Bruins preparing for improved Toronto team in Game 2

The Maple Leafs should be better in Game 2. They can’t be much worse than they were in Game 1.

“It’s a good team,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “I’ve been extremely impressed with the direction the Leafs have gone this year. Sure, Randy [Carlyle] has done a great job and the players have bought in. It just goes to show when you play as a team what can happen.

“That’s why I’m standing here and telling you right now that we’re not overconfident. None of that stuff. We know it’s going to be a tough series. We’re going to have to grind it out.”

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For now, Julien is progressing as if defenseman Andrew Ference will be available in Game 2. If Ference is suspended for his hit on Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski in Game 1, the Bruins have other options on defense.

* Today was an off day for the Bruins. They are scheduled to practice tomorrow at Ristuccia Arena at 10:30 a.m.