They really believe that. After years of Toronto fans suffering in the hockey wilderness, now they're daring to dream of Stanley Cup greatness bolstered by the team's fresh roster of young, talented players. The Bruins have gone 28-13 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.59 gpg and have allowed 3.54 gpg in those games. Well, the Bruins lost to the Panthers by a score of 4-2 in that game and have been relegated to the 3rd seed in this East. But Marchand opened the scoring on a power play and was at his agitating best, planting a kiss on Leo Komarov for the second time this season.
It shouldn't come as much surprise that playoff tickets would be hard to find since the Maple Leafs have had high attendance during the regular season, averaging 19,187 fans per game (102 percent of capacity), per ESPN.
The Bruins drew first blood and made a major statement Thursday night. Can Matt Grzelcyk be reasonably counted on as a third pairing defensemen when the heat gets turned up? The Bruins won 5-1, and deserved it. There was not as much chatter about Mike Babcock's bunch, as the Maple Leafs scored the second-most goals in the Eastern Conference and tied for the second-most in the National Hockey League, and the Maple Leafs finished third in goals allowed this season in the Eastern Conference. I think both [have] good goaltenders. "They make plays, they support one another and they got those slot looks".
Camped out near the crease, Backes corralled the puck off a feed from Krejci.
But that's all they were.
It's important not to get carried away about a single game, but the single game was about as impressive as it gets for the Bruins' top line.
"I think we have the physical people, we have enough size and speed that, when we were going well, we eventually wore teams down because we had the puck more".
"We got lucky tonight", said Marchand, trying to downplay Boston's success.
Apologies to The Who for borrowing from that tune of 50 years ago, but it needs asking.
"They cranked it up, and we didn't answer", defenseman Ron Hainsey said. Boston still has six guys that have won the Cup here (Chara, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Adam McQuaid and Tuukka Rask) in 2011 vs. Vancouver in addition to making it back to the Final in 2013 vs.
The play is controversial earlier in its development where the Boston Bruins may have been offside on two fronts. 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. I knew he was going to be good like that.
That's all true. Special teams were obviously huge.
"It's a long series", Rielly said. Well, you have 48 hours, and here's your chance.
The season series say the Leafs were better than the Bruins in head-to-head competition, winning three of four meetings. Travis Dermott is a kid, but he might need more ice time than the war horses, fast.
"They're a 200-foot line". But it didn't stop there, and the seams eventually burst.
Now did Wingels deliver a hit to Mitch Marner, yes, but no hit deserves a response like Kadri's.
A suspension is at least possible. First Kadri was called for a boarding penalty as he hit Wingels behind the net and then four minutes later this happened. The Bruins made them pay, not on the power play, but moments later, when Sean Kuraly provided the finishing touches on a Pastrnak bid stopped by Andersen.
The Leafs were beaten 5-1 in Game 1 and they were significantly outplayed, outworked, outthought, and out-disciplined by the Bruins and that may be being kind. "It was a lot closer than that".
"Expectations? We want to win", Sweeney told assembled media on Monday.