Behind Enemy Lines: Maple Leafs shift their focus to Game 2

Marner has 2 goals, including penalty shot, Leafs top Bruins

"We're a fast team", said Marner, who pointed to Toronto's confidence as a difference this time around against Boston.

The slick winger scored twice, including on a short-handed penalty shot to give his team a lead it would never surrender, as the Toronto Maple Leafs downed the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Thursday to grab a 1-0 advantage in their best-of-seven first-round series. Then the Leafs hit the ice in Boston to play Game 2 of their series on a day that also features Blue Jays and Toronto FC games - the baseball team is home to 2018 Cy Young victor Blake Snell and the Tampa Bay Rays, while the soccer squad is in Seattle for a rematch of the 2016 and '17 MLS Cups.

It was a subtle sequence in the third period of the Maple Leafs' convincing 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

The coach also stressed that a player like Matthews, who was held to just two points last spring against the Bruins and rightly or wrongly took a lot of criticism in the process, needs to be patient in these big moments.

His third regular season as a Leaf ended with a record of 36-16-7, a 2.77 goals-against average and a.917 save percentage in 60 starts. Mitch Marner scored two goals, one of them shorthanded, and William Nylander and John Tavares finished off the four goal affair for Toronto.

The score might make it seem as if the game was a rout, but Smith was undoubtedly the star while posting his fourth career playoff shutout and adding an assist in the process.

"Some people, it's hard and some people it's pretty easy, and those are the people it looks like it's pretty easy", Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen said of Svechnikov and fellow Finn Heiskanen.

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Patrice Bergeron scored the only goal for the Bruins, who could not get much offense from their top line. That would be a recurring theme. Marner deked Rask easily for what proved to be the game-winner at 2:47 of the second period. Marner then pounced on the loose rebound for the goal. We can't have that, especially against them because they will take it. Give them an inch and they will take a mile.

Then, about three minutes into the second with Boston on a power play, Marner flipped the puck ahead toward center ice and chased it down with a clear path to the goal.

"Yeah, it wasn't fun causing the turnover there". I think that was our breakdown there and that was on us as a team.

It's a save the Bruins really needed to have at that point in the game. Tuukka Rask was in net for the Bruins and he managed to save 29 shots for the team, but he did allow three goals, giving the Bruins an ultimately insurmountable deficit. "It was a nice move, fresh ice too, so I probably should've recognized that, but yeah, good move".

Soon after, Rask thwarted a breakaway by Tavares. So it must have felt extra good to score the 3-1 goal for the Leafs after being sprung on a breakaway with a great pass by Nazem Kadri.

"I got [Nylander] where I wanted, and I felt it hit my stick, but I guess it was a bad save selection, because it went through", Rask offered after the loss.

"My 19-year-old year, when it was April, I was drinking beers in my frat basement", Dallas defenseman Ben Lovejoy said.

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