"We're simply on the incorrect side of it," Tavares said."It's a game that we get up for," stated Marchand, whose group has gotten rid of the Leafs in the very first round of the playoffs the last two springs."Just ends up in our internet," said a curt Rielly."We've got a lot of hockey left to play," Tavares included."I do not believe anybody's getting frustrated," Kapanen stated.
John Tavares-- Toronto's calm, cool captain-- smashed his stick against the post late in another loss where a decent effort was undone by pricey, avoidable mistakes.
It's been a recurring theme for the Maple Leafs in 2019-20. If they do not get their home in order soon, a fourth straight journey to the playoffs could be in jeopardy.
Brad Marchand scored twice in the 3rd period Friday as the Boston Bruins defeated Toronto 4-2 to hand their Atlantic Division rivals a 4th successive obstacle.
"We're simply on the incorrect side of it," Tavares stated. "It was a respectable hockey video game other than a couple of errors that undoubtedly harmed us."
Charlie Coyle, with an objective and an assist, and Zdeno Chara provided the remainder of the offense for Boston (12-3-4). Tuukka Rask made 29 stops for the Bruins, who snapped a 0-2-2 slide.
"It's a video game that we get up for," stated Marchand, whose group has actually removed the Leafs in the preliminary of the playoffs the last 2 springs. "A lot of history."
Auston Matthews and Kasperi Kapanen responded for Toronto (9-8-4), which got 30 conserves from Frederik Andersen.
'There's a huge sense of seriousness'
A franchise that got in training school with Stanley Cup aspirations, the Leafs have just six policy triumphes in 2019-20, and only 2 in their last 14 outings.
"There's a substantial sense of urgency," Tavares included. "We're not where we wish to be."
Boston snapped a 1-1 tie 11 seconds into the 3rd when Marchand scored his 12th goal of the season, transferring his own rebound after being provided way excessive area prior to stepping around Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly.
"Just winds up in our internet," stated a curt Rielly. "I don't know what you want me to say."
Toronto replied at 3:54 when Kapanen took a feed from Tavares and scored his sixth, however Marchand silenced the crowd simply 1:14 later on, slicing between two Leafs in the slot and once again following up his preliminary shot.
"He truly took [the video game] over," Rask said. "He wanted to be the distinction maker."
Neither side quit much the rest of the method until Chara iced it into an empty internet with 1:33 left in policy, prompting a frustrated Tavares to splinter his stick versus the iron.
"It's not something I, personally, truly want to do," he said. "Some emotion came out ... simply type of occurred."
Toronto, which beat the Bruins 4-3 in overtime at Scotiabank Arena on Oct. 22, visits the Pittsburgh Penguins to open a six-game journey Saturday, while Boston is home to the Washington Capitals.
"The ability in our room is much better than what we've revealed," Matthews said. "This is an essential trip for us. This is our very first journey of the year. Ideally we can string along a couple wins together and just grow from there."
"We've got a great deal of hockey delegated play," Tavares added. "It's not going to change overnight. We've got to continue to put the operate in and fix our errors and continue to find methods to be better-- and stick with it-- because it's going to be tough."
Injury bug bites Toronto once again
Without star winger Mitch Marner (high ankle sprain) and centre Alexander Kerfoot (dental fractures), Jason Spezza drew into the lineup for the Leafs. Toronto's injury bug continued in the first when Trevor Moore took a huge hit and didn't return.
The Bruins were minus defenceman Torey Krug, too forwards Jake DeBrusk and Brett Ritchie, who are all nursing upper-body ailments.
Boston led 1-0 after 20 minutes before the Leafs adjusted midway through the 2nd. Jake Muzzin's point shot seemed cruising broad, however Matthews lunged his protrude in the slot for a redirection that deceived Rask for his 14th at 9:20. The objective stood after a short video review.
The Bruins had a chance to retake the lead minutes later on when Sean Kuraly fired high over Andersen's internet on a breakaway.
Boston got a power play later in the period, with David Pastrnak simply missing on a one-timer and Patrice Bergeron hitting the post on the carom off the end boards.
Toronto almost scored an appeal to grab its very first lead when Kapanen put the puck through Bergeron's skates at the blue line and then slid a no-look, behind-the-back pass to Tavares, but he could not find the target.
'We've got to remain favorable'
Boston got a 1-0 benefit at 13:48 of the very first when Coyle scored his third after another Toronto brain cramp in the defensive zone. Leafs blue-liner Travis Dermott was battling the Bruins centre in front, but left his check to challenge Matt Grzelcyk, who without delay fed Coyle from behind Andersen's net.
Both goalies were sharp early, with Andersen stopping Marchand and Pastrnak, while Rask stymied Andreas Johnsson on a partial breakaway before Spezza shanked a loose puck with what appeared like a sure objective on his stick. Matthews also struck the post from in tight down low.
"I do not think anybody's getting annoyed," Kapanen said. "We want to get things rolling and have an identity.
"We've got to stay positive."