Marner has 2 goals, including penalty shot, Leafs top Bruins

Why John Tavares could change everything for the Leafs against the Bruins

Toronto received steady performances from up and down the lineup while marching to a decisive 4-1 win in Game 1, and now takes its first playoff series lead against Boston in 60 years into Saturday night's matchup at TD Garden.

The hustle that forced the Bruins to make mistakes, though: That's something they are planning to do over and over again.

Marner - who opened the scoring for the Leafs in the first period - sent Rask sprawling with a filthy, deft head-fake before gently nudging the puck into the open cage.

Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots for Boston, and Patrice Bergeron scored a power-play goal midway through the first on a pass from Brad Marchand. "You give away two, three in a row that period, so shame on us".

Against the Bruins on Thursday, he was at the top of his game, cooly snapping out a glove or pad to deny Boston shooters. Toronto added two more goals the rest of the way to take the 1-0 series lead. What I want to say is that I'm not taking the Maple Leafs to win their first round series against the Boston Bruins, and I'm asking for forgiveness from Leafs fans everywhere.

With Kasperi Kapanen off for high sticking early in the second, Marner was tripped on a short-handed breakaway by Jake DeBrusk to earn a penalty shot.

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Boston pushed in the third, but Andersen and the Leafs held their nerve until Tavares iced it into an empty net for Toronto's first victory in a Game 1 in 5,846 days - when Marner was five years old. What was Mike Babcock saying the other day about line matching, now that Tavares is here, and Kadri is a third-liner, and Tomas Plekanec doesn't have to spend three games with Kadri suspended as a second-line centre? When he was just outside the crease, DeBrusk was called for bringing him down from behind, and he went crashing into Rask. His teammates rewarded him with more than enough offense.

"I'll state the obvious: we would have liked the breakaways, the penalty shots saved", said Cassidy.

The Bruins went ahead on a power play at 9:31 of the first when Marchand used a subtle delay in the offensive zone before sliding a pass through the seam to Bergeron, who had a wide-open net as the Leafs' penalty killers were caught puck-watching. "It was a nice move". Rask came up with a pair of saves in the final minute to keep things from getting out of control, stopping Tavares on a breakaway with 38 seconds left and then a 3-on-1 at the horn. I think that makes it easier for sure ...

"We just wanted to stay above them", Marner said. The Bruins have given up six postseason penalty shots, just two of them successful.

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. The last attempt was by Philadelphia's Ville Leino in 2010. Andrew Mangiapane broke the deadlock late in the second period for his first playoff goal, and Mikael Backlund also found the net.

Boston finished with the second-best record overall in the East, but limped into the post-season by going 3-4 in their final seven games of the regular season.

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