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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!


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

  1. Tim Bayer says:

    A shot!

  2. Tim Bayer says:

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

  3. Tim Bayer says:

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

  4. Tim Bayer says:

    That was a freak injury.

  5. Tim Bayer says:

    Oh yeah! Carter Ashton’s back!

  6. Tim Bayer says:

    This is embarrassing.

  7. Tim Bayer says:

    Mark Fraser is terrible.

  8. Tim Bayer says:


  9. Tim Bayer says:

    Nowhere to go but up!

  10. Dan Goldsmith says:

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

  11. Tim Bayer says:

    This JvR-Marchand rivalry is getting interesting.

  12. Tim Bayer says:

    Well that’s better.

  13. Tim Bayer says:

    They look like a totally different team this period.

  14. Dan Goldsmith says:

    Well this period has been better.

  15. Tim Bayer says:

    LUPUL! What a shot!

  16. Jeffrey Langridge says:

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

  17. Jeffrey Langridge says:

    Lupul, I mean. Oops.

  18. Tim Bayer says:

    Those two periods couldn’t have been more different.

  19. Tim Bayer says:

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

  20. Tim Bayer says:

    Loui Eriksson hasn’t been very impressive.

  21. Jeffrey Langridge says:

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

  22. Tim Bayer says:

    What happened to Kadri?

  23. Tim Bayer says:

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

  24. Tim Bayer says:

    Great hit by Franson.

  25. Tim Bayer says:


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