Last night at the TD Garden, the Toronto Maple Leafs took away the Bruins home-ice advantage with a 4-1 win.
The Bruins mismanaged the puck throughout the game, allowed far too many breakaway opportunities, did far too little in the offensive zone and simply didn’t show up. It was one of their worst games of the last few months.
Superstar Brad Marchand believes his team just wasn’t prepared.
“I think maybe we thought it was going to be a little easier than it was out there. We were trying to play too much of a controlled style, where that’s not really our game. So we’ve got to play a little faster.”
Marchand did get a goal in the first period, but the Leafs responded with four unanswered goals to win.
“I don’t think they took us off our game, I just don’t think we played our game,” Marchand said. “We weren’t playing right the whole way through, we weren’t taking care of pucks the way we normally do and the way we can. That’s what they thrive on.”
Marchand did give props to the Leafs for their win.
“They played well, they played hard, and they played fast, and they played their game. So we have to be better.”
Game 2 takes place on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ET.