The Toronto Maple Leafs lost in the postseason last year in seven games to the Boston Bruins. Toronto wanted to get off on the right foot this season in the playoffs against Boston and send them a message on the road in Game 1.
Mitchell Marner scored two goals, including a short-handed penalty-shot 2:47 into the second-period and it gave the Maple Leafs a 2-1 lead. They would continue to pressure the Bruins and they would win Game 1, 4-1.
Patrice Bergeron scored a power-play goal 9:31 into the game for Boston.
Marner tied the game at one off a rebound for Toronto with 3:16 remaining in the first-period.
Late in the second-period, Nazem Kadri made a stretch pass from his own defensive zone and he hit William Nylander in stride and Nylander scored a fast break goal with 1:35 remaining in the second-period.
John Tavares scored an empty-net goal for the Maple Leafs with 1:19 remaining in regulation.
Frederik Andersen was outstanding between the pipes for Toronto with 37 saves.
Tuukka Rask made 29 saves for Boston.
Game 2 will be on Saturday night in Boston.