The Maple Leafs got one final practice in Wednesday before heading out to Boston to play Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Bruins Thursday night. And the extended time prior to the first showdown between the Atlantic Division/Original Six rivals has only heightened the anticipation of what promises to be a memorable clash.
"Real good for preparation, real good," Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said Wednesday regarding the three days of practice. "We got a real hard workout in on Monday, did special teams (Tuesday) and then just tried to be as quick as we could here today. But we're dialled into their team no different than they're good on ours. We should be ready to go (in) Game One, but, as you know, in all playoff series, it's a battle and we've got to be prepared. We're excited and we look forward to it."