In all, the teams are dead even at 34-34-1 in the playoffs, with Toronto holding a series lead of 7-6-1. Just a bit after the five-minute mark of the opening frame, James Van Riemsdyk was called for hooking, giving the Bruins the first power play of the game. Kadri received a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct while Wingels had to be helped to his feet. Now the Leafs are faced with the challenge of winning Game 2 without a key centreman, and with the knowledge the Bruins owned the Leafs' best line along the way.
The Maple Leafs said all week they expected the Bruins to come out hard.
There were moments. There were power plays, but they came up empty. We weren't able to get any long, sustained pushes in their end.
Leafs centre Nazem Kadri was ejected from the game late in the third period when he drove Boston forward Tommy Wingels into the boards. Oh yeah, bring it on, they said. Pastrnak ripped a wrister from the slot after a nice pass from Patrice Bergeron to make it 3-1 with 38 seconds left in the period. The game calmed down at the end of the first, the start of the second.
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Marchand was at his agitating best earlier in the period when he nudged Leafs defenceman Nikita Zaitsev into Andersen to draw a crowd after getting caught on television replays appearing to lick the face of Leafs forward Leo Komarov in the first. "That's what it looked like to me", Cassidy said after the victory.
For as much as the Bruins controlled the first half of the period, the tide started to turn later, as the Maple Leafs almost tied it after Jake Gardiner stole the puck at the blue line and was able to set up and unleash a slap shot that rung off the post. However, it is tough to judge anything based on the season series after all the irregularities that occurred in the four games. The Leafs coach sent out Tomas Plekanec and the fourth line for the defensive zone faceoff and wound up seeing Marchand fool Kasperi Kapanen with a head fake before setting up Pastrnak for the 3-1 goal. The Bruins won 5-1, and deserved it. The line had 13 shots on goal.
But as the Leafs successfully weathered a storm that at one point saw them out-attempted 12-to-1 in shot attempts, a rare misplay from Zdeno Chara in the attacking zone gave Zach Hyman the inch of breathing room the Maple Leafs needed.
The Bruins also got some good news as Riley Nash is skating with the team. The Leafs visibly shook off the pianos on their backs and started controlling the puck a little more.
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Toronto only played one of the four regular-season games against Boston with Auston Matthews in the lineup and they lost it.
The game turned in the middle period as Toronto failed to score on two power plays.
Two-goal leads can be among the most risky in the game, but when you put your team short-handed so much, it is all for naught.
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Another great showing of the chemistry that has emerged between Bergeron and Marchand, with David Pastrnak the one reaping the benefits. Kadri had 17 minutes in penalties, all in the third period.