We had a stretch in the second period where we didn't execute in our own zone well, and then I thought they were pretty good.
"I mean, there's nothing like playoff hockey", said Tavares. At 19 years, 266 days old, he became the youngest defenseman in franchise history to score in the playoffs and the fifth teenage rookie defenseman with two points in his postseason debut.
But what about if I'm wrong about them this year? During those wobbles where his save percentage sat at just.874, he was often caught chasing the play, guessing what was coming next instead of using his instincts to react. He also was studying the Maple Leafs while he was watching from the ninth floor.
"We didn't have our normal juice that we want at home for Game 1", Cassidy said.
"Each year you just gain more and more experience and, from our first now to our third year, you just kind of know what to expect going into it", Matthews said. "All these teams are so close and even". Bruins will counter with Marchand, Bergeron, Pastrnak on offense, Krug and Carlo on defense. Coach Rod Brind'Amour said he hopes de Haan can play "at some point" and added defenseman Jaccob Slavin was fine after getting a day off for playing a lot of minutes Thursday night. Shots in favor of Toronto, 10-8.
"When one or two teams in the city are picking up the slack and (having) success, I think it gives the rest of the major organizations in the city something".
The second period was a wild exchange of scoring chances.
Jake DeBrusk could not control a bouncing puck near the Leafs' blue line, and that was all the speedy Marner needed to see. The mission is to try to go to Canada with a 2-0 lead.
Nicklas Backstrom scored two of Washington's three first-period goals, and the Capitals held off a late Carolina rally for a victory in Game 1 of a first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. What's the play? Toronto +1.5 in the puckline. "We're all on the same page here and everyone is feeling good".
That unexplainable and inescapable historical element that hangs over proceedings when the Maple Leafs and Bruins meet in the Stanley Cup Playoffs was suddenly present once again early in the rematch. "They don't stress too much". When he was just outside the crease, DeBrusk was called for bringing him down from behind, and he went crashing into Rask.
While the Maple Leafs would eventually battle back to push the series to seven games, they were outclassed by the Bruins, who averaged four goals per game in the series and outscored Toronto 28-20. "We need to find an answer to him". Leafs still lead 3-1. Waiting for the play to develop is one of Andersen's strengths. Leafs to the power play. "As soon as I got back to the bench, I was like 'Holy cow!' First shift over a minute".
And for Rask, who finished with stops on 29 of 32 shots thrown his way, it's simply on to the next one. This game followed them around all season, more or less, right to the end. He pushed the puck into the open net to make it 2-1.