GDT: Leafs at Bruins (7 p.m., CBC); Lines + Keys to the Game

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If the Leafs can pull this off, it would be a huge win not only in keeping Boston behind them in the divisional race, but in boosting confidence for a banged up team facing extended time without Bolland and Bozak.

Keys to the Game for the Leafs:

1 – The Bruins defense pinch heavily almost every play and force the Leafs to play on the boards, which is a weakness for them.  The Leafs need to keep the puck 3ft or so off the boards and make the Bruins play in the open ice — not necessarily the Bruins strength – and use aerial passes when available if those options are not available.  If the Leafs don’t work on this, they will not be able to break out with efficiency this evening.

2 – Play the Bruins hard whistle-to-whistle. Do not engage in in after whistle skirmishes (looking at you, David Clarkson).

3 – The Bruins send two men in and try to force d-to-d passes; passes have to be firm, crisp and on point.

4 – Try not to let the Bruins consistently set up below goal line in on your own zone. The Bruins feast on a cycle and on great board play once they have the D facing the wrong way from the net.

5 – The Bruins defense is more mobile than it was last season, but stretching them out when the opportunity presents itself will generate odd man rushes.

Lines: Leafs vs. Bruins, November 9, 2013.
Leafs Lineup  
Left WingCenterRight Wing
LupulJvRKessel
RaymondKadriClarkson
BodieMcClementKulemin
McLarenSmithson
Left DefenseRight Defense
PhaneufGunnarsson
GardinerFranson
FraserRanger
Rielly
Starter: Reimer
  • TuckerForPunishment

    Finally.  Fuck Boston.

  • The Truth Hurts

    Go Leafs Go. Vaive with 3. Derlago assisting on all.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    For anyone with surround sound, here is how you get rid of the CBC commentary that ruins many a great Saturday night. 
    Unplug the center speaker and this will allow all the arena noise for the game, but block out: Hughson, Simpson and Healy.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    The Truth Hurts
    This is the fireplace at my cottage.  I like going up as often as I can…just to get away and decompress in the mountains.  Just me, my (cottage) computer / no internet, a bunch of herb, my fireplace, the lake, and the mountains.  Don’t get much better than that.
    http://imgur.com/fXmgCAE

  • The Truth Hurts

    Nice!! Stoke her up for game time!

  • Optimustic

    I said 4 – 3 for the Leafs earlier, and I’m sticking to it.  We need this game for more than the 2 points as Declan stated above.   Go Leafs Go!

  • newkb

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan The Truth Hurts Nice place….out this way I believe you had said??

  • Xxxxxnew

    Amazing (or not) how Vaive has never seemed to be part of the Leaf family over the years. First leaf and only one of three to ever score 50 in a season.

  • newkb

    The Truth Hurts You can’t play 2 trigger men on the same line.  Or so we keep being told.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    newkb Bon Scott was a Leaf fan The Truth Hurts
    In the Gatineaus.  About an hour and a half into Quebec from Ottawa.
    http://imgur.com/pWjrexH

  • The Truth Hurts

    Yep. He was awesome.

  • newkb

    The Truth Hurts Had a rocket coming in off the wing….

  • The Truth Hurts

    Why’s that?

  • PepTalk

    My nephews are at a bar near the TD BankCentre and they have pictures of Game 7 posted everywhere at the bar calling it the geatest bruin game ever.

  • Doorman

    5-0 LEAFS!!!  Kessel is the Man!!!

    GO LEAFS GO!!!

  • Optimustic

    Doorman Kessel’s goal was spectacular last night.  He looked like the power forward we’ve been waiting for.

  • wiski

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan The Truth Hurts Nice spot

  • Doorman

    Optimustic Doorman Yea Eh!  End to End!!!

  • lukethenuke

    DeclanK best advice on the planet… 
    Might add: if radio is synced, crack it to enjoy Bowen (who I believe is even better on the radio and doesnt seem to censor himself as much :) )

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    wiski Bon Scott was a Leaf fan The Truth Hurts 
    Thx Wiski.  Been in the family since the early 50’s (back when land was cheap).  My grandfather knew a good deal when he saw one.

  • Doorman

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan wiski The Truth Hurts Where did you get the fish from/  Say You caught it!!!  lol  I like the Old Hanging wicker chair!!!  lol

  • Alec Brownscombe

    PepTalk Tell them to put this picture up

  • VaiveOClockSomewhere

    newkb The Truth Hurts Why thank you, gentlemen 😉

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Doorman Bon Scott was a Leaf fan wiski The Truth Hurts 
    It’s a 5 lb small mouth bass that I caught as a kid.  Looks small now…but when you’re 9 years old it’s fucking massive.

  • newkb

    The Truth Hurts That was the reason that some didn’t want a Perry or Nash with Kessel.  I say put 2 great players together, and they’ll figure it out.

  • Xxxxxnew

    Looked like a shorter Mahovlich, or B. Hull. They used to do that turn in the end zone every once in a while and catch the D flat footed.

  • newkb

    Alec Brownscombe PepTalk Photoshop a Leaf jersey on Bolland for full effect…

  • PepTalk

    Alec Brownscombe PepTalk I’d like to but don’t want them to get beat up!

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Xxxxxnew Berezin.

  • Komas Taberle

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan The Truth Hurts 
    What else could a man want?

  • lilgrnmen17

    Xxxxxnew Ever met Vaive? Total dick. He was a real prick to a lot of fans who were asking for autographs, use to love him, lost a lot of respect for him that night. May be why.

  • Doorman

    TuckerForPunishment Xxxxxnew I saw julie was looking for Cougars Last Night!!!  Lol

  • newkb

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Doorman wiski The Truth Hurts Caught a 10 lb. pickerel when I was 5 years old.  Sucker was about 2/3 of my body length.  Unfortunately we mounted it in my gut.

  • VaiveOClockSomewhere

    lilgrnmen17 Sorry about that. I was extremely, extremely inebriated.

  • lilgrnmen17

    VaiveOClockSomewhere lilgrnmen17 haha, that may very well be true, looked a little bleary eyed

  • The Truth Hurts

    Hell yeah.

  • newkb

    VaiveOClockSomewhere lilgrnmen17 Sweet….so you had Ramage drive you guys that night?

  • theacs1966

    Komas Taberle Bon Scott was a Leaf fan The Truth Hurts An internet connection!

  • Xxxxxnew

    Lafleur 60, Shutt 49 one season. lemaire was the Bozak.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Reimer gonna put on a clinic tonight.  You know…cuz he can….and our goalie tandem is among the best in the league.

  • theacs1966

    Philly has yet to lose this year when Giroux scores!

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    theacs1966 Komas Taberle Bon Scott was a Leaf fan The Truth Hurts 
    My aunt has internet at her cottage but the price is astronomical (she can’t stream or download large files or anything or else she gets charged up the wazoo).

  • VaiveOClockSomewhere

    quick search shows Ramage is now paroled from that manslaughter charge and in good ‘ol London, On.

  • The Truth Hurts

    But but but you can’t win without a big producing 1c.

  • newkb

    VaiveOClockSomewhere He’ll have to live with that for the rest of his life…

  • theacs1966

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan theacs1966 Komas Taberle The Truth Hurts  I remember, hence the comment.  Where are these mountains?

  • PepTalk

    newkb Alec Brownscombe PepTalk I sent it off and left it to their discretion to share

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    theacs1966 Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Komas Taberle The Truth Hurts 
    Gatineaus

  • theacs1966

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan theacs1966 Komas Taberle The Truth Hurts Oh, so up in the hills then.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    theacs1966 Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Komas Taberle The Truth Hurts 
    Yep…up the 309 between Buckingham and Mont. Laurier.