Game Preview: Leafs look to continue their winning streak against the Bruins

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Choose to remember the good times.

Tonight, the Leafs and Bruins will meet for the first time since May 12, 2013, when the Leafs took down the Bruins 2-1 in front of a supercharged ACC crowd.

The Leafs enter the game winners of two straight against the Bruins. The two teams played three consecutive home and homes in early May of last season and split the series 3-3. The rivalry grew so intense that a large gathering of patrons took in the games from outside the ACC in Maple Leaf Square. The series ended with no decided winner.

The last time the Leafs were in the TD Garden, Tyler Bozak scored a short handed goal and Clarke MacArthur also scored on a partial breakway, dancing around Tuukka Rask in the third period. Neither will be on the ice tonight for Toronto from that May 10th win, which was definitely the last time these two teams played one another in Boston.

The Leafs enter the game having only allowed one goal against in each of their last two outings against the Bruins. James Reimer had the Bruins solved to the point where, if the home and home series last May had continued for one more leg, the Leafs definitely would have won the next game.

The Leafs carry a definitive psychological edge going into this game for that exact reason; the Bruins know the Leafs have their number, and while outplayed, the Leafs were opportunistic offensively and could baton down the hatches and secure the Ws.

Zdeno Chara was frightened enough by his repeated run ins with Colton Orr that he became unwilling to park himself in front of the net, not even in the dying minutes of the game with the result on the line. Similarly, Patrice Bergeron was showing a tendency to quit on his team late in games. He was shut down to the point where one could reasonably suggest the “clutch” plaudits he often receives are overstated nonsense.

If the Leafs can keep doing all the things that saw them find success against the Bruins last May, tonight should just be the next step in imposing their dominance over a long time division rival.

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  • Optimustic

    Boy, 6 days between the last two games and now 2 nights in a row.   It feels like the difference between life and death.  :-)   Go Leafs Go.   4 – 3 for the good guys.

  • Optimustic

    Shift_Disturber1 Optimustic yeah, it’ll be another tough road game.   The Wild have a good line up,  not sure why they’re a bubble team.

  • Burtonboy

    Shift_Disturber1No info till game time

  • Cameron19

    I wonder if we’ll see Edmonton and Philly complete a deal after the game today….?

  • Optimustic

    Shift_Disturber1 Nice video, but all the goals are from the first round.  This year I want to see the goals from rounds 2, 3, and 4 too.

  • Mind Bomb

    Cameron19  What deal we get last place this year, you get last place next year ?
    :)

  • Optimustic

    Shift_Disturber1 Optimustic for sure.  I’ll be happy if we win 1 or 2 rounds this year.  Hopefully we’ll be ready to compete for the cup after that though.

  • Leafs rule

    Holly crap Im back and Adblocker is our friend lol re Ray Ferraro and Gord Miller harp on the shot thing in the 2nd>>> drove me to drink ,yea we won ,bring on Baaston I say

  • rustynail

    Cameron19  I guess its too late to do it before the game, maybe between periods? :)

  • Leafs rule

    Shift_Disturber1 Hard to believe they did that deal now

  • rustynail

    Leafs rule especially in last night’s game, we just were not taking shots on opportunities.

  • Burtonboy

    Cameron19 Homer is saying he will listen to offers for nay player except Mason and Giroux

  • rustynail

    Shift_Disturber1 Leafs rule would become a rich man if you made that

  • rustynail

    Burtonboy Cameron19 how long til Snyder gets another mouth piece?

  • Burtonboy

    rustynail Burtonboy Cameron19 Homer got pics lol

  • Cameron19

    Leafs rule Where were these clowns when we were out-shooting and out-working every team, but losing in horrendous fashion? Oddly I don’t recall them pumping our tires for continually out-shooting our opponents.

  • Leafs rule

    Shift_Disturber1 Leafs rule ass….. blocker post Of the day imho

  • Ryan

    Burtonboy Cameron19 
    what are they seeing in mason that no one else is ?

  • 4evrblue

    @Ryan Burtonboy Cameron19 his numbers aren’t bad right now

  • Cameron19

    @Ryan Burtonboy Cameron19 He’s having a great year.  I think it’s safe to say that he was buried unfairly in Columbus by bad teams, and then a really shitty atmosphere – not that Philly has been much better, but clearly he’s still capable of playing the way he did in his rookie season.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/vaswani_https://twitter.com/vaswani_/status/399228306836316160
    James Reimer about Game 7: “I do believe that it happened for a reason.” Remember that quote when the Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup.

  • Cameron19

    Burtonboy Cameron19 Twitter seems to think it’s Hemsky for Simmonds, but that seems ridiculous to me.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Shift_Disturber1 Leafs rule 
    I wish there was an asshole blocker on MLHS sometimes.

  • Ryan

    Cameron19 Burtonboy 
    He was drafted in the same year has Reimer and played in front of some shitty teams as well. But is a much better goalie than Mason is

  • 4evrblue

    Cameron19 Burtonboy Simmonds would be a good fit for the Oilers

  • Burtonboy

    Cameron19 Burtonboy I think that’s BS. Even the Flyers don’t want Hemsky do they ?

  • Cameron19

    -Keon- No other team in the league gets that kind of treatment from the media, Keon.  We’re top 5 in the league and we still get talked about as if we’re dead last.  In fact, Mike Johnson inferred we should be dead last, lol.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Burtonboy Cameron19 couturier on the cheap mayhaps?

  • Leafs rule

    Cameron19 Leafs rule Seems to be a double standard when it comes to the leafs ,grrrrr

  • theacs1966

    Shift_Disturber1 Leafs rule It’s called a mute button.

  • Optimustic

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Shift_Disturber1 Leafs rule There kind of is, but only the Moderators have it,   They only use it for certain kinds of assholes though.  :-)  Wouldn’t ya love to have use of the bannhammer sometimes though.

  • Cameron19

    Dangle_My_Berries Burtonboy Cameron19 Doubt it.  Center isn’t really the problem for the Oilers, and Couturier would be stuck in the same holding pattern on EDM’s roster.  He’s almost literally the last guy I think EDM would be looking at.  I would think they’d want guys like Schenn, Schenn, Simmonds and Coburn.  The only Hemsky deal that makes sense to me would be Hemsky for Meszaros.

  • djamon

    Cameron19 So true.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Shift_Disturber1 Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Leafs rule 
    Oh, hey, not for you dude…lol.  Once in awhile I get harped on for my glorification of the herb (I get accused of basically setting a bad example, bad influence, blah blah blah).   Those people (you know who you are) need to roll a fatty and just mellow the fuck out.

  • theacs1966

    Shift_Disturber1 theacs1966 Leafs rule I hear ya….So to speak.

  • Cameron19

    -Keon- So it’s frustrating. It would be nice to watch a game and hear nice things about the team for a change. That’s all.

  • bear19

    -Keon-  
    Really its a form of rope -a dope.

  • vinoa

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1839240-why-a-toronto-maple-leafs-collapse-is-inevitable
    Can’t wait for this to be proven wrong.

  • djamon

    Cameron19 The Edmonton people don’t think Hemsky’s going anywhere since MacT has always loved him. I don’t think it’s an accident we kept hearing Eberle’s name yesterday.

  • bear19

    Shift_Disturber1 Leafs rule  
    put me on the waiting list!

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/HayesTSNhttps://twitter.com/HayesTSN/status/399231043623845888
    Bobby Orr’s 69-70 season may be the greatest of all time – 33g, 87a,120 pts, Art Ross, Norris, Hart and Conn Smythe. For a defenseman.

  • Cameron19

    djamon Cameron19 No, maybe not.  But MacT’s first order of business as GM was to say that he would try and move Hemsky.  He immediately stated he was  a guy that need a change.  Then I imagine he was dealt a dose of reality when he actually tried to shop him and discovered that no one had any interest in him.

  • theacs1966

    So, after 60 minutes will the score be 0-0 or 8-8 in the Phi/Edm game this afternoon?

  • djamon

    vinoa Oh God…Bleacher Report? We don’t have to prove anything they write is wrong. They’re idiots.

  • Cameron19

    djamon vinoa Sub-human intelligence.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Burtonboy 
    I seen Orr play (and got his autograph) down at the Gardens back in the 70’s.  Very lucky as a child to have seen so many Leaf games.

  • 4evrblue

    vinoa just a hilarious article (not funny enough to finish reading though) 
    why count goals when shots are all that matter?

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Cameron19 -Keon- 
    Mike Johnson sucked as a Leaf…and he sucks as a talking head.

  • Cameron19

    I have so much work to do today, and I can’t bring myself to do it with this alcohol-induced splitting headache.  Any trusted remedies for this situation?

  • Burtonboy

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Burtonboy Orr is the reason I keep harping on having PMD’s in the line up . Absolute game changers. He was nothing short of amazing