BOSTON -- No one on the Toronto Maple Leafs knows more about the Boston Bruins' propensity for not closing out a series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs prior to Game 7 than forward James van Riemsdyk.
Van Riemsdyk was part of the Philadelphia Flyers team that rallied from a 3-0 deficit in 2010 to beat the Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The mentality the Flyers used while making history might apply now to the Maple Leafs, who trail the Bruins 3-1 in the teams' first-round series entering Game 5 Friday at TD Garden (7 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS, NHLN-US).
In non-Game 7 situations where the Bruins have had a chance to put a team away under coach Claude Julien, the Bruins are 3-6.
"Again, it's just not looking at the grand scheme of things," van Riemsdyk said after his team's morning skate. "You just want to take it, kind of compartmentalize it and take it one game at a time and go from there. That's what we're going to have to do [in Game 5], is just look at the here and now. Today's game, treat it as one individual thing and then just go from there."
With Mark Fraser on the mend because of surgery to repair facial fractures, the Maple Leafs are expected to reinsert veteran John-Michael Liles in their lineup. Liles has been scratched since Game 1.
Here’s a look at the Maple Leafs’ projected lineup (click here for the Bruins' potential lineup):
Joffrey Lupul - Tyler Bozak - Matt Frattin
James van Riemsdyk - Mikhail Grabovski - Nikolai Kulemin
Clarke MacArthur - Nazem Kadri - Phil Kessel
Leo Komarov - Jay McClement - Colton Orr
Carl Gunnarsson - Dion Phaneuf
Jake Gardiner - Cody Franson
John-Michael Liles - Ryan O'Byrne
Scratched: Ryan Hamilton, Joe Colborne, Frazer McLaren, Jesse Blacker
Injured: Michael Kostka (finger), Mark Fraser (head)