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Babcock preaches discipline to Maple Leafs for Game 6 against Bruins

Coach's mantra for extending first-round series: 'Stay out of the penalty box'

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- In the world of Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock, the goal of defeating the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference First Round can easily be simplified by following one rule.

"Stay out of the penalty box," Babcock said Sunday.

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Andersen gets Maple Leafs back on track, makes 42 saves to defeat Bruins

Helps Toronto fans ease pain of losing similar game to Boston in 2013 playoffs

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen needed a towel.

Some oxygen wouldn't have hurt, either.

Twenty minutes after the final horn sounded on Toronto's 4-3 victory against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Saturday, there were still beads of sweat dripping from the forehead and brow of an obviously fatigued Andersen.

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Babcock uses fans to motivate Maple Leafs for Game 5 against Bruins

Reminds players what they mean to city with Toronto facing elimination

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- With the Toronto Maple Leafs one loss from elimination in the Eastern Conference First Round, coach Mike Babcock has turned from teacher to preacher.

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Matthews, others fail to boost Maple Leafs against Bruins in Game 4

Toronto on brink of elimination after Nylander, Andersen also struggle

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Where were some of the Toronto Maple Leafs' top players when it mattered?

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Bergeron, Babcock familiar foes entering Game 4 for Bruins, Maple Leafs

Boston center, Toronto coach have had success together in international play

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was 18 years old when he was coached by Mike Babcock for the first time. The result: a gold medal with Canada at the 2004 World Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.

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Marleau boosting Maple Leafs with leadership entering Game 4 vs. Bruins

38-year-old forward 'real good example'

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- On the night Patrick Marleau scored his first two Stanley Cup Playoff goals for the Toronto Maple Leafs, his parents were not in the stands. Not when there was seeding to prepare for and livestock to be taken care of in Aneroid, Saskatchewan, 1,800 miles west of Air Canada Centre.

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Matthews steps up for Maple Leafs in Game 3 win against Bruins

Scores winning goal, gets Toronto back into Eastern Conference series

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Air Canada Centre shook. 

At least it did in Auston Matthews' world.

For the first 154:47 of the Eastern Conference First Round, the Maple Leafs center had been held without a point. The Boston Bruins held him in check in their two victories in Boston, and the same was happening deep into the second period of Game 3 on Monday.

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Maple Leafs' top scorers must produce in Game 3 at home against Bruins

Matthews, Marner, Nylander generated little offense during two losses in Boston

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- To understand why the Toronto Maple Leafs have been dominated in the Eastern Conference First Round against the Boston Bruins, examine the numbers of their top three regular-season scorers.

The Bruins' first line of David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron has 20 points through two games. Maple Leafs forwards Mitchell Marner, William Nylander and Auston Matthews have combined for two.

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Maple Leafs searching for answers following Game 2 loss to Bruins

Look to regroup at home, get back into Eastern Conference series

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan was making a beeline for the exit door at TD Garden seconds after the final horn sounded on Saturday. He didn't wait to hear the announcement of the Three Stars in the Boston Bruins dominant 7-3 victory in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round. He didn't have to.

Like everyone else in the building, he knew who at least two of them would be.

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Kadri suspension has Maple Leafs adjusting for Game 2 against Bruins

Toronto aims to even series in Boston without forward

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Excuses. Pity. These are two of Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock's least favorite things.

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