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

Mike Babcock

"You have to chip away, and when you go out there, it starts with the first shift and from there on out, you build off of it".

To the theme of the first query, he said: "The first two games didn't go as planned". But everything Boston put on net went in, and whatever pressure the Leafs established didn't result in points.

Certainly, Babcock is right about that; the Leafs are a better team than they've showed so far through this series.

"We've got plenty of stuff to look at (and) get ourselves prepped", Toronto defenceman Ron Hainsey said.

Two nights after Frederik Andersen allowed five goals in the series opener, he gave up three more on five shots in the first 12:13 before he was replaced by backup Curtis McElhinney. He was not made available to the media following the loss, but on Sunday reflected over what went wrong and how the Leafs can go about fixing it before Monday.

Pastrnak, with three goals and three assists, was named First Star, and Marchand, with four assists, was picked Second Star.

"I don't know. Sh-t happens, I guess", Matthew said. McElhinney stopped 19 of the 23 shots he faced. Yet the Predators rallied again to take their first 2-0 lead when starting a best-of-seven series in their own building. "That's what amazes me with him", Bergeron said about Pastrnak.

"I think the game and the league and as players, that is something we don't want in our game".

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There was no doubt in Babcock's mind he would go back to Andersen, despite his shaky play over the series' first two games.

"... Were a good team". Rask did over-commit a bit to the right, but it was still a case of the puck bouncing perfectly Toronto's way. "We've got to get off to a good start in our building". "Freddie is our guy and he'll be back tomorrow". Through two games, Auston Matthews and William Nylander have zero points.

BC-HKN-Maple Leafs-Bruins, 526 Pastrnak has 3 goals, 3 assists; Bruins beat Maple Leafs 7-3AP Photo BXG110, BXG106, BXG102, BXG113, BXG111, BXG105, BXG101Eds: APNewsNow. Suspended centre Nazem Kadri won't be available for either of the Leafs' home games this week, but at least Babcock will be able to dictate matchups. Give them credit, they're playing real well, that line, they've been good on the power play, good at 5-on-5, everything they throw at the net's going in. But suffice it to say, the Bergeron line is a top priority. His linemates, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, each had four assists on the night. "We can be better in certainly just about all aspects".

Staying out of the penalty box would be an obvious solution but the Maple Leafs continue to have difficulties on that front.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Ryan Hartman's empty-net goal with 1:09 left wound up the victor as Nashville held off Colorado for a 2-0 lead in the first-round Western Conference series. "I'm sure they will feel that loss but they have a lot of depth and make the necessary adjustments but at the end of the day they are missing a very good player".

"We have to eliminate some of their space", said Andersen. However, each time they made a push, the Bruins would answer.

Pastrnak shattered his previous career high of four points, scoring his third goal with 1:36 left to bring two trash cans full of caps and winter hats fluttering down to the ice. It's also an extremely effective way to score goals. Blown assignments defensively and disorganization among forwards has led to too many small breakdowns that elite forwards like the Bergeron crew can capitalize on.

It's just two games into the postseason, but the Bruins' top line can be found one-by-one atop the NHL's postseason scoring leaderboard. It's a matter not only of confidence that the Leafs get both those units going, but that the disparity is killing them in the long game of the series against an opponent that gives them so little to work with as it is.

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