Bruins cruise past Maple Leafs for 2-0 series lead


This has been both odd and annoying and both teams will be hoping the stripes smarten up in games three and four. Poor old Nikita Zaitsev was on the ice for all four first-period Boston goals, and even deflected the one that chased Andersen but he was not the sole culprit. DeBrusk, rookie left-winger, comes in 7th for points on the team and has five game-winners. Once you know it happens more and more often because you just believe, and when things go bad you shake it off. All three were in on the sixth goal, a Jake Gardiner fumbled handoff with Morgan Rielly at the Toronto blueline, while Pastrnak notched a hat trick late in the game. Frederik Andersen was 10-1 in his career against the Bruins, but that didn't phase Boston at all and they do have Tuukka Rask, who is now 17-9 in his career against Toronto.

If the fans at TD Garden weren't appreciative enough yet, they would be soon.

After forcing a turnover and sparking a Brad Marchand breakaway bid, Pastrnak took the puck out of the corner and easily lifted it over McElhinney with little-to-no Leafs defenders in sight.

After some hard lessons taught with a six-game series loss to the Senators past year, one that featured both Marchand and Pastrnak largely held in check by a stingy Senator style that almost propelled them to the Cup Final, the B's best are not messing around.

When Nash scored, it marked 11 power-play goals against for the Leafs in their last seven games. Kinkaid, whose stellar play since January helped New Jersey finish strong and claim its first playoff berth since 2012, yielded five goals on 15 shots. This time, the building got loud, the ice got covered with hats, and the Bruins leave town with a 2-0 series lead.

After scoring on three of six power-play opportunities in Game 1, the Bruins went 2 for 2 in the first period. Marchand controlled the puck along the boards and got it to Bergeron who fed Pastrnak in the high slot.

The result might have affected the outcome of Game 1.

You think Matthews, Marner and JVR can be shutdown for two games in a row? Winning leads to winning: when you've done it you believe you can do it again.

Fielding questions from 50 reporters - in English or French, from somebody in the front row or somebody hugging the wall - was nothing that two-thirds of the Bruins' top line couldn't handle. Mitch Marner got Toronto on the board when he finished on a give-and-go with Zach Hyman to make it 4-1.

"We knew they were going to come out flying and it was important for us to get that first one and push them back on their heels and take off from there", said Krug. The Bruins routed the Leafs in game one by a score of 5-1.

The loss of Kadri for three games is a big blow to a Maple Leafs team that dropped Game 1 by a score of 5-1.

Mikkel Boedker made a nice pass in the neutral zone, but Tomas Hertl did the rest, schooling Brandon Montour with a series of moves before roofing a backhand over the blocker of a helpless John Gibson. Andersen made a spectacular glove save on Rick Nash at 10:40.

"Playing with Bergy and Marchy - these guys know what it takes [to win in the postseason]", Pastrnak, entering some B's and National Hockey League record books after the aforementioned six-point Game 2 performance Saturday, offered. That's some darn good company. Without Kadri for the next three games, Bozak will be relied on heavily and it could be the type of situation based his performance that turns a future three-year deal into a four or five-year deal.

Notes: The Bruins donated $200,000 to the Humboldt Broncos relief efforts, the money from a luxury suite auction and the team's share of the 50/50 raffle at Game 1 of the series.

Doughty, a Norris Trophy contender and Los Angeles' top defender, was suspended for Friday night's Game 2 against Vegas for what the league called an avoidable hit to Carrier's head.

Let's talk match-up. The only two teams left from the Original Six face off in the first round of the playoffs.