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Bruins Crumple Leafs 4-1; Take 1-0 Lead

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The Boston Bruins dominated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 in game 1 in front of a very loud TD Garden. The Bruins swarming and uptempo attack was too much to handle for the Leafs who were out shot 40-20. David Krejci led the way for the Bruins with a goal and two assists.

Toronto’s James van Riemsdyk opened the scoring early with a power-play goal 1:54 into the game. Van Riemsdyk also rang a post later on and was by far the best Leaf on the ice. Phil Kessel managed only one shot on goal in just under 14 minutes of ice time.

With momentum heavily shifted in Boston’s favor, Wade Redden slapped a shot from above the face off circle that trickled past Toronto goalie James Reimer. The goal was Redden’s first career playoff goal. Minutes later, with 12 seconds left in the 1st period and on the powerplay, Redden’s shot from the point tipped off Nathan Horton’s stick and beat Reimer to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead heading into the break.

Krejci scored 10:25 into the second period to extend the lead to 3-1. After back to back great Boston shifts in the Toronto zone and forcing a neutral zone turnover, Krejci skated in on a 3 on 2 but his pass hit a Leafs skate. He than found the puck and beat an unsuspecting Reimer five hole. Later on in the period on another odd man rush, Krejci skated into the offensive zone and made a great pass back to the point finding Johnny Boychuck who buried a rocket from the point to make it 4-1.

The Bruins nearly had two more tallies in the goal column. Tyler Seguin hit the crossbar on a 2 on 1 and Patrice Bergeron also had a goal called back after video review showed the play was dead before he punch in a puck under Reimer’s pads.

Tuukka Rask made 19 saves and improved his career playoff record to 8-6. Rask had a relatively easy night in net, but did make a great pad save on a second period breakaway by Toronto’s Tyler Bozak.

Though the stat sheet does not show it, the Bruins’ Bergeron-Seguin-Marchand┬áline was this best line of the game. They were swarming all over the Maple Leafs defense throughout the game while recording 14 shots on net (Seguin 7, Marchand 4, Bergeron 3), two posts ( Seguin and Marchand), and a goal called back (Bergeron). If they can continue to play like this for the remainder of the playoffs, the Bruins are in very good shape.

The Merlot Line (Campbell, Paille, Thornton) also played a very aggressive and uptempo game. They recorded 10 combined hits and changed the momentum of the hockey game early on.

NOTES

Rich Peverley, Dougie Hamilton, and Carl Soderberg were all healthy scratches

Game 2 will be Saturday night at the TD Garden. Puck drops at 7 PM.

About Jeff Miller - @JeMillz11

Graduate of Suffolk University with a BS in Broadcast Journalism. I love all the four major sports and have been a diehard Boston sports fan my whole life.

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