Game 1: Leafs vs. Bruins

The Toronto Maple Leafs will begin their playoff journey tonight for the first time since 2004, as they visit TD Garden to take on the Boston Bruins for the 14th time in league history. Toronto begins the series on the road for two games (Wednesday & Saturday) and will be back home for Monday and Wednesday. 

The Bruins enter the post-season having lost seven of their last nine games, while the Maple Leafs have lost four of their last six.

Toronto’s last game vs. Montreal wasn’t their best, as they had a sluggish performance and lost 4-1, in front of a sold out Air Canada Centre. 

The Bruins last game also resulted in a loss, as they fell 4-2 against the visiting Ottawa Senators on Sunday. If Boston had won that game, we wouldn’t be discussing the Bruins right now, as Toronto would have played Montreal in the first round. 

With the Maple Leafs-Bruins rivalry fired up, tonight’s game and series should be a dandy, and to get you ready for that, I’ve put together another series of notes and such below. 

Toronto vs. Boston , Game 1 Notes:

  • Colton Orr finished the season leading the league in penalty minutes with 155 in 44 games played. The last Maple Leaf to finish the season and lead the league in penalty minutes was Tiger Williams when he recorded 298 penalty minutes during the 1978-79 season. 
  • Frazer McLaren finished the regular season eighth in the NHL with 102 penalty minutes. The last time the Maple Leafs have two players in the top 10 for penalty minutes, was Wade Belak (4th – 196 penalty minutes) and Tie Domi (9th – 171 penalty minutes).
  • The Maple Leafs penalty kill was the second best in the NHL as they went 112-for-122 (91.8%) over the last 36 games (Feb. 7-Apr. 27) of the season, which included a stretch of seven games without allowing a power play goal (Mar. 30-Apr. 15)
  • After 48 games played, the Maple Leafs lead the league in Hits (1626), Blocked Shots (826) and Fighting Majors (44).
  • James Reimer finished the season sixth in the NHL with 4 shutouts, and tied for seventh in save percentage  (.924) in 33 games. With Reimer’s .924 mark, he has the highest in a single season by an eligible Maple Leafs goaltender since the NHL began recording the stat in 1983-84. 
  • Maple Leafs all-time record vs. Boston: 264-279-98-8. While playing at home: 166-106-51-2. While playing on the road: 98-173-47-6
  • 2012-13 overall record vs. Boston: 1-2-1. While playing at home: 1-1-0. While playing on the road: 0-1-1
  • Nazem Kadri (2 goals, 1 assist) and Mikhail Grabovski (1 goal, 2 assists) led the Maple Leafs in scoring against the Bruins with three points in four games during the regular season. 
  • Phil Kessel played 222 games with Boston over three seasons (2006-07 to 2008-09). 
  • Phil Kessel finished the season with 57 points (Ranked 8th), while Tyler Seguin finished with 32 (Ranked 66th ).
  • Boston won three of the four games between the two clubs this season. But even though the Bruins came out on top three times this year, each game was close.
  • James Reimer is expected to start for the Maple Leafs, while Tuukka Rask will start for the Bruins. 

You can catch tonight’s game on CBC at 7:00 PM EST. 

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