Slava 'Old Balls' Kozlov was first star in a 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs in the Bruins first round matchup last night. Tomas Vokoun was second star and played like many had expected, exceptional. "It was nice to get that first win under out belt" said Tomas to media after winning game one. Karlis Skrastins, aquired at the deadline from the Pittsburgh Penguins was the third star with a goal and two assists "We played a patient game and capitalized on the few chances we got, that was the key for us tonight". The Bruins opened the scoring midway through the first period when Keith Ballard's point shot went unseen by Leafs tender Ryan Miller. The Leafs came out hard in the second period outshooting the Bruins 15-4 but came away still down 2-1 after Skrastins opened the second with another point shot that eluded Miller. "I didn't see the first two goals to be honest, they had guys in front of me all night" said Miller. The third was all Old Balls as Kozlov notched the third and fourth Bruins tallys electrifying the fans. "We woke up in the third when Kesler skated by our bench and blew Briere a love kiss, that was it, game on".
Game two goes Sunday in Beantown and the Bruins expect a much more determined Leafs team. The Bruins remember clearly last season they won game 1 against the Rangers only to lose the series in seven "It ain't over until you win four so this is a good start but there are no illusions in this dressing room" said captain Henrick Zetterberg. Indeed the Leafs will be tougher in game two as scoring phenom, Alex Semin returns to the Leafs lineup. For the Bruins Rod Brind'Amour has been cleared to play and will center the third line between Curtis Glencross and Chad Larose.