Mitch Marner scored two goals, including one on a penalty shot, and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Thursday to take a 1-0 lead in their first-round series of the tournament from the east.
William Nylander and John Tavares, in a deserted net, scored the other goals of the Maple Leafs, while Frederik Andersen repelled 37 shots. Tavares also got an assist on Marner’s first goal.
Patrice Bergeron was the Bruins’ only scorer. Tuukka Rask made 29 saves.
“We know we have a fast team,” said Marner. When we play the right way, we are hard to stop. ”
It was a first win for the Leafs in the first game of a series since April 9, 2003, against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The second game of the series will be presented Saturday at TD Garden Boston.
The Bruins, who won three of four regular-season games between the two teams, eliminated the Leafs in seven games last spring. They had then converted a 4-3 deficit after two periods in the final match in a 7-4 win.
While the score was 1-1 after 20 minutes and with his team outnumbered, Marner escaped, but could not shoot because of a withdrawal too aggressive Jake DeBrusk. The referees gave Marner a penalty shot, which beat Rask at 2:47 of the second period thanks to a superb feint.
“He is a league elite despite his young age,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said of Marner. He always excels against us, and he is always a tough player to counter. ”
The Bruins came close to equalizing moments later, but Andersen frustrated Charlie Coyle before the Bruins’ striker went on to hit the post.
Auston Matthews in turn reached the pole at the other end of the ice, but Nylander allowed the Leafs to retreat to the locker room with a two-goal lead by hitting the target with 1: 35 to go. Nylander took advantage of a good pass from Nazem Kadri to escape, then he thumped Rask between the leggings.
The Bruins tried every means to make up for the deficit in the third period, but Tavares delivered the final blow by shooting in a deserted net with 1: 19 to go off the clock.