Tying a bow on an ugly playoff start for the Maple Leafs

Tying a bow on an ugly playoff start for the Maple Leafs

Tying a bow on an ugly playoff start for the Maple Leafs

"Yeah, I mean you look at a game like this, sometimes that gets overlooked, but for sure". The Bruins announced Saturday that they will donate US$200,000 to the Humboldt Broncos community relief efforts in the wake of last week's bus crash.

Babcock exerted a lot of energy - the grunts ensured there was no doubt - and he will be asking his Leafs to do some heavy lifting of their own in Game 2 of the club's first-round series with the Boston Bruins in the wake of a disappointing opener.

The Eastern Conference quarterfinal now switches to Air Canada Centre for Games 3 and 4 on Monday and Thursday. It's those types of accomplishments from the regular season - including the franchise wins record (49) and home wins record (29) - that the Leafs are drawing from to bolster their sagging swagger now. Riley Nash missed his sixth straight game with a head injury while Nick Holden and Brian Gionta were healthy scratches.

Where do you believe the series will go from here? He is winning more battles for pucks at this point of his career, and he can skate through checks more easily.

Another topic Friday was an odd exchange that saw Marchand lick Komarov's face after the two came together near the benches - marking the second time the two have gotten close this season.

The Leafs came out with a few good shifts in the opening five minutes. It happened pretty quick, and I think he was reaching for the puck.

Gallant: We're now getting ready to go into the locker room after the game to do all of the interviews. Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said after Saturday's morning skate.

The Leafs scored the second most goals in the National Hockey League in first period play in the regular season with 91 goals, and trailed only the Winnipeg Jets who scored 92. He was not made available to the media following the loss, but on Sunday reflected over what went wrong and how the Leafs can go about fixing it before Monday.

Babcock said the switch isn't a long-term solution, but one he likes in the interim.

If the fans at TD Garden weren't appreciative enough yet, they would be soon.

"Ottawa plays a stingy game, as we know, so it's tougher for those skill guys to find their ice", Cassidy said.

After Andersen exited, Curtis McElhinney inherited the 3-0 deficit and didn't fare much better against the high-flying Bruins, turning aside 19 of 23 shots for an.826 save percentage. You know, he is an awesome player. But we haven't done a very good job in front of him. "If you prepare hard, you expect good results".

Boston's top line of Pastrnak, Marchand and Bergeron combined for six points in Boston's 5-1 victory in Game 1.

While in Boston the Leafs have been without last change, allowing Bruce Cassidy to roll out the Bergeron line against Auston Matthews' line to good success.

"Playoff hockey is going to be physical, but with two teams that are big rivals that seems to be elevated a little bit more", Matthews said. But suffice it to say, the Bergeron line is a top priority.

"Any way you look at it, their one line is having too much fun, so we have to look after that", said Babcock. Take the lessons, what they have for you. But one to 12 (forwards), our guys think they can pitch in.

Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist, and Viktor Arvidsson, Ryan Johansen and Austin Watson scored a goal apiece.

This led to Andersen being replaced with 7:47 remaining in the first, even though he couldn't really be blamed for any of the goals.

That was it for Andersen, but the Bruins kept coming and went back to the power play when Ron Hainsey jumped Tim Schaller after he hit Marner. They peppered the net with six shot attempts to just one for the Bruins before David Pastrnak's goal opened the scoring. There was even score checking going on for the other game to see who the Leafs might play in the next round. Playing at home does wonders for a young team. With two goals on four power plays, the Bruins are now five for 10 in the series. Leafs winger Leo Komarov appeared to hurt his left knee in a collision with Miller in the second period and did not return. Things were not going as planned.

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