Published: Fri, April 12, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

Bruins-Maple Leafs Playoff Predictions

Bruins-Maple Leafs Playoff Predictions

We did a great job and I think it was under a lot of pressure, which is what you see in the playoffs. We'll be prepared for them to come out hard at us tomorrow.

Boston leans heavily on Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak, a line that combined for 30 points in the series against Toronto a year ago and 260 points this season.

Of course surrendering a 4-1 lead midway through the third period in Game 7 back in 2013 - only Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri remain from that team - is still ripe in the minds of many Maple Leafs fans.

In the regular season the Maple Leafs allowed 33.1 shots on goal per game, eighth most in the National Hockey League.

Jordan Weal and Andrew Shaw also scored for the Canadiens (44-30-8), who were eliminated from playoff contention Friday night.

"There's no sense spending any time on that", Toronto head coach Mike Babcock said. So for us to use one or the other, I don't think, is a big deal in our locker room. In a best-case scenario, individual players are feeling good about themselves on the eve of the playoffs, and teams collectively would too, Stamkos said.

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While the six-foot-two, 203-pound native of Minnetonka, Minn., said last year's playoff defeat is behind him, he admitted it took some time for that to happen. Joe Malone scored five goals in the inaugural game of the newly formed National Hockey League in 1917. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 21.8 percent of their power play opportunities.

Their recent history with the Boston Bruins, however, makes it hard not to take a long gaze in the rear-view mirror. The eight-year veteran is in the final year of his contact and that uncertainty does create a sense of urgency heading into the post-season. "We know we can play with this team and compete at their level". "Take advantage of your opportunities".

Gardiner said parenthood is giving him much-needed perspective. He and wife Lucy welcomed a son, Henry John, into the world last September.

"He's been a blessing, he's been awesome". "It's just making sure we're not beating ourselves and making smart plays with the puck". The Maple Leafs, on the other hand, have struggled a bit in the spot they are in here tonight as they have gone just 2-7 in their last nine playoff games and they are an terrible 1-6 in their last seven games where they faced a team with a winning record.

"That guys going to play until he's 50", Marchand said with a laugh.

"That's really how you set yourself up for success, you do your good work in the days leading up and that should give you the confidence to perform in the games".

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