Bobrovsky shines as Panthers endure blown guide to conquer Maple Leafs in collection opener

Sheldon Keefe watched his team dedicate two blunders — blunders he failed to see in the initially spherical of the playoffs — that straight led to ambitions versus.

Immediately after the Maple Leafs recovered to get again even, one more costly error wound up staying 1 way too a lot of to overcome.

Toronto now finds itself in the actual place it was in just after Recreation 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning — trailing the sequence and on the lookout for responses.

Carter Verhaeghe scored the winner, Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 will save and Matthew Tkachuk established up three goals as the Florida Panthers survived a blown 2- direct to down the Leafs 4-2 in Tuesday’s opener of their 2nd-round matchup.

“They power you to make errors,” explained Keefe, Toronto’s head coach. “But I believed we manufactured some problems that we did not always make in the last collection.”

Sam Bennett, with a goal and an aid, Nick Cousins and Brandon Montour delivered the rest of the offence for Florida, which roared again from a 3-1 deficit to stun the report-environment Boston Bruins with a few straight victories and just take that 1st-round matchup in seven online games Sunday. Aleksander Barkov experienced two helps.

“If we are a tiny fatigued simply because that [Bruins] series was significant, it can be kind of our standard working day,” explained Panthers head coach Paul Maurice, whose group had much less than 48 hrs to get well in advance of hitting the ice in Toronto. “When you glance at our schedule at the finish of January, it was brutal. And that is when we started to engage in our ideal hockey.

“So currently being in the mud, as we would say, we’re variety of applied to it.”

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Brandon Montour’s aim in the third interval secured a 4-2 gain for Florida about Toronto giving the Panthers a 1- guide in the collection.

Matthew Knies, with his 1st NHL purpose, and Michael Bunting replied for Toronto.

The Leafs finished a technology of misery Saturday when John Tavares scored in extra time of Video game 6 towards Tampa to see the Original Six franchise progress in the submit-period for the initially time due to the fact 2004, but were being not able to carry that momentum ahead.

Ilya Samsonov stopped 24 pictures for the Leafs, who host Game 2 with the Panthers on Thursday right before the series shifts to South Florida.

“They performed effectively,” reported Toronto defenceman Luke Schenn, whose workforce lost 7-3 to the Lightning in Video game 1 on the same ice past round. “But a ton of the targets that were scored were self-inflicted.

“We continue to have a lot much more to give.”

A group of Toronto Maple Leafs fans are seen gathered as they watch a game.
Fans react in the course of the first video game of the Maple Leafs-Panthers Stanley Cup playoffs 2nd round series at the Maple Leafs’ tailgate exterior Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Tuesday. (Nav Rahi/CBC)

Tied 2-2 late in the second period with the Leafs pushing, the under no circumstances-say-die site visitors — the Bruins discovered that first-hand — responded to silence Scotiabank Arena’s towel-waving crowd.

Verhaeghe, who scored the spectacular winner in Match 7 towards Boston, took a pass from Anthony Duclair and gave his staff the guide for very good when he beat Samsonov on a breakaway at 17:47 for his fourth intention of the playoffs.

“The a single guy we surely do not want to give a breakaway to,” Keefe lamented. “Significant portion of the approach heading in is how he can bounce into these holes. We can not make that oversight.

Toronto experienced a couple opportunities to tie it in the 3rd, but never ever really threatened Bobrovsky before Montour blasted a one particular-timer on a delayed penalty at 12:24 right after Leafs defenceman Jake McCabe felled Tkachuk.

“As the hockey goes on we have come alongside one another to aid each individual other and enable every other,” Bobrovsky explained. “We’ve develop into like a spouse and children each and every working day [since] the playoffs begun.”

The Florida goaltender was below siege late, including a terrific toe quit on William Nylander with just about a moment left in regulation on Toronto’s very best chance to get back again inside one particular.

“We made some plays,” claimed Leafs winger Mitch Marner, introduced as one of three nominees for the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive ahead.

“Gave them much too numerous thoroughly clean appears to be like at our net.”

A hockey player collides with an opposition player as members of the audience watch on from behind the glass.
Maple Leafs’ Ryan O’Reilly collides with Sam Bennett, who experienced a target and an assist to enable the Panthers in their Game 1 road victory. (Heather Waldron/CBC )

The Leafs strike the ice in the next spherical of the playoffs for the initial time considering the fact that Jeremy Roenick scored in OT of Activity 6 for the Philadelphia Flyers to eliminate Toronto on Could 4, 2004 — a stretch of 18 several years, 11 months and 28 times.

Just after the house aspect had a quantity of marvelous appears to be like on two ability performs inside a ready-to-erupt rink, the Panthers struck when Cousins scored his 1st on a rebound at 9:25 of the opening time period.

Bobrovsky produced a couple enormous saves off Auston Matthews on a Leafs electrical power play in the next just before Florida went up 2- at 7:58 when Bennett tipped a stage shot past Samsonov that in the beginning strike the adhere of Knies.

The Toronto rookie designed amends 11 seconds afterwards when he scored his 1st qualified objective on a spotlight-reel energy among his skates and with his back again to Florida’s objective right after Bobrovsky designed the first preserve.

“Surreal emotion,” stated the 20-yr-outdated Knies. “In particular in the playoffs in the dwelling arena.”

Schenn then rocked Tkachuk with a massive hit in the neutral zone ahead of Bunting, who was suspended 3 games in the first spherical and produced a healthy scratch for yet another, scored his initially at 14:51 subsequent an inch-fantastic pass from Calle Jarnkrok.

Toronto stored up the actual physical perform from the blue line when Morgan Rielly rocked Eric Stall and McCabe thumped Duclair.

But the latter got the final giggle when he sprung Verhaeghe shortly thereafter to set the Panthers up 3-2.

“They did to us what they did a great deal to Boston in terms of acquiring us stopped coming out of our zone and turning on all those plays swiftly,” Keefe reported. “Right before you know it, it really is coming at your internet.

“They do a great work of that.”

The Leafs will will need to discover an answer.