Maple Leafs Beat Bruins 4-1

By The Sports Xchange

TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs received goals from four different players and went on to defeat the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Saturday night in the second game of the season for both teams at Air Canada Centre.

The Maple Leafs (1-0-1) used a three-goal first period to win their home opener that was preceded by the franchise’s 100th anniversary celebrations. The Bruins (1-1-0) have one more game on the road before playing their home opener.

Connor Brown, Mitch Marner, James van Riemsdyk and Milan Michalek scored for Toronto. Tyler Bozak added two assists.

David Pastrnak scored the lone goal for Boston.

Toronto scored the first three goals of the game before the Bruins got one back before the first period ended.

After a goalless second period, the Leafs regained their three-goal lead at 3:56 of the third period on a tip-in from in front of the net by Michalek for his first goal of the season. Morgan Rielly and Martin Marincin earned assists.

Anton Khudobin made 19 saves in the Bruins goal.

Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen made 19 stops.

The Leafs took the lead at 2:14 of the first period with Brown scoring from the slot for his first goal of the season. It followed a faceoff in the Boston zone with Peter Holland and Matt Hunwick earning the assists.

Marner scored his first career NHL goal at 11:56 of the first to give Toronto a 2-0 lead. He scored on a shot from the top edge of the right faceoff circle. Tyler Bozak led him with a pass into the neutral zone and Nikita Zaitsev also picked up an assist.

Van Riemsdyk scored his first of the season from the slot at 13:13 as Toronto seized a 3-0 lead. Bozak set up his second goal of the game and Jake Gardiner also picked up an assist.

With Marner serving a slashing penalty, the Bruins pulled one back when Pastrnak scored his third goal of the season on a power play at 17:35. John-Michael Liles and Brad Marchand earned assists.

NOTES: Boston C Patrice Bergeron (ankle) missed his second game on Saturday. Bergeron also missed the season opener in Columbus, which was won 6-3 by the Bruins. He is listed as day to day with a lower body injury. … Maple Leafs C Auston Matthews became the first player to score four goals in his NHL debut Wednesday, a 5-4 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators. He became the first Maple Leafs player to score four goals in a game since C Matts Sundin on April 11, 2006, against the Florida Panthers. … C Dave Keon was named the top Toronto player in the franchise’s first 100 years. His No. 14 was retired. The 100th anniversary ceremonies preceded the game Saturday. … The Maple Leafs visit the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday for their next game. … The Bruins visit Winnipeg on Monday to complete a three-game, season-opening trip.


One Comment

  1. Not much to see last night. Poor performance all around.

  2. hammerhead says:

    sounds like a repeat of last year! no defense no goal tending, and of course was not addressed in teh off season, but no mind the bruins faithfull will still come and line JJ’s pockets with cash and he knows that so nothing will EVER change, can’t wait until the next cup which will be around 2056

  3. hammerhead says:

    hmmmm looking here, don’t see no Toronto Maple leafs in the nhl IN 1916 ? OR 1917 0R 1918 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 AHH THERE THEY ARE 1927 must be Canadian math

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