David Pastrnak had a goal and two assists for the Boston Bruins in a 5-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round at TD Garden on Thursday.
Brad Marchand and David Krejci each had a goal and an assist, and Tuukka Rask made 26 saves for the Bruins, who went 1-3-1 to end the regular season.
Boston went 3-for-6 on the power play and outshot Toronto 40-27.
“We kind of knew that we needed a little reset, we needed a couple days of rest and we had to bring it for the playoffs,” Bruins forward David Backes said. “Now, it’s throw it all into the game. … And I think as a collective unit, we all just looked at each other and said, ‘It’s time to go out there and do our thing and not be distracted by anything.’ It was a pretty solid effort.”
Frederik Andersen made 35 saves for the Maple Leafs, who went 0-for-3 on the power play.
“We were outscored 3-0 on special teams, three on the [penalty kill]. That’s most likely never going to get it done,” Toronto defenseman Ron Hainsey said. “Not nearly enough offensive-zone time for us. It felt like we spent the vast majority of the game on our half of the ice. We weren’t able to get any long, sustained pushes in their end.”