursday night's opening matchup would be "easier than it was".

"Sometimes you have to rely on your goalie to make big saves", said Matthews.

"We know we got a quick team", Marner said. Boston will try to level things up on Saturday Night. But Marner tied it with about three minutes left in the period, sweeping in a rebound with such force he knocked himself off his skates. When he was just outside the crease, Jake DeBrusk was called for bringing him down from behind, and sending him crashing into Rask.

Maple Leafs newbie Jake Muzzin had a solid Game 1 and realizes that to win Game 2, they'll have to have an even better effort.

"I put my whole weight on my right foot, and then I just couldn't get there anymore", Rask said.

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

"We just wanted to stay above them", Marner said.

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

Marner, who finished with two goals, helped get the visiting Leafs' playoff run off to a roaring start in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series.

Instead, over time, the challenge that the Bruins present, which includes and won't be limited to their huge 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.

Indications that the Leafs have returned better equipped this spring, however, weren't at all exclusive to Marner, who had already extended his postseason points streak to seven games before stepping up to the circle with the game-tying goal in the first period. With the trio of Bergeron, Marchand, and Pastrnak accounting for over 40% of the team's goal production this season, shutting down the Bruins power trio is crucial to Toronto's success.

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