Sports Bruce Arthur: Leafs go missing in Game 1 loss to Bruins

06:57  13 april  2018
06:57  13 april  2018 Source:   Toronto Star

Bruins' Rask: 'Probably could have stopped more pucks with my eyes closed'

  Bruins' Rask: 'Probably could have stopped more pucks with my eyes closed' Tuukka Rask put on a performance Saturday that he'll want to forget. In Game 5 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Boston Bruins netminder allowed four goals on just 13 shots before getting the hook midway through the second period. The veteran blamed himself for the 4-3 loss that saw the Maple Leafs close in on the Bruins' 3-2 series lead."(I) probably could have stopped more pucks with my eyes closed," Rask told Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com. "It's on me."Backup Anton Khudobin came into the game in relief of Rask, turning aside eight shots, but the Bruins couldn't overcome the Maple Leafs' early lead.Game 6 goes Monday in Toronto.

Bruce Arthur . Share this story. Leafs give home crowd little reason to cheer in Game 3 loss to Bruins . The Leafs beat ’em in Game 2, played a terrific game , and this was a chance to tip the series.

Bruce Arthur . Share this story. Leafs give home crowd little reason to cheer in Game 3 loss to Bruins . The Leafs beat ’em in Game 2, played a terrific game , and this was a chance to tip the series.


Leafs forward Tomas Plekanec can only hang his head after David Pastrnak gave the Bruins a 3-1 lead in the second period of Game 1 on Thursday.© Maddie Meyer Leafs forward Tomas Plekanec can only hang his head after David Pastrnak gave the Bruins a 3-1 lead in the second period of Game 1 on Thursday.

BOSTON—Welcome to the playoffs, kids. The Toronto Maple Leafs entered this post-season talking about a long run, even chasing the Cup. They really believe that. They have depth and speed, and young as they are, they thought this could be a special year.

And then the puck dropped in Game 1 against the Boston Bruins and it was a beating, if hardly a fight. The Bruins came out, as a Russian goalie once said, like gorillas out of a cage. They won every puck battle, erased open spaces, tried to both start and finish checks. Brad Marchand tried to kiss Leo Komarov in there somewhere, too. Mostly, the Leafs looked like accountants who had wandered into a biker bar at full brawl.

Bruins know they have to stop Leafs from stretching their wings

  Bruins know they have to stop Leafs from stretching their wings The Boston Bruins vowed Tuesday to focus harder on the Leafs’ strategic weapon — the odd-man rush sprung from the stretch pass. The Leafs, the Bruins said, are the one team in the NHL that features the stretch pass regularly, and excels at it despite the risks involved.“They play that style where they want to counter you with their speed,” Bruins defenceman Charlie McAvoy said Tuesday. “You have to keep five (of your) guys in front of them all the time. They’ll go for those chances … they cheat the game a little, but that’s their style, they’ll do it to you all the time.

Bruce Arthur : Playoff games are like Orwell's animals: they're all equal, but some are more equal than others. This was the game , in both importance and in flow, that constricted your chest and didn’t let go . The Leafs went up 2-0, and the Bruins dragged the lead back.

Game 1 rout shows vast gap between Bruins and Leafs . Bruce Arthur : You never want to overreact to one game in the playoffs, but Game 1 The day after Toronto’s 4- 1 loss to Boston, Carlyle mentioned that one or both of Jake Gardiner or Ryan O’Byrne could step in on defence; up front, maybe it’s the

If you want to give the Leafs some low-bar credit, they didn’t crumple after a horrendous start, but all that meant was that, at 5-on-5, the Bruins controlled two-thirds of the shot attempts through two periods, rather than all of them. Matters failed to improve in the third. The Bruins won 5-1, and deserved it.

“They were more competitive than us at the start tonight,” Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. “I thought we got the game going pretty good, but we didn’t have enough.”

There were moments. There were power plays, but they came up empty. Jake Gardiner hit a post. Mitch Marner slid a puck through the crease. The game calmed down at the end of the first, the start of the second. There were moments.

But that’s all they were. Every team has chances, moments. As Hainsey put it, “it felt like we spent vast majority of the game on our half of the ice. We weren’t able to get any long, sustained pushes in their end. When we made it 1-1, we played for the next six minutes maybe, going into the second period. And from then they cranked it up and we didn’t answer.”

Ice storm forces Maple Leafs to pull plug on party outside ACC tonight

  Ice storm forces Maple Leafs to pull plug on party outside ACC tonight The Maple Leafs have cancelled the viewing party at Maple Leaf Square for tonight’s playoff game between Toronto and the Boston Bruins because of the nasty weather outside.“Due to dangerous conditions following the ice storm in Toronto this weekend, and with the safety of our fans in mind, the fan tailgate party in Maple Leaf Square for tonight’s playoff game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins has been cancelled,” the Leafs said in a statement Monday morning.The team is urging fans with tickets to the game to take public transit if possible.

Game 1 rout shows vast gap between Bruins and Leafs . Bruce Arthur : You never want to overreact to one game in the playoffs, but Game 1 The day after Toronto’s 4- 1 loss to Boston, Carlyle mentioned that one or both of Jake Gardiner or Ryan O’Byrne could step in on defence; up front, maybe it’s the

[np_storybar title=” Bruce Arthur : Game 1 rout shows vast gap between Bruins and Leafs ” link=”http In Game 2, he allowed another six goals in a 6-2 loss and the blame was spread all around as everyone assumed the series was over.

Toronto never looked this out of place in all of their series against Washington last year. The NHL’s system is an insecurity-based mess, and here that means pitting the fourth-best team in hockey against the seventh-best team. Still, as Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly put it before Game 1 began, “If we didn’t believe, we wouldn’t put the pressure on ourselves. I think we’re in a situation where we could put together some games here.”

Boston’s top line of Patrice Bergeron, Marchand and David Pastrnak was a circus show. At 5-on-5 with Bergeron on the ice, the Bruins controlled 82 per cent of all shot attempts. Marchand opened the scoring on a Bruins power play, streaking down the left side — and likely offside, though the Leafs didn’t challenge it — past the relatively stationary figures of Roman Polak on his side, and Ron Hainsey on the other.

And it was Marchand who, with Toronto’s fourth line on the ice, shook Rielly with a little shoulder wiggle at the end of the second period and found Pastrnak in the slot with 38 seconds left for a 3-1 lead. Asked why he nuzzled Komarov, Marchand said, “I’m not trying to get into his head; he kept coming after me after whistles, stuff like that, every time he was going to the bench. So I just thought if you keep touching me, it may go closer than he might want to.”

Bruins' Bergeron back on ice, but will be game-day decision for Game 5

  Bruins' Bergeron back on ice, but will be game-day decision for Game 5 ​Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron was back on the ice on the team's off-day, and coach Bruce Cassidy said it will be a game-day decision whether he plays in Game 5 against Toronto on Saturday night. "We won't rule him out and we won't say he's definitely in," the coach said during the team's off-day availability on Friday. "But it is a positive he's back on the ice."Bergeron missed Game 4 on Thursday with an undisclosed injury — a surprise to the Maple Leafs, who had no warning he was hurt. The Bruins won 3-1 in Toronto to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven first-round series.

[np_storybar title=” Bruce Arthur : Leafs endure heartbreaking collapse in Game 7 overtime loss to Bruins ” link=”http — Bruce Arthur (@ bruce _ arthur ) May 14, 2013. Can I just publish my Leafs win story and go to the bar please?

Bruce Arthur : The old argument was always: Well, you have to give them something to cheer about. [np_storybar title=” Leafs execute their plan but can’t solve Tuukka Rask in Game 3 loss to Bruins ” link WatchNHL challenges GMs to make a few goalie interference calls: 'It's never going to be 100%'.

Asked if the Leafs can do better against the best line in hockey, Hainsey said, “Better hope so.”

This was a bludgeoning, but at least now the Leafs know what kind of fight they’re in. You think you’re a special team? You think this will be a long series? Well, you have 48 hours, and here’s your chance. The Bruins had better special teams, and were a buzzsaw at 5-on-5. The fourth line got buried. Rielly and Hainsey got buried so far down they couldn’t breathe, and they got buried by everyone. Travis Dermott is a kid, but he might need more ice time than the war horses, fast.

Even the Auston Matthews line got beat up, primarily against the venerable Zdeno Chara and the wunderkind Charlie McAvoy, plus that top line. But it didn’t stop there, and the seams eventually burst. With the score 4-1 in the third Tommy Wingels, who ended the second period holding Mitch Marner in a headlock, elbowed Marner in the face along the boards and fell down. Nazem Kadri, who threw himself around with a recklessness all night, skated hard and hip-checked Wingels’s head into the board while Wingels was on his knees. Kadri said he wasn’t trying to hit Wingels while he was down; the replay makes it look like he stared him down the whole way.

A suspension is at least possible. Kadri had already boarded Wingels and hit Rick Nash knee-on-knee. He played too far over the line, while Marchand walked up the line and gave it a kiss. Kadri said “I don’t really think the score reflected how the game went. It was a lot closer than that.” Kadri is often honest and delightful, but he was far from reality on this night.

In the third, with the game out of reach, Boston fans chanted, “We Want The Cup, We Want The Cup.” One game into the playoffs, and it was like the Leafs weren’t even there.

Plekanec steps up for Leafs in Kadri’s absence .
The Toronto Maple Leafs will turn to Tomas Plekanec to centre their top checking line Monday night when they try and get back into their Eastern Conference quarter-finals series with the Boston Bruins. Having lost the first two games of the series, the Leafs were also facing a shortage at centre, with Nazem Kadri on a three-game suspension; Plekanec was in Kadri’s regular spot — between Mitch Marner and Patrick Marleau — at the morning skate Monday.

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