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On Thursday, the Maple Leafs’ reaction to Wednesday night’s 4-1 loss to the Bruins was pretty predictable.
Sure, they are down, 1-0, in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinals, but they expect a marathon series and not a sprint, and believe they can certainly play better than they did.
The Leafs’ biggest issue was the number of turnovers that led to Boston scoring chances. The neutral zone was a virtual den of pickpockets in which Toronto skated out of it without the puck time and time again.
The Bruins also negated the Leafs’ speed. So, on Thursday at Walter Brown Arena, the squad got back to the drawing board, but there will be some changes for Game 2, both on the blue line and up front.