BOSTON (AP) Sean Kuraly isn’t so good at waiting.

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BOSTON (AP) Sean Kuraly isn’t so good at waiting.The Boston Bruins forward is usually going full-speed on the ice , whether it’s chasing the puck on the forecheck or sizing up an opponent for a hit. So when he saw David Pastrnak’s shot hit off the post and flutter into the air, it was tough for Kuraly to be patient.”A play like that doesn’t come around very often. When it does, it’s kind of a waiting game,” he said on Thursday night after bunting the puck into the net to help the Bruins beat Toronto 5-1 in the opener of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.”It’s not really my style,” said Kuraly, who had to resist hitting the puck before it fell below the level of the crossbar to avoid being called for a high stick. ”To go from 100 mph and hitting everything that moves and (wait) in front of the net, it can be a challenge.”Brad Marchand, David Backes and David Krejci each scored a power-play goal, and Tuukka Rask stopped 26 shots for Boston. Pastrnak scored to make it 3-1 with 38 seconds left in the second period, then moved in on goalie Frederik Andersen seven minutes into the third before backhanding the puck off the post.Kuraly waited Womens Steven Stamkos Jersey , and then two-handed the puck off the shaft of his stick like a bunt as he fell over the sprawling goalie.”I’m a terrible baseball player,” he said. ”It has nothing to do with baseball.”Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is back at the TD Garden on Saturday night.”We’ve got a day to solve our problems,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. ”We could feel sorry for ourselves if we want tonight, but that’s a waste of time and energy.”Boston already scored two power-play goals when Toronto’s Nazem Kadri was thrown out of the game and given a five-minute major for an elbow to Tommy Wingels‘ head. Three-minutes later, Krejci bounced it in off Andersen from behind to make it 5-1.”I thought it was the appropriate call,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. ”Where it goes from here is out of my hands.”Zach Hyman scored Toronto’s only goal, and Andersen made 35 saves.”They cranked it up, and we didn’t answer,” defenseman Ron Hainsey said.The matchup is the first in the postseason for the teams since Toronto’s Game 7 collapse in the first round in 2013, when Boston rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the third period Tyler Johnson Jersey , scoring twice in the last 82 seconds of regulation to send it into overtime. The Bruins went on to reach the Stanley Cup Finals.The Maple Leafs never had a lead to blow in this one.And the Boston power play was the reason.”Obviously, our penalty kill wasn’t good enough,” Babcock said. ”We took too many penalties in the third, and the third was no contest.”With James Van Riemsdyk off for hooking, Marchand scored on a backhander to give the Bruins the lead 5:28 into the game. Hyman tied it for the Leafs with about three minutes before the break but Backes put Boston back in front early in the second on a pass from Krejci.Pastrnak converted a pass from Marchand with 38 seconds left in the period to make it 3-1, and then set up the next goal when he moved in on Andersen and bounced it off the post. As the puck fluttered in the air over the sprawled goalie, Kuraly came in trailing the play and knocked it into the net.NOTESPastrnak and Torey Krug had two assists apiece. … Toronto was 0-for-3 on the power play. Boston was 3-for-6. … The teams came into the game 34-34-1 in their first 69 playoff matchups, but the Maple Leafs hold an 8-6 series edge. … The Bruins pledged the profits of their 50/50 raffle – at least $50,000 – to support the victims of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team bus crash.— CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Pheonix Copley went the distance for his first NHL win.The Capitals‘ backup goaltender stopped 27 of 30 shots in regulation and overtime Victor Hedman Jersey , plus three of four in the shootout, as Washington beat the Calgary Flames 4-3 on Saturday.The 26-year-old backup from North Pole, Alaska, a community near Fairbanks, was making his third career start and his fifth NHL appearance Saturday.“I’ll remember this one for a while,” said Copley, who was mobbed by his teammates after Nicklas Backstrom scored the shootout winner.“Obviously the first win means a lot, so it feels good. It wasn’t an easy game. They came back and it was good everyone kept battling.”Matt Niskanen, Jakub Vrana and T.J. Oshie scored in regulation for Washington, which has won two of three on its Canadian trip.Matthew Tkachuk Yanni Gourde Jersey , Travis Hamonic and Elias Lindholm had goals in regulation for Calgary, which lost its third straight. Johnny Gaudreau had two assists to reach 200 for his career.Sean Monahan scored for the Flames in the shootout. Mike Smith turned away 24 of 27 shots in regulation and overtime.Smith repelled T.J. Oshie and John Carlson in the shootout, while Copley held off Tkachuk, James Neal and Gaudreau.The Flames trailed 2-0 early in the first period and 3-2 late in the third. Coach Bill Peters liked his team’s recovery from a 9-1 drubbing at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins two days earlier.“That’s probably as hard as we’ve worked from start to finish as a group,” Peters said.“We didn’t get down. The bench was real good. Lively and vibrant. Lots of positives, but we would have liked to get the extra point.”With Smith pulled for an extra attacker, Tkachuk tipped in a shot by Rasmus Andersson with 1:27 remaining to pull the Flames even.“Obviously you don’t want to let something like that affect you,” Copley said. “There’s still a lot of hockey left and big moments in the game.”Calgary had a power play 15 seconds later when Kuznetsov put the puck over the glass for a delay-of-game penalty, but the hosts couldn’t generate the winner.Copley hoisted the Stanley Cup with the Capitals last spring when he was called up from the AHL for the postseason, even though he didn’t’ appear in any playoff games.Braden Holtby will get the majority of the starts for the Caps this season Auston Matthews Jersey , but Copley had some prep for Saturday. He played in a shootout loss to Florida on Oct. 19 when he relieved Holtby after the first period.“Cops made some great saves back there,” Backstrom said Saturday. “It was nice to get this one for him and get this one off his back.”The Caps went ahead 3-2 with about three minutes left in the second period when Niskanen threaded a shot through traffic to beat Smith glove side.Vrana opened the scoring midway through the first period. Kuznetsov turned a turnover into a two-man rush and dished to Vrana, who beat Smith stick side.The league’s best power play struck at 14:27 when Oshie backhanded a rebound over Smith after Ovechkin’s wrist shot.Fifteen second later, Gaudreau’s shot deflected off the leg of Hamonic for the defenseman’s first goal of the season. Hamonic missed eight games with a broken jaw suffered in the season opener.The Flames drew even on Lindholm’s power-play goal with just over three minutes left in the first. The Swede one-timed a cross-ice pass from Gaudreau for his seventh goal this season.NOTES: Flames forward James Neal was hit hard into the boards in the first period. He skated to the bench favoring his left shoulder, but continued to play.UP NEXTCapitals: Get four days off before continuing their Canadian trip at Montreal on Thursday.Flames: At Toronto on Monday in the first of back-to-back road games.

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