Boston, MA– The post-season for the 2018-19 NHL campaign finally began this week, and it's safe to say things got off to a pretty bad beginning for the Boston Bruins. Facing off at home against one of their longtime rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Bruins were thoroughly defeated by the Leafs with a final score of 4-1. Boston was incapacitated and working from behind from a very early point in the game. Quite the disheartening affair for Bruins fans from the first period on.
It did get off to a rollicking start, though, as Patrice Bergeron scored the game's first (and the Bruins' only) goal just nine minutes into the first period on a power play. Bergeron's score was assisted by Torey Krug and Brad Marchand, but the team would never score again.
Toronto then went on a 4-0 scoring run to close out the entire game. Mitch Marner scored two goals, one of them shorthanded, and William Nylander and John Tavares finished off the four goal affair for Toronto. Marner's second goal and Tavares' were both unassisted. Tuukka Rask was in net for the Bruins and he managed to save 29 shots for the team, but he did allow three goals, giving the Bruins an ultimately insurmountable deficit.
In this first round matchup, Toronto now leads one game to zero over Boston, but the Bruins will have a chance to come back and even the series at home when they take on their foe tomorrow night. It's a quick turnaround time in the playoffs and the Bruins have to rebound quickly.
The night was not a complete loss for hockey in Massachusetts, though, as the hockey team at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst won their game in the Frozen Four NCAA Hockey semifinals against the University of Denver. Prevailing 4-3 in overtime, the UMass Minutemen will next take on the team from Minnesota Duluth tomorrow night.