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Boston Bruins expect increase in hard hitting series against Toronto Maple Leafs

Thursday, 05.02.2013 / 2:45 PM / News

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Boston Bruins expect increase in hard hitting series against Toronto Maple Leafs

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins expect another hard-hitting game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in their first-round playoff series.

Bruins defenceman Adam McQuaid says the physical nature of hockey increases in the playoffs and he doesn't mind.

After the Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 4-1 in Wednesday night's opener, several players still on the ice pushed and shoved each other near the penalty box. Boston defenceman Andrew Ference faces an NHL hearing on Thursday for elbowing Toronto forward Mikhail Grabovski in the head by the boards.

Ference was not penalized during the game.

The Bruins had lost seven of their last nine regular-season games and never scored more than three goals in any of them.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Saturday night in Boston.

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