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Bruins Decisively Take Game 1

Friday, April 13, 2018


The Boston-Toronto series is anticipated to be a close one, but Game 1 was anything but.  While the score was even after one period, the Bruins dominated that game, winning 5-1 and outshooting Toronto 40-27.

 

Special teams in particular were a problem for the Maple Leafs as Boston went 3-for-6 with the man advantage while Toronto was 0-for-3.

 

The good news for Toronto is that it’s just one game and it came in Boston.  If the Maple Leafs can bounce back and win Game 2, then they’ll be in a comfortable position going forward.

 

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TAMPA BAY 5 NEW JERSEY 2 (Lightning lead series 1-0)

 

For the Devils, the only silver lining is that Taylor Hall excelled in his first career playoff game.  He scored a goal and registered an assist in the losing effort.

 

Keith Kinkaid surrendered four goals on 31 shots.  He excelled down the stretch during the regular season while Cory Schneider struggled mightily so it made sense to start Kinkaid for this game.  It will be interesting though to see if Schneider gets an opportunity in Game 2.

 

Ondrej Palat scored the series’ first goal and registered two assists.  He has 15 goals and 32 points in 47 career playoff games.

 

Yanni Gourde scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist.  Just another highlight in what has been an outstanding rookie season.

 

Andrei Vasilevskiy kicked out 29 of 31 Devils shots.  He has a 5-5 record, 2.77 GAA, and .921 save percentage in 13 career playoff contests.

 

The series will resume on Saturday in Tampa Bay.

 

BOSTON 5 TORONTO 1 (Bruins lead series 1-0)

 

David Pastrnak came up big with a goal and two assists.  Including the regular season, he’s now found the back of the net in three consecutive games.

 

Brad Marchand scored a goal and recorded an assist for the Bruins.  He has 18 goals and 45 points in 73 playoff contests, but of course, much of that came before he broke out offensively.

 

Zach Hyman accounted for the Maple Leafs’ lone goal.  It came late in the first period and at the time tied the contest at 1-1.  However, the Bruins broke the tie at 15:43 of the second period with David Backes’ power-play marker and never looked back.

 

Frederik Andersen turned aside 35 of 40 shots last night.  He has a 19-14 record, 2.48 GAA, and .914 save percentage in 35 career postseason starts.

 

Tuukka Rask saved 26 of 27 Maple Leafs shots.  He was slumping coming into the playoffs with 11 goals surrendered over his previous three starts, but he bounced right back.

 

Toronto and Boston will face each other again on Saturday, starting at 8:00 p.m. ET.

 

COLUMBUS 4 WASHINGTON 3 (OT) (Blue Jackets lead series 1-0)

 

Washington jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period thanks to a pair of power-play goals from Evgeny Kuznetsov.  He has 13 markers and 21 points in 40 career playoff games.

 

The Blue Jackets battled back from there though, in part thanks to Thomas Vanek.  He assisted on the Blue Jackets’ first goal of the series and then scored early in the third period to make it 2-2.

 

Artemi Panarin netted the overtime winner and registered two assists.  He has three goals and 11 points in 12 career playoff contests.

 

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 of 30 Capitals shots.  He’s traditionally struggled in the playoffs as evidenced by his career 3.57 GAA and .888 save percentage in 19 games.

 

Philipp Grubauer kicked out 25 of 29 shots in the losing effort.  This was his second career playoff start after coach Barry Trotz made the decision to give him the nod over Braden Holtby.

 

Both teams will get a bit of a breather as Game 2 won’t be held until Sunday.

 

NASHVILLE 5 COLORADO 2

 

Filip Forsberg scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner.  He was a significant contributor in the 2017 playoffs too with nine goals and 16 points in 22 games.

 

Austin Watson scored a goal and registered an assist for the Predators.  He has five goals and 11 points in 23 career playoff games.

 

Pekka Rinne turned aside 25 of 27 shots in Game 1.  Dating back to the regular season, he has allowed just five goals over his last three starts.

 

Nikita Zadorov found the back of the net for Colorado in the first period.  As the game ended, he crosschecked Nashville’s Viktor Arvidsson and Zadorov received 12 penalty minutes as a result (a misconduct and a two-minute crosschecking penalty).

 

Jonathan Bernier kicked out 26 of 30 Predators shots.  He got the start because Semyon Varlamov is out indefinitely with a knee injury.

 

The series will resume at 3:00 p.m. ET on Saturday.

 

SAN JOSE 3 ANAHEIM 0

 

Martin Jones stopped 25 shots to earn the shutout.  It was his fifth career postseason shutout after he recorded four in the regular season.

 

Andrew Cogliano tied for the Ducks’ game-high with three shots on Jones.  Meanwhile, Adam Henrique and Jakob Silfverberg were held without a shot while Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf were each limited to one shot.

 

Evander Kane scored two goals, including the game-winner.  He scored nine goals and 14 points in 17 regular season games after being acquired by San Jose.

 

Brent Burns accounted for the Sharks’ other goal.  It was his 13th goal and 40th point in 65 career playoff games.

 

John Gibson saved 31 of 34 Sharks shots.  All the damage came in the second period when he was bombarded with 17 shots.

 

Anaheim’s chance to bounce back will come on Saturday.



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