Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins - Game 1 - April 11, 2019

Nabeela Damji
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Friday, April 12, 2019

Well, no one was expecting that…

The Toronto Maple Leafs dominated the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, coming away with a 4-1 win in Boston Thursday.  

Mitch Marner scored twice including a shorthanded penalty shot in the win.  This was the first time the Leafs had been successful on a postseason penalty shot since Mats Sundin converted one in 1999. Marner was born in 1997.  Let that one sink in.

Frederik Andersen made 37 saves while William Nylander showed up for the postseason and scored a sweet goal to help the Leafs take a 1-0 series lead.

Tuuka Rask stopped 29 shots for the Bruins, while Patrice Bergeron scored on the powerplay to give the Bruins a lead midway through the first period. Marner scored his first of the night tapping in a rebound so hard he almost fell over.

Boston was on the power play when Marner flipped the pc and headed Rask’s way but was brought down by DeBrusk just as he got into the crease, giving Marner the chance for a penalty shot. He slid from left to right of Rask and pushed the puck into the net to make it 2-1 Leafs.

Nazem Kadri helped Nylander made it 3-1 for the guests with an insane tape to tape pass with 95 seconds left in the frame. The Leafs pressured and gained momentum after that goal, but Rask was there to keep it a 2 goal game.

Boston pulled Rask with just over two left to go, and Tavares made it 4-1 with an empty netter.


Game 2 is in Boston Saturday Night.