Jake DeBrusk powers Bruins past Leafs in Game 1 – The Rink Live

Jake DeBrusk recorded a three-point game to lead the Boston Bruins to a 5-1 victory over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first round.

DeBrusk accounted for all three of Boston’s goals in the second period, scoring twice in 2:32 on an assist from Brandon Carlo.

John Beecher, making his playoff debut, and Trent Frederic also scored, while Brad Marchand and Charlie McAvoy each had two assists for Boston, which won all four head-to-head meetings between the teams in the regular season.

Jeremy Swayman finished with 35 saves and stopped all 24 shots he faced in the first two periods.

David Kampf scored the lone goal and Ilya Samsonov made 19 saves on 23 shots for Toronto.

Toronto had a 36-24 shots advantage but was scoreless on three power plays while Boston went 2-for-5.

Shortly after Swayman made his second of two key early stops on a point-blank rebound from Nicholas Robertson, Beecher buried Jesper Boqvist’s two-on-one pass to the left circle at 2:26 of the first period.

Boston could have increased its lead had Charlie McAvoy and Pavel Zacha not hit the posts within 2:05 of the first period.

The Bruins began their scoring spree in the second period at 5:47 when Carlo buried a drive from the top of the right circle off DeBrusk’s feed.

DeBrusk scored on the last two of Boston’s three power plays in the middle frame to push the lead to 4-0, including a snap from the right circle at 15:02.

The third goal of Boston’s nine shots in the second period came when DeBrusk redirected Brad Marchand’s centering pass from Samsonov and across the goal line.

The Maple Leafs broke the shutout quickly in the third. At 1:39, Kampf slid through the slot and buried Connor Dewar’s slick backhand feed.

Frederic’s empty-net goal with 2:08 remaining sealed the victory.

Toronto forward William Nylander (undisclosed) was out of the lineup.

–Field-level media