Maple Leafs score 3 in 1st, hang on to beat Bruins


On Thursday, Keon's statue was added to those on Legends Row outside Air Canada Centre; on Friday, he was declared the No. 1 Maple Leafs player of all time, based on the vote of a 30-member panel and by fans who cast more than 300,000 ballots online.

The B's spotted the Leafs the first three goals of the game in the opening 13:13 and were never really in it, eventually dropping a 4-1 decision.

James van Riemsdyk was the only current Leaf forced to change his number as a result of Saturday's changes, switching from No. 21 to No. 25. Another player overshadowed by Matthews was center William Nylander, the No. 8 overall selection in the 2014 draft who collected 20 points in 22 games last two and assisted on two goals by Toronto's prize rookie.

"Borje Salming had a great career here in Toronto, and it's well deserved for him to have no one wearing his number here in Toronto", van Riemsdyk said.

Toronto is the first team in the expansion era (since 1967-68) to have rookies combine for the first six goals to start a season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Zach Werenski, Pavel Buchnevich, Sebastian Aho, Brandon Carlo, Tyler Motte, and Anthony Beauvillier also recorded assist in their first game as well.

A native of nearby Thornhill, Ontario, Marner followed with an exuberant celebration. "I think he wanted to be a part of this". For a huge stretch of games, the Ducks didn't score much, and it was Andersen that stole some points for Anaheim and allowed them to stage a divisional comeback. In a losing effort, Matthews single handedly carried the Maple Leafs to earning at least a single point in the standings, falling to the Ottawa Senators 5-4 in overtime.

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Things didn't get better for the Bruins in the final frame.

Andersen stole a few sure goals from the Bruins, settling the game down in the second period when end-to-end rushes became the entertaining norm.

David Pastrnak scored the lone goal for Boston.

Chris Johnston of Sportsnet provided confirmation of the forward's continued absence from Bruins head coach Claude Julien, who called Bergeron "day to day".

Matthews then went where no National Hockey League newcomer had gone before, giving the Leafs a 4-3 lead after two periods in the showdown of Canadian rivals. Last season Jonathan Drouin, Travis Hamonic and Patrick Marleau all asked to be moved early in the year, but surprisingly, all three finished the year with their respective teams. Often that youth shows itself in less effective ways though, including a messy second period in which Toronto's sloppiness with the puck led to chances and sustained offensive zone time for Boston.

Matthews was quiet on Saturday after his unparalleled showing earlier in the week. The 100th anniversary ceremonies preceded the game Saturday.