He is 4th in points for the Maple Leafs with 32 goals and 23 assists. Updates with new lead. They were also a combined +14 Saturday night.
In order to make this a series, the Maple Leafs are going to have to somehow figure out how to stop the Bruins top line. Frederik Andersen was 10-1 in his career against the Bruins, but that didn't phase Boston at all and they do have Tuukka Rask, who is now 17-9 in his career against Toronto.
No one showed more signs of this than Matthews who struggled to move the puck and failed to release his normally unsafe shot in any sort of threatening manner.
Pastrnakscored a hat trick and had six points to bring his two-game point total to nine.
Toronto now has the second-best power-play unit in the National Hockey League, as it's converted on 24.6 percent of its extra-man opportunities this year.
BOSTON-Right now it feels like there are no good answers. Attempting to just throw the puck in front of the net and see what happens, it deflected off Leafs defenseman Nikita Zaitsev and over Andersen's shoulder. Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Torey Krug each added.
The Bruins' second goal with the man advantage came after the Leafs wasted two power-play chances of their own, including one where Marner slid a puck across the face of a wide-open net.
Cassidy also opened the possibility of Gionta going in, though the veteran stayed on the ice for extra work with scratches Nick Holden and Riley Nash (injured).
Kadri, 27, is a 30 goal scorer and was the Leafs second- line center and a big weapon on the Leafs' power play. The B's outshot the Maple Leafs in all three periods with a final shot margin of 13 shots. He will be unavailable for Games 2 of the series Saturday night and then 3 and 4 in Toronto.
It doesn't look like it will be.
The Leafs looked and sounded shell-shocked after Boston turned on its power and especially its power play, turning what had been a close game into a four-goal romp. "We got what we deserved". "The good news is the story isn't totally written yet".
Leafs forward Nazem Kadri was suspended for three games Friday for boarding Boston forward Tommy Wingels during Game 1. Maybe this series was lost as soon as Kadri saw red and charged to avenge a hit on Marner, but they are better than this.
Kadri took exception to an elbow to Mitch Marner from Wingels and replied by taking a run at the Boston forward after he tumbled to the ice, earning a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct in the process.
They're down 2-0 in the series and there's nothing to suggest they have any hope of winning one game, never mind four at this point.
Just 11 seconds after Hainsey was given a double-minor for roughing, Nash made it 4-0. Bruce Cassidy believes the Harvard and Team USA product would have handled the bright lights just fine, but the Bruins head coach went with a more experienced lineup for the series opener. The Leafs are 2nd in the league in power-play percentage and their strength on face-offs (6th in the league) is another area they have a slight edge over the Bruins in in terms of stats. Ryan Donato, the son of former Bruin Ted Donato, made his playoff debut. The crowd broke into a chant of "Yankees Suck!" They are the second father and son duo to play for the team in the postseason, joining two-time Stanley Cup-winner Ken (R.) Hodge and his son, Ken (D.) Hodge.
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