Leafs fans are some of the most passionate, diehard fans in the entire NHL. Generally, they're great fans. But like every fanbase, they have people that seem to not know what they’re talking about.
Before the series began, plenty of Leafs fans were saying the Bruins were one-dimensional, that Boston only has one scoring line (the Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak line).
After last night, Toronto fans should be questioning that assumption.
The 5-1 rout of the Leafs proved that Boston can get production from guys that aren't on that top line.
That top line opened the scoring when Brad Marchand backhanded the puck past Andersen, but the next B’s goal was scored by third-liner David Backes.
Backes’ goal was followed by a top-line goal from David Pastrnak, but the back-breaker came from a grinder: Sean Kuraly, a fourth liner, managed to put Boston up 4-1 after whacking the puck out of midair.
The second line got in on the scoring fun as well, with David Krejci piling on Toronto when he fired -a no angle shot past Andersen to give the Bruins a 5-1 lead.
To be fair, first-line players DID score two of the B’s goals last night.
However, the other three came from a combination of depth guys. And yes, some of the goals were on the power play, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the Bruins got production from throughout the lineup.
If nothing else, last night's game showed Toronto fans that the Bruins are a lot more than a one-line team.
Yes, the Bruins are going to be carried throughout the series by the first line, for the most part; however, they're going to need production from the other three lines in order to win.
If last night's game is any indication of what's to come, those guys are up to the task.