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.
Alright, now back from bartending out west after watching this display of Leafs dominancy... overall I'm not impressed and this isn't about this game but it's an overall statement. Am I the only one who was excited last year even when we lost to see the hustle and the drive of this team trying to make an impact? The impression was made last season and tonight was a great example of a lack of fundamental play. The team seems to lack a drive this year and it's something i've seen since day 1. The attempts to stir energy through fights and physical play were there but it seems as if the main body of this team is suffering from a too often seen syndrome in Toronto. A desire to pass too often, to get too fancy, and to aim for the highlight reel. I agree that the location of shots matter but frankly, this team doesn't want to win yet. Bring me back 8 months and I'd much rather relive a blown lead in game 7 than I would watch a team that doesn't bring intensity to the ice from the puck drop.
Okay I've said it. Let me have it...
Lines, Keys to the Game, and GAME DAY THREAD BIATCHEZ http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2013/11/09/gdt-leafs-at-bruins-7-p-m-cbc-lines-keys-to-the-game/
Now here is someone who should probably check the standings.....lol. Power rankings....apparently. Leafs at #26.
Has anybody tried syncing the audio from the radio and tv? I cant listen to cbc tonight, they will be all about boston
I spent the last 10 minutes being so confused reading this and then finally saw what Alec did there.
McLaren says hello..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPh8rPOF3Jo
ummm... Am I the only one remembering the Game 7, 3rd period collapse as the last meeting with the Bruins?
No Healy tonight!?!?
I can't get over how similar TAMPA/PITTSBURGH/TORONTO are in the standings. ALL have 22 points (though TBay has a game in hand) but the GF and GA are almost identical. In order:
TAMPA - GF 51 GA 37
PITTS - GF 49 GA 38
TORONTO - GF 50 GA 37
Just find it interesting.....
im assuming the following line-up for tonight will be....
Lupul JVR Kessel
Raymond Kadri Clarkson
Bodie McClement Kulimen
Mcleran Smithson Ashton
Philly passing the Oilers in the standings and looking at the Sabres in their rear view mirror. All the way up to 26th overall.
@DuckDuckNoose I think we all know how.
That is bulletin board material
@Conis I have, it doesn't line up. You can see the game online in Punjab, mute it and try listen on the radio online, it might come in at the same time. I doubt it though.
You just need to sync the PVR on your tv with the radio. We did it last year in the playoffs. Joe Bowen, Jim Ralph, and Jim Tatti were awesome.
LOL I was a little lost too.
@The Truth Hurts yea on the third line would be great
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan poor bear dropped on his head, if thats Parros, they are looking to outlaw trees
@AdamPoirier You must be older than the rest of us. 1950's I'm guessing?
It been in newspapers, on radio, TV and websites for the past week. All the Leafs have been interviewed a dozen times. Tired of hearing about it.
@AdamPoirier sorry which?
@Jay_Berg We can dream
@wendelsfist James Reimer, who played every game in last season's playoff series with Boston, will start in goal Saturday. He's 4-1-0 in seven starts and is tied with Rask for third in the league with a .942 save percentage.
From the cbc.ca article.
@clark sittler I'd prefer Ashton on the 3rd line over Bodie
I'm hoping Ashton will replace bodie and Rielly will be 7D. I think Rielly had a very good game last night.
Kesselian like shot.
likewise - my hatred for the Flyers knows no bounds.
@wiski Damn soundbar.....
@wiski Unfortunately I am not, but that is an awesome idea if it worked. Gives me a reason to drop some money on surround lol
@wiski Does that actually work?
@mike_84 The other interesting thing is that we'd be tied for 7th or 8th in the Western conference with the 22 points. that's a stronger conference!
@The Truth Hurts Yea he probably will but if the line is chugging along well with JVR at center I dont think you touch it.
@OTL @mike_84 but if we were in the west then we could just crush the east for easy wins
Then you'd like Ranger for Simmonds.