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Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (Game Number 47) Live Thread


Welcome to tonight’s Toronto Maple Leafs live game thread. The opponent is the Boston Bruins, so people around these parts (read: me) might be a little crankier than usual. Please keep that in mind.

The Bruins outscored the Leafs 8-3 in their two meetings this season, both Bruins wins. Tuukka Rask will be in net for the Bruins, which is, uhhhhh, not exactly good news for Leafs fans. Rask is 8-1 with a .957 save percentage against the Leafs in his regular season career.

While the Bruins were ravaged by injuries and suspensions the last time these teams met on December 8 (the Bruins still won 5-2), most of those players will be back tonight. Loui Eriksson (a good player) and Shawn Thornton (not a good player) both returned from absences on Saturday. Eriksson recovered from a concussion and Thornton finished serving his 15-game suspension.

James Reimer was one of the Leafs hit hard with a flu bug over the weekend, but Randy Carlyle probably would’ve decided to go with Jonathan Bernier in net anyway because, y’know, he’s Randy Carlyle. Extra defenseman Mark Fraser and third-line winger David Clarkson were also infected with the virus, so Clarkson is questionable.

For full lineups, news, notes, viewing information and tons of other cool stuff, why not check out Daniel G.’s preview? Seriously, I can’t even think of a reason, unless you’ve already read it.

Do you have any predictions for tonight? Will Peter Holland play more than four minutes? Will Jay McClement play less than 18? Will the Bruins score less than seven goals? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.

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Tags: David Clarkson Jonathan Bernier Randy Carlyle Toronto Maple Leafs Tuukka Rask

24 Comments on Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (Game Number 47) Live Thread

  1. Tim Bayer says:

    Clarkson expects to play according to Henny.

  2. Tim Bayer says:

    Orr is out with the flu. McLaren in. Clarkson still questionable.

  3. Tim Bayer says:

    Clarkson will play. Yaaaaaaaaay.

  4. Tim Bayer says:

    Will be very interesting how Carlyle uses Holland tonight, with McLaren being useless and Clarkson being sick.

  5. Tim Bayer says:

    WHAT THE HECK, GUYS???

  6. Tim Bayer says:

    Looks like Holland is getting time on the third line.

  7. Tim Bayer says:

    Kessel and Lupul switch spots, presumably to keep Kessel away from Chara.

  8. Tim Bayer says:

    Carlyle looks sick. Or tired. Or depressed. Or all three. Can’t say I blame him.

  9. Tim Bayer says:

    Lupul is so bad defensively.

  10. Tim Bayer says:

    Raymond gives the puck away trying to dump it in.

  11. Tim Bayer says:

    BOZAK!

  12. Tim Bayer says:

    Right there for the rebound after the Gunnar point shot.

  13. Tim Bayer says:

    Kessel’s getting shifts on the fourth line with McLaren in the box.

  14. Tim Bayer says:

    As we learned in 24/7, Reilly Smith was a Leaf fan growing up, and will therefore score tonight.

  15. Tim Bayer says:

    Bergeron scores on the wraparound. Bernier needs to be stronger on the post.

  16. Tim Bayer says:

    Bruins called for hooking.

  17. Tim Bayer says:

    BOZAK! AGAIN!

  18. Tim Bayer says:

    Great feed by JvR. Split two defenders and Bozak had the wide open cage.

  19. Tim Bayer says:

    So-so period for the Leafs. Had some chances, got the two goals. But also had some pretty horrid moments in their own zone and gave up two.

  20. Tim Bayer says:

    Holland had five-and-a-half minutes in that period and looked pretty good.

  21. Tim Bayer says:

    Another penalty for the Bruins. Leafs 2-for-2 so far on the PP.

  22. Tim Bayer says:

    First time I’ve noticed the Holland line all period.

  23. Tim Bayer says:

    BAHAHAHAHAH Clarkson.

  24. Tim Bayer says:

    Ruh roh

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