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Keys to the Game: Maple Leafs vs. Bruins

by David Alter / Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs are in Boston tonight to take on the Bruins. Here are three keys to a Toronto win tonight.

Don’t let up

If the Leafs know anything about the Bruins, it’s that no lead is safe. I wouldn’t open up old wounds for the sake of it. Boston has erased third period deficits in their last two games to go on to victory, while the Leafs squandered a third period lead against the lowly Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday. With Boston in the midst of an intense battle to lock up one of the final playoff spots, the Bruins will have no shortage of motivation. Did I mention this is Boston’s regular season home finale? Yes, there is that too. Like I said, no shortage of motivation.

Phil has to be dangerous

Long gone are the heckling chants of ‘Thank you Kessel’ at TD Garden. That’s mostly in part to Phil Kessel’s success against his former team as of late. You have to go back to March 23rd, 2013 to find the last time Phil Kessel didn’t make the score sheet and the Leafs ended up winning the game. In his last five games against the Bruins, Kessel has three goals, six assists and nine points. If Phil gets going it’s an easier road to two points.

Contain Spooner and Soderberg

Bruins forwards Ryan Spooner and Carl Soderberg have been red-hot, with both sporting five-game point streaks. Boston is on a four-game winning streak largely due to their hot hands. Both forwards will provide an immense challenge to Toronto’s defensive depth.

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