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Discuss: Leafs’ big guns burn Bruins

May 4, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

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While the Toronto Maple Leafs’ lineup changes were a story going into Game 2, they beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 because of the usual suspects. James van Riemsdyk, Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul (twice) found the net as the Buds flaunted their firepower to tie the series 1-1.

Let’s discuss this beast, shall we?

  • James Reimer stopped 38 out of 40 shots on Saturday. How much more does he need to do to start getting some respect among fans and pundits?
  • Speaking of easy (and possibly unfair) targets, Phil Kessel scored his first playoff goal as a Maple Leaf in exciting fashion. Can he lead Toronto to a series win against his former team in Boston?
  • Dennis Seidenberg was a -3 without Zdeno Chara. Is Claude Julien justified in breaking that defensive pairing up or should he make sure they’re attached at the hip?
  • Jaromir Jagr has been a weapon for Boston, yet he’s had a tough start to this series. What might get the future Hall of Famer going?
  • More of an observation than a question: Tyler Seguin might be due for a big game. He didn’t score but had eight shots on goal and made some nifty moves.
  • Who do you expect to win this series and how long do you expect it to go?
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  1. madtolive5 - May 4, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Hi James…so Ferrence gets a mid game post about his elbow but no mention of dion phaneufs shoulder to the head of pallie

    • gallyhatch - May 5, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      I don’t get why there are more dislikes than likes for this comment. Do people not want to see a consistently called series?

      Phaneuf elevates his body for the hit on Paille. If that is not intentional, than I don’t know what is. I will not be able to understand it if the league doesn’t review this.

      I have no problem with the Ference suspension, I am not looking for a matching suspension for one of the Leafs, I just want to see the game called consistently.

      I’m wasting my breath ….. Shannahan’s office is a joke.

  2. ray2013 - May 4, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    It’s been a pretty solid day of hockey; Capitals/Rangers & Bruins/Leafs. I kept expecting the Bruins to throw it into another gear and leave the Leafs behind, but it never happened. Reimer has been pretty solid. I hope we get to see seven games out of this series. It’s been fun, and with a return of playoff hockey to TO, should be pretty fun.

  3. ryanw822 - May 4, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    hey refs, I think a leaves player just fell in the shower. Better call a penalty.

    • sunderlanding - May 5, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Leafs not leaves.

  4. giantssb42champs - May 4, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Cry me a river.

  5. vanindeed - May 4, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Die maple leafs you remind me of Mats Sundin. Go Leafs!

  6. tdrusher225 - May 5, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Its time for the Bruins to make sure that Chara-Seidenberg combo stays together for the rest of the playoffs.

  7. girouxed - May 5, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Another former flyer finding success….

  8. tlndma - May 5, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Will the league look at the Phaneuf hit on Paille? That elbow looked high.

  9. jbeagles23 - May 5, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    The leafs went into Boston and played their physical game. It wasn’t the refs who lost this game. I think Boston thought the leafs were just going to roll over

  10. acuratech348 - May 5, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    I hope Shanahan looks at the Phaneuf hit on Paille from last night. It’s only fair to keep things on an even keel. The principle point of contact looked kinda high to me. Fair is fair. Good game though. It’s gonna be a great series. I love me some playoff hockey.

    • nosefacekillah - May 5, 2013 at 8:18 AM

      “Kinda high”?? There is no doubt Phaneuf targeted and hit the head of Paille. This was a clear penalty. Phaneuf has a clear line at Paille and never deviates from the head as the point of contact. Pheneuf should get at least a game for that hit.

      48.1 Illegal Check to the Head – A hit resulting in contact with an opponent’s head where the head is targeted and the principal point of contact is not permitted.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 5, 2013 at 8:21 AM

        That should have been a penalty, but it’s tough to suspend a guy for that in the playoffs. I’m also biased.

      • nosefacekillah - May 5, 2013 at 8:26 AM

        No worries, he plays for Toronto. No suspension coming. I would bet the league never even reviews it.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 5, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        Just like they didn’t review Lupul’s hit on Hedman, right?

      • nosefacekillah - May 5, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        playoffs are different. The NHL has longed to have the Leafs back in relevance. They have one of the biggest fan bases, some of the best and most loyal fans in any sport, all in a hockey mad city. The rules are different now.

  11. nosefacekillah - May 5, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Amazing Boson was not able to do anything with its 11 seconds of PP time.

    You can’t tell me the officials did not get a call from the NHL’s office (in Toronto) and were told to give them a chance. The amount of interference all night from the Leafs outrageous, Any time the puck was in their zone Boston players were getting tackled.

    • tlndma - May 5, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      I have to admit there were a few plays when I said to myself “wow, no call there?”.

    • sunderlanding - May 5, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      Not like Boston’s power play would’ve scored anyway. Let’s face it the refs don’t win a series for you. The Bruins had their chance to win. They even started with the lead. This loss is on them not the refs.

  12. bruinssuck - May 5, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Cry Bruins fans

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