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BRUINS 7, LEAFS 3: B's surge to 2-0 series lead

BRUINS 7, LEAFS 3: B's surge to 2-0 series lead

The Leafs had a solid first two periods, and were up 2-1 going into the third. Updates with new lead. At 21 years old, Pastrnak became the youngest player to ever have a six-point National Hockey League playoff game.

"You never want to see anyone get hit like that", said center Sean Kuraly, Wingels' linemate in Game 1 of the Bruins' first-round playoff series with the Leafs. While head coach Mike Babcock has attempted to get Auston Matthews' line away from Patrice Bergeron's line all season, it's the preferred matchup for Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy.

In Boston for a nationally-televised NBC showdown against a Leafs team the Bruins beat by a decisive 5-1 final on Thursday - a victory largely won on the back of a three-point (one goal, two assist) performance by the 21-year-old Pastrnak - No. 88 upped his game with three goals and six points in just 15:46 of a 7-3 victory.

"(Expletive) happens, I guess", Matthews said. I thought we got off to a pretty good start, and the puck still went in the net. Jake DeBrusk scored on the power play to double the lead before Kevan Miller got a insane redirect off Nikita Zaitsev to make the lead three.

Ron Hainsey's attack on Tim Schaller after the Bruins forward finished a check that took down Mitch Marner gave the Bruins their second power play of the period at 14:49. "It's just they scored; we didn't".

After Andersen exited, Curtis McElhinney inherited the 3-0 deficit and didn't fare much better against the high-flying Bruins, turning aside 19 of 23 shots for an.826 save percentage. The Bruins added another power-play goal - their second of the night and fifth of the series - to make it 4-0 after one.

The Maple Leafs need to get their belongings together. Just 11 seconds later, Rick Nash had his first post-season goal as a Bruin, popping a backhander home after Krug fed Pastrnak for a shot from the point.

The Bruins have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series, with Game 3 at Air Canada Centre on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, NESN). Game 4 takes place at the ACC two nights later, with an "if necessary" Game 5 slated for Saturday back in Boston.

It doesn't look like it will be.

"They're a great home team", Cassidy said of the 29-win Leafs, two of those one-goal results versus his team. "We deserve every bit of criticism far and wide".

Masters: I already had my story written, I had to change everything. "And it's important we look at that and look at what created those opportunities and try to replicate that in Game 3 but do it more consistently". If he can't play, Matt Martin or Josh Leivo would take his place.

The Leafs could have used Kadri - and a few other scorers like him.

Toronto swarmed the Bruins net for most of the opening five minutes, consistently gaining entry into the Bruins' zone and winning puck battles. McElhinney made just the second playoff appearance of his career.

Chris Hadfield, astronaut: I was in space the last time they were playing the Bruins in the first round of the playoffs; I was at the end of my command of the International Space Station. Sixteen people died and another 13 were injured when the team's bus collided with a truck last week in Saskatchewan. "It was nice to finally get one later in [Game 2 from James van Riemsdyk], hopefully that gives us a little boost on our power play and hopefully we can stay out of the box and win the special teams game". Ryan Donato, the son of former Bruin Ted Donato, made his playoff debut.

It began 5:26 into the opening frame when Pastrnak opened scoring with a dazzling display of hand-eye coordination, settling down a bouncing puck while spinning and then slipping one past Toronto's Frederik Andersen.