The Toronto Maple Leafs scored right away against the Boston Bruins, but the Bruins quickly took the momentum away and won 4-1 on Wednesday night in the first game of the series.
James van Riemsdyk scored a power play goal just 1:54 into the game and it was the only goal and offensive pressure the Leafs displayed all night. After that, it was all Boston.
Wade Redden’s goal at the 16:20 mark was disputed at first, but after a review it was determined his stick was below the crossbar and the goal stood. It was his first playoff goal in six seasons and his first multi-point playoff game. Nathan Horton gave them the lead with less than a minute on a power play goal.
The second period displayed a tougher and more aggressive Bruins team. David Krejci scored a goal and had two assists. Johnny Boychuk sealed the win with his goal. The team as a whole hit whenever possible and chased down every puck. Leafs goalie faced James Riemer faced 40 shots. Bruins goalie Tuuku Rask faced only 20 shots.
There was not any scoring in the third period, but the Leafs showed their frustrations. Colton Orr was given a 10:00 game misconduct for roughing and cross checking with three minutes left. Bruins’ Chris Kelly and Leafs’ Frazer McLaren and Leo Komarov dropped their gloves after the buzzer. All three received a 5:00 major penalty.
This was the Leafs first playoff game in over nine years and it showed and the first time the teams met in the playoffs since 1974.
Game two is scheduled for Saturday night in Boston.