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Leafs’ Lupul: ‘This series is not over’

May 1, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

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It’s easy to hit the panic button after a tough playoff loss, especially when you haven’t experienced one in nine years.

That’s doubly true when that defeat happens to be a lopsided one like the Toronto Maple Leafs suffered to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday. Even so, that 4-1 outcome is still just one game, something Joffrey Lupul seemed aware of when speaking with Rogers Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

“This series is not over,” Lupul said. “There is plenty of belief in here.”

The Leafs can look at their first-round opponents for evidence that a team can bounce from dire circumstances. The 2011 Bruins avoided elimination in three different Game 7′s during their Stanley Cup run and lost two opening home games in a quarterfinal series against the Montreal Canadiens, yet they became champions that year.

Obviously, there’s no guarantee that Toronto will enjoy anything close to that run, yet they can soak in plenty of examples of teams stumbling before experiencing great successes.

  1. valoisvipers - May 1, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Leafs need to start blocking the shots coming in from the point and stop bunching up in front of their net but only standing around just watching Clear the guys out from in front of the net and get control of the puck as it is not a live hand grenade.They must pick up their intensity level in their play and to play desperate hockey not preseason form and effort that they displayed tonight.

  2. nunan - May 1, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Bs have depth and when the majority of these guys step up, they are overpowering. Boychuk was a monster tonight. On a regular night, he is a pretty good d’man with an elite shot. When he ups his game though, he is a difference-maker. Just hitting everything in sight. Seidenberg is the same way. He’s a better d’man than Boychuk but he always seems to up his game to the point where he is legitimately impacting the game in the playoffs. You notice him. They have so many guys like that. That fourth line as a whole was stellar. If the Bs can continue to put forth that sort of effort, they’ll be there in the ECF with Pitt, no doubt about it.

  3. drewzducks - May 2, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Wow that’s a pretty bold statement. I mean they played what, one game? Good to know that the Leafs aren’t quitters. Though I guess I can picture PK curled up in the fetal position in the corner of their locker room muttering “we’re all doomed”.

  4. ethanmacleod1685 - May 2, 2013 at 5:25 AM

    The fact that he said its not over after 1 game means its over and he knows it

  5. thewaytonever - May 2, 2013 at 5:27 AM

    Leafs didn’t play bad but they didn’t play good either. problem is they gave a regular season effort in a playoff game. they need to take Bostons breakout away. make them fight for every inch of ice. Lupil is right its just one game. and congrats on making it back to the dance leaf fans good luck the rest of the way

    • pastabelly - May 2, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      I’d say that they did worse than “not playing badly”. They quit. They showed no desperation in the 3rd period. Of course, the series isn’t over. Why should anyone even say that? But Toronto lacks effort and they still seem dominated by the Bruins in their own minds.

  6. mclovinhockey - May 2, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    I thought the leafs had a chance the way the B’s had been playing, then the B’s came out and man-handled the leafs

  7. 8man - May 2, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    One game doth not a playoff series make. But if this is the real Bruins, they may be very tough to oust. If they can win Saturday night and take a 2-0 lead to Canada, we’ll know a lot more about how they may do in the playoffs.

    Whatever. Its far better than how they fared at the end of the year. When they disallowed that third goal, I thought to myself sarcastically, “Well of course it’s not a goal. The Bs have already reached their max of two for a game.”

    Good to have Horton back. Seemed like he had a huge presence.

  8. nhstateline - May 2, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    people in the GTA are going to make this all about the Leafs playing badly. That’s only somewhat true and not the bigger part of the story. They played badly as the game wore on because the Bruins played so well and they got frustrated. By the end of the second period, there were a lot of hanging heads on the Leaf bench and nobody on it seemed to be doing anything to change that from what could be seen (heard is different of course). This was the most complete game the Bruins have played at least back to December of 2011 and probably longer than that. The real question is can they string four games like this together. If they can do that then they’ll be in the playoffs for a while. If it’s the old Bruin thing of look great on wednesday, take the next game off that we’ve seen around here in recent years then the Leafs have a real shot. I was shocked walking out of the Garden to hear people talking about who the Bruins would play in the second round and how this series was over. It wasn’t the majority saying it but it wasn’t one person either. The Bruins were up 1-0 last year and against the Flyers in 2010 and against Carolina the year before that and lost all three series. The Leafs will be better on saturday but the question is can the Bruins string more of these together ? Hard to see until we see them do it.

  9. odj810 - May 2, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    at the end of the day it was one game. bruins played great. they have to follow up that performance or it is a mute point

    • timsabourin - May 2, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      moot

  10. beergold - May 2, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    The ice crew in Boston must have had a heck of a time cleaning up the brown stains left by Kessel last night! God I thought he was going to cry a couple of times when Marchand was in his face.

    Neon wasn’t much better, in fact virtually useless.

    This won’t be a series as much as it will be a 4-0 mugging!

  11. hockeydon10 - May 2, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    While I’m not a B’s fan, they’re on my local broadcast here in Hartford, so I tuned in to watch the game. It was 1-0 Tor when I started watching. By the time it was 2-1 Bos I was growing bored. The Bruins were dominating in time in the offensive zone. It before it even made it to 3-1 it was just on as background while I was paying attention to other matters. Unless Toronto figures out how to match intensity and get it out of their zone reliably, there is no way Boston loses this series.

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