NHL 2013 playoffs preview: Bruins-Maple Leafs excites traditionalists

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So, expect the crowds to be heavily invested in this one, and expect the games to get pretty physical right from the start. This is also a series that Boston will probably be expected to win, thanks to having beaten the Leafs three of four games this year. However, at the moment, Boston isn’t looking terrific. They’ve given up seven of their last 10 games, including a 4-0 loss in Ottawa on Sunday evening that solidified the final Eastern standings. Since the 17th, the Bruins have played every second night, so they might be pretty tired, too. But Boston is still a threat, with plenty of potential for goals up front from guys like Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin. In recent games, Milan Lucic has also looked better, too, after being in a serious goal and fighting slump for weeks earlier this season. He managed only 7 goals and 20 helpers in all 46 games he played this year. Not great. He’s often a big part of getting Boston energized. In Toronto, there was going to be a question about goaltending at one point, but after the trade deadline came and went without either Roberto Luongo or Mikka Kiprusoff reporting at the ACC for training, the Leafs were left to bank everything on James Reimer. And, really, it feels as though that’s how it should be – he’s inexperienced in the offseason (no kidding), but he’s proved himself so far this year. source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/apr/29/nhl-playoffs-2013-bruins-maple-leafs

Bruins welcome fresh start

We have the guys who have the ability to do that and now we’ve got to get them to do it.” “We like our team. We like our chances,” forward David Krejci said. “We have to regroup first and get ready. We have to stay positive and take the positive things out of the game.” If the Bruins can’t find their scoring touch, then they will need goaltender Tuukka Rask to stand on his head. This will be his first playoff action since 2010, when he was the team’s No. 1 goalie. He outlasted the Buffalo Sabres and goalie Ryan Miller in the first round to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers . The Bruins had a 3-0 series lead, but imploded and lost four straight. Rask believes he’s a more mature goalie this time around. “Obviously, I want to help the team win series and that’s my biggest concern,” Rask said. “I’m not trying to prove people wrong or anything like that. I’ll just try to play as good as I can and help the team win a series and see where that leads us. source: http://espn.go.com/boston/nhl/story/_/id/9222543/2013-nhl-playoffs-boston-bruins-welcome-fresh-start-series-toronto-maple-leafs

 

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