National Hockey League

For the Leafs, it's the same old ending

For the third time in seven years, Toronto once again fell to Boston in the final game of a best-of-seven, first-round playoff series.

Unlike the pair’s previous two postseason meetings, the Bruins entered the last period with a lead — and pulled ahead for the 5-1 victory to set up a second-round matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

AdvertisementThe Leafs, on the other hand, found themselves shaking their heads, left with the same frustration and disappointment that bedeviled them a year ago.

Jolted by a raucous sellout crowd, Boston scored twice in the final five minutes of the first period to build a two-goal cushion.

Their aggression paid off with just under four minutes remaining in the period, when center John Tavares fired one past netminder Tuukka Rask to cut Boston’s advantage to one.

He specifically highlighted the promise of young forwards Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson, who starred in the second line after playing in the AHL last season, and defenseman Travis Dermott.

Powered by Blogger.