Even in the hockey-speak of upper- and lower-body injuries, playoff time brings an extra cloud of secrecy. "They don't stress too much".
Fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs breathed a collective sigh of relief following the club's impressive 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night.
Andersen, who had an.896 save percentage in last year's playoff defeat to the Bruins, will likely be under siege early in Saturday's Game 2 against a desperate opponent that knows losing a pair of contests at home to start a series is often a death sentence. With two goals on the night, Marner matched his entire postseason goal output from a year ago in one game. After opening the postseason as -145 favourites to claim their sixth playoff series win over Toronto since 1959, the Bruins now lag as +135 underdogs while the Maple Leafs have moved to -155 chalk on the series prices.
Over the course of the 82-game regular season, the Toronto Maple Leafs had five shorthanded goals.
Hours after joking about his continued inability to grow a playoff beard, Mitch Marner stepped up like a hardened post-season performer.
Patrice Bergeron scored the only goal for the Bruins, who could not get much offense from their top line. That would be a recurring theme. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 14 games. Kuhlman practiced on the second line in Jake DeBrusk's absence.
"Yeah, it wasn't fun causing the turnover there". "When we play right, it's hard to stop us".
Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots for Boston, and Bergeron scored a power-play goal midway through the first on a pass from Brad Marchand. "He's done that in practice", said Rask. "Trying to see what they're doing on the face-off ... things you can see from up there of ways if I do get a look that I can be effective or more effective".
Soon after, Rask thwarted a breakaway by Tavares. Grzelcyk tried a pass that never got there.
"I got [Nylander] where I wanted, and I felt it hit my stick, but I guess it was a bad save selection, because it went through", Rask offered after the loss.
"My 19-year-old year, when it was April, I was drinking beers in my frat basement", Dallas defenseman Ben Lovejoy said.
"So I don't want to put this on Tuukka". I'll state the obvious. He drew the penalty after stripping the puck from Jake DeBrusk at the Toronto blue line, getting taken down from behind by DeBrusk on a breakaway. If the Bruins end up winning this game, it will be by a one-score difference. It's so special. He is so good, it is just such a pleasure to watch him play and to be on his team. Plenty of time to come back after that. Then we give up the next breakaway. "The team that (loses) always digs in and as the team that won, we have to do the same or we'll be left behind". "They probably outplayed us in every position, out-coached us obviously, so they deserved to win". "You give away two, three in a row that period, so shame on us".