(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to bounce back from a poor
performance in Game 1, as they aim to even the best-of-seven Eastern
Conference quarterfinals in Saturday's Game 2 clash at Boston's TD Garden.
The Maple Leafs played their first playoff game in nine years on Wednesday,
but it did not go well as the fourth-seeded Bruins recorded a 4-1 win on home
ice. Toronto scored the game's first goal less than two minutes into the
opening period, but it was all downhill from there.
David Krejci registered a goal and two assists, as Boston scored four
unanswered goals en route to the easy win in Game 1.
Wade Redden added a goal and an assist, while Nathan Horton and Johnny Boychuk
each scored once for the Bruins, who took three of four meetings against the
Maple Leafs during the regular season.
Tuukka Rask stopped 19-of-20 shots to help Boston draw first blood in the
series, which will shift to Toronto for Games 3 and 4.
James van Riemsdyk netted the lone Toronto goal, while James Reimer, making
his first playoff appearance between the pipes, allowed all four goals on 40
shots for the Leafs, who qualified for the postseason for the first time since
"I just thought that we self-destucted," Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said. "I
thought we had a good forecheck going early in the hockey game and then we
Van Riemsdyk's power-play marker 1:54 into the contest staked the Leafs to an
early advantage, but the Bruins scored a pair of goals in a 3:28 span late in
the period and never looked back.
"It kind of (took) all the noise out of the crowd and that feeling out of the
building when they got that first one," said Boston winger Milan Lucic, who
finished with two assists. "We knew we were going to have to score at least
one goal to win, and we knew if we kept our composure and focused on what we
had to do, we were going to get ourselves back in the game."
Redden started the flurry at the 16:20 mark when his blast from just outside
the left circle snuck through the left armpit of Reimer and trickled across
the goal line to knot the game. Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf was then
whistled for slashing just 1:35 later, setting up Horton's go-ahead goal.
Boston went 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Maple Leafs scored once on
three opportunities with the man advantage.
The Bruins will play Saturday without defenseman Andrew Ference, who was
suspended one game for delivering an elbow to the head of Leafs forward
Mikhail Grabovski in the series' opener. Meanwhile, Grabovski took part in
practice on Friday and will play in Game 2.
Toronto defenseman Cody Franson is also dealing with a bruised foot, but he's
expected to play on Saturday.
This is the 14th time these Original Six teams have met in the playoffs, but
the first since 1974, when Boston swept Toronto in the opening round.
Boston improved to 45-45 in Game 1s of a best-of-seven series, with a 31-15
series record when winning Game 1.
Game 3 of this series is scheduled for Monday at Air Canada Centre.
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