Joffrey Lupul scores two, Leafs tie series with Bruins

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Marleau’s tally gave San Jose breathing room in a 3-1 win in Game 1.  Anne-Marie Sorvin, USA TODAY Sports Canucks center Henrik Sedin (33) and Sharks defensemen Justin Braun (44) and Marc-Edouard Vlasic crash into the San Jose net during the second period.  Anne-Marie Sorvin, USA TODAY Sports Penguins wing Pascal Dupuis celebrates his first-period goal during Game 1 against the Islanders in Pittsburgh. Dupuis added another goal in the second as Boston rolled by New York 5-0.  Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald, left, and Penguins Beau Bennett collide along the boards during the first period. Bennett scored Pittsburgh’s first goal in a 5-0 rout.  Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports Penguins wing James Neal (18) jumps over Islanders center Marty Reasoner (16) while chasing the puck during the first period.  Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports Maple Leafs wing James van Riemsdyk, right, gets upended into Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask during the first period of Game 1 in Boston. Van Riesmdyk scored for Toronto, but Rask made 19 saves as Boston won 4-1.  Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports The Bruins celebrate David Krejci’s second-period goal as Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer looks on. Krejci also had two assists in Boston’s 4-1 win.  Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports Bruins defensemen Andrew Ference (21) and Johnny Boychuck (55) sandwich Maple Leafs wing Colton Orr along the boards during the third period. Boychuck scored in the second period to help Boston roll 4-1.  Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports Wild goalie Josh Harding reaches for the puck in front of Chicago right wing Marian Hossa during the third period of Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.  Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports Chicago center Jonathan Toews splits two Minnesota defensemen during the third period of the opening game between the Blackhawks and Wild.  Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports Blues left wing Alexander Steen scores a short-handed goal in overtime to beat the Kings 2-1.  Scott Rovak, USA TODAY Sports Justin Williams of the Kings scores on Blues goalie Brian Elliot with 31 seconds left in the third period.  Scott Rovak, USA TODAY Sports Blues center Andy McDonald has his skate caught in the stick of Kings center Anze Kopitar in Game 1 of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.  Scott Rovak, USA TODAY Sports Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg controls the puck as Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler defends during the opening game of the series.  Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard blocks a shot as Ducks right wing Emerson Etem tries to get to the puck.  Gary A. source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2013/05/04/toronto-maple-leafs-boston-bruins-playoffs-joffrey-lupul/2136081/

Joffrey Lupul scores twice as Maple Leafs beat Bruins 4-2, even first-round playoff series 1-1

helps pass a large Boston Bruins banner around the arena before Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs in Boston, Saturday, May 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)The Associated Press Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43) turns the corner as Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) defends while goalie Tuukka Rask (40) guards the net during the first period in Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series in Boston, Saturday, May 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)The Associated Press Boston Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman reacts as he is honored as the official flag-bearer before Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs in Boston, Saturday, May 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)The Associated Press Next Slide Previous Slide BOSTON –  Joffrey Lupul scored two goals and the Toronto Maple Leafs got a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday that evened their first-round series at one game. The Maple Leafs played aggressively from the start after a weak performance in a 4-1 loss in which the Bruins were much more physical. But that changed early in Game 2 as Toronto delivered 22 hits in the first period to just 10 for Boston. Nathan Horton gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 1:56 of the second period, but Lupul scored at 5:18 on a power play and at 11:56 with the teams at even strength. Phil Kessel made it 3-1 on a breakaway 53 seconds into the third period. Johnny Boychuk cut the lead at 10:35 before James van Riemsdyk scored for Toronto at 16:53. Game 3 of the best-of-seven playoff series is Monday night in Toronto. The Bruins played without Andrew Ference, part of their second defensive pairing, after the NHL suspended him for one game for elbowing Mikhail Grabovski in the head in the first period of the opener on Wednesday night. source: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2013/05/04/joffrey-lupul-scores-twice-as-maple-leafs-beat-bruins-4-2-even-first-round/

NHL Playoffs 2013: Toronto Maple Leafs Who Must Step Up to Win Game 2

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Saturday night, however, presents an opportunity for Toronto to get back in the series and steal home-ice advantage from the Boston Bruins . A win would be huge for the Leafs, as the Air Canada Centre is sure to be electric for Games 3 and 4 next week. Which players should the Leafs faithful be watching for to step up on Saturday night?   Toronto’s Nazem Kadri knows he has to be better moving forward. Claus Andersen/Getty Images After Kadri emerged in 2013 as the bright young star the organization had hoped he would become, the expectations for him were high entering the postseason. In fact, Kadri drew even more attention to himself ahead of Game 1 when he gave the Bruins some bulletin-board material by telling the media that this series is a “very, very, winnable” one (via CBC Sports ): Leafs’ Nazem Kadri says Bruins series is ‘very, very winnable’ cbc.sh/WT0DD8D — CBCSports (@cbcsports) May 1, 2013 Kadri, however, was just one of many Leafs who had a very disappointing first game. The youngster’s lack of playoff experience showed and the Bruins were able to successfully push him off his game, forcing him to turn the puck over and never letting him carry the puck for too long. They continually took away any momentum he was gathering. The result? Kadri was not able to generate any offensive zone opportunities for his club. This was also a double whammy because Kadri is one of the better puck-handlers for Toronto, and when he is shut down, the Leafs’ already-struggling puck possession game takes a further hit. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1628731-nhl-playoffs-2013-toronto-maple-leafs-who-must-step-up-to-win-game-2

Maple Leafs fan brings ‘Toronto Stronger’ sign to Game 3 vs. Bruins, invites international scorn

Sports Remind me when I share | Not you? Log out of Facebook How to remove this experience Maple Leafs fan brings ‘Toronto Stronger’ sign to Game 3 vs. Bruins, invites international scorn By Greg Wyshynski | Puck Daddy  –  Mon, May 6, 2013 9:28 PM EDT The Boston Bruins helped their city’s healing process after bombings at the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured well over 250 more. Their first game after the tragedy featured a stirring rendition of the National Anthem, “WE ARE BOSTON!” chants and a video montage themed to the slogan “Boston Strong.” Well, one Toronto Maple Leafs fan felt all of this was fair game for Stanley Cup Playoffs smack talk, showing up to Game 3 of their series with Boston with this sign: Version FortyWell, the ribbon’s a bit much. To the surprise of no one, the backlash on social media was immediate and vicious towards this fan. Even Toronto radio host Jeff Blair felt the sign was idiotic. BruinsAnd it is. And tasteless. And disrespectful to what the city went through, and what the victims continue to go through. Even as a guy who doesn’t need to hear the national anthem at a sporting event or ever seen another war veteran used on the Jumbotron to strategically pump up the crowd during the game, the notion that “Boston Strong” should be fair game is more than a little nauseating. We’re two days removed from a man who lost both legs in the bombing being honored before Game 2, and this is what we see at Game 3. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/maple-leafs-fan-brings-toronto-stronger-sign-game-012808757.html

Leafs’ Kadri learning that less is more in NHL

In the lead-up to Game 1, Kadri was asked about what he thought about heading into the series against the Bruins as the underdogs. His answer: “We’re not approaching this as underdogs. This is a very, very winnable series for us.” I didn’t enjoy playing the way I did in Game 1 It was a headline-grabbing quote. And although Kadri said he was speaking honestly and confidently, he admits that it was the kind of thing that you obviously have to back up with your play. “I didn’t enjoy playing the way I did in Game 1,” said Kadri, who was a minus-1. “I understood that and I’d be the first person to tell you that I didn’t play very well.” Part of the problem, said Kadri, was nerves. In Game 1, he was overthinking everything and “just trying to make the perfect play.” In Game 2, he let his instincts take over. With head coach Randy Carlyle juggling the lineup, Kadri found himself on the ice with Kessel in the third period. And after a turnover in the defensive zone, Kadri received a pass from Ryan Hamilton and in one continuous motion looked up the ice and hit Kessel with a gorgeous saucer pass for a breakaway goal that gave the Leafs a 3-1 lead. It was the kind of play that Kadri, who had finished second on the Leafs in scoring with 44 points in 48 games, had been making all year. source: http://sports.nationalpost.com/2013/05/06/leafs-kadri-learning-that-less-is-more-in-nhl/

 

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