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Auston Matthews offered a blunt assessment of the Patrice Bergeron line's rampant success and his own line's struggles over the first two games of the first-round playoff series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins.
Matthews dropped an expletive when asked about the line of Brad Marchand, Bergeron, and David Pastrnak having 20 combined points through Games 1 and 2, while the line of Leo Komarov, Matthews, and William Nylander is stuck at zero.
"I don't know. Shit happens, I guess," the Leafs superstar told reporters, including TSN's Mark Masters, after a 7-3 loss that gave the Bruins a 2-0 series lead Saturday night. "That's hockey. Got to rebound for Game 3."
Matthews fired a team-high six shots on goal and nine shot attempts in Saturday's loss, and afterward, he lamented the number of opportunities the Maple Leafs had as a team in Game 2.
"We had plenty of chances tonight, but that first period, everything they threw at the net seemed to go in and they put up four goals," he said. "It's tough to climb back ... Throughout the game, we had our chances and they didn't go in, and it was the exact opposite for them."
Pastrnak made a bit of history with a six-point night Saturday, while Komarov left with an injury in the second period and didn't return, compounding matters for Matthews' line and a Leafs squad that's already missing the suspended Nazem Kadri.
The series shifts to Toronto for Game 3 on Monday night.