First night of playoffs teaches lesson to young Maple Leafs

Posted April 15, 2017

Boyle faced Washington in three playoffs series while a member of the New York Rangers.

Washington goaltender Braden Holtby, the defending Vezina Trophy victor, fashioned a career-best 2.07 goals-against average, led the NHL with nine shutouts and tied for the league-lead with 42 wins. But holding that lead in a hostile venue is quite another step. "So we're not going away". "They're a heck of a team, but we're not slouches, either".

Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) celebrates his overtime goal with center Jay Beagle (83) against the Toronto Maple Leafs during Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Washington, Thursday, April 13, 2017.

Wilson's goal came two days after Babcock said the fourth-line winger is "not as big of concern as a lot of people" on the Capitals.

Washington did expose the thin Leafs blue line, who pressed injury-replacement Martin Marincin into service. Game 2 is Saturday night.

This also happened in Sunday's game against the Jackets as the clock was ticking down to the last seconds of the first period.

"I think what they found out is you can skate with them, you can be physical, their (defencemen) give the puck to you when you're physical just like if they're physical with us", Babcock said. "We didn't want us watching them (in awe)". Of course, it would be best if they didn't need to show it.

I thought a confidence builder for sure. Certainly the third period was a dominate one for them, and if they play like that then the Leafs will be toast. "We had so many opportunities to shoot and ended passing instead of shooting on the net". "That's playoff hockey. Things bounce". Williams had an easy five-hole tap in through.

Already missing defensemen Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo and center David Krejci, the banged-up Bruins could also be without defenseman Colin Miller, who was injured in Game 1. Well, there was a whole lot of gushing by the Caps in the first period of Game 1. Not if the young, talented Leafs can play like they played early yesterday, and pick up the playoff experience they don't have as they go, and if Frederik Andersen can stand on his head as he did in the third period.

Exactly the seed of doubt the Leafs hope to plant in the minds of the underachieving springtime squad. "You're thinking about the game". William Nylander had more puck presence than either of them, while Kasperi Kapanen might have played his best game of his young tenure. (But) we didn't have any panic. Several unforced errors later, Kevin Shattenkirk's poor clear went right to Jake Gardiner.

Toronto's second goal, an unassisted tally by Gardiner from the slot at 9:44, was initially waved off due to goaltender's interference on Nazem Kadri. But a pair of goals from Justin Williams (who is expected to work his dark magic this time of year) got things to the extra frame, and Washington can breathe a pretty huge sigh of relief. "Maybe we (were) a little bit nervous, maybe kind of feel the pressure a little bit".

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Zaitsev missed Game 1 on Thursday night with a suspected concussion.

The intensity and goal Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews exuded while speaking with reporters before his debut in the Stanley Cup Playoffs suggested just the opposite.

Thanks to him, there's even less of a chance it's coming to Bay St. this spring, but the Capitals forward aims to win one here first.

Melker Karlsson scored at 3:22 of overtime and San Jose came back to beat Edmonton in Game 1 of their Western Conference series.

"He's got a point", Wilson said.

"What do you know about Freddie Andersen?"

Added Washington coach Barry Trotz: "We turned some pucks over". He got close to the postseason during the 2014-15 campaign with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but then the organization traded him midseason and he had to watch his former team's run to the Stanley Cup final from afar.

"There was a few players (he admired), but a guy like Darcy Tucker was a fan favourite". "I got a little space and [Joe Pavelski] saw me in the middle".

Lindy Ruff's four-year contract expired at the end of the season and wasn't extended.

With Fubo TV you will be able to watch on all your devices such as a computer, smartphone, tablet, Google Chromecast, Roku or even your Apple TV. "He's been that guy for us in the past, he's been that guy all year". You know what, there's a lot of threats in this room and that's all he was saying. The good thing is, this is a great growth opportunity, and he isn't just happy to be here, isn't satisfied to get kudos from his coach.