NHL Playoffs: Earned in 185 Days. Lost in 2 1/2 Hours.

  • The Leafs go as Mitch Marner goes. And Mitch Marner goes good. Real good. Even if the playoff beard is peach fuzz.
  • It takes 185 days to earn home-ice advantage and just two-and-a-half to lose it. Just saying.

  • I picked the Bruins over the Leafs. It’s only one game, but I think I was very, very wrong. The Leafs are one year older and very, very different than in 2017-18.
  • John Carlson started last season’s Cup run with a three-assist game. He did the same this year. Last season, Carlson delivered 20 points. This year? Maybe more, if the Caps advance.
  • Rinse. Repeat. A .932 save percentage post All-Star break last season. And .948 this year in the same span. But is he better? I hope Philipp Grubauer learned from his postseason failure last year. Then again, it still won’t be enough.
  • Yes, I’m partial to blueliners. That Sharks trio is enough to make my heart flutter. Even Pickles.
  • Patrice Bergeron’s goal was a thing of beauty. But he should never have given the Leafs’ bench that smug smirk as he skated by (on his way to pee-wee glove tap his bench — what is that, anyway?). The Leafs made him eat that cockiness the rest of the night.
  • Just like Wee Willie Nylander,¬†P.K. Subban got a fresh start in the second season. But his started early — he seven points, including three goals, in six games¬†March 29. Maybe Lindsay Vonn’s vacation is a good thing.
  • Freddie Andersen. He’s back. Dang.
  • I hope the Canes take at least one of the games at home. I can’t wait to see what they have planned for their first postgame win celebration.
  • Was it just me or did anyone hear Auston Matthews’ name during the broadcast? Those were the quietest three shots I’ve ever seen.