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Discuss: Bruins rudely welcome Leafs back to playoffs

May 1, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

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Wednesday represented the Toronto Maple Leafs’ first playoff game since 2004. The Boston Bruins made them look like a team that hasn’t been to the postseason in nearly a decade, beating them 4-1 in a game that might have been even more lopsided than the scored indicates (due to goals that were disallowed, among other factors).

Let’s get the discussion rolling:

  • So, was this mismatch more about how strong the Bruins really are at full-strength or how flawed the Maple Leafs might be?
  • On a scale of 1-10, how poorly do you think Toronto fans and media will react to this game?
  • Speaking of which, who will get the most blame: Phil Kessel, James Reimer, Dion Phaneuf or someone else?
  • Food for thought on Reimer: some of the goals he allowed were pretty bad, but the young goalie did face 40 shots. On the other hand, he’s been struggling lately. How long is his leash in Toronto?
  • One Buds player who did have a nice night was James van Riemsdyk. He fired five shots on goal, including an early 1-0 marker. Will he be a factor in this series?
  • Some Leafs fans critiqued Toronto’s “truculent” tendency to dress more than one enforcer. Should Randy Carlyle change that tactic?
  • Name some positives for the Maple Leafs. Optional choice: “It’s just one game.”
  • Does this lopsided win strengthen the argument that Boston is a championship contender? Discuss the Bruins’ chances of winning it all once more.
  1. titansbro - May 1, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Bruins played a complete game & Toronto just doesn’t have the muscle to hang when the Bruins play this way. If they can keep up that intensity then there’s no doubt they’re contenders, big if though.

  2. jeff2000m - May 1, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Bye bye leafs

  3. bigt12789 - May 1, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Hell of a night for Boston sports teams. Sox beat up on the Jays, Celtics shut up the Knicks, and best of all the B’s put together their first 60 minute game in a long time. After JVR scored that goal it looked to be another long night, but it was good to see the B’s bounce back and play with energy the whole game.

    • 8man - May 2, 2013 at 6:47 AM

      Yeah. It is a rarity when the Celts, Sox and Bs all play on the same night. It usually means both the Celts and the Bs are in the playoffs. Even rarer when they all win. Yay, Boston!

  4. jeff2000m - May 1, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Leafs are done…maybe they should call thomas and see if hes still available! Haha! See u next year!!

  5. tdrusher225 - May 1, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    It’s only one game, the Leafs will adjust and bounce back. But, if I were them I’d rethink the emphasis on physicality and look to put the puck on net a little more and emphasize their offensive skill. I know they want to be engaged physically but that style of play brings the best out of the Bruins. I still expect this to go at least 6.

    • jeff2000m - May 1, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      Ur a scmuck if u think maple laughs have any chance at all!!!

      • bigt12789 - May 1, 2013 at 10:13 PM

        Come on man. I’m not sure if you’re a B’s fan but incase you haven’t notice consistency hasn’t exactly been their strong point this season. If they keep playing like they did tonight they can win this series in 5, regardless of the changes Toronto makes, but lets wait til after game 2 to see if they keep this going…

      • tdrusher225 - May 1, 2013 at 10:42 PM

        There’s a reason they play 7 games, my friend. The consensus opinion among hockey fans was that Bruins didn’t look good enough to beat anybody coming into the playoffs. Now after one game the Leafs are toast? A bit reactionary.

  6. nunan - May 1, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Dominant

  7. buffalo65 - May 1, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Hate the leafs but they will rebound and win game 2.

  8. govtminion - May 1, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Toronto tried to play smashmouth, physical hockey tonight, and that’s just not their game- it’s Boston’s game. And no one is going to beat Boston in seven games if they try to play that way. If the Leafs get back to what they do- puck movement and shots on net- they could steal Game 2… but if they come out with today’s effort again, they’re done for.

  9. mikeybworld - May 1, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    go titans

  10. hockeyflow33 - May 1, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    The Bruins played like a team destined for an early exit all year and then they come out and play like a legit Cup contender tonight.

    Reimer was the least of the Leafs worries. He looked good all night but it’s tough to play all 60 minutes in your end with no help.

    • mgp1219 - May 2, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      Reimer looked good??? What game were you watching???

      • hockeyflow33 - May 2, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        His team was completely outplayed and spent almost the entire game in his zone. He was by far their best player.

  11. nunan - May 1, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Only change – put Peverley in over Daugavins. Everyone was stepping up tonight. I expect he would too, given his past performances in the playoffs. Give him a shot. I would be better for Jagr, too.

    • nunan - May 1, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      it*

  12. sammer81 - May 1, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Hey jeff200m,

    Could you be more of a typical Boston fan? A helluva lot to say (3 out of 11 comments so far) but nothing of any significance or signs of brain use.

    • jeff2000m - May 1, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      U must be a leafs fan? Can u spell done? Let me help u…..d-o-n-e!! Haha…it was good while it lasted..maybe u guys will make the playoffs again in 2020….haha! Give it up….u guys cant compete with any team nevermind the bruins

      • sammer81 - May 1, 2013 at 11:25 PM

        Wow Jeff u can spell four letter words!!! Thanks for proving my point on how dumb you are. Where’d you even come up with the year 2020? It’s been 9 years since they made the playoffs, but 2020 only makes 7.

        Regardless, I don’t need to point out the lack of substance in anything you write as you do that very well on your own.

        As a Leaf fan I didn’t expect them to make it outta this round prior to the puck being dropped, I was more pissed off by their lack of effort. In the meantime, take a log off the fire bud, you may make it past the Leafs, but not much further.

  13. borderline1988 - May 1, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    For all the hype surrounding the Leafs plethora of good defenseman – they all really suck at making quick decisions in their own end. It felt like every time a Leafs defenseman gained control of the puck, he would just turn it over or meekly lift it towards centre ice.

    Boston will win the overall puck possession battle, but they are prone to mistakes and the Leafs are much faster than the Bruins, so they can take advantage of their opportunities better. But they can’t keep giving up the puck…it’s so damn frustrating.

    The Leafs need to adjust and find a way to make quick passes in/out of their own zone once they gain possession.

  14. lanpar - May 2, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    what a waste….lost my childhood to harold ballard…and made the mistake of watching this game….my god …we still suck…and wasted a half bottle of vodka on this…(well not a complete waste lol)

  15. buffalo65 - May 2, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    I think they need to sit Orr and…I don’t know, put a useful player in??

  16. 8man - May 2, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    Eh, this is what I was hoping to see from the Bs. I am now cautiously optimistic as opposed to engaged and subdued. They played well. Especially after giving up that early goal. We’ll see if the Spokes can keep it up. Go Bs!

  17. tlndma - May 2, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Let’s not forget JVR clanging one off the crossbar just before the B’s 2nd goal. That was a game changer. Overall the Bs outplayed the Leafs though. I’ll wait til saturday before I’ll say the Bs are out of their malaise.

    • pastabelly - May 2, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      Game changer? Hardly, the Bruins dominated the game for the final 50 minutes and also hit a crossbar and lost another goal (Bergeron) when the ref lost sight of the puck. This was a dominant performance. The key for Boston from here on in is that they no longer have to play back to back games. It’s obvious that with their style of play that they can’t handle it. Two nights off before game two will help the Bruins even more.

  18. amerika1313 - May 2, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    James van Riemsdyk: 1 goal, 5 shots on goal, 1 shot to Marchand’s jewels. If that’s the best line the Leafs can muster, it’s gonna be a quick series.

  19. psousa1 - May 2, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Man where did that offensive outburst come from? They have been scoring, it seems like 2 goals a game max, for the last 2 weeks then last night 4 goals in 2 periods. I am from the Boston area so I want to see the Bruins win. If the Leafs were playing any other team I would be pulling for the Leafs. Physically tough and fun team to watch this year. Like seeing them win but Leaf fans are seeing the Phil Kessel effect. He wants nothing to do with taking on a leadership role. He would rather slink off into the background. Pulled it in the playoffs in Boston, pulled it in the Olympics and pulled it in Toronto.

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