TORONTO - The Mayor declared it Blue and White Day, before the night turned black as a Bruin and the error-prone Maple Leafs saw red.
What began with a roof-raising roar, the first home playoff game at the Air Canada Centre in nine years, ended with Boston carrying its three-goal second-period to a 5-2 conclusion. Toronto’s season-high 47 shots, plus two posts behind Tuukka Rask, were undone by a series of minor hockey mix-ups back in their end.
“Grade A scoring chances,” is how coach Randy Carlyle described the results. And a team filled with recent Stanley Cup winners is not going to let those pass.
“You try to explain to your team it’s a test,” Carlyle said of the Leafs’ chance to channel the crowd and winning conditions into a series lead. “Every game is a test, every shift. This is a war of attrition. There is skill, will and luck involved. But you have to earn every one.
“We didn’t do enough and we made too many mistakes.”