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Maple Leafs looking for answers after Game 1 loss to Bruins

Maple Leafs looking for answers after Game 1 loss to Bruins
Published On: Fri, Apr 13
Oct 10, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple left wing James van Riemsdyk (21) moves past Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (6) in extra time at Air Canada Centre. Senators beat Leafs 5 - 4. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports

In a Toronto Maple Leafs dressing room filled with disappointment Thursday, one question kept coming up.

What was Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand trying to do when he laid a smooch on the left cheek of Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov?

"I was just trying to get into his head," Marchand said, explaining why gave Komarov a peck on the cheek when the two became tangled near the benches midway through the first period.

Mission accomplished.

The Bruins' dominant 5-1 win against the Maple Leafs at TD Garden was more than just a victory that gave the hosts the lead in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round. Much like Marchand's tactics with Komarov, it left Toronto confused and looking for answers on several levels.

This was supposed to be a seasoned Toronto roster, one that had gained valuable experience by reaching the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season for the second time since 2004. The Maple Leafs lost the 2017 Eastern Conference First Round to the Washington Capitals in six games, but insisted they'd gained confidence and a better understanding of what postseason hockey was all about.

It didn't look that way in Game 1 against the Bruins.

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