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Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle wasn’t happy with his team’s Game 1 loss to the Bruins on Wednesday night, but he wasn’t prepared to give Boston much credit for a job well done. Instead, Carlyle placed the blame on his own team for a disappointing effort. “I just thought that we self-destructed,” the dejected coach said after a 4-1 loss to the Bruins. “We had a decent start, we scored the first goal of the game, we get ourselves on the right track — I thought we had our forecheck going early in the hockey game and then we just stopped.” See what else Carlyle had to say in the above video.

Phil Kessel Meets With Media, Says Likely Taunts From Bruins Fans ‘Part of the Game’ (Video)

Phil Kessel made headlines Monday, quite frankly,  by not saying anything. The Maple Leafs forward dodged the large pack of hockey media following Toronto practice, and that caused quite a stir. The Leafs were back at practice Tuesday, and this time around, it was Kessel making news by talking — although not really saying much. The soft-spoken Kessel was his typical reserved self...

Phil Kessel Can Change Way He’s Perceived With Big Series, But Don’t Count On That Happening

The Bruins-Maple Leafs first-round playoff series is a matchup filled with players, coaches and a pair of organizations under immense pressure for a multitude of reasons. But it’s tough to argue that anyone will feel the weight of the world on their shoulders more than Leafs forward Phil Kessel. The 25-year-old (he’s really only 25?) is a polarizing figure, and this series will...

Maple Leafs ‘Can’t Bear to Look’ in Rough Loss to Bruins As Toronto Tabloid Taunts Team (Photos)

Oh, Toronto. The Maple Leafs hadn’t made the playoffs since 2004 until they notched a spot this year, but don’t think that the goodwill from going to the postseason will make anyone go easy on the team. The Toronto Sun had two fine covers prepared for the hometown team Thursday morning after the Leafs got shellacked in Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series against the...

Andrew Ference Suspended One Game for Check on Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski

The NHL has suspended Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference for Game 2 of Boston’s first-round playoff series against the Maple Leafs. Ference was disciplined after a high check on Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski midway through the first period in Game 1. Ference was not penalized for the hit, upon further review, the league’s discipline office ruled that he illegally targeted Gabovski’s...

Bad Leafs

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,  If you’re going to win in the playoffs, your best players have to be your best players. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. But none of Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul, Nazem Kadri, Dion Phaneuf nor James Reimer were good on Wednesday night in the Maple Leafs’ first Stanley Cup playoff game in nine years. Like the majority...

Kessel Not The Same Player Against The Bruins

from Christopher L. Gasper of the Boston Globe, Phil Kessel is a man of few words and, when it comes to facing his former team, a man of even fewer goals. Give Kessel credit. The former Bruin spoke postgame on a night when his silence on the ice spoke volumes about his reputation as a faux franchise forward. Turned into white noise on skates, Kessel could only watch as the...

Bruins, Maple Leafs Linked by More Than Infamous Phil Kessel Trade As Teams Square Off in Playoffs (Video)

“Thank you, Kessel” is a popular refrain around Boston any time the B’s and Maple Leafs square off, and that won’t change as the two face off in the playoffs. However, a more discerning fan will note that Boston and Toronto are linked by more than just the trade that sent Phil Kessel north in exchange for draft picks that turned into Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton. Bruins...

Boston Bruins dominate Maple Leafs to win Game 1

The Toronto Maple Leafs have waited nine years to get back in the NHL playoffs, and the 4-1 loss in Game 1 to the Boston Bruins has to be a huge letdown for Maple Leafs Nation, especially, given the fact that James van Riemsdyk gave the Toronto Maple Leafs an early 1-0 with a power-play marker. After that, the Boston Bruins exposed Toronto's playoff inexperience, scoring four...

Video- Andrew Ference Elbow On Mikhail Grabovski Last Night

Ference elbow on Grabovski in the 1st was reviewed. Supplemental discipline possible, but seems unlikely. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 2, 2013  

The 5 Hole: NHL Links 5/2

Bruins Blog: Johnny Boychuck on Colon Orr's Cross Check One such play was Colton Orr’s cross check to the back of Johnny Boychuk, who then crashed into the glass and went down. Orr was given a minor penalty for the hit that came after a clean hit by Boychuk on Grabovski.   Stanley Cup of Chowder: Game 1 in Gifs Days Of Y'Orr: Brad Marchand Getting Hit Below the Belt The...

The Good, The Bad, and The Playoffs Begin Horribly by   Bradshaw Furlong

The first playoff game for the Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t go exactly how the team (or fans) would have wanted it to as they fall to the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the first round series by a score of 4-1. The Maple Leafs opened the scoring for the series as James van Riemsdyk [...]
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