The Boston Bruins leads the Stanley Cup best of 7 playoff series versus the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0. The Bruins (-170) took advantage of six power plays by scoring three times in series opener. Boston made 40 shots on goal with 37 hits and 8 blocks. Marchand had the only 1st period score for the Bruins which was on a power play. Then Pastrnak and Backes scored in the 2nd. Kuraly and Krejci each scored in the 3rd for a final score of 5-1. Goaltender Tuukka Rask had 26 saves on 27 shots. Rask ended the regular betting odds season at 1-3-1.
The Toronto Maple Leafs (+150) got only 27 shots on goal in Game 1. Goaltender Frederik Andersen made 35 saves and went 0 for 3 on power plays. Zach Hyman had the only goal for the Maple Leafs in the 1st period when he skated by McAvoy and backhanded the puck for the score. The Vegas odds makers list the Boston Bruins as the odds favorite at -1 ½ (+170) and the road dog as the Toronto Maple Leafs at -1 ½ (-200). For the over/under bettor the game total is listed at 6(-115)u 6(-105)o.
Boston will continue to play without Nash even though he was at practice on Friday and Tommy Wingels is listed as questionable after leaving Game 1 after a high hit. If Wingels sits out Rookie Ryan Donato may hit the ice in his first Stanley Cup Playoff game. The Bruins and Maple Leafs with play Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round at TD Garden on Saturday, April 14th with the face off at 8 pm ET.
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