Last night, the Boston Bruins opened the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by pounding the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1. The Bruins won the special team’s war going 3-for-6 on the man advantage. The B’s also outshot the speedy Maple Leafs 40-27.
At the 5:28 mark of the first period, everyone’s favorite Bruin, forward Brad Marchand got the Bruins on the board with this beauty.
Alright, after watching the video above, were the Bruins offsides entering the zone? It’s pretty close. Nonetheless, in the end, it didn’t matter.
While it’s only one game, and no one is celebrating, the Bruins did play well. Leading the Bruins on the score sheet, David Krejci, and Marchand, both had a goal and an assist each.
Why didn’t the Leafs Challenge the play?
“Do I really want to be down 1-0 and back on the penalty kill five minutes into Game 1?” Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said.
From Rule 78.7:
If the result of the challenge is that the play was “On-side”, the goal shall count and the team that issued the challenge shall be assessed a minor penalty for delaying the game. (Link)