The Bruins first line was basically strategy-proof in the two playoff wins against the Maple Leafs.
The Toronto Maple Leafs' best players didn't show up in the first two games of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Boston Bruins. The Bruins had plenty of chances to gain the lead but were unable to defeat the Maple Leafs in Toronto.
His play with his new team hit rock bottom in the series opener when the veteran centre struggled in the Bruins' 5-1 rout.
Toronto's Kasperi Kapanen, who hit the post early his team's ugly 7-3 loss in Game 2, found iron again later in the period on a shot that beat Rask clean.
Marleau had a pair of goals in Toronto's 4-2 win over Boston. They need to score and score often, and it'll be up to their top-six forwards, most notably Matthews, to get the job done.
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This was a "do-or-die" game for the blue and white, and they headed into the matchup down several key players. Maybe it was just the fact he didn't feel as important as he should have when he got here.
Minnesota wasn't outplayed as badly on the road as Toronto was, but the night and day difference between the Wild at home compared to on the road is something the Maple Leafs can use as motivation. The lanky JVR, who had 36 goals in the regular season but had been barely visible in the first two games in Boston, jammed it home between Rask's blocker arm and body from the top of the crease and the Leafs were up 1-0. Cassidy was adamant that the puck glanced off of the glass first before leaving the rink and shouldn't have been called.
The Leafs top offensive players Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander and Patrick Marleau all chipped in offensively which proved to help their team in a big way. But there's no way to dance around what happened this past Saturday; the Bruins weathered an early Toronto storm, lit Frederik Andersen up for four goals, and simply hung back for the final 40 minutes of a 7-3 victory.
The lead, however, was short-lived.
But the Maple Leafs finally had an answer on this night as the Bruins' trio failed to find the range. McQuaid blasted a shot that Frederik Andersen should have had but it trickled off his left pad and over the line.
Defenceman Adam McQuaid responded at 3:06 of the second to tie the game 1-1 only for forward Patrick Marleau to clap back 43 seconds later with his first of two on the night. A lot of that had to do with how dominant defenceman Morgan Rielly was all night. He was on the ice when Tyler Bozak scored to cut Boston's lead to 5-2 midway through the second period.