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Fresh Links: But It Was 5-1

Toronto lost their composure, possibly Nazem Kadri (facing suspension) and ultimately the game itself

Toronto Maple Leafs v Boston Bruins - Game One
Feel shame, Nazem Kadri
Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

A clearly motivated Bruins team scored the first goal (!) and then added four more to best the Maple Leafs 5-1 last night. They return to TD Garden tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 PM for Game #2 on NBC.

  • Swift and sure, the Bruins hardly resembled the team that played those final games of the regular season. Thank goodness for that. NHL
  • Four unanswered goals were surrendered and five different Bruins scored in the win. Two goals is reported to be the most dangerous lead in hockey, but statistics demonstrated that to not be the case this season in the NHL. Boston Globe
  • The Bruins dominated the Maple Leafs from the first puck drop and for long stretches. Controlled and effective execution was the key, although there was room left for some limited Brad Marchand tomfoolery. Puck Daddy
  • Leo Komarov was once again the object of a certain Bruin’s attentions. The two players are not strangers. Vice Sports
  • Bad show, Nazem Kadri- you can explain that boarding penalty that hurt Tommy Wingels to the Department of Player Safety today. (With video) NBC Sports
  • David Backes helped set the physical tone, and even notched a dirty goal, one of three scored on the power play. Boston Herald
  • The Bruins veterans helped the team maintain poise, while the youngsters added their enthusiasm. That and sticking to a well-executed game plan yielded success . WEEI
  • Worries about a sinking trend late in the Bruins’ regular season thankfully were unfounded. Stupid penalties, including one for too many men, hamstrung the Maple Leafs early in the third period on a night where Boston’s special teams play was solid. Hockeybuzz
  • Disciplined adherence to the game plan and some great special teams play carried the Bruins when the Maple Leafs pressed. Patriot Ledger
  • Four bullet points from the game include one good brat finishing the game and a bad brat leaving early.
  • More observations include playoff David Krejci working his magic and the solid return of Rick Nash. NESN
  • Did you miss the game? Enjoy the highlights. (Video, 8:58) NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The NHL Awards are coming down to the wire, and Eliotte Friedman is struggling with the choices. Check out 31 Thoughts. Sportsnet
  • Former Bruins in the playoff news: Matt IrWIN helped Pekka Rinne out a bit in the Predators’ victory over Carl Soderberg and the Avalanche- it was 5-2. Denver Post Good show, playoff hero Joe Morrow! Those are words we are glad, if surprised, to hear attached to his name. He has scored the Jets first ever game winning post season goal against the Wild. (With video) Sportsnet The Sharks beat the Ducks 3-0, because Chris Kelly was a healthy scratch. Just sayin’. NBC Sports