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Bruins beat Maple Leafs 5-1 in opener of playoff series

Probably not a play you try in a tie game or overtime.

The Leafs slunk home down 2-0 to the Bruins in the first-round series with not even the faintest sign of hope they can turn things around. Pastrnak scored two more goals in the third period to squelch some signs of life from the Leafs and earn the hat trick.

Pastrnak scored his third goal of the game with 1:36 to play in the third for a hat trick as the Bruins cruised to the 7-3 win. Just 11 seconds later, Rick Nash had his first post-season goal as a Bruin, popping a backhander home after Krug fed Pastrnak for a shot from the point.

The Toronto Maple Leafs did not have the bounce back performance they were hoping for in Boston tonight. Connor Brown and Zach Hyman each picked up assists and have points in both games of the series.

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It just doesn't matter who skates with Matthews because at this rate there's no stopping Marchand, Bergeron and Pastrnak. The winger had three goals and three assists on the evening.

At least the Leafs now get to return to the ACC, something with coach Mike Babcock talked about, when assessing the disaster which occurred on Saturday night. While Pastrnak got his six points, Bergeron and Marchand each had four assists.

Hampus Lindholm - It came in a losing effort, but the Ducks blueliner had a strong showing in a 3-2 Game Two loss to San Jose. And now one year after tiresome four points (two goals, two assists) in six games during his National Hockey League playoffs debut against Ottawa, Pastrnak has raised his game beyond where anyone would expect considering the competition and the magnitude of the situation. "Now we've got to show it". I was trying to squeeze one into Matthews. I think there's a lot of skilled players that are skilled when they have the puck. Hampus Lindholm scored top shelf midway through the second to get the lead back down to one, but the Sharks fended off a push with John Gibson pulled in the waning seconds to leave Anaheim with two road wins and a 2-0 series lead. To say that he hasn't learned anything from the dynamic Bergeron-Marchand duo is an understatement. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.6 percent of their power play opportunities.

"I don't know. Sh-t happens, I guess", Matthew said. Take the lessons, what they have for you. "We could be better in certainly just about all aspects". Toronto is 7-2 in the last nine meetings. Eliminating bumbling errors of that nature would go a long way toward evening out the always-critical special teams battle. Tuukka Rask made 26 saves on 27 shots for the win. It continued less than seven minutes later when Pastrnak earned the primary assist on Kevan Miller's bank-shot goal. Andersen, who surrendered five goals on 40 shots in Game 1, stopped only two of five shots before Curtis McElhinney relieved him. "We went without a number of centres this year, let's play". I'm sure he'll get tested again Saturday, but that's what Marchy's up against.

Cassidy said on Sunday that Riley Nash, the all-purpose center who missed the last five regular-season games and Games 1-2 of this series with ear and head injuries, "is looking good, so he will be a guy who could go into the lineup" on Monday. "Most of the time, in the playoffs, it's one game". Landeskog has seven points (2 G, 5 A) in the past seven games and MacKinnon has eight points (2 G, 6 A) in the past seven games... They need to win the next game - but so do we.

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