What we learned from the Bruins’ Game 1 win: 3 takeaways

BOSTON – Jeremy Swayman remains perfect against the Toronto Maple Leafs this season. The Boston Bruins goaltender, 3-0-0 in the regular season with a .959 save percentage against the Leafs, made 28 saves in his team’s 5-1 win in Game 1.

The big question is whether Swayman will start Game 2 on Monday. The Bruins have declined to answer whether they will use a pure goaltending rotation between Swayman and Linus Ullmark.

Swayman’s best call came in the second period. He came out to play a puck after Charlie McAvoy lost a race against Auston Matthews. Swayman misplayed the puck, allowing Matthews to whistle a shot off the post. Otherwise, Swayman was excellent, with fast pads and good recovery.

Jake DeBrusk scored two of the Bruins’ four goals, both in the second period.

McAvoy and Hampus Lindholm played together in both of the Bruins’ practices before Game 1. But coach Jim Montgomery didn’t utilize his power pair. Instead, Montgomery matched Lindholm and Brandon Carlo against Toronto’s No. 1 line of Matthews between Tyler Bertuzzi and Max Domi.

McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk took most of their shifts against Matthew Knies, John Tavares and Mitch Marner.

Pat Maroon impresses in the first shift

During Pat Maroon’s first shift, the three-time champion pulled Ryan Reaves and Joel Edmundson onto the wall. By bringing two Leafs, Maroon set up Jesper Boqvist and Johnny Beecher on a two-on-one rush. Beecher, making his postseason debut, caught Boqvist’s pass and fired the game’s first goal past Ilya Samsonov.

Later in the first inning, Maroon dumped Timothy Liljegren onto the Bruins bench.

“When he’s on the ice, his ability to hold onto pucks, his ability to make plays, I think it’s incredibly underrated,” Montgomery said before the series. “A lot of people talk about Maroon and his fists, for lack of a better word. To me he is a hockey player. He has won three cups because he is a hockey player.”

Jake DeBrusk strikes on the power play

The Bruins made major power play changes ahead of Game 81. They included moving DeBrusk to the No. 2 unit as the net presence. On his first PP goal, DeBrusk whistled a shot by Samsonov from the top of the right circle as Morgan Geekie set a screen. On his second, DeBrusk scored a point-blank shot after receiving the puck from Brad Marchand.

(Photo by Jeremy Swayman: Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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