NHL Playoff Preview: Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

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Toronto Maple Leafs   Postmedia News April 29, 2013       Mike Komisarek #8 of the Toronto Maple Leafs tries to stop Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins during NHL action at the Air Canada Centre February 2, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Photograph by: Abelimages/Getty Images , Postmedia News NO. 4 BOSTON BRUINS (28-14-6) vs. NO. 5 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (26-17-5) Season series: Bruins won 3-1 Game 1: Wednesday night, TD Garden, 7 p.m. (CBC, RDS) STRENGTHS Bruins – The Bruins won three of their four regular-season games against the Leafs, but two were by one goal and one in a shootout. The Leafs’ one win over Boston was by one goal. This marks the first time these teams have met in the playoffs since 1974, but it should turn into a very physical series, which is a strength for both clubs. The Bruins have giant Zdeno Chara on the blue line, who was plus-14 while averaging 24:56 of ice time. Dennis Seidenberg, who was plus-18, is underrated and Dougie Hamilton (plus-4) has proven to be one of the few 19-year-olds who doesn’t look out of place on an NHL blue line. Tim Thomas led the Bruins to the Stanley Cup two years ago, but he’s no longer in Boston. However, Tuukka Rask has helped Bruins fans forget about Thomas with his performance this season, posting a 19-10-5 record with a 2.00 GAA and .929 save percentage. source: http://www.canada.com/sports/Playoff+Preview+Boston+Bruins+Toronto+Maple+Leafs/8311797/story.html

Who Needs East’s No. 2 Playoff Seed More: Boston Bruins or Montreal Canadiens?

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They are one point above the Bruins, and also have the tiebreaker in the event that both teams finish with 63 points. Which team would benefit more from winning the Northeast and securing the No. 2 seed? Before we find the answer to that question, let’s go over the possible playoff scenarios going into Sunday’s game in Boston. A win in regulation gives Boston the division title and a first-round matchup with the New York Islanders. Montreal would play the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round. A win in overtime or a shootout gives Boston the division title and a first-round matchup with the Senators. Montreal would play Toronto in the first round. Any Boston loss gives Montreal the division title. In that situation, Boston would face Toronto and Montreal would play Ottawa in the first round. For a number of reasons, Boston needs the No. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1621221-who-needs-easts-no-2-playoff-seed-more-boston-bruins-or-montreal-canadiens

Boston Bruins (4) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (5): Puck Daddy’s NHL 2013 Stanley Cup Playoff Preview

The Bruins roll a pairing of Andrew Ference and Johnny Boychuk on their second unit, with Adam McQuaid anchoring the third pairing. For the sixth D-man, the Bruins have two distinct options: Veteran Wade Redden and rookie Dougie Hamilton. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the vet get the nod. Toronto was 17th in the NHL with a goals-against average of 2.67. Their top pairing saw a resurgent season from Dion Phaneuf, who had 28 points in 44 games and played solid defensively. He’s paired with Carl Gunnarsson, who skated 21:16 TOI per game. The team’s second best option late in the season? Mark Fraser and Cody Franson, the latter tallying 29 points in 45 games. Michael Kostka, John-Michael Liles and Ryan O’Byrne will be in the mix for the final pairing. It’s a group that can move the puck but isn’t going to bully anyone outside of Phaneuf and Franson. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/boston-bruins-4-vs-toronto-maple-leafs-5-162346873.html

Top 5 Reasons the Boston Bruins Will Move on in Round One of the NHL Playoffs

Contributor Network, where users like you are published on Yahoo! every day. Learn more Top 5 Reasons the Boston Bruins Will Move on in Round One of the NHL Playoffs View Photo Nathan Horton, Bruins RW. COMMENTARY | To start the 2013 season, the Boston Bruins had a huge advantage with many players playing overseas who would be in midseason form to start the shortened year. It came as no surprise when their record in the first two months of the season was 13-2-2, and Tuukka Rask proving that he could, in fact, handle the job as a No. 1 goalie. The second half of the season proved to be more difficult for the Bruins and they would finish out the final two months 15-12-4, while grabbing the fourth spot in the playoffs. With the struggles Boston faced the second part of the season, there are a few things it must work on heading into round one of the playoffs against the Toronto Maple Leafs . With all that being said, here are the top 5 reasons Boston will get past the Maple Leafs and move on to round two: 1. Tuukka Rask continuing to prove he can produce in the big games During the 2009-10 postseason, Rask played every game for the Bruins and despite being knocked out in the second round, he proved that he could step up to the plate when needed. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/top-5-reasons-boston-bruins-move-round-one-165400970.html

Senators beat Bruins 4-2 to grab No. 7 seed

7 seed in the Eastern Conference. “We were eighth last year, so to win here the last game and finish seventh it feels really good. We improved on last year, and that’s what we wanted.” Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:34 to play, and Kyle Turris added an empty-netter to help Ottawa win the game that was originally scheduled for April 15, the day of the Boston Marathon bombings. It was the only NHL game on Sunday, with the rest of the league wrapping up the regular season by Saturday. The victory pushed the Senators past the New York Islanders and into seventh in the East, helping them avoid the Penguins in the first round. Ottawa opens the series in Montreal on Thursday. “I think it will be a great series,” Alfredsson said. “The Bell Centre is one of the most exciting buildings to play in. It’s a great hockey town as well. … I think it’s going to be an unbelievable atmosphere in both arenas, and I’m looking forward to a hard-fought series.” The Islanders will face Pittsburgh in the first round. The Bruins could have won the Northeast Division and earned a No. source: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/nhl/gameflash/2013/04/28/32511_recap.html

Playoff preview: Bruins vs. Maple Leafs

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Leading scorers: Boston, C Brad Marchand (18-18—36); Toronto, RW Phil Kessel (20-32—52) Season series: Boston won the series 3-1, outscoring the Maple Leafs 10-7. Boston won the first two games by scores of 1-0 and 4-2; the two teams split a home-and-home series in March. Toronto won the first game 3-2 and the Bruins won 3-2 at home in a shootout two days later. Injuries: Toronto, C Tyler Bozak (undisclosed) is expected to play Game 1. Boston, LW Nathan Horton (upper body) expected to play in the series, but Game 1 isn’t a certainty. Who’s hot: Kessel netted 10 goals and seven assists in the final 10 games. Why the Bruins should be the favorite 1. With D Zdeno Chara’s size and strength, he can control a series as much as any goalie. And Boston is a better defensive teaml. 2. C Patrice Bergeron is the best all-around forward in the series. He is an offensive catalyst, a superb faceoff man and a smart defensive player. source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2013/04/29/bruins-maple-leafs-preview/2122465/

 

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