Bruins, Maple Leafs back at it, with memories of 2013


In addition to their strong defense that was already highlighted, the B's also scored 270 goals this season (4 most in the Eastern Conference). With over 15 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN,, etc.) covering the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey, Jimmy Murphy's hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game.

Wingels elbowed Marner in the corner midway through the third, leading to Kadri's five-minute major and game misconduct.

For each playoff game, the Jets sold off an additional 1,200 tickets, ensuring 500 tickets per game were left over for the general public when the online box office opened to all fans. After the Boston Bruins limped into the playoffs with a awful final week, fans were starting to get nervous.

Marchand and Patrice Bergeron completely dominated the puck during Toronto's only power play in the first period.

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The Bruins were the better team over 82-games but have they been banged up too much over the past month to withstand the offensive power of the Maple Leafs?

Goalies_Toronto, Andersen 0-1 (40 shots-35 saves). Hyman capped off the sequence by tucking the puck past Rask to knot things up going into the first intermission.

Marchand, Pastrnak and Bergeron - who totalled 99 goals in the regular season and are stellar in all three zones - set the tone early with their skating and physical play.

Toronto continued to pace the action early in the second, but a power play opportunity shifted momentum back in the Bruins' favor. The return of Rick Nash to skate with two-time National Hockey League playoff scoring leader David Krejci offers hope, but the absence of Riley Nash (fourth-liner Noel Acciari will try to replace him) makes third-line scoring a question. It was Backes' 14th career playoff goal and second as a member of the B's. The winger fought off both Krejci and Charlie McAvoy down the right side before tucking a shot beyond a sprawling Rask moments after Toronto blue liner Jake Gardiner hit the post. Marchand did good work below the goal line and along the boards to corral the puck and find Pastrnak.

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The CBC/Toronto Star report explains 90 percent of the seats in the arena are held by season ticket holders and additional tickets are held back for players' families and staff. That despite the fact that when he was on the ice at even strength, the Bruins had 22 shot attempts and gave up just five. The B's scored twice during that span. Sean Kuraly eventually broke through with an eye-popping play to bat the puck out of the air and into the net to make it 4-1.

Third Period_5, Boston, Kuraly 1 (Pastrnak, Chara), 7:41.

A unsafe boarding hit from Toronto center Nazem Kadri against Tommy Wingels tossed Kadri from the game and gave Boston another five minutes on the power play - leading to Krejci's goal at 11:29 to close out the scoring. Kadri launched his rear at the head area of Wingels.

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