“You should not have your stars killing penalties,” Cherry said on Sunday’s Coach’s Corner. “I always had with the Boston Bruins… before the referee put his arm down we had two guys ready to go. That was their job, not to score goals and kill penalties too.”
Cherry was specifically referring to Mitch Marner and a play he made on the first Bruins goal Sunday. With a faceoff in the Maple Leafs’ end, Marner failed to tie up his man, Brad Marchand, allowing Marchand to fire a quick shot past Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen.
“The golden boy Marner should have had it,” Cherry said while a replay of the goal played. “That’s his guy… Marchand’s taking him out, [Marner] should have stopped and taken him.”
The Bruins have feasted on the Maple Leafs’ penalty kill all series, converting on seven of 16 attempts through the first period Sunday. Their success rate of 43.8 per cent trails only the Columbus Blue Jackets (50 per cent) for best in the playoffs.
But the Maple Leafs do have one shorthanded goal in the series, scored by Marner in Game 1.