May 4, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski (84) celebrates a goal by Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk (not pictured) during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Maple Leafs vs Bruins Recap

Alright before I get into the strengths and weaknesses and what needs to happen I have a bone to pick. Last night after the win I was very disappointed in the Toronto Maple Leafs twitter account. They tweeted #ThankYouKessel. I know you all know about my feelings about Phil Kessel and this honestly has nothing to do with that. Hockey is a team sport you  don’t give credit for a win to a single player no matter who it is. If you want to put credit on one player Joffrey Lupul scored twice and James van Riemsdyk scored an amazing goal that had everyone in my house out of their seat. But that’s the end of my rant for the day.

In game one the Boston Bruins pounded the Leafs, it may not have been a blowout score but the Bruins came out swinging and Leafs just couldn’t out play them physically. In game two the Leafs decided they weren’t going to worry about playing physical they were going to use their speed, the Bruins just could not keep up resulting in a 4-2 win for the Leafs.

As the series continue both teams will need to make adjustments if they want to be the ones moving on. The Bruins will need to force the Leafs to play a physical game and solve James Reimer. The Bruins have out shot the Leafs by a huge margin in both  games and if they can find Reimer’s holes they will be able to win. The Leafs need to keep up an offensive game. They need to keep their speedy players out and blowing past the Boston defense.

At this point it really could go either way. I’m still a Leafs fan and have to go with them to win but the Bruins really do have a chance at this as well. Who do you think takes the series? Share your thoughts in the comment box below, on facebook, on twitter (@kcapp22 or @TMMotS), or by email ([email protected]).

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