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Wade Redden is congratulated by Shawn Thornton, Adam McQuaid, and Dan Paille - Jared Wickerham

The Boston Bruins brought it last night, holding the Toronto Maple Leafs to one early power play goal, responding with four unanswered ones and then dominating sizable stretches of the game. Shout out to Wade Redden for his goal and assist, magical David Krejci, and the productive defensive corps. Has anyone heard from Phil Kessel?

The Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 at TD Garden in the first game of their playoff series, in which experience appeared to trump exuberance.

  • Wade Redden is a bit of a redemption story, and he fully embraced his chance last night, rewarding Claude Julien. Things got... physical, and Brad Marchand was speared in the nether region by James van Riemsdyk. Kaspars Daugavins was on the third line, and was just fine. Will the lineup change again? [BostonHerald]
  • Jon Strauss had a bon mot on poor Brad's junk. [@WeberKing]
  • It was David Krejci who was wearing the team's army ranger jacket after the game as first star, with a goal and two assists. Nice Bruins patch on the right sleeve! [MassLive]
  • Per Claude Julien, the team didn't look at the scoreboard, rather they focused on their play. And there was another "long shift" by the Merlot line that set up Krejci's goal. There was a bit of nasty as well. [PatriotLedger]
  • Remember the "Long Shift?" That was against the Leafs, too. 5 on 5 posession for 2 minutes. [YouTube]
  • Julien acknowledged the drain of recent events on the team psyche, the playoffs were a chance to turn the page. Despite recent losses, he felt the team was trending the right way, and that the core was still strong. [BostonHerald]
  • The Bruins achieved a full 60 minutes and kept their feet on the pedal. [ProvidenceJournal]
  • All options are on the table as Randy Carlyle takes two days to reassess. [GlobeandMail]
  • The difference between the Bruins on their game and the Leafs off theirs may mean a four game series. [WEEI]
  • The switch appeared to be flipped last night, and experience trumped exuberance. [TorontoStar]
  • Dirty work around the net paid off, and Tuukka Rask stood tall. [CausewayCrowd]
  • Defensemen were key in the Bruins victory, tallying goals and shutting down Phil Kessel and the talented Leafs offense. [BruinsDaily]
  • The Leafs are suffering taunting at the hands of their home tabloids. How can they BEAR it? [NESN]
  • And worse yet, Ontario bars have gone silent on free beer offers. [PuckDaddy]
  • Andrew Ference will be speaking to Brendan Shanahan today about his contact with Mikhail Grabovski. [NHL]
  • Remember the brief Twitter storm about a possible Rask injury in practice yesterday? Me neither. [ESPN]
  • Those so-called "Wednesday Night Rivalry" NHL games have proved to be the "hottest new brand in sports." [Forbes]
  • The German press is eagerly following the Bruins in the playoffs because of Dennis Seidenberg, and also the Sharks because of Thomas Greiss. Auf Deutsch. [TraunsteinerTagblatt]

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