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Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (Game Number 17): Live Game Thread


The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins are less than 15 minutes away from facing off at the TD Garden on Hockey Night In Canada. This is the first meeting of the season for these two teams, and the first since the Leafs lost that painful Game 7 in overtime in the first round of the playoffs last year. But you knew that already.

As I wrote in the game preview, expect another goaltending duel in this game. James Reimer of the Leafs and Tuukka Rask of the Bruins went mano-a-mano in that playoff series, but Rask was able to just barely come out on top when it was all said and done. Both goalies are off to great starts this year, putting up identical .942 save percentages.

Along with Rask, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara are infamous for their success in shutting down the Leafs’ top players over the years, most notably Phil Kessel. But Kessel broke out against the Bruins in the playoffs last year, and has continued to put up big numbers this year (10 goals and 19 points in 16 games).

His 10th goal was an absolute beauty against the New Jersey Devils last night, going nearly end-to-end, splitting the defense, fighting off a hook and firing the puck through Cory Schneider’s five-hole. The Leafs will need him to continue to find the twine tonight, because chances are goals will be at a premium with Rask in net.

Prediction: The Leafs lose this one 4-1. The Leafs still haven’t looked very good, even in the win last night, and those problems will likely bite them against a strong Bruins team.

Comment below to participate in the game thread. What’s your prediction for the game tonight? Let us know!

GO LEAFS GO!

Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Tim Bayer

    A shot!

  • Tim Bayer

    Is it just me or does Iginla look way better than he did last year?

  • Tim Bayer

    If hockey broadcasts kept track of possession like in soccer games, pretty sure the Bruins are rolling at a 90 per cent clip.

  • Tim Bayer

    That was a freak injury.

    • Dan Goldsmith

      Tweaked his hip when he extended his leg back I think.

  • Tim Bayer

    Oh yeah! Carter Ashton’s back!

  • Tim Bayer

    This is embarrassing.

  • Tim Bayer

    Mark Fraser is terrible.

  • Tim Bayer

    Ugh.

  • Tim Bayer

    Nowhere to go but up!

  • Dan Goldsmith

    Damn, why is the compete level down so much since last year? They seem so content with getting dominated.

    • Tim Bayer

      I don’t even know. Probably a combination of injuries, the system and the Leafs just being terrible in their end.

    • Tim Bayer

      I really think they need to make a trade for a defenseman.

  • Tim Bayer

    This JvR-Marchand rivalry is getting interesting.

  • Tim Bayer

    Well that’s better.

  • Tim Bayer

    They look like a totally different team this period.

  • Dan Goldsmith

    Well this period has been better.

  • Tim Bayer

    LUPUL! What a shot!

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Well, just as I get to the computer, Kessel scores. I must be good luck.

    • Tim Bayer

      You should show up more often!

      • Jeffrey Langridge

        Maybe I should go away and come back. It seems to work.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Lupul, I mean. Oops.

  • Tim Bayer

    Those two periods couldn’t have been more different.

  • Tim Bayer

    That is really strange that Kulemin didn’t pick up his stick in that terrible stretch in the first.

  • Tim Bayer

    Loui Eriksson hasn’t been very impressive.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    If the Leafs lose tonight, I really need to stop watching games. It seems they lose every time I watch them.

  • Tim Bayer

    What happened to Kadri?

    • Jeffrey Langridge

      Nothing serious. He’s back on the bench now.

      • Tim Bayer

        That’s good.

  • Tim Bayer

    WHAT???? How does no referee see that?

  • Tim Bayer

    Great hit by Franson.

  • Tim Bayer

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