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Hamilton in for Bruins; Maple Leafs add Gardiner

by Mike G. Morreale

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton is in the lineup against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at TD Garden (7 p.m. CNBC, CBC).

Hamilton is replacing Andrew Ference, who received a one-game suspension by the NHL on Thursday for an illegal hit to the head on Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski during the Bruins' 4-1 win in Game 1.

Veteran forward Rich Peverley will replace Kaspars Daugavins and likely play on the Bruins' third line alongside Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr.

Hamilton, making his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, had five goals and 16 points in 42 games as a 19-year-old but was scratched for six of the Bruins' last nine regular-season games, including the final three before the postseason, after the Bruins dealt for veteran Wade Redden at the NHL Trade Deadline. Hamilton and Redden will be paired together.

At the other end, Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner is making his first playoff appearance in place of injured Michael Kostka (broken finger), and veteran defender Ryan O'Byrne is replacing healthy scratch John Michael-Liles.

Gardiner hasn't played since registering two assists in a 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders on April 18 and has four assists in 12 regular-season games with the Maple Leafs this season.

Offensively, coach Randy Carlyle will have forward Matt Frattin and Ryan Hamilton in the lineup in place of healthy scratches Frazer McLaren and Clarke MacArthur.

Gardiner, Frattin and Hamilton are making their Stanley Cup Playoffs debuts, bringing Toronto's total of first-year playoff performers to 13 -- 12 skaters and goalie James Reimer.

Here are the probable line combinations:


Milan LucicDavid KrejciNathan Horton

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronTyler Seguin

Rich PeverleyChris KellyJaromir Jagr

Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

Zdeno CharaAdam McQuaid

Dennis SeidenbergJohnny Boychuk

Wade ReddenDougie Hamilton

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin


James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel

Joffrey Lupul - Nazem Kadri - Nikolai Kulemin

Matt Frattin - Mikhail Grabovski - Leo Komarov

Ryan Hamilton - Jay McClement - Colton Orr

Carl Gunnarsson - Dion Phaneuf

Jake Gardiner - Ryan O'Byrne

Mark Fraser - Cody Franson

James Reimer

Ben Scrivens

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