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Leafs can figure out how good they are once again vs. Bruins

Nov 30, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

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The Maple Leafs might be in first place in the Northeast Division today, but with a game against Boston tonight (and another on Saturday) if the Leafs are going to show they’re for real, sending that message to the defending Cup champions would be a good start.

In the Leafs previous two games with Boston this season they’ve been humiliated. Getting beaten 6-2 and 7-0 while seeing Tyler Seguin blow up for a combined four goals and two assists in those games does nothing to calm the collective psyche of the fan base. Seeing Phil Kessel get swarmed over and kept quiet doesn’t help either.

For the Leafs, they’ll have to find a way to beat Tim Thomas or Tuukka Rask and hope that at least tonight they can get another solid performance from Jonas Gustavsson. The Monster has done well of late, but he looked brutal in both previous losses this year. With James Reimer getting closer to returning to action that will help, but for now it’s all on Gustavsson.

Having the Bruins play the part of the schoolyard bully to them has to get old for the players and sacking up and getting after them in these next two games would help us buy into the Leafs being a serious playoff contender. Talking big is one thing, but showing you’re worthy of the praise is something else entirely.

  1. govtminion - Nov 30, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Speaking as a B’s fan? I think the Leafs are good enough to earn the split- win at home, lose in Boston. That team is coming along, injuries aside. I’m grudgingly impressed with what Burke is doing over there- the Kessel trade was boneheaded, yes, but he did fleece Boston right back last year with the Kaberle trade, so call it even-ish. Overall, he’s got a heck of an interesting team in Toronto now, very interested to see how this week goes for them.

    • davemac32001 - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:01 PM

      I’m not sure any deal that brings in an All Star player – leading the league in scoring – can be called “boneheaded”

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 30, 2011 at 3:35 PM

        The trade looks pretty lopsided in retrospect but that tends to happen to one side or the other when draft picks are involved. C’est la vie, it goes to show you never can tell. I’m happy having Kessel on the Leafs

  2. nhlbruins90 - Nov 30, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Yeah, Toronto is an interesting team to watch once again. At least they’re no longer the Maple Laughs. And yes, Burke did bamboozle us with that Kaberle trade, so all things considered …

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 30, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    How the Leafs play against the Bruins never tells us much. The Bruins routinely beat up on us but once in a while we put up 10 goals on them. I’d be happy with a split here but if they drop both I’m not going to assume they’re headed for a major slump (knock on wood)

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