Bruins blue line now minus three defensemen

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The Maple Leafs could not win the first-round series. But Toronto claimed its pound of flesh.

The Bruins head into the Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Rangers with three of their defensemen – all left shots – hobbled with various undisclosed ailments.

Andrew Ference did not play in Games 6 and 7 because of a lower-body injury. Before Game 7, Ference was seen on crutches with a walking boot on his left leg. Wade Redden was a late scratch in Game 7 because of an undisclosed injury. Dennis Seidenberg lasted only 37 seconds of Game 7 because of an injury to his left leg.

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