The Dallas Morning News

Penalty shot helps Leafs


BOSTON — Mitch Marner scored twice, the second on a shorthande­d penalty shot to give Toronto the lead for good, and the Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 41 on Thursday night in the opener of their firstround playoff series.

It was Toronto’s first postseason penalty shot in 20 years.

Frederik Andersen made 37 saves and William Nylander and John Tavares also scored for Toronto, which swiped the homeice advantage in the bestof7 series as it tries to advance through Boston for the first time in six tries.

Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots for Boston, and Patrice Bergeron scored a powerplay goal midway through the first on a pass from Brad Marchand. But Marner tied it with about three minutes left in the period, sweeping in a rebound with such force he knocked himself off his skates.

Then, about three minutes into the second and Boston on a power play, the puck popped toward center ice and Marner had a clear path to the goal. When he was just outside the crease, Jake Debrusk was called for bringing him down from behind, and sending him crashing into Rask.

Marner lined up for the penalty shot, came at Rask from the left side and then slid over to the right faster than the goalie could follow. He flipped the puck into the open net to make it 21.

Nazem Kadri sent Nylander off on a breakaway to make it 31 with 95 seconds left in the period. Rask came up with a pair of saves in the final minute.

Capitals 4, Hurricanes 2: In Washington, Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin combined to score three goals on the first eight shots, and the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals survived a surge from Andrei Svechnikov and Carolina to win Game 1.

Backstrom scored twice, and Ovechkin scored on the power play to fire up a raucous sellout crowd in the first playoff game in Washington since celebratin­g the franchise’s first title in June.

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