Leafs hoping to write a different script against Bruins heading into playoffs

Leafs hoping to write a different script against Bruins heading into playoffs

After opening the postseason as -145 favourites to claim their sixth playoff series win over Toronto since 1959, the Bruins now lag as +135 underdogs while the Maple Leafs have moved to -155 chalk on the series prices.

Even the run of play seemed to mirror Boston's offensive explosion in that opener almost exactly, but it was Marner's penalty shot goal, and then a cross-zone connection between Nazem Kadri and William Nylander, that interrupted what amounted to ultimately hollow waves of attack from the Bruins in a lopsided middle frame.

The Stars won in Nashville thanks in large part to Heiskanen's goal and assist in Game 1. That was enough give the Leafs a 4-1 victory and momentarily halt any recurring playoff nightmares.

The Nylander goal was a stoppable shot for the 32-year-old Rask. "You go through different periods where it goes better for you (and) sometimes it doesn't go as well".

"We went through our lineup", Cassidy said.

"We watched a couple of games, that's the way it is".

The Boston Bruins actually had more shot attempts and less giveaways, and they still lost game one rather convincingly.

Johnson left red faced after practice swing gaffe
Playing in consecutive groups during the second round Friday, Kisner and Johnson had some, let's just say, interesting moments. The 43-year old was not assessed a penalty and the shot did not count as a stroke as Johnson had no intention to hit the ball.

"When one or two teams in the city are picking up the slack and (having) success, I think it gives the rest of the major organizations in the city something". They could have scored three more times late in the second, too. Kuhlman practiced on the second line in Jake DeBrusk's absence. "We're all on the same page here and everyone is feeling good". 2-1 Toronto. 1:30 remains on the Bruins power play. When he was just outside the crease, Jake DeBrusk was called for bringing him down from behind, and sending him crashing into Rask. While not matching their 50-win season past year, the Bruins did finish at 49-24-9, good enough for the number two spot in the Eastern Conference standings. "We need to find an answer to him". "Trying to see what they're doing on the face-off ... things you can see from up there of ways if I do get a look that I can be effective or more effective".

"They were great, they had some good blocks in helping me out", Andersen said.

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

There's no denying that the Bergeron line needs to be much better in Game 2, as the Tavares line kept them in check all night long.

Tavares also got the best of Bergeron at the faceoff dot, winning 53% of the faceoffs they took against each other, including three of four in the Bruins offensive zone.

Game 2 goes Saturday at TD Garden ahead of the series shifting to Scotiabank Arena on Monday and Wednesday. Now, after the Bruins battled through a brutal, injury-filled 82-game season to somehow win home-ice advantage against these Leafs once more, they handed it right back to them in one game. Frederik Andersen in net for Toronto versus Boston playoffs previous year posted numbers of.896 save percentage and 3.76 goals-against-average, but judging by his much better 2018-19 regular season numbers (.917 save percentage and 2.77 goals-against-average), he will be more of a determining factor this time playoff series.

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