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Bruins haven’t played well on home ice

Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) chases the puck against Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf (3) during the third period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, in Boston on Friday, May 10, 2013. The Maple Leafs won 2-1. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Milan Lucic, who has recorded six assists in the series, collided with the Maple Leafs’ Dion Phaneuf during Game 5 at TD Garden on Friday. (Charles Krupa/AP)AP

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The Bruins entered the Eastern Conference quarterfinals as the No. 4 seed, guaranteeing home-ice advantage in their matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

But playing at TD Garden has proved more troublesome than beneficial for the Bruins.

In Friday night’s 2-1 loss in Game 5, the Bruins failed to close out the series and dropped to 1-2 at the Garden in these playoffs. With a 3-2 lead, the Bruins will be tasked with trying to eliminate the Leafs at the Air Canada Centre in Game 6 on Sunday night.

Although struggling at home, the Bruins have thrived on the road, earning victories in Games 3 and 4 to take a 3-1 edge in the series.

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