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NHL playoffs: Leafs top Bruins; Capitals survive surge from Hurricanes

NHL playoffs: Leafs top Bruins; Capitals survive surge from Hurricanes

Mitch Marner scored twice, the second on a short-handed penalty shot to give Toronto the lead for good, and the Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Thursday night in the opener of their first-round playoff series.

It was Toronto's first postseason penalty shot in 20 years.

Frederik Andersen made 37 saves and William Nylander and John Tavares also scored for Toronto, which swiped the home-ice advantage in the best-of-seven series as it tries to advance through Boston for the first time in six tries.

Game 2 is Saturday night.

Washington 4, Carolina 2

Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin combined to score three goals on the first eight shots, and the...

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