Playoff hockey returns to Toronto

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Bruins forward Tyler Seguin is a native son of Brampton, Ontario, and grew up a Maple Leafs fan. Unless you’ve been living under a Zamboni, you know Seguin became a Bruin when Boston acquired the Maple Leafs’ 2010 and 2011 first-round draft picks in exchange for forward Phil Kessel . The Bruins selected Seguin in 2010, and followed that up by picking another Toronto native, defenseman Dougie Hamilton , in 2011. As soon as this series was scheduled, Seguin said he had to turn his phone off and has stopped using Twitter because of all his friends and family looking for tickets. “It’s a playoff game here, so I’m not thinking about too much stuff other than what I can control,” Seguin said. Even though he’ll be playing in front of his hometown, Seguin doesn’t think there will be too many distractions. But he understands how lively the ACC will be Monday night. “It’ll be loud,” Seguin said. “It would make it even more exciting just because it’s Toronto and it’s my hometown. It’s where I’ve watched many hockey games growing up as a kid, so it’ll feel like I’m playing in my own rink.” During Game 2 of this series, Seguin played a more physical game than he has in a while. source:

Revived offense lifts Bruins over Maple Leafs 4-1

After video review, it was determined that Horton’s stick stayed below the crossbar. “To get that one was huge going into the second,” Redden said. “We didn’t really let off the gas, I don’t think, a whole lot. We kept going at them and got a few more big ones.” Van Riemsdyk had opened the scoring after Cody Franson fed a pass to him from behind the goal line. Redden tied it with a slap shot from the top of the left circle that went between Reimer’s left arm and left pad. After Horton gave the Bruins the lead, Toronto had a good chance to tie it, but Tyler Bozak, who missed the previous two games with an upper body injury, was stopped on a breakaway by goalie Tuukka Rask at 8:40 of the second period. Krejci extended the lead at 10:25 when he gathered a loose puck in the crease, spun around and put a 15-foot shot past Reimer. The Bruins made it 4-1 just over three minutes later on a shot from the right point by Boychuk over Reimer’s left arm. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, watching from about 20 rows behind the team benches, waved a towel in celebration of the Bruins most productive offensive performance in 10 games. “You just try to be consistent in what you’re doing, and some days it goes in more than others,” Boston’s Andrew Ference said, “I think the generation of chances is always (something) you try to be constant in.” Boston nearly had two more goals, but video review showed that Tyler Seguin’s shot early in the second period hit the crossbar, and that Patrice Bergeron jammed the puck into the net midway through the third after it had been covered by Reimer. NOTES: The Bruins are 21-4-3 against the Maple Leafs in their last 28 meetings. source:

Bruins spoil Leafs’ return to NHL playoffs

Boston outshot Toronto 40-20, including 14-6 in the third period and 26-14 after 40 minutes. Boston appeared to have profited from a Nazem Kadri turnover early in the second period but video review showed that Tyler Seguin’s shot had hit the crossbar. Toronto began to bottle the Bruins up in their own zone but failed to convert that into shots on goal. A Bozak breakaway was disrupted by a chasing Kaspars Daugavins at the last second. Boston then took advantage of a Leaf change with Krejci beating Reimer on a low turnaround shot at 10:25 as the Bruins attackers were allowed to race into the Toronto defensive zone unmolested. Boychuk made it 4-1 when he beat Reimer on the glove side with a slapshot from the blue-line at 15:44. Boychuk flattened Grabovski at the boards at 3:45 of the third, sparking a melee that saw Orr take two minors and Ference one. Orr’s choice of retaliation over discipline did not help the Toronto comeback cause. A Patrice Bergeron goal was called off minutes later. Reimer had the puck between his legs, only to have the Bruin poke it through into the goal. source:

Is that Brian Leetch’s photo in the Bruins’ locker room?

He played 61 games for Boston in 2005-06, his final season in the NHL. He also played for the Maple Leafs for 15 games at the end of 2003-04, plus 13 playoff games in which he tallied eight assists. There was a fan at Game 1 of the Toronto-Boston series who enjoyed having Leetch on the Leafs enough to buy a jersey. Hockey is funny that way. Two years ago, I saw Leetch play in an outdoor alumni game at the University of Connecticut’s football stadium. It was ex-Bruins against former Hartford Whalers, and Leetch was out there with the Boston team. The main event that day was an AHL game, the Connecticut Whale against the Providence Bruins. The only player from that game who was on the ice for the big-league Bruins on Wednesday night? Wade Redden, naturally. Hockey is funny that way, how transient it is. You can see it on the wall of the Bruins’ locker room. Boston has had eight Hall of Famers who also played for the Maple Leafs, including Leetch … and Bernie Parent, who it’s weird to think of as anything other than the backstop for the Broad Street Bullies in Philadelphia. source:

Bruins vs. Maple Leafs: Playoff hockey returns to Toronto

Toronto had an answer in Game 2, though. This time they allowed the first goal, but Joffrey Lupul scored twice and James Reimer had a sterling game as the Leafs came from behind to stun the Garden crowd in a 4-2 win. With the series all tied up at 1-1, Game 3 looms large. The Leafs will hope to ride their home crowd, but the Bruins still have most of the team that won the Stanley Cup two years ago so they won’t be fazed by what should be a crazy atmosphere in Toronto. Can the Leafs ride their home crowd? Tonight marks the return of playoff hockey to Toronto. It has been nine years since the city last hosted a playoff game and early a decade of frustration will be released in three hours tonight. Rarely does a team get to take advantage of a spectacle, but the Air Canada Center will be a spectacle tonight and the Leafs can use it to their advantage. Will Joffrey Lupul keep it going? Injuries limited Joffrey Lupul to just 16 games this season, but he still scored 11 goals. In Game 2, he looked just as dangerous, lighting the lamp twice as he carved out space in front of goal time and time again. Right now, there aren’t a lot of goal scorers who are feeling it quite like Lupul and unless the Bruins can rough him up and keep him on the perimeter, it’s tough to see him going quiet. source:


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