2013 Stanley Cup: Game 1 Blues
The NHL playoffs are off and rolling, though no one saw fit to tell the two Canadian teams who lost last night. The Toronto Maple Leafs rolled over and played dead in their 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins last night and the Vancouver Canucks were outworked by the San Jose Sharks, in their loss 3-1 defeat. While it’s only the first game, last night’s showings aren’t good signs for either team.
Bruins whip Leafs
The Maple Leafs showed why they haven’t played a playoff game in nine years. The hometown Bruins outplayed the Leafs in every facet of the game in their 4-1 Game 1 victory. Goaltender James Reimer whiffed on three goals, the defence looked sloppy and the forwards played frightened most of the night, directing only 20 shots on Bruins’ goalie Tukka Rask. “I just thought we self-destructed,” said a testy Leaf coach Randy Carlyle after the game, promising line-up changes for Game 2. The Leafs’ big scorers also failed to show up, Phil Kessel looked scared and Nazem Kadri and others looked wholly unprepared for the playoff intensity. If they don’t deliver a much better effort in Game 2, this series will end quickly.