Maple Leafs take Game 1 against Bruins on the road

How the Leafs can win Round 1 and how the Bruins can prevent that from happening

All of that led to a total flip of the script from last year's first-round series against these same Toronto Maple Leafs and a 4-1 loss in Game 1 at TD Garden.

The Leafs, who fell to the Bruins in seven games in the first round last spring and are looking for the franchise's first series victory since 2004, believed their No. 1 netminder would rediscover his form.

Saturday marks the first time the four Toronto teams have all played on the same day since April 25 of 2018. Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots for Boston. "He reads the play so well".

While a save on either one of those might have changed the game, Coach Bruce Cassidy didn't blame his goalie. "He's always played well against us, always played hard against us".

"When you get a power play, you want to get something good out of it and get some momentum", said Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, who scored Boston's only goal.

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"We know we're fast in this locker room", Marner said. "We wanted to make it hard on them getting to our blue line and getting it in". We've been exposed by them on those breakaways. Tavares assisted on Marner's first goal. Well, sure, I will be fooled again in many areas of my life over and over, but not by the Maple Leafs.

"We went through our lineup", Cassidy said. "We really kept our composure". And with Jake Debrusk's status for Game 2 still up in the air after the 27-goal scorer suffered an undisclosed injury in Game 1, the burden gets even heavier for Boston's top line.

I thought the Leafs were the better team in the first, but not by much. "We have to be better".

The Leafs' dominance on the dot was also evident, with Tavares and Auston Matthews combining to win 26 of 43 puck drops in Game 1, including Tavares' key faceoff win that directly led to Marner's first-period goal to tie the game. Facing off at home against one of their longtime rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Bruins were thoroughly defeated by the Leafs with a final score of 4-1. The Lightning unraveled the Bruins previous year in the second round, preventing their bottom six from registering a single point, and that issue won't go away if Frederik Andersen plays at the caliber that originally placed him in the Vezina conversation. Nazem Kadri beamed a 60-foot cross ice pass to a streaking William Nylander, who entered the Bruins' zone untouched and beat Rask five-hole. They were swept away from the start past year, but this time Toronto dominated the first 10 minutes and most of the first 20. He flipped the puck into the open net to make it 2-1. And while the Bruins are likely to come out with a characteristic physical response in Game 2, the best betting value in this series can be found in a Toronto club that looks to have finally come of age. A warning sign like a first period playing out almost identically to the Game 1 that went south last spring determined that the Leafs needed something to reverse course. Marner deked Rask easily and gave Toronto a 2-1 lead at 2:47 of the second period.

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