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Depth powers Boston past leaves in game 1 win

BOSTON – The next chapter of the rivalry between the Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs began Saturday night with Boston’s 5-1 victory in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series at TD Garden.

The two Original Six franchises have a long-standing rivalry, and Toronto tried to set a physical tone even before the opening game as the Leafs came to the fore. Max Domi tried to provoke Brad Marchand by crossing and cutting the Bruins captain. But Boston kept its composure and dictated the physicality of the game.

“I really liked our team discipline. I liked our execution,” Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery told reporters after the game. “I liked the emotion we played with, and I thought the physicality of our group was very evident.”

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Pat Maroon made an immediate impact in his first postseason game for the Bruins. The three-time Stanley Cup champion not only provided Maroon with an assist on Boston’s first goal, but he also posed a physical threat to the Leafs. In 11:28 minutes of ice time, he led Boston with six hits, including one goal Timothy Liljegren on the bench in Boston.

“There’s a lot of emotion coming our way, especially because the crowd is into it,” Montgomery said of Maroon’s play. “The play he makes, he is good at, is making subtle plays that build a team game.”

Maroon set up Boston’s first goal by pinching the puck to Jesper Boqvist, who skated onto the ice with rookie John Beecher in a two-on-one. Boqvist made the tape-to-tape pass to Beecher as Lilegren tried to disrupt the play. Beecher got his snap past Toronto goaltender Ilya Samsonov for his first career postseason goal.

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“I thought Beecher was really good,” Montgomery said. “I think this is the best game he’s ever played as a Bruin. The challenge for not only him, but for our entire group is: can we do it again.”

Montgomery said Maroon influenced both the bench and the play on the ice.

“What he’s really good at is on the bench, and what we noticed is … a lot of positive talk, a lot of reinforcement of what the game plan is,” Montgomery said. “He really took his linemates, Boqvist and Beecher, and really provided positive reinforcement for what they’re doing next shift, and not just what happened.”

In addition to getting production from the bottom six forwards, Trent Frederic added an empty net goal with 2:08 left in regulation, the Bruins broke through on the power play in the second period. Jake DeBrusk scored both of Boston’s power-play goals.

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“I thought Jake was great,” Montgomery said. “I thought I would say most of the game that everyone really executed the way we wanted. It was a really good team effort.

“And that’s why I felt like we could go wave after wave like we did, all six (defenders) and the four lines. Jake was really good. That third goal, that shot, that’s a goalscorer’s goal. It’s nice to see him rewarded for the hard work he has done.”

Here are more notes on Saturday’s Bruins-Maple Leafs game:

— Brad Marchand assisted on both of DeBrusk’s power-play goals. He moved in with the two points second all-time in franchise history with 130 career playoff points behind Ray Bourque’s 161. Entering the postseason, Marchand was tied with Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci with 128 points.

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— Brandon Carlo scored his first goal of the postseason, the second of his career in 60 playoff games. He finished the night with three shots, two blocks and three takeaways over 17:47 minutes of ice time. Carlo and his defensive partner Hampus Lindholm were tasked with shutting down Auston Matthews and holding the Toronto star to zero points and five shots.

— Jeremy Swayman got the nod in net for the Bruins in his first-ever Game 1 start. The 25-year-old made 35 saves, including four with the Bruins falling short and another three with Boston on the man advantage to earn the win.

“I thought his athleticism allowed him to make some really good rebound saves with the bouncing puck,” Montgomery said. “He made a couple point-blank saves early in the first, and that’s when I thought we got into our game, so it was really important that he made those saves.”

— The Bruins continue their best-of-seven series with the Leafs on Monday night. TD Garden’s Puck Drop is scheduled for 7:00 PM ET, and you can watch the game plus an hour of pregame coverage on NESN.

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