The first playoff game for the Maple Leafs in nine years ended on a sour note as
Boston defeated Toronto by a score of 4-1.
After James van Reimsdyk opened the scoring for the Leafs early in the first period,
but it was all Boston after that as they dominated nearly the entire game. Boston
outshot Toronto 40-20.
As a Leaf fan I found this game difficult to watch but I will point out some positives
that hopefully the Leafs can build on use to make this a competitive series. I
liked the way James Reimer played, he only gave up one real questionable goal to
Johnny Boychuk, though it was a bullet of a slap shot. If it wasn’t for Reimer’s
efforts in net this game could have been a blowout. Also, I didn’t think the Leafs
were too over-matched physically by the Big Bad Bruins.
I’m looking forward to game two on Saturday night. It was tough to lose game one
but Leaf fans like myself are just happy the boys are finally back in the playoffs after
nine long years of misery. The future is still bright for the blue and white.