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Kadri: Bruins series is ‘very, very winnable’

May 1, 2013, 12:32 PM EST

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Nazem Kadri likes Toronto’s chances in its opening-round series against Boston.

Just ask him.

“This is a very, very winnable series,” Kadri said prior to Wednesday’s Game 1 at TD Garden.

Confident? Sure, though it’s not the first time the 22-year-old has let his feelings be known.

Yesterday, Kadri responded to those doubting the Leafs had a shot at beating the B’s.

“Any fan who’s remotely educated knows that we have more than a chance,” he said.

The Leafs aren’t being picked by many pundits (or fans) to emerge the victors in their first playoff appearance since 2004.

They only beat Boston once in four tries this season — a 3-2 win back on Mar. 23 — though they did also push the B’s to a shootout in their fourth and final matchup of the year.

The biggest issue, it seems, comes from playoff experience. According to Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun, the Leafs have a combined 206 games of playoff experience in the lineup.

That’s a far cry from the Bruins, who have a whopping 1,273.

  1. JoeAvg - May 1, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Don’t count the Leafs out. The B’s have been on a tailspin since mid March. If they don’t wake up now they could find out it’s too late when they do – if they do.

    I’ve always liked the B’s but I can’t stand their owner so……

    • 19to77 - May 1, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      The Leafs limped into the postseason too – Reimer stole a number of undeserving wins for them in which the team couldn’t even hit the 20-shot mark. They’ve benefitted from a good deal of luck in the last month or so.

      Not to say they can’t win, of course. Anything’s possible when both teams go in having played less than their best.

      • mpops86 - May 1, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        Agreed. Neither team is playing especially well right now, but I think most fans and pundits agree that the Bruins and Habs are the elites in the Northeast Division and that the Leafs are pretty lucky to be where they are.

        The Bruins have completely shut down Phil Kessel and JVR’s career numbers against Boston are even worse. If the Bruins show up for four x 60, they’ll outclass the Leafs. Since they won’t, I think the Bruins skate in 5.

  2. sunking1 - May 1, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Keep drinking the Kool-Aid Leafs fans.
    Your tee times begin late next week.

    • imleftcoast - May 1, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Welcome to year 2 of 50 years of frustration Bruins fans. The wakeup call is at 7pm EST.

      • mpops86 - May 1, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        Projecting much?

  3. ironyisadeadscene - May 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Meh, he’s right. Bruins have been playing like crap for at least 1 out of every 3 periods. Bruins need to be physical to win. Something they’ve seemed to have forgotten this season.

    I hope they dress Thornton and keep the fourth line together, not because I want to see fights but because that line’s played better consistently than any other line.

    Go B’s

  4. mpops86 - May 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Huh. So Toronto’s players are just as delusional and mouthy as their fans.

    • timsabourin - May 1, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      did you even watch the season series? of course it’s winnable, the leafs were in every game – won one and took one to a shootout. all one goal games. please keep up the bad work.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 1, 2013 at 8:18 PM

      Its a 4 vs 5 seed matchup and the 4 limped into the playoffs

  5. jcmeyer10 - May 1, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    I am a B’s fan and I am worried. This could go 7.

    As an NHL fan, nothing better than two evenly matched Original Six teams duking it out in the playoffs. I feel like it’s a second Christmas.

  6. drewsylvania - May 1, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Bulletin-board material.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 1, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Exactly! Team leaders need to tell the youngsters to NEVER say anything that might rile your opponents. “We’re just planning on giving it our very best effort. We have great respect for them, they won the Cup just a couple years ago. We’re in for a very tough fight. …” Etc etc etc. Then you go kick ass. Coaches and captains: if the kids won’t shut up use hockey tape.

  7. valoisvipers - May 1, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Kadri is hurting his team saying this and giving the Bruins something to post in the locker room to fire up the boys.Big mistake!

  8. ibieiniid - May 1, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    nobody mentioned that this kid hasn’t even been to the NHL playoffs before and is acting like some big shot….

    OK Evander… i mean Nazem.

  9. tdrusher225 - May 1, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Anyone who thinks this is going to be a cake walk for the B’s is sadly mistaken. Hopefully, they use Kadri’s comments as bulletin board material

  10. freneticgarfieldfan - May 1, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    “Any fan who’s remotely educated…” – tzzzz. Way to go. Arrogance comes before the fall.

  11. nhstateline - May 1, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    If the Bruins need this to motivate them then they’re in far more trouble than the some it looks like they’ve been in a for a month and a half. Could the Leafs win the series ? Sure. Is it the most likely outcome ? Nope. There’s too much of a record that says the Bruins are just a little better in enough areas to win four in a series of close games.

  12. hockeyflow33 - May 1, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Would you expect him to say no I think we’ll lose in 5?

  13. hockeyes - May 1, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Off to a great start there…

    • ibieiniid - May 2, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      i don’t think you get it. that game was SO winnable, they lost it by a lot. it’s science

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