If Mitch Marner's coolness was emblematic of a more composed, unbothered and resolute foil to the Boston Bruins, and not an exception as he turned out to be last spring, then it seems the Toronto Maple Leafs may now have the mettle. He also was studying the Maple Leafs while he was watching from the ninth floor.
"I think Charlie Coyle was very good, arguably our best player", Cassidy said.
"He's one of our special players", said Toronto defenceman Jake Muzzin, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Los Angeles Kings. "He's nearly one step ahead, to be honest". Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy indicated it was a maintenance day for DeBrusk. "Good luck, play hard, have fun".
The Bruins dominated Toronto early on in last year's playoff matchup, with the top line of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, and Brad Marchand combining to score 20 total points in a pair of lopsided Bruins wins to open the series.
"We just wanted to stay above them", Marner said. "He's collected. He made the saves when we needed them, kept us in the game when they scored the first goal and we kept going with it". "Muzzy and (defence partner Nikita) Zaitsev did a great job as well". Tavares assisted on Marner's first goal. 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. "We really kept our composure". That was enough give the Leafs a 4-1 victory and momentarily halt any recurring playoff nightmares.
The Stars won in Nashville thanks in large part to Heiskanen's goal and assist in Game 1. "We have to be better".
Marner had a penalty shot for the shorthanded Leafs in the second period.
Now sporting their first lead in a playoff series with Boston since 1959 - also the last time they beat Boston in the postseason - the Maple Leafs have turned the tables on their divisional rivals in National Hockey League playoff betting, climbing to short -160 favorites to knock off the Bruins on the National Hockey League series prices at Bovada. "What you do is try to dig in to make it as short as possible". He swooped in toward Tuukka Rask once he was eventually prompted and confidently introduced his stick-handle all the way into the Boston goaltender's blue paint before making the puck disappear with a swift return to his forehand and deposit into an empty net.
Carolina finally got on the board when rookie Andrei Svechnikov scored 5 minutes, 7 seconds into the third period.
Muzzin's initial point shot was tipped by Marner in the slot before bouncing to the Leafs' forward, who slapped a shot that found iron a second time and dribbled in at 16:44. Had they had more, the seven points between them and the Bruins probably would have been smaller and perhaps the Leafs would have had a shot at home ice.
Ron Hainsey leads the Maple Leafs with a plus-30 in 81 games played this season.
There would be no such comeback on this night. We had a great battle a year ago.