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Maple Leafs, Bruins expect physical affair; Thornton says puck could be optional

Wednesday, 05.01.2013 / 12:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

BOSTON - Leafs coach Randy Carlyle talked about showing the Bruins respect but not being in awe of them.

Toronto centre Nazem Kadri went one better, calling the first-round playoff matchup a "very, very winnable series for us."

Kadri says the fifth-seeded Leafs will respect the fourth-seeded Bruins but are not approaching the Eastern Conference series as underdogs.

Boston and Toronto face off Wednesday night in their first post-season meeting since 1974.

Both sides say they expect a tight but physical contest. And both are looking to refind their form after a wobbly end to the regular season.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild