Boston Bruins bounce Toronto Maple Leafs in National Hockey League playoff opener

Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug

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Torey Krug executed a ideal zone entry on Boston's first power play - facing little to no resistance from the Leafs - and then passed to Brad Marchand, who beat Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen for the first goal at 5:28 of the opening period. If one or two others can hold their own and gain confidence in this series, the B's are in good shape.

Goalies_Toronto, Andersen 0-1 (40 shots-35 saves).

Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal goes Saturday night at TD Garden before the series switches to Air Canada Centre on Monday.

Boston already scored two power-play goals when Toronto's Nazem Kadri was thrown out of the game and given a five-minute major for an elbow to Tommy Wingels' head.

Despite taking back the lead, the Bruins could've used another goal to really put the pressure on the Leafs for the third.

Boston limited space in the neutral zone at even strength all night long as Marner, Auston Matthews and William Nylander struggled to find room.

"I'm now reminded of that time I drove to Carolina for a Leafs playoff game", wrote fan Erica @carebearica.

In a race for the puck with a exhausted David Krejci, Hyman won the battle, shed Krejci off his back, went around a flying Charlie McAvoy, and tucked a shot through Tuukka Rask at the 16:52 mark of the first period.

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David Backes put the Bruins ahead for good with Boston's second power-play marker at 15:43 before their top line extended that advantage. With Marchand's work along the boards, Pastrnak found an open lane to receive a pass, and after the first attempt was stopped, a second shot found it's way past Andersen to make it 3-1. From there, the Leafs started to gain momentum as the first period wound down.

Toronto killed off two penalties to start the third, but Kuraly made it 4-1 when he batted the puck out of mid-air at 7:41. Toronto had the league's second-best power play, which led to the third-ranked offense with just shy of 3.3 goals per game.

The Bruins' regular season ended with a whimper, but their playoff run began with a deafening roar. The Leafs racked up a franchise-best 49 wins and 105 points, good for third place in a loaded Atlantic Division.

For the first time since May 19, 2013, Marchand lit the lamp in a home postseason tilt, opening the scoring thanks to a hooking call against James van Riemsdyk at 5:54 in the first. Charlie McAvoy and Krejci earned assists on the goal.

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Toronto, which fancies itself a legitimate contender for the Stanley Cup Final, was clearly none too pleased about getting dressed down to the tune of 5-1 (4-1 at the time of the hit).

Last year, the Leafs weren't expected to make the playoffs so it was a bonus, but fans are expecting a lot more from them this year, and are hoping for at least a second round appearance.

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