Video: TOR@WSH, Gm1: Marner lays out to open the scoring
1. Loose Leafs jump out to early lead on goals from Marner, Gardiner. The Leafs said prior to the beginning of the series they weren't intimidated by the Capitals finishing the regular season as the NHL's best team, and they certainly didn't look intimidated in Game 1, as Toronto scored the first two goals of the night Thursday to jump out to a 2-0 lead by the midway through the first period.
The Buds' first goal came from winger Mitch Marner, who began the scoring sequence at the Capitals' blueline, then knocked a James van Riemsdyk rebound past Caps goalie Brayden Holtby at 1:35 of the first for his first career NHL post-season marker. Toronto then doubled their lead at 9:44 of the frame when a Jake Gardiner shot from the point went through traffic and eluded Holtby. The play was initially waived off due to what the officials believed was goalie interference, but the Leafs challenged the play, and video review showed centre Nazem Kadri made no contact with Holtby, so the call was reversed in Toronto's favour.
The pair of goals demonstrated to Caps fans in attendance and the hockey world that the Leafs were more than capable of competing with Washington, and a throng of Buds fans watching on in Maple Leafs Square were elated by their team's start.