The Leafs suffered a 7-3 blowout loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday night, and now trail the best-of-seven Round One series two games to none. Much of the damage was done in a stretch of 6:47 in the first period during which Boston scored the first four goals of the game. Frederik Andersen was pulled in favour of Curtis McElhinney after the third Bruins goal in an attempt by coach Mike Babcock to boost the team.
- Mitch Marner finished off a dazzling 3-on-1 highlight-reel rush to get the Leafs on the scoreboard in the second period. Zach Hyman continued his strong play, registering an assist on the play.
- Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk had the other Leafs goals. Andreas Johnsson, making his first career playoff appearance, assisted on van Riemsdyk’s score.
- The Leafs continue to have no answer for Boston’s top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. The trio compiled eleven points on Saturday for an astounding total of 20 points over the first two games of the series.
- Both van Riemsdyk and Leo Komarov showed their lack of willingness to finish their checks, particularly in the second period.
- “We’ve got to go home, get out of here, obviously it hasn’t gone the way we wanted. Any way you look at it, we’ve given up a dozen goals in two games.” – Babcock to reporters, at game’s end.
- Nikita Zaitsev was on the ice for all four of the Bruins’ first goals. “We’ve got to be better, for sure. I’ve got to be better, we’ve got to be better. I think the second goal that DeBrusk scored, I’ve got to do a better job,” he said.
- After Marner’s second period goal gave the Leafs a sliver of hope, any optimism was dashed when Ron Hainsey made an ill-advised turnover leading to the restoration of Boston’s four goal lead, courtesy of David Krejci. Hainsey looks nowhere close to the form that he showed a year ago when was on the blue line for Pittsburgh, en route to a championship
- Toronto’s penalty kill has been abominable over the first two games (5-for-10, 50%).