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Leafs Aim To Even Up The Series

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs


(Boston leads best-of-7 series 1-0)


Big story: After spotting the Toronto Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead just 1:54 into the first period, the Boston Bruins scored four straight on the way to a 4-1 victory in Game 1 on Wednesday at TD Garden. Defenseman Wade Redden scored his first playoff goal in six seasons to pull the Bruins into a 1-1 tie before assisting on Nathan Horton's deflection into the net with 11.7 seconds left in the first to give the home team the lead for good.

Maple Leafs: The Maple Leafs will be without defenseman Michael Kostka, who sustained a broken finger in the second period of Game 1. Coach Randy Carlyle promised a few line adjustments and didn't rule out inserting both defensemen Ryan O'Byrne and Jake Gardiner into the lineup for Game 2.

"I would suggest maybe one or both of them will play," Carlyle said. "There will also be some changes up front. We need to get more from our group from a work ethic and execution standpoint. We never really got anything going for our hockey club against the Bruins [on Wednesday]."

Bruins: David Krejci had a goal and two assists, Milan Lucic dished two assists and Tuukka Rask made 19 saves in Boston's Game 1 triumph. The three-point evening was the 13th multi-point playoff game of Krejci's career -- his career-best is four points.

"Playoffs are so different than in-season," Krejci said. "You're trying to build something, and I feel like we built something in the first game. We have to carry it on into the second, but we know that Toronto is going to be even better on Saturday, so we have to bring our 'A' game again."

The Bruins will be without defenseman Andrew Ference, who was suspended one game by the NHL's Department of Player Safety for an illegal check to the head of forward Mikhail Grabovski at 10:03 of the first period on Wednesday. No penalty was assessed on the play. Julien opted to have Patrice Bergeron's line with Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin on the ice whenever Phil Kessel's line was on the ice, and that shouldn't change in Game 2. Kessel, who led the Maple Leafs with 20 goals and 52 points during the regular season, was limited to one shot in 13:51 of ice time on Wednesday.

"Bergeron is probably one of the best two-way players in the League, he can do that job," Julien said. "I think it was a matter of getting the right D's out there against those kind of players."

Who's hot: Lucic has one goal and five points in the past three games and Krejci has two goals and five points in the past four games for Boston.

Injury report: Defenseman Kostka (broken finger) is out and Cody Franson (bruised foot) is day-to-day for Toronto. … The Bruins will be without suspended defenseman Ference for one game.

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