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Leafs have ‘grown’ since Game 1, says Phaneuf

May 13, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

It seems like a long time has passed since the Maple Leafs were getting run out of TD Garden in Game 1 of their series with the Bruins.

To refresh your memory…

In reality, Game 1 was less than two weeks ago.

“We just self-destructed,” Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said after his side lost, 4-1, and got outshot, 40-20. “We didn’t do a lot of things right. I’ve never seen so many people fall down with nobody around them with situations with our group. Like we said, we know this going to take more than an ordinary effort, and tonight it wasn’t good enough effort.”

After Game 1, not many observers expected a long series. But the Leafs have since forced Game 7, back in Boston tonight.

For checking forward Jay McClement, the change in the Toronto team that started the playoffs, versus the one now, has been dramatic.

“We’ve learned on the fly here, for sure, but you can see the difference in our composure in Game 1 to now,” McClement said, per TSN’s Mark Masters.

“We’ve grown as a group,” Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf added, per ESPN.

Meanwhile, the Bruins — with just two goals in their last two games — are the ones sounding unsure of themselves.

“The bottom line is that we need to find a way to get the puck to go in,” said Patrice Bergeron. “Being frustrated right now isn’t going to help. It’s about being determined to find ways to put it in, and it’s all about [Game 7] now.”

  1. imleftcoast - May 13, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Bwahahahahha, couldn’t happen to a bigger bunch of diving losers.

    • 19to77 - May 13, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      Ryan Kesler, is that you? Hey, I had a question, since you’re here – are you still crying about the Cup loss, or have you moved on to crying about the sweep by the Sharks?

    • sunderlanding - May 13, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      I think you’re on the wrong article.

  2. dropthepuckeh - May 13, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    I’d be careful to pronounce yourself all grown up just because you evened the series up at 3-3. I think the Bruins have lost the past two games more than Toronto won anything. Either way, its the 4th game which is the hardest to win and everything else is just banter and hyperbole. Let’s see how grown up Phaneuf is if the Bruins come out hitting and playing an aggressive game and score an early goal. I’d take Bergeron, Chara and Tukka over anyone in their locker room in game 7.

    • devilsarethebest - May 13, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      Wouldn’t really trust Tuuka in a Game 7; shades of 2010.

      • dropthepuckeh - May 13, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        Guess we will know soon enough. I like the Bruins chances….

      • 19to77 - May 13, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        Rask has been as wizardly as Reimer so far. It’s Boston’s top six and defensive depth minus Ference I’d be more concerned with if I were a Bruins fan. Seidenberg looked slow last night and the same offense which absolutely besieged Toronto in game five after going down 2-0 was lackluster and slow. They look like they’re running out of gas.

    • sunderlanding - May 13, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      Oh grow up yourself. The Leafs played some good hockey over the last couple of games. Sure the Bruins are the better team, sure they’ll probably win game seven, sure they could’ve played a little better, but so could the Leafs. It’s not like Toronto didn’t make mistakes as well. Give the Leafs some credit. They battled hard against a team that has had their number over the last couple of years and made it into a great series. Show some class.

      • fubar77 - May 13, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        Have to agree on this one. Leafs have earned the position they are currently in. To say anything less is to just be a poor sport. Having said that, if The Bruins lose, I 100% am not rooting for the damn Leafs. I will push for Ottawa who struggled with injuries and won with authority over The Habs.

  3. fubar77 - May 13, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    I bleed black and gold, but I have to agree with 19to77 on this. My boys like tired. At least in the last 2 games. I am hoping they can dig deep and get it done at home tonight. Granted Riemer has stood on his head, but he can’t do it forever. B’s will break through.

    What I would like to see is The B’s come out with as much urgency as they played with in the last 5 minutes of the last 2 games. If the can play with that sense of urgency for 60 minutes they Leafs are done!

    • mb65dod - May 13, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      Well, the Ducks thought that they will break through as well and look what happened to them last night…

      • fubar77 - May 13, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        Got to have hope! :) That is what being a fan is all about. I love my team when they win or lose. I hope they win, but if they lose I will be back to support them next season.

  4. ironyisadeadscene - May 13, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Is there any way to hypnotize the entire Bruins team to think that it’s the middle of the third period and they are down 2-0….right before opening face-off?

    • fubar77 - May 13, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      That would work if we could. :) Hey, in truth if that team shows up, I think the Leafs don’t stand a chance. We can hope! Go Bruins!

  5. ras1tafari - May 13, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Holy S–t. Talk about urgency. Those last 2 minutes were unbelievable.

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