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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

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

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.

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