The Toronto Maple Leafs are in the postseason, but they are not coming in with any momentum at all.
"It's important that we have confidence in ourselves and believe in ourselves going into the series".
In his last 15 games against Toronto, Pastrnak has 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points, Marchand has 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) in 14 outings, and Bergeron has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in his last 12 contests between the Atlantic Division rivals. "We had one in the spring past year, and they were better than us in the end". I think when you look at Boston, I think to me Boston and Washington are your two teams in the East that have size, depth, heavy and hard, they have star power than can score. Maybe so, but you are not going to find a soul in the Maple Leafs locker room to admit to that.
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In the last two playoff series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins, the Leafs have held a third period Game 7 lead.
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"It's an opportunity to play some guys, we have people a little banged up", Babcock said. "We all shoot video and photos on our iPhones all the time".
The Leafs open the National Hockey League playoffs at TD Garden for the second spring in a row Thursday, the same building where they fell in Game 7 of last year's opening round.
Judging off head coach Mike Babcock's comments from Tuesday, things may end up not being that different. "It's not about me right now, it's about this whole team and whatever I've got going on, it's on me to figure out, and I think I've done a good job of that".
Poehling beat Frederik Andersen glove side in the shootout and goalie Charlie Lindgren, in his first game of the season, stopped Kasperi Kapanen to finish it.
"All the young guys know what it's like going into that building now", he said.
With that said, of course I'm using some statistics to base my opinions on to craft the bracket, but it's all for fun. But Andersen knows spending too much time thinking about last year won't do him much good this year. Since then, the little one has been seen at Leafs games, looking at his father through the rink-level glass. "That's why it's seven games". He has put the work in during practice and has prepared to the greatest possible extent and that what he plans to have in mind come puck drop in Game 1 on Thursday. Let's say you have a tough game, you still come in and bring good energy and focus on what you are going to accomplish the next day. He's trying to be a real good pro and getting after it.